Monthly Archives: September 2015

Syria, Obama and Putin It’s better to be wary of getting involved in Syria than rushing to do so. nytimes.com|By Thomas L. Friedman

Tom Friedman to the rescue. First he compliments Obama for his sanity and calm. Then he writes: “Putin stupidly went into Syria looking for a cheap sugar high to show his people that Russia is still a world power. Well, … Continue reading

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Frank Bruni belittles Hillary Clinton, David Lindsay builds her up.

David Lindsay has changed the name of his second blog from LindsayOnVietnam.wordpress.com to OnVietnamAndtheworld.wordpress.com. Please go to the new blog on World Affairs and American Foreign Policy and resubscribe. All three of you. For the post below by Frank Bruni, … Continue reading

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Putin and Obama Have Profound Differences on Syria – The New York Times

“Both leaders affirmed the need for international cooperation but provided little hope for a solution.” Source: Putin and Obama Have Profound Differences on Syria – The New York Times This editorial leaves me cold. But there was a comment I … Continue reading

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An Unreliable Germany and the Volkswagen Debacle – Roger Cohen,The New York Times

“Germany’s leading company has toyed with the air people breathe. That’s shocking. In historical context, it’s devastating.The Volkswagen scandal elicits more than dismay. It is one of those moments when the entire culture of a nation — in this case … Continue reading

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Cultural Revolution Shaped Xi Jinping, From Schoolboy to Survivor – The New York Times

“BEIJING — When the pandemonium of the Cultural Revolution erupted, he was a slight, softly spoken 13-year-old who loved classical Chinese poetry. Two years later, adrift in a city torn apart by warring Red Guards, Xi Jinping had hardened into … Continue reading

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Iran Deal Players’ Report Cards – Tom Friedman, The New York Times

“The Iran nuclear deal is now sealed — from Washington’s end. But since this has been one of America’s most important foreign policy shifts in the last four decades, it’s worth looking back and grading the performance of the key … Continue reading

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Labour’s Dead Center – Paul Krugman, The New York Times

“In short, the whole narrative about Labour’s culpability for the economic crisis and the urgency of austerity is nonsense. But it is nonsense that was consistently reported by British media as fact. And all of Mr. Corbyn’s rivals for Labour … Continue reading

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U.S. Drops Charges That Professor Shared Technology With China – The New York Times

Originally posted on Inconvenient News .Wordpress.com:
Is this a case of incompetence by the Justice Department, or serious underfunding? “WASHINGTON — When the Justice Department arrested the chairman of Temple University’s physics department this spring and accused him of…

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ISIS and Vietnam – Tom Friedman, 10/28/14, The New York Times

“In May, I visited Vietnam and met with university students. After a week of being love-bombed by Vietnamese, who told me how much they admire America, want to work or study there and have friends and family living there, I … Continue reading

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Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants – The New York Times

“Some European officials may be tempted to adopt the hard-line approach Australia has used to stem a similar tide of migrants. That would be unconscionable.Prime Minister Tony Abbott has overseen a ruthlessly effective effort to stop boats packed with migrants, … Continue reading

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