Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Dec01

Gorbachev: West ‘Resigned’ to Crimea’s Return to Russia (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Upon his return from celebrations in Germany for the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, former USSR President Mikhail Gorbachev gave this somewhat testy interview with Komsomolskaya Pravda, in which he is defensive over accusations that he ‘lost’ the Soviet Union. He discusses where it all went wrong with the United States, his belief that the Ukraine crisis can be overcome and how the Western leaders he met...

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Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict
Nov29

Perceptions of Reality— And a Failure to Indict

by Walter Brasch She quietly walked into the classroom and stood there, just inside the door, against a wall. The professor, his back to her, continued his lecture, unaware of her presence until his students’ eyes began focusing upon her rather than him. “Yes?” he asked, turning to her. Just “Yes.” Nothing more. “You shouldn’t have done it,” she said peacefully. He was confused. So she said it again, this time a little louder, and...

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Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates
Nov28

Cosby and Ghomeshi scandals open floodgates

The “clinking” of Bill Cosby’s belt buckle as he allegedly attempted a rape, the sound of a slap across a woman’s face after Jian Ghomeshi turned his stuffed toy “Big Ears Teddy” around. It’s the details that linger and horrify. In the headline-grabbing cases of famed American comic Bill Cosby and former CBC radio host Jian… graphic via...

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Hagel: Foreign Policy Failure Symptom
Nov26

Hagel: Foreign Policy Failure Symptom

The following editorial appeared in the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, Nov. 25: ——— Recent events have not cast a flattering light on President Barack Obama’s approach to military and security matters. The rise of the Islamic State has forced him to reverse his withdrawal from Iraq. Vladimir Putin has seized Crimea from neighboring Ukraine and...

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On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)
Nov22

On Pope Francis’ Secret Service: Confronting the ISIS Threat (Corriere Della Sera, Italy)

He rides in an open car amid hundreds of thousands of people from around the world and abhors being seperated from his flock. Imagine the heart-stopping difficulty of protecting one of the most popular pontiffs in a generation from terrorists bent on killing anyone not a Sunni fundamentalist – particularly a man with the title ‘Vicar of Christ’? Offering a glimpse behind the scenes is Corriere Della Sera’s man...

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How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking
Nov22

How Americans Came to Oppose Fracking

by Walter Brasch For the first time since high volume horizontal hydraulic fracturing, commonly known as nonconventional fracking, was developed, more Americans oppose it than support it. According to a national survey conducted by the independent non-partisan Pew Research Center, 47 percent of Americans oppose fracking, while 41 percent support it. This is a 7 percent decline in support from March 2013, and a 9 percent increase in...

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ISIS Terror: Are We Desensitized?
Nov20

ISIS Terror: Are We Desensitized?

When the Islamic State group released a new video Sunday showing a series of bloody beheadings, including that of U.S. aid worker Peter Kassig, newspapers, TV networks and news sites once again featured blaring headlines detailing and decrying the latest piece of ISIS propaganda. But the stories of militant terror seem to be having diminishing...

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Turley Turns Coat
Nov18

Turley Turns Coat

Turley upholds the … republic? This showed up this morning [emphasis added]: TURLEY AGREES TO SERVE AS LEAD COUNSEL FOR HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES IN CONSTITUTIONAL CHALLENGE November 17, 2014 by jonathanturley As many on this blog are aware, I have previously testified, written, and litigated in opposition to the rise of executive power and the countervailing decline in congressional power in our tripartite system. I have also...

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Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Nov16

Decrypting the Arab Obsession with Conspiracy Theories (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Why is the Muslim world such fertile ground for every conspiracy theory imaginable? Using the attacks of September 11, 2001, the revolts of 2011 (the Arab Spring) and the recent offensive by the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria as a jumping off point, Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour consulted authors, politicians and economists to investigate. The upshot: while anti-imperialism, a narcissistic wish to blame others, and a sense...

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It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections
Nov13

It’s not a theory. We know Facebook can influence elections

This week we learned, from an article by Ben Smith, that BuzzFeed has gained near-exclusive access to Facebook sentiment data from now until election day 2016. This data is important, he tell us, because Facebook is quickly becoming a dominant force in U.S. politics, one that will surpass television in importance and become the battleground for targeted ads and direct-to-constituent messaging. “Facebook is on the cusp — and I suspect...

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Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Fox News and the seal that killed Osma bin Laden
Nov12

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Fox News and the seal that killed Osma bin Laden

Fox News and the seal that killed Osma bin Laden by Mike Peters OF RELATED INTEREST: –Navy SEAL on Fox: Still claiming he shot Osama bin Laden? –How Fox News Got Interview With Navy SEAL Who Killed Osama Bin Laden –Shep Smith: ‘Embarrassing’ for CNN to Treat Our Navy SEAL Story as Breaking News –Here’s How Fox News Tried To Keep ‘The Man Who Shot Bin Laden’ A Secret Mike Peters is recognized...

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An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada
Nov08

An American-Style Sex Scandal in Canada

TORONTO — Canada gave us now-former Mayor Rob Ford, who led comedy writers to get down on their knees, look to the heavens and shout “Thank You!!” due to his alcohol and drug-induced antics, coupled with his uncanny resemblance to Saturday Live’s late Chris Farley. Canada’s biggest scandal now swirls around CBC’s mega-radio-talk show star Jian Ghomeshi — who seems to be doing a Bob Filner...

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‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Nov04

‘iGay’: Apple Does it Better than Church of Rome (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Last week, Apple CEO Tim Cook ‘came out of the closet’ as they say, proclaiming proudly in the pages of Business Week that ‘I consider being gay among the greatest gifts God has given me.’ Columnist Bert Wagendorp of the Dutch newspaper de Volkskrant calls Cook’s comments ‘a beautiful and powerful provocation’ in ‘the most Christian country in the world’ and which goes the pope...

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U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)
Nov03

U.S. Midterms: Obama Weakened When World Needs America Most (Le Monde, France)

President Obama is facing a ‘thumping’ as President Bush called his public rejoinder after the 2006 midterm elections. Unlike Bush, though, President Obama is judged to be not only weak and ineffective at home, but ineffective and indecisive abroad. For Le Monde, journalist Dominique Simonnet and historian Nicole Bacharan outline the danger to the West and the world when an American leader is as weakened as the current...

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Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains
Nov03

Despite Pennsylvania Cop Killer’s Capture, A Very Big Question Remains

The surrender of cop killer Eric Frein on Thursday after an excruciating 48-day manhunt in the dense woodlands of the Pennsylvania Poconos is not the end of the story. It is the end of the prologue to a very big question that demands to be asked — and answered: What prompted this wily survivalist to shoot dead a particular state trooper and critically wound another? To suggest that the shootings were random begs credulity,...

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Cartoon: Foxie Poo
Oct31

Cartoon: Foxie Poo

See great cartoons by all the top political cartoonists at http://cagle.com. To license this cartoon for your own site, visit...

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The ‘Ebola Conspiracy’ — A View From the Beach
Oct30

The ‘Ebola Conspiracy’ — A View From the Beach

It takes a lot to get my butt (my fat butt, some would say) off a lounge chair overlooking the gorgeous turquoise Caribbean, into our villa and onto my keyboard. But conservative radio show hostess Laura Ingraham has now earned that dubious distinction. Part of the “honor” goes to my wife, lounging next to me and listening on her IPad to the latest nonsense spouted by Ms. Ingraham. She let me listen. Most likely referring to Ebola,...

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The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Oct29

The ‘Blackwaterization’ of War: Obama is Gambling on it (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

After a trial that for some reason lasted seven years, last week a jury convicted four former Blackwater mercenaries of murdering 14 unarmed Iraqi civilians in a firefight on September 16, 2007 aka/ Baghdad’s Bloody Sunday. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Christian Merville writes that despite the convictions – which will inevitably be appealed, the privatization of warfare is precisely what President...

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Is Ebola the New Jaws?
Oct28

Is Ebola the New Jaws?

In 1975, Steven Spielberg directed a movie derived from a Peter Benchley novel called “Jaws.It was the story of a gigantic white shark terrorizing a resort town, killing a number of swimmers and the shark hunters who went after it. This realistic film was a major hit, the highest grossing film up until that time, frightening and intimidating moviegoers all over the country and eventually the world. People were talking about it for...

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The Whole Story
Oct28

The Whole Story

WASHINGTON — It was the fall of 1979. The Washington Post, which I considered the greatest newspaper in the world, was considering me for a job covering the District of Columbia’s new mayor, an interesting character named Marion Barry. I knew that a couple of Post editors were going to take me to lunch. What I didn’t know was that the great Ben Bradlee was coming along. I ordered what turned out to be the driest...

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