Monthly Archives: November 2011

Don’t Give up on the Arab Spring (2)

In September, I wrote “Historically, extremism and renewed authoritarianism have arisen mainly through a backlash against attempts from inside or outside to limit or rollback the revolution.  If allowed to unwind without major internal or external threats, revolutions generally move … Continue reading

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Rubber Bullets and Pepper Spray

It seem to be getting harder and harder to tell the true democracies.  OWS protestors have been tossed out of their peaceful encampments by police from Oakland, CA, to New York City.  And in my old campus (!!) of the … Continue reading

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Easter Island on the Potomac

We all know the story of Easter Island (for the latest popular recitation of the story, see Jared Diamond’s COLLAPSE).   The leaders sought to outdo each other by putting up giant stone statues of heads with stone hats.  They kept doing … Continue reading

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New Chapter in Syria

The decision by the Arab League to formally suspend Syria marks a new chapter in the Syrian resistance and the 2011 Arab revolts.  Historically, Syria — with its ancient cities of Damascus and Aleppo and its recent pan-Arabism — regards itself … Continue reading

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It should be clear to everyone that the only way to save the Euro is to issue unlimited funds to back up Greek and Italian debt.  That debt has to be restructured one way or another, as with rational growth … Continue reading

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Germany rests, the rest panic

It’s no wonder the Germans are comfortably relaxed.  GDP growth this year looks to hit 3%.  Unemployment is 6.5%, down from 7% a year ago.  Germany’s exports shot up by 10.5% in September compared to the same month last year.  Merkel’s … Continue reading

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More Merkel Ahead

Here in Germany, there is surprisingly little discussion or alarm about the EU.  Apparently, most feel it is the ‘other’ countries — Greece, Portugal, Italy — that have problems; Germany just has to decide how the problems should be fixed, … Continue reading

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