Tag Archives: Iran

What We Think We Know Now

People hate Mondays. It’s back to the real world, of work and obligations and general unpleasantness. It’s a shock, and the shock this time was reading The Washington Post and The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal and the Financial Times accounts of the … Continue reading

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The Discreet Charm of Appearing to Do Something

Luis Buñuel was a strange man – you could look it up – but then all surrealists are strange. No one quite knows what they’re up to and they like it that way. The idea is to keep people off … Continue reading

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Assuming Perpetual War

Just like in that George Orwell novel we’ve always been at war – and we got the omnipresent government surveillance he predicted too, and public mind control, or at least Fox News and Nike commercials, and a political system under … Continue reading

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Mounting Opposition

Monday is when everyone gets back to work, so it was a bit unfair that the new breakthrough agreement on pausing Iran’s nuclear weapon program, if that’s what they’re up to, was announced in the early hours on a Sunday … Continue reading

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Rejecting Animosity as Policy

“If you can’t go around it, over it, or through it, you had better negotiate with it.” ~ Ashleigh Brilliant “Diplomacy is a disguised war, in which states seek to gain by barter and intrigue, by the cleverness of arts, … Continue reading

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Not for Domestic Consumption

Political gridlock makes everyone stupid. When each side digs in its heels and simply won’t budge an inch, well, there’s nothing left to say, other than to offer endless analysis of why each side won’t budge – ideologically or historically … Continue reading

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The Big Showdown

Monday, March 19 – it was the day before the big make-or-break showdown to settle things one way or another, for good – at least between Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney, as if anyone even cares. Yes, the Illinois primary … Continue reading

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