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Congratulations to Tony Blair

Congratulations to Tony Blair

| May 6, 2005 | Reply

I wish I had time to write a more extensive post on the British elections, but alas, term papers beckon me. So here’s the quick and dirty version. First things first, a congratulations to Prime Minister Blair – in spite of Labour losing seats, he’s won a third term, which is an accomplishment. Right now, […]

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Recommended Watching

Recommended Watching

| April 11, 2005 | Reply

If you’re interested in US-European relations, I recommend watching this documentary on Discovery Times, entitled “Does Europe Hate Us“? It’s hosted by Thomas Friedman and he goes around to France and Germany and interviews Europeans about their opinions about America. I must say, I started watching it curious about how Friedman would handle it – […]

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EU Constitution Update

EU Constitution Update

| April 8, 2005 | Reply

Well, speaking of the French and their place in Europe, I’ve been following the rapidly declining support for La Constitution europĂ©enne in France with great interest. As recently as a month ago, the French supported the constitution by a fair margin, but support was seen to be declining. Somewhat panicked, Jacque Chirac scheduled the referendum […]

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A Moment's Indulgence of  a Sense of Awe

A Moment's Indulgence of a Sense of Awe

| March 26, 2005 | 1 Reply

It started in the Ukraine. Or perhaps it started in Georgia, in 2003. Or perhaps it started in East Germany, and Poland, and Czechoslovakia fifteen plus years ago. Regardless of where and when it started, the power of the people in instigating political change is becoming increasingly clear. Starting in December of last year, we […]

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Federal Government Cuts Funding, States Suck It Up and Decide to Pay Themselves

Federal Government Cuts Funding, States Suck It Up and Decide to Pay Themselves

| March 22, 2005 | Reply

There was a bit about this story in the Express (a free mini-WaPo given out at DC metro stops) this morning that caught my eye for reasons other than the obvious: Supporters of a bill to fund embryonic stem cell research with state dollars predicted yesterday that they would have the votes to win passage […]

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Greenspan, a partisan hack?

Greenspan, a partisan hack?

| March 5, 2005 | 1 Reply

So apparently, the Democrats have decided that if Alan Greenspan says something they don’t like, he’s being partisan: In Democrats’ view, Greenspan’s endorsement of President Bush’s tax cut in 2001 reduced the Fed chairman’s standing from when he was hailed by both sides in the 1990s as the “maestro” of a healthy economy. Then, last […]

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Insights

Insights

| March 1, 2005 | Reply

I’ve gained a few insights today into the minds of groups of people that I often find somewhat unfathomable. I thought I’d share. First, we have a fascinating insight into the French psyche (or the English psyche, depending on whether this is true), from a London Times article today. Tucked at the end of an […]

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I Hear Dominoes Falling

I Hear Dominoes Falling

| February 27, 2005 | Reply

I was thinking of writing a lengthy post on the multiple stunning developments in the Middle East over the past few days, but a) I haven’t had time, b) it would be redundant with the multitude of posts across the blogosphere to the same effect and c) it can pretty much all be summed up with the simple phrase, “I hear dominoes falling.”

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Breaking News: Men and Women are Different (UPDATED)

Breaking News: Men and Women are Different (UPDATED)

| February 25, 2005 | 2 Replies

You know, I rarely comment on things like this, but sometimes I just get annoyed. Why are there so few female bloggers? Kevin Drum doesn’t seem to know: So what’s up? There aren’t any institutional barriers in the traditional sense of the word, which means either (a) there are fewer female political bloggers and thus […]

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Another Peaceful Revolution in Play

Another Peaceful Revolution in Play

| February 21, 2005 | 6 Replies

First Georgia. Then Ukraine. Now Lebanon. That’s right folks, we may be seeing yet another peaceful democratic uprising. And everyone stop and take good note now: this is happening in the Arab World. Don’t we all remember about how Arabs are ill-suited for democracy? Don’t we all remember how in a region with no history […]

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