Category Archives: Afghanistan

We Stay

Afghanistan is called the “graveyard of empires” and there’s a reason for that. Consider all the invasions – from Alexander the Great to the Greeks to Genghis Khan to the British (twice) and then the Soviets, back when they were … Continue reading

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Whistling Past

Whistling past the graveyard can mean one of two things – you know the situation, things are dire, and you’re trying to keep your spirits up, but you know you’re going to die. That’s why you’re whistling. Whistling keeps you … Continue reading

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A Final Fine Mess

It seems we’ve lost Luke Skywalker’s home planet: Tataouine, the town in Tunisia where George Lucas filmed parts of Star Wars, has become embroiled in the country’s unrest with Isis. The town’s simple domed structures became iconic after they were used … Continue reading

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Made for War

Jesus may be the Prince of Peace, but the lion isn’t going to lie down with the lamb, ever, and no one is beating their swords into ploughshares. The world is too dangerous a place for that – it always … Continue reading

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Most Likely to Succeed

Don’t look back. You’ll be reminded of better days, now gone, when you were young and relatively cool, and probably thin. Or you’ll be reminded of something deeply embarrassing, long forgotten, and forgotten for a reason. You might also be … Continue reading

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Geopolitical Waste Management

Economists like to talk about Japan’s lost decade – two decades actually – when no bright fiscal or monetary policy ideas could jumpstart an economy that was stuck on slow, or stalled. There were all sorts of ways to look … Continue reading

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Managing Reality

Ernest Hemingway was a bit of jerk, always making bold and manly pronouncements that probably got on everyone’s nerves. Yeah, courage may be grace under pressure, but bullfighting is kind of stupid – and one doesn’t talk about manly manliness. … Continue reading

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