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  • Chronicles Potpourri – American absurdities and abnormalities - 4/24/2015

    According to U.S. News, a survey found less than 8 percent of America’s “major” universities required English majors to take a Shakespeare course. He’s a DWM (Dead White Male) and all.

  • Rethinking the Saudi Connection (II) - 4/24/2015

    The Saudi military intervention in Yemen was launched, according to Riyadh, to “restore the legitimate government” and protect the “Yemeni constitution and elections.”

  • Why Is Yemen Our War? - 4/24/2015

    For a month now, the Saudi air force has been bombing Yemen to reverse a takeover of that nation of 25 million by Houthi rebels, and reinstall a president who fled his country and is residing in Riyadh.

  • My Thermopylae - 4/22/2015

    A tooth I had been neglecting lashed out at me last week like a woman scorned, and through clenched teeth I can report that only renal colic hath more fury.

  • Obama's Republican Collaborators - 4/21/2015

    The GOP swept to victory in November by declaring that this imperial presidency must be brought to heel, and President Obama's illicit seizures of Congressional power must end.

  • Cashiering Andy Jackson - 4/21/2015

    Playing around with history can be dangerous, as reflecting temporary trends and passions instead of worth and achievement; reflecting, too, basic ignorance of history's complexities.

  • Rethinking the Saudi Connection (I) - 4/21/2015

    Saudi Arabia has been dominating the Middle Eastern news recently. Its bombing of the Shia Houthis in Yemen, supported by Washington, and its ambivalent stand on ISIS, concealed in Washington, should raise questions about the nature and long-term ambitions of the desert kingdom.

  • Christians Overboard - 4/17/2015

    Today brings the news that 15 Moslem migrants seeking to enter Europe illegally are under arrest by Italian police for throwing 12 Christian migrants to their deaths in the Mediterranean.

  • Ready for Hillary? - 4/17/2015

    When she announced her fourth candidacy for president, I signed up for Hillary’s mailing list. (In case you forgot, she won two terms as co-president with Bill, in 1992 and 1996, before losing her co-president race in 2008.)

  • A U.S.-Russia War Over Ukraine? - 4/17/2015

    "Could a U.S. response to Russia's action in Ukraine provoke a confrontation that leads to a U.S.-Russia War?" This jolting question is raised by Graham Allison and Dimitri Simes in the cover article of The National Interest.

  • Love’s Labour’s Lost - 4/15/2015

    As a sometime betting man, I can share the news that the Conservatives are presently at 4/9 and Labour is on 13/8, with the bookmaker Betfair putting the chances of a Conservative coalition government, such as their present arrangement with the Liberal Democrats, at 67 percent.

  • The Coming Decade of Hillary - 4/14/2015

    It is idle to pretend: Hillary R. Clinton will be the next president. A nation capable of electing, and then re-electing, Barack Hussein Obama is perfectly ready to make the most influential woman in the world the most powerful person on this planet.

  • Of Jordan Spieth and Hillary Clinton - 4/14/2015

    I'm. Just. So. Excited. That. Hillary. Clinton. Is. Ready. To. Be. My. Champion. I mean, she says she's ready, what with "the deck . . . still stacked in favor of those at the top."

  • The Obama Doctrine - 4/14/2015

    Uninhibited by old friendships, untethered to old allies, Barack Obama is grounding his Middle East policy on what he sees as the new realities.

  • Mugabe's Mayhem - 4/13/2015

    Late last week, I saw a small piece from AFP reporting that, on a visit to South Africa, Zimbabwe's de facto dictator Robert Mugabe said, "I don't want to see a white man." Of course, if a European leader had commented, "I don't want to see a black man," the international outcry would still be going on.