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Pay For Play

It is a worthwhile task to ponder what agendas people and institutions have for supporting something. Simply because there are different agendas for people to support a given course of action or a given outcome does not mean that there … Continue reading

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Who Holds Their Feet To The Fire?

Try as I might, I have been unable to find a source that can tell me whether or not Papua New Guinea’s government has actually lived up to the terms of the non-binding plebiscite that demonstrated the wide support of … Continue reading

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A Moment For Sweden (And Finland)

Earlier today I read an article that made a great deal out of the efforts of Sweden to abandon its habit of neutrality and non-intervention in the wars around it to provide material support to Ukraine in their defensive war … Continue reading

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Status Quo Antebellum Or Uti Possidetis?

During most of the 18th century, the nations of the world engaged in a wild amount of wars. While most of the attention has been focused on the behavior of the European powers, there were similar wars among the powers … Continue reading

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2022: A Future Eurovision Hit

Not too long ago, a Ukrainian singer won the Eurovision competition with a rousing song called 1944 about the fight that the nation faced against the Nazi war machine, made all the more tragic that getting rid of Nazi Germany … Continue reading

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Life In A Clown World

It is a terrible thing sometimes to live in a clown world. I would like to state at the outset that like many people I am not terribly fond of clowns. As a child I found them to be deeply … Continue reading

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What Does Montevideo Have To Do With Hargesia?

In 1933 a group of diplomats from fifteen nations in the Western Hemisphere met in the capital of Uruguay and came up with a sensible if not necessarily often-followed set of principles about the right and duties of states. Included … Continue reading

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Audiobook Review: Rise To Greatness

Rise To Greatness: Abraham Lincoln And America’s Most Perilous Year, by David Von Drehle The author of this book makes the case that 1862 was the most perilous year in America’s history, and in doing so presents a compelling case … Continue reading

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Book Review: Panda Nation

Panda Nation: The Construction And Conservation Of China’s Modern Icon, by E Elena Songster How and when did the panda become so important to China, and what has been done by China to preserve the vulnerable animal and to understand … Continue reading

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Winners At A Losing Game

One of the more momentous wars in the 19th century was fought mostly in the Crimean Peninsula in the southern portion of Ukraine. Since time immemorial this constricted space has proven to be the location of ferocious conflict, and it … Continue reading

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