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Book Review: The Kurds: State And Minority In Turkey, Iraq, And Iran

The Kurds:  State And Minority In Turkey, Iraq, And Iran, by James Ciment It is somewhat noteworthy that this particular book is substantially out of date, and worth mentioning how so at the outset.  Seeking to focus on the relationship … Continue reading

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Burma’s Cadillac Jungle

The sobering, but excellent book Cadillac Desert [1] shows how the United States, through its attempts to control nature, fill its empty and barren west, and harness the energy capacity of its rivers, dramatically shaped population patterns, bringing people to … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Ambler Warning

The Ambler Warning, by Robert Ludlum In one sense, reviewing a book like this, from a prolific, and deceased, author of conspiratorial pot-boilers, is superfluous. The book is an easy and quick read, has no massive surprises that a reasonably … Continue reading

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Today In History: On July 9, 2011, South Sudan Became An Independent Nation

On July 4, 1776, after more than a year of warfare, a fledgling nation declared independence, seeking to unify around a cause of liberty and freedom not only for itself but for a candid world. That nation was the United … Continue reading

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Today In History: On June 26, 1960, Somaliland Become An Independent Nation For The First Time

Many nations of the world became independent in 1960, as it marked the widespread end of European colonialism over much of the world’s surface. One of the nations that got their independence fifty-one years ago today, on June 26, 1960, … Continue reading

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Book Review: Studies in Thai History

Studies in Thai History, by David K. Wyatt Studies in Thai History is a relatively short (less than 300 pages) and intriguing collection of eighteen articles written between 1963 and 1988. They are arranged in roughly chronological order and cover … Continue reading

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Innocents Abroad

In the late 1800’s, Mark Twain wrote what was a common type of literature during that guilded age, a travelogue. One of his several volumes of travelogues was called Innocents Abroad, and it was meant (like many sayings of Twain) … Continue reading

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Somaliland Update: Powerful Friends, Powerful Logic

In today’s Somaliland update we have a set of pro-Somaliland independence updates from a wide variety of sources that demonstrate Somaliland’s international profile is increasing. UKIP European Parliament Member Supports Somaliland Independence Somaliland247 has obtained a statement from UK Indpendence … Continue reading

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My Invitation Must Have Gotten Lost In The Mail

Last week the US Ambassador for Thailand held a party for bloggers and I wasn’t even invited.  Surely my invitation must have gotten lost in the mail, right?  No?  Oh, well.  At least one of the notable local reporters for … Continue reading

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Somaliland Update: Kenya Supports Somaliland Independence

It appears as if the momentum for Somaliland independence is building.  In the upcoming meetings of the AU, where South Sudan will be given its full recognition of independence as a result of its successful plebiscite in January, it looks … Continue reading

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