Andrey G. Karlov is Not Franz Ferdinand

The high-profile killing was everything one could want from a public assassination.  Cameras were live; the Western media, less prone to state censorship, watching.  The assassin even had a chance to deliver a short speech that was straight to the point, and then was promptly killed by Turkish security services.  From the standpoint of political … Continue reading Andrey G. Karlov is Not Franz Ferdinand

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Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

"I am waiting to die or be captured." That is the farewell message of one of the handful of remaining anti-Assad activists in Aleppo.  As the Assad regime now triumphs a murderous, four year long victory, the question of what comes next must be asked. Syria is a ruined country.  It was a state imposed … Continue reading Aleppo has fallen. Now what?

Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III

Surely you know already the tripwire: Taiwan is a de facto country but a de jure province of mainland China.  The People's Republic wants to bring it back under mainland China's rule, while the people of Taiwan want exactly the opposite.  Moreover, Taiwan's military security is guaranteed by the United States via the Taiwan Relations Act … Continue reading Why Taiwan (Still) Could Start World War III