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Audiobook Review: Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates

Thomas Jefferson And The Tripoli Pirates:  The Forgotten War That Changed American History, by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger As someone who is familiar with the author’s writing and very interested in piracy [1], this audiobook was definitely of interest … Continue reading

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Heroes And Lies

This afternoon, while engaging in my investigation of my new neighborhood, I took the opportunity to pick up a copy of the Clackamas Review, the free local newspaper for Clackamas County. What first drew my attention was the front page … Continue reading

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No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

It’s not every day, or every year, that an ambassador is assassinated in a foreign land. Rarer still is such an assassination to an ambassador who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to help the country that … Continue reading

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Countries That Need To Get On The Bandwagon

Update: New views from Sudan and Cyprus, Sudan taken off the list. Guatemala taken off from the list also. Greenland has been taken off the list as well. Both Libya and Burma (Myanmar) have been taken off the list as … Continue reading

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Mali’s Free Radical Problem

In a previous post on the subject of Libya’s lack of cohesion [1], I warned that the breakup of Libya would threaten neighboring nations with problems due to the “free radical” nature of the Tuareg problem in those nations. Even … Continue reading

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Between A Rock And A Hard Place: The Fate Of Ousted Dictators And Divided Nations

The sight of loony and oppressive former Libyan Dictator Gaddafi ought to be a cautionary tale for other dictators in the region. Gaddafi, like Barre in Somalia, sought to hold together his oppressive rule, which had been supported (or at … Continue reading

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The African Union And The Arab League

The recent apparent flight of Gaddafi from Tripoli, though not the end of the conflict between the rebel forces and his regime, signifies a new stage where the rebel forces will not have to transition into a functioning government in … Continue reading

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Wars And Rumors Of Wars

Today has been full of a lot of very striking military news on two fronts: the Burmese Civil War of 2011, which is now being waged across several provinces of Burma (including one province that I am supposed to be … Continue reading

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Somaliland Update: Anti-Piracy Efforts, Tax Codes, Important Meetings, War Crimes, SSC Surveillance

Today is a relatively busy Somaliland update entry, as it has been a busy week for Somaliland, with international interest in its coast guard efforts against piracy, changes to the Somaliland tax code, anticipation of an important meeting with the … Continue reading

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Libya, Iraq, and the Perils of Partition

When I earlier examined the implications of South Sudan Independence [1], one of the most obvious implications is that partition (or separation) will serve as a model for future problems. By and large the international community has generally only supported … Continue reading

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