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  • The end of National Sovereignty in the Middle East? Iraqi Kurdistan sends troops into Syria
    • What is going on with the Turkish government's attitude both to ISIL and the KRG? It seems deeply inconsistent and changing on an almost daily basis?

  • Obama and David Brooks's Manhood Problem
    • "Basically since Yalta we’ve had an assumption that borders are basically going to be borders"

      Never mind Yalta, actually that assumption is kind of built into the Treaty of Westphalia, so we've had 375 years of it not working and Brooks has only now noticed. Idiot.

  • CNN Fail: Imaginary "Dark Males," "Accents," and "Arrests" Haunt Reporters
    • If he exists, I'm sure he speaks with an accent. Probably some kind of American accent, possibly even from New England.

  • Sanity and Insanity in American Politics (Bachmann, Sessions, Romney, and Chicken)
    • There's no way Romney's proposals would get through the House of Lords as presently constituted; it's modally to the left of the Cameron government because it contains a leavening of people who were put there because they have intelligent things to say about stuff.

      What he actually illustrates is the truth of the old saw about poor Americans not seeing themselves as working class but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires. And what you can do about that I have no idea.

  • Medvedev slams Romney for "Number one Enemy" Slur
    • warning that it is an American, not a Chinese century.

      To misquote a well known Chinese statesman, it's too soon to tell.

  • World's Stupidest Guerrillas Kill over 70 Shiite Pilgrims in Iraq
    • No, the world's stupidest guerrillas were the Provisional IRA, who spent about 15 years blowing stuff up during a period when you could otherwise probably have assembled a majority of the British mainland electorate in favour of withdrawing from N.Ireland on the basis that a. it was an economic sink and b. the "Unionist" leadership were a bunch of fascist know-nothings that nobody wanted to be associated with. Then they stopped blowing stuff up, and now they're in the government. Good game, PIRA!

  • What should have been Headlines in the Corporate Media: Today's Best of the Blogosphere
    • that people making over a million dollars a year should have to pay taxes at at least the same percentage rate as people who make less than that.

      Oh. Wow. This is supposed to be the new progressive position? That taxes on people making over $1m p.a should not actually be regressive? If that's the best game in town we a so f***ed.

  • London Riots: Its the Economy, Stupid (Not a Clash of Civilizations)
    • As a matter of fact, the first people who joined the riots after the Caribbean community seem to have been Hasidic Jews. There's a huge Jewish community in Tottenham. Everybody else joined in soon enough.

      As to the motivation, there's the report of some journalist asking a young black guy what they hoped to achieve by rioting, and he replied, "Well, you're talking to me, aren't you?"

  • Dear Foreigner-Haters: Immigration is Good for You
    • "Poles are from a Catholic background and that might make for integration issues in largely Protestant Britain, except that I don’t think young Poles are mostly very religious."

      Largely Protestant Britain is a myth. British people are overwhelmingly agnostic, of the "never think about it" variety. It is true that a significant minority choose to be married in churches and buried with protestant religious ceremonies, but this is largely because the associated pomp and circumstance is attractive, and most of them never go near a church except as a tourist on any other occasion.

      It is also true that a few constitutional anomalies remain from the 17th century. Nobody cares. In practice, Britain is probably more secular than France, and secular Poles will fit right in.

  • Pressman: “Coup with a mass(ive) twist”
    • 'But the coup vs. revolution divide is not just an academic debate. The combination of these two elements will likely greatly influence the direction Egypt takes over the next 6-12 months. As Juan Cole noted on February 13, “For the moment, Egypt is a strange kind of military dictatorship, with various safety valves for popular input and a set of promises for the future. But then, it has been that for some time– it is just that the promises may now be more credible and a transition to something else may be possible.”'

      So what happened in Portugal in 1974? Coup or revolution? Why does this process have to be viewed as binary?

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