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Azerbaijan To Aid Israel in Attack on Iran?

Could Azerbaijan be the key to Israel’s strategy for successfully attacking Iran’s nuclear program? A report from Reuters suggests that talks are afoot between the two unlikely allies: [Azerbaijan’s support] is a far cry from the massive firepower and diplomatic cover that Netanyahu wants from Washington. But, by addressing key weaknesses in any Israeli war […]

Week in Review

Usually the mainstream media is kind to President Obama, especially on the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, but is that starting to change? Consider: The New York Times and the Washington Post are both thoroughly alarmed by the state of the region after 9/11/12 and the reporters if not the editorial pages have moved on from the “Blame Bush” […]

Xi’s From the Countryside

The New York Times has an interesting partial profile of ascendant Chinese leader Xi Jinping, who is slated to take over the leadership of China’s Communist Party at the upcoming party congress. The article outlines Mr. Xi’s decision as a young man to do a stint in a rural precinct as a deputy party secretary. Smart […]

Sacrilege is Sometimes Hard To Spot

Jesus warned his followers against double standards in morality. “Take the log out of your own eye first,” he said, “then worry about the splinter in your neighbor’s.” That advice has never seemed more apposite. In the last couple of weeks we’ve seen mobs burning and killing to demonstrate their righteous wrath over a sacrilegious […]

WAPO Attacks: Benghazigate?

Evidence is growing that the death of four American officials in Benghazi, including a charismatic and talented ambassador, came at a time when appropriate security procedures and precautions were not being taken. That at least is the burden of this story in the Washington Post, a story that few in the White House will enjoy […]

Is the Bloom Off The Rose (Revolution)?

Georgia’s upcoming parliamentary elections, scheduled for October 1, may result in violence. Mikhail Saakashvili’s United National Movement, which currently holds almost 80% of the seats in parliament, is facing stiff opposition by an coalition of parties called Georgian Dream. At the head of the coalition is Bidzina Ivanishvili, a billionaire businessman who made his fortune in […]

Dispatches from the War That Nobody Wants

As everybody knows, there is no such thing as a global war on terror anymore. Instead we live in a harmonious world of interfaith comity with only the occasional criminal act that is quickly and competently handled by law enforcement officials. As a result we can cut our defense budgets and get on with the […]

Copts Flee Homes in Egypt, Authorities Shrug Shoulders

Reuters reports some disturbing news from Egypt: Most Christians living near Egypt’s border with Israel are fleeing their homes after Islamist militants made death threats and gunmen attacked a Coptic-owned shop, a priest said on Friday. The departure of nine families that made up the small Christian community in the border area of Egypt’s Sinai […]

Driverless Cars And the Transportation Revolution

Technologist Brad Templeton has a few thoughts on how driverless cars might revolutionize modern transportation (h/t Alexis Madrigal). Think on-demand robo-taxis which are much more fine-tuned for the task they’re used for. The key insight: If one can hire a cheap specialized “robotaxi” (or whistlecar) on demand when one has a special automotive need, car users […]

Startups Threaten Visa and Mastercard

You may have noticed a new trend among smaller retailers in your town: they’re foregoing traditional cash registers for iPads. Apart from making it quicker and easier for employees to ring up customers, these systems are increasingly making it possible for customers to pay using their smartphones by installing an app and paying over the […]

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To You and Yours

We give to you, our readers, an essay and some meaningful Thanksgiving music for the holiday.

Sanctions and strategy

Angela Merkel is considering opening trade talks with Putin—partly in response to rising criticism at home, as well as growing discontent in the broader European coalition, over her being too tough on the Russians.

The Maritime Silk Road

China is making nice with Sri Lanka in order to have a place to set up naval bases and resupply ports for its future in the Indian Ocean region. But India and Japan won’t be happy about that.

A Green Dream

A major British investor recently warned that online shopping could unseat “brick and motor” supermarket chains. The sooner, the better.

MIA for DoD

Two potential candidates to succeed Chuck Hagel have publicly withdrawn themselves from consideration. It’s not surprising given how dysfunctional the President’s National Security Team appears.

Ukraine's Future

With Monday’s deal between Russia and the breakaway Georgian region of Abkhazia, Putin has managed to take over a Russian-speaking piece of a neighboring country’s sovereign territory. Sound familiar?

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