Today We Are All Dutch
Jul23

Today We Are All Dutch

The achievements of the Dutch people and the tragedies they have suffered have, at times, been immensely disproportionate to the small population and the tiny size of this remarkable nation. Back in the 16th and 17th centuries, “tiny Holland” — the “Northern Low Countries” with less than 2 million people — experienced an era of unprecedented, explosive growth and prosperity to become the premier economic, industrial,...

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Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul23

Arabs, Palestinians Suffer Fate of the American Indian (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

The depth of Arab agony over the Palestinian predicament and the future of the Muslim world pours out of this column from Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran. Columnist Moncef Wafi, expressing a sense of betrayal and frustration over almost every decision-making authority imaginable, writes that the Arab Spring is to Arabs what the White man was to the American Indian: ‘a cancer that has metastasized, infecting almost the...

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‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier
Jul23

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian Soldier

‘We Shot Down MH17,’ Says Pro-Russian...

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The downside of giving weapons
Jul23

The downside of giving weapons

WASHINGTON — The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors. I hope the hawks who wanted President Obama to ship anti-aircraft missiles to the Syrian rebels are paying attention. By now there is little doubt that Malaysia Airlines Flight 17, with 298 people on board, was blasted out of the sky Thursday by a Russian-made SA-11 missile...

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Will Flight 17 sober us up?
Jul23

Will Flight 17 sober us up?

WASHINGTON — Tragedies concentrate the mind. American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high. Vladimir Putin’s recklessness in Ukraine was no longer just about his quest for regional hegemony. Miscalculation and thoughtless error have...

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Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Downing of Flight 17 – Continuing Updates

This entry will be updated as events warrant. 22 July 2014 21:50 CDT The first bodies from flight MH17 are being flown to the Netherlands where they are expected to arrive in Eindhoven at 16:00 local time (14:00 GMT). The BBC: The Dutch royal family and the prime minister Mark Rutte will meet the plane. The bodies are then due to be taken to the Korporaal van Oudheusden barracks for identification. Mr Rutte said that process could...

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Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates
Jul22

Israel’s Ground Offensive in Gaza – Continuing Updates

22 July 2014 – 12:00 PM CDT – The New York Times: Major American airlines stopped flying to Israel on Tuesday after a rocket fell near Ben-Gurion International Airport outside Tel Aviv, and the Federal Aviation Administration told the carriers not to fly to Tel Aviv for 24 hours. All three United States carriers with service to Israel – Delta Air Lines, United Airlines and US Airways – said they had temporarily suspended...

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Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference
Jul20

Putin’s Hard Hat of Indifference

Balloon Payment For The Sochi Olympics Invade Now For Best Financing Terms The View From The Virgin Islands By John McCarthy TMV Columnist Remember when the worst thing we had to fear from Vladimir Putin was another garish bare-chested, bareback photo opportunity? There had come a time in the career of President Putin when he was even taking flack from Pussy Riot band members and seemed destined for irrelevance. Not any more. The...

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Why Would Putin Shoot Down a Plane?
Jul20

Why Would Putin Shoot Down a Plane?

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Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of cover-up
Jul19

Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of cover-up

Ukraine says separatists took bodies from crash site as part of...

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Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17 Crash
Jul19

Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17 Crash

Russia Spotted Editing Wikipedia Page About MH17...

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Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner
Jul19

Maybe this is the real story behind the downed Malaysia airliner

Geography, motive, communications intercepts, and all manner of circumstantial evidence suggest that the likeliest suspect in the horrific deaths of two hundred and ninety-eight people aboard Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was the curiously well-armed and well-coördinated military outfit loyal to Moscow in eastern Ukraine. Various government and intelligence officials in Kiev say that they have evidence, including a series of damning...

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MH17: How can the US respond?
Jul19

MH17: How can the US respond?

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Cartoon: Russian fingerprints
Jul18

Cartoon: Russian fingerprints

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Cartoon: Flight 17
Jul18

Cartoon: Flight 17

This copyrighted cartoon is licensed by Cagle Cartoons to run on TMV. Unauthorized reproduction...

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Newsweek Rewind: ‘Murder in the Air’
Jul18
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To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a War
Jul18

To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a War

To the Plane’s Left, Ladies and Gentlemen, a...

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(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ
Jul17

(Updated) Surface-to-Air Missile Brought Down Malaysia Airlines Flight over Ukraine: WSJ

Member Login Username: Password: Update II: Secretary of State John Kerry has released the following statement on the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 in Eastern Ukraine: We are horrified by the crash of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17. There are no words adequate to express our condolences to the families of the nearly 300 victims. We offer our sympathies and support to the Governments of Malaysia and the Netherlands at this...

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ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul14

ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

How much responsibility does Saudi Arabia have for the chaos cause to Syria, Iraq and the entire region by the now-infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, noted columnist Kharroubi Habib writes that in an effort to displace al-Qaeda, which seeks the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, Saudi ‘strategists’ decided to back a new group – ISIL. The only trouble is that...

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