Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

(Personal note:  Thanks everyone for the congratulations!  Daughter is doing well and of course exhausting, so I will shortly be changing up the posting schedule here to better reflect my reality.  I'm not going anywhere anytime soon; this is a fine outlet for me for now, I just need to find a new way to … Continue reading Israel’s Quiet War on Hezbollah

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What the hell just happened to Turkey?

And "to" seems the right word, because this was done to Turkey by Recip Tayyip Erdogan and his political machine.  International electoral monitors cite fraud; so too does the powerful Republican People's Party.  That hardly matters, it seems.  Turkish election officials will not allow a recount. And so even if cheated, it is a victory for … Continue reading What the hell just happened to Turkey?

The World Without America

(Originally published in July 2013, this piece still feels relevant today as people debate whether the world would be better off, especially given President Trump, absent the United States.  It has been edited to reflect the more formal style the site has taken the past couple of years and includes both parts.  Enjoy!)   Let’s … Continue reading The World Without America

Coming Crawling Back: ISIS Seeks Alliance with Al-Qaeda

From Reuters: Islamic State is talking to al Qaeda about a possible alliance as Iraqi troops close in on IS fighters in Mosul, Iraqi Vice President Ayad Allawi said in an interview on Monday. Allawi said he got the information on Monday from Iraqi and regional contacts knowledgeable about Iraq. "The discussion has started now," … Continue reading Coming Crawling Back: ISIS Seeks Alliance with Al-Qaeda

Everyone Hates the EU: French Far Left Gains Steam In The Final Push

According to Reuters: Far-left candidate Jean-Luc Melenchon drew tens of thousands to a rally on Sunday, aiming to maintain momentum that has pushed the one-time outsider into contention in the French presidential election, with the first round of voting a week away. It is a race to see which candidate can isolate France the most: … Continue reading Everyone Hates the EU: French Far Left Gains Steam In The Final Push

Ivory Coast’s Maturing State Power: Court Convicts Soldiers of Civil War-Era Ex-Pat Murders

From Reuters: An Ivory Coast court convicted six ex-soldiers for the kidnapping, torture and murder of four foreigners in 2011 during a civil war that following a disputed election, the prosecution said. Gunmen kidnapped the four victims - two Frenchmen, a Beninese and a Malaysian - from the Novotel hotel in Abidjan in April 2011 … Continue reading Ivory Coast’s Maturing State Power: Court Convicts Soldiers of Civil War-Era Ex-Pat Murders

Why Russian resets keep failing

In short, if it wasn't one thing, it would have been another. It didn't have to have to be a gas attack; it could have been a stray Russian shell in some Ukrainian city; a dead exiled opposition leader on the streets of a Western capital city; a major hacking attack against a critical American target; … Continue reading Why Russian resets keep failing