Monthly Archives: September 2016

Vladimir Putin’s Outlaw State – The New York Times

  “President Vladimir Putin is fast turning Russia into an outlaw nation. As one of five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council, his country shares a special responsibility to uphold international law. Yet, his behavior in Ukraine and … Continue reading

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Russia’s Brutal Bombing of Aleppo May Be Calculated, and It May Be Working – The New York Times

by Max Fisher. “The effects of Russia’s bombing campaign in the Syrian city of Aleppo — destroying hospitals and schools, choking off basic supplies, and killing aid workers and hundreds of civilians over just days — raise a question: What … Continue reading

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Trump? How Could We? – by Tom Friedman – The New York Times

  “My reaction to the Donald Trump-Hillary Clinton debate can be summarized with one word: “How?”How in the world do we put a man in the Oval Office who thinks NATO is a shopping mall where the tenants aren’t paying … Continue reading

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An Ugly Campaign, Condensed Into One Debate – The New York Times

  Kathleen and I  watched the debate, and Hillary impressed us greatly, as expected. Donald turned our stomach, as expected. I decided after reading the editorial below, not to post it. I had posted the NYT editorials endorsing Hillary, and … Continue reading

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The Contest Over Israel Aid – The New York Times

  “For many years, substantial assistance was warranted in recognition of Israel’s peace treaty with Egypt and its need to defend against hostile Arab states. There is a compelling need for the United States’ continued commitment to Israel’s security, which … Continue reading

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Two Ex-Spies and Donald Trump, by Tom Friedman – The New York Times

  “When it comes to assessing the presidential race, I prefer to listen to the spies. They tend to be brutally unsentimental, see through the nonsense and cut to the cold, hard bottom line. And right now, two of the … Continue reading

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G.M. Job Shift From Mexico Tests a Trump Premise – The New York Times

“In the realm of international trade, it is a truism seemingly as consistent as gravity: Jobs and investment flow from north to south, while manufactured goods travel the other way around. Factories in the United States and Canada shutter as … Continue reading

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Who Hates Trade Treaties? Surprisingly, Not Voters, by Jackie Calmes – The New York Times

“WASHINGTON — Few issues in this campaign cycle seem as toxic as trade: Both major-party presidential candidates oppose President Obama’s 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership, and congressional leaders, having refused all year to vote on the trade accord until after the election, … Continue reading

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The Trans-Pacific Partnership, Explained, by Kevin Granville – The New York Times

“The Trans-Pacific Partnership, the largest regional trade accord in history, would set new terms for trade and business investment among the United States and 11 other Pacific Rim nations — a far-flung group with an annual gross domestic product of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Carter: A First Step for Syria? Stop the Killing – The New York Times

  “The announcement this month of a new cease-fire agreement in Syria is good news. But a lack of trust among the Syrian belligerents and their foreign supporters means this agreement, like the one that came before it, is vulnerable … Continue reading

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