Monthly Archives: March 2017

Merkel ‘explained’ convention to Trump in phone call | World news | The Guardian

“Donald Trump’s executive order to halt travel from seven Muslim-majority countries – Iraq, Syria, Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Somalia – has provoked a wave of concern and condemnation from international leaders and politicians.A spokesman for Angela Merkel said the … Continue reading

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What I Saw in Vietnam – by H.D.S.Greenway – NYT

“I had come to Saigon thinking that we needed to make a stand against Russian and Chinese Communism as we had done in Korea. But in time I became less and less sure. I began to see that for the … Continue reading

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Donald- Have I Got a Deal for You – by Thomas Friedman – NYT

“Obama had the same three choices on Iran: bomb, acquiesce or negotiate. He did not want to bomb Iranian nuclear installations, because of the uncontrollable events bombing could unleash, and he did not want to acquiesce. So Obama negotiated what … Continue reading

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Will Rex Tillerson Pass North Korea’s Nuclear Test? – by Antony Blinken

“Since the early 1990s, American administrations have tried and failed to curb North Korea’s growing nuclear ambitions. Over the past year, Kim Jong-un, the country’s leader, has relentlessly accelerated the effort to develop an intercontinental ballistic missile that can strike … Continue reading

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Do We Need to Give Up Alcohol to Lose Weight? Not Necessarily – The New York Times

“Unlike protein, fats and carbohydrates, alcohol is a toxic substance that is not stored in the body. Alcohol calories are used for fuel, thus decreasing the body’s use of other sources of calories. That means people who drink must eat … Continue reading

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The Benedict Option – David Brooks – NYT

“Faith seems to come in two personalities, the purist and the ironist. Purists believe that everything in the world is part of a harmonious whole. All questions point ultimately to a single answer. If we orient our lives toward this … Continue reading

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My defence of President Trump’s refugee ban by aussiconservativeblog

My comment to the aussiconservativeblog: Well articulated. I’m not sure you have this right. Modern Islamic clerics, especially here in the U.S., say that this was never set in stone. That most modern Islamists do not hold the views of … Continue reading

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Connecting Trump’s Dots to Russia – by Nicholas Kristof – NYT

“I enjoyed the show “House of Cards” but always felt that it went a bit too far, that its plot wasn’t plausible. After seven weeks of President Trump, I owe “House of Cards” an apology. Nothing seems impossible any more.That … Continue reading

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Donald Trump’s Worst Deal – By Adam Davidson – The New Yorker

The New Yorker magazine article “Donald Trump’s Worst Deal” – By Adam Davidson ends: “Senator Sherrod Brown, of Ohio, who is the ranking Democratic member of the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs, said, in an e-mail, that a … Continue reading

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Peanut Butter on the Trump Team’s Chins – Tom Friedman – NYT

“Government moves “at the speed of trust,” observes Stephen M. R. Covey in his book “The Speed of Trust.” “There is one thing that is common to every individual, relationship, team, family, organization, nation, economy, and civilization throughout the world … Continue reading

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