Just what the Middle East needs

By a vote of 51.4% – 48.6% the Turks approved a referendum today which gives their current President executive powers similar to those of the US President. There’s some question as to how legitimate a lot of the “yes” votes were, though: The CHP is refusing to accept the Yes victory and is demanding a …

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NATO is not a protection racket

The Secretary of Defense really needs to sit this stupid whiny little man down and explain how NATO is funded. He tweeted this this morning: [Germany owes] …vast sums of money to NATO & the United States must be paid more for the powerful, and very expensive, defense it provides to Germany! — Donald J. …

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People, people, people

Here’s a set of post-election poll results which show that most Americans want Trump to behave in the opposite way to what he said he’d do during the campaign. I've got some bad news for the American people about Donald Trump's policy agenda… pic.twitter.com/aCZcJigOcB — Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) November 27, 2016 So am I to …

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Historical mistakes

I am trying to figure out whether Cameron calling for the Brexit referendum was even more stupid than Hitler invading Russia or Tojo bombing Pearl Harbor. The latter two events eventually destroyed the countries which perpetrated the deeds, and it’s beginning to look as though the UK may break up into its respective parts. Scotland, …

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Banish complacency, Democrats

After the Leave faction in the UK won an astonishing victory in a referendum which asked whether Scotland, England, Wales and Northern Ireland should leave the European Union, Americans should be forewarned. Many of the sentiments which drive Trump’s voters are the same ones which drove the Leavers to win. Foremost among those sentiments in …

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Wheels of justice turn slowly

But they finally did roll to a complete stop yesterday. When they did the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia had found Radovan Karadzic guilty of one count of genocide and other counts of “persecution, extermination, deportation, forcible transfer and murder in connection with a campaign to drive Bosnian Muslims and Croats out of …

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Denmark, really?

News item: Denmark approves controversial refugee bill allowing police to seize asylum seekers’ cash and valuables Yep. You’re reading that rightly. Denmark’s right-wing minority party managed to persuade both the opposition party and the anti-immigrant one that taking assets from refugees who’ve just risked their lives and traveled thousands of miles was an ethically and …

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Sinatra and Sextet Live in Paris

In tribute to the City of Light. I’ve been there once, in the fall of 1984. We’d just concluded an American Express-conducted European bus tour in Cologne, I think, and we flew from there to Paris on a Lufthansa flight. During that flight we hit the biggest turbulence I’ve ever endured; we lost a whole …

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