Monthly Archives: April 2013

When did the US stop thinking big? Look at EDUCATION!

Here is a quote from Turkey’s finance minister, regarding their plans to improve education in that country (from THE GLOBALIST).  He is discussing what he sees as the critical issue — bringing the quality of education in the poorest and … Continue reading

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War — what is it good for?

As I am flying out of Madrid today, security is unusually tight — they are running a marathon in the city, and marathons are now high-risk events. The news is usually consumed with details of the Boston bombers and the aftermath.  … Continue reading

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Why we mess up

Confronted with the news that the Russians asked the US to look into possible violent activities by Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the elder Boston bomber, you might wonder why he was able to wreak havoc in Boston. The answer is the same … Continue reading

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Is Terror back?

In the 12 years since 9/11, the United States has been consumed by fear of Islamist terrorism.   Underpants bombers, Guantanamo prison, torture, Bin Laden, drone attacks — the list of news stories and issues related to conflicts between radical anti-Western … Continue reading

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Tragedy in Boston

I lived in Boston for eight years from 1973 to 1981.  It is horrifying to see what happened, even more so on streets I regularly walked, and on a day that Bostonians have always taken as a day of celebration … Continue reading

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In Surprise, Recovery in China Loses Steam

Those aren’t my words — they come from a NY Times story this morning: China’s growth is a bit LESS than this time last year. The drop is, of itself, not alarming — but that it comes after a year of effort … Continue reading

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Confused about North Korea? — Think Syria

No, I’m not saying that Korea will descend into Civil War like Syria.  However, there ARE the ingredients for an error that will produce open conflict. What Korea and Syria both have in common is unexpected rulers with shaky legitimacy. … Continue reading

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