Monthly Archives: December 2011

Holiday Cheer!

Most posts on this blog are about things that worry us — from revolutions to financial crises. Fortunately, I have things I can celebrate; most of all my family. So posts will be sporadic for the next few days, as … Continue reading

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On the Passing of Dictatorships…

From the Arab Spring to the passing of Kim Jong Il, 2011 was a year of dictators passing from the scene.   But while 2011 puts an exclamation point on this trend, the fading of dicatorships has been a rather steady ongoing process … Continue reading

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Ding Dong Kim Jong Il is Dead … but what will follow?

2011 — the annus horribilus for dictators — ends with the death of Kim Jong Il.  But the only thing certain now is great uncertainty for the next 12-18 months. What comes now is the regency, with Chang Song Taek, … Continue reading

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Too Bad about the Euro…

The big summit has come and gone — and Italian interest rates are already back over 6%.  So much for a dramatic rescue.  Moreover, Britain has essentially withdrawn from the EU as regards fiscal policy, in order to protect the … Continue reading

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A New Dawn in Russia

The mass protests in Russia this week mark a new era for the Russian state — an end to a cowed population that will accept whatever the government offers. This is not a “Moscow Spring” — the government is not … Continue reading

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Man’s Humanity and Inhumanity to Man

I spent this week in Vietnam and Cambodia.  These two nations were inextricably linked in America’s wars in Indochina (it is interesting, but logical, to find that the conflict we refer to as “the Vietnam War” is here known to … Continue reading

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Will the Euro be Saved?

The outlines of a deal to save the Euro are now perfectly clear.  European nations using the Euro will cede soverign control of the their budgets to a Eurozone fiscal authority that will set limits for debt; in return, now … Continue reading

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