Category Archives: International

Anarchism / barbarism / terrorism: ISIS and Europe

To me, it is impossible not to look at the horrors of the past few weeks as history. As soon as they happen, they join a long train of horrors stretching back to the beginning of recorded history. It is … Continue reading

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The Night of the Bulldozers (Charleston, 3/18/03)

Poetry and politics can meet. “The Night of the Bulldozers” was written twelve years ago this evening, on a trip to Charleston SC, when the then US president announced that the attack against the then Iraqi dictator was about to … Continue reading

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Responsibility in the country, responsibility in the world

How is President Obama like the United States? Answer: both get blamed whatever they do. In the continuing antics of the US House of Representatives, the Boehner team wants President Obama to wait for their permission to do anything. After … Continue reading

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Russia between democracy and Putin

As a chess player, I read with extra interest the article “What is Garry Kasparov’s Next Move? The great chess champion brings his knowledge to the games of Sochi, global politics and computer intelligence” by Ron Rosenbaum, Smithsonian Magazine, March … Continue reading

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Learning from maps and history: The case of Ukraine

I’m a map person. I think maps help us visualize the abstract. I found this one particularly interesting, from Dave Schuler, “The Ukraine Crisis in Three Maps,” Outside the Beltway, 3/1/14: (For the percentages, see the map in Springtime of … Continue reading

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“Invade and Occupy” — McCain and Graham

Washington, Feb. 5, 2014 In a bold new proposal to break the deadlocks in Afghanistan and Iraq, Senator John McCain (R-AZ) proposed that the United States invade and occupy those countries. “Those governments are engaged in antagonistic behavior not only … Continue reading

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Tired of “weary of war”

I’m tired of hearing that Americans don’t want to attack Syria because we are “weary of war.” There are many better reasons not to go to war. If we weren’t war-weary, would we look around for some other country to … Continue reading

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