Kanye Tweets Right
A hip-hop icon dares to question the liberal narrative.
The great Russian oil game in Iraqi Kurdistan
(Reuters) Last October, at the height of a political crisis in Iraq’s Kurdistan region, a letter arrived at the Iraqi oil ministry in Baghdad from Igor Sechin, head of Kremlin oil major Rosneft (ROSN.MM). The Baghdad government was showing a “lack of constructive position and interest” about Rosneft’s offer to develop southern Iraqi oilfields, Sechin wrote in the letter, a copy of which was seen by Reuters. Kurdistan, a region of about 6 million people in northern Iraq, had just tried and failed to break away from the rest of the country.
Caspian games: Central Asian ‘stans’ vie for connectivity market
BY PEPE ESCOBAR
'Pipelineistan' has a long history, but with its Belt and Road Initiative, China is set to be the top game-changer
China’s Belt and Road, and implications for ASEAN connectivity
The ASEAN Master Plan for Connectivity (AMPC) and China’s Belt and Road Initiative have major commonalities. Both envisage transport connectivity as a way of bringing countries closer to one another, facilitating better access to trade, investment, tourism and people-to-people exchanges. Similar to the BRI project, AMPC calls for a system of roads and railways to link contiguous members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations with one another, as well as a system of ports for...
Family of slain nomad girl reject payout, say killers must hang
BY UMAR SHAH
Mother of the 8-year-old girl raped and murdered near Jammu, tells how her life has come to a standstill; stunned at how her 'wise and witty daughter' could be subject to such unspeakable horrors; 'How could they do this to a little girl?'
Self-Development Requires Self-Direction:
Recommendations to Improve the Army Leader Development Model
By Franklin C. Annis, Small Wars Journal: “As the complexity of war increases and training time remains finite, the U.S. Army will be increasingly depended on self-directed learning to maintain dominance of the modern battlefield.”
Choose A Major In Line With Growing Global Industries
quoting Niall Ferguson via Chicago Tribune
My role as a college admissions consultant has increasingly become that of a career adviser. Students today want to know not only where to study but what to study as they prepare for a career. The globalization of the economy and the shifting of our manufacturing base means that those students who are left in the wake of this transition are concerned about their future. They want to know where they fit in.
HOW EVERY REPUBLIC IN HISTORY FAILS; THE CRIMINALIZATION OF POLITICAL DIFFERENCES: THE LIBERATION OF SCOOTER LIBBY BY JUDITH MILLER
Ryan Found Himself On The Margins As The G.O.P. Moved Right
quoting Lanhee J. Chen via The New York Times
Paul D. Ryan took the helm of the House two and a half years ago, not because he wanted it, but because he was seen as the only lawmaker who could keep Republicans from devouring themselves. They had shut down the government, nearly precipitated a debt crisis and toppled a speaker, John A. Boehner.
KAY S. HYMOWITZ
Equal Pay Myths
Activists for wage parity ignore stubborn truths.
The Tricky Challenge of Understanding China’s Economy
Over the last two years, commentators and Chinese economic observers have expressed concern over “excessive” credit growth in China, which also led to downgrades of China’s ratings and warnings by some financial institutions. Standard and Poor’s downgraded China’s sovereign credit rating last year...
Political reckoning for BJP in India’s northern states
BY SRINAND JHA
Known as the 'Hindi Heartland', the northern states could throw the BJP's plans for 2019 into total disarray
Bharatiya Janata Party’s 12 percent dilemma
Sadanand Dhume | Times of India
Southern India challenges BJP’s divisive politics
BY T.M. VEERARAGHAV
Unhappy with Hindutva politics, progressive states in the south called for a greater share of central funding
America Has A Lot To Learn From South Africa
by Jim Hoagland via The Washington Post
The death of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela at 81 brings a timely if grim reminder of the human costs of white- nationalist rule and intolerance inflicted on South Africa in the 20th century — a reminder that may be particularly useful for Americans right now.
INDIA: 68% of Indian Military Equipment Is 'Vintage'
By George Allison, UK Defence Journal: “Indian officers and officials expressed concerns before an Indian parliamentary committee on defence, service chiefs revealed dire shortfalls in equipment and investment."
INDIA: India's Next Fighter?
By Daniel Darling, RealClearDefense: “While acquiring new combat aircraft has proven particularly difficult for India, servicing existing stocks has also proven problematic, as evidenced by the Navy's 45 Russian-sourced MiG-29K/KUB fighters whose operability rates are well below 50 percent – often falling as low as 16 percent in availability.”
War As Paradox
By Pauline Shanks Kaurin, Strategy Bridge: “The Enlightenment tradition framed the task of philosophy as the search for an objective reality and knowledge based upon eternal principles not rooted in religious authority, and could, therefore, provide the foundations for science, ethics, and political life.The Enlightenment tradition framed the task of philosophy as the search for an objective reality and knowledge based upon eternal principles not rooted in religious authority, and could, therefore, provide the foundations for science, ethics, and political life.”
Is a Free Society Stable?
by Milton Friedman via Defining Ideas
The record of history suggests that tyranny and despotism are the normal state of affairs.
Friedman 1968 At 50
by John H. Cochrane featuring Milton Friedman via Grumpy Economist
This month marks the 50th anniversary of Milton Friedman's The Role of Monetary Policy, one of the most influential essays in economics ever. To this day, economics students are well advised to go read this classic article, and carefully.
Sovereignty, statehood and political order in Africa
A continent that was once the world’s most insistent on state sovereignty has become highly tolerant, and even encouraging, of military intervention. What was once seen as a dangerously revisionist practice is now perceived by African decision-makers as a way to enhance sovereignty, argue Ricardo Soares de Oliveira and Harry Verhoeven in the new issue of Survival: Global Politics and Strategy.
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What Was the Vietnam War About?
(New York Times) Was America’s war in Vietnam a noble struggle against Communist aggression, a tragic intervention in a civil conflict, or an imperialist counterrevolution to crush a movement of national liberation? Those competing interpretations ignited fiery debates in the 1960s and remain unresolved today. How we name and define this most controversial of American wars is not a narrow scholarly exercise, but profoundly shapes public memory of its meaning and ongoing significance to American national identity and foreign policy.
EXAMPLE OF SUCCESS IN U.S. FOREIGN POLICY ACE VENTURA
PAUL RAHE: REALISM IN FOREIGN AFFAIRS, SPARTA
CONSCIENCE & TEMPORAL AUTHORITY
POSITIVE LAW vs. CONSCIENCE