Yearly Archives: 2011

Libya: Evaluating Obama’s Role

The great debate over our intervention in Libya largely misses a key element, the future power of the UNSC as peacemaker. President Obama deserves credit for sensitivity to this issue. Continue reading

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No-Fly Zone over Libya?

We need a decison by the Security Council before we participate in a no-fly-zone regime over Libya. Continue reading

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The Sweet Spot

Are we really stuck with only two choices, world cop versus fortress America? Is there no middle way? Of course there’s a middle way, in fact there are quite a lot of them… Continue reading

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Qaddafi, a Wild Card in the Arab Deck

There are important differences between the current revolt in Libya and the revolutions that have shaken Tunisia and Egypt. Continue reading

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Our veto in the Security Council

The figleaf we used to cover our veto of the UNSC resolution on Israeli settlements was transparent. The consequences of our dishonorable act will be profound. Continue reading

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Cairo and Washington

The President overrode the establishment in fully backing the revolutionaries in Cairo. Could this be a harbinger of stronger Presidential leadership generally? Continue reading

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After Cairo> (update)

I was smart twelve days ago (“After Cairo”) to hedge my bets. This update is pretty modest too. I repeat, the Middle East is the graveyard of prophets. Continue reading

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American Exceptionalism and the Crisis in Cairo

In Egypt we find ourselves conflicted between our ideals and our interests. It is a recurrent problem, which we’ll never find answers to until and unless we renounce ambitions to run the world. Continue reading

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After Cairo?

Recognizing that the Middle East has buried many prophets, here are a coupole of very tentative thoughts about where the revolution in Egypt is headed, its impact on the region, and how our govenrment may be responding. Continue reading

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Exit Keith Olbermann

Is Keith Olbermann’s removal a sign that the radical right is aiming for a monopoly in TV’s talk show industry? And if so, what does that signify? Continue reading

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Who Owns Human Rights?

Who has the right to define human rights? The prevailing view in the USA is that the UN Declaration of Universal Human Rights is the gold standard. But others, like the Chinese, disagree. I offer one humanist’s view… Continue reading

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Entropy and Life

Regard life as a principle whose prime agent is evolution, that creates complexity out of simplicity. Think of it as the polar opposite of entropy. Doesn’t this duality between entropy and life provide a sounder basis for a modern world view than the older religions? Continue reading

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