Yearly Archives: 2017

South Africa Trip Report – By Carl Coon – March, 1992 (near the end of Apartheid)

Monday, Jan. 27, 1992: (On the Blue Train, heading south from Johannesburg) My first impressions are mixed. This is a country complicated beyond belief, and nervous. I’ve just finished Alan Paton’s novel, Too Late, the Phalarope, an Afrikaner tragedy. Dear … Continue reading

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World Travelers – 1927- Present by Carl Coon

Here’s the chapter fro my coming autobiography I promised you on Facebook. Technical glitch on Friday evening will be sorted out, we hope, early next week and this will be on Facebook too. Continue reading

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Lebanon, Flash Point Again

Poor Lebanon! The French endowed it with a Jerry-built constitution, which requires its President to be a Maronite Christian, its Prime Minister to be a Sunni Muslim, the speaker of the Parliament to be Shia, and so on. The result … Continue reading

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Kirkuk Update

The dust is settling, and it is easier than before to identify winners and losers. Everybody considers Barzani and his KDP followers the clear loser. He gambled on Kurdish unity to give him the clout he needed to hold Kirkuk’s … Continue reading

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Cold War heats up in the Syrian desert

Whose interest are we supporrting in the shootdown of a Syrian fighter? Look at what the issue is all about: Iran wants a land corridor across Syria to facilitate supply to Hezbollah units near the Mediterranean coast, Israel wants to … Continue reading

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Speech before AHA 6/10/17

Several years ago at your San Diego conference I said it was time for you get bigger and more important–and look at what happened! You did just that, as Roy has demonstrated yesterday and today. Well, let’s try it again. … Continue reading

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US supports Syrian Kurds despite Turkey

Well, it looks like some of the Kurds finally won a round in their ongoing battle with the Turks for the hearts and minds of the American military. The press has reported that we are arming their YPG units for … Continue reading

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Planetary Rape

We are custodians of Planet Earth although Trump behaves as though we could go on exploiting it in the same old ways. Humanists need to take the lead in showing him, and others, their error. Continue reading

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An Intentional Error

The many-sided dogfight in the Middle East is getting even more confused, and in the process the English language is getting richer. Now we have a new entry, the “intentional error”. And we have an item in today’s NYT explaining … Continue reading

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Syria

What to do with what little influence we still have in and around Syria? Continue reading

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