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China, Russia Delight As North Korea Preoccupies US

by Thomas H. Henriksenvia The Hill
Friday, February 2, 2018

In his State of the Union address, Donald Trump said that the United States is “waging a campaign of maximum pressure to prevent” North Korea from threatening “our homeland” by its “reckless pursuit of nuclear weapons.”

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Less Than Half Of EU Countries Are 'Fully Democratic': Report

quoting Larry Diamondvia Euro News
Friday, February 2, 2018

The Economist Intelligence Unit's new report suggests democracy may be in regression


Rethinking The Geography Of Power

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Thursday, February 1, 2018

In America and abroad, governing institutions should be dispersed more widely.

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Trump Calls Out Iran, North Korea; Labels China, Russia 'Rivals'

quoting Lanhee J. Chenvia Radio Free Europe Radio Liberty
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

U.S. President Donald Trump has described China and Russia as rivals that must be confronted with "unmatched power," and has called on Congress to fix "fundamental flaws" in the landmark nuclear deal between world powers and Iran.


Did The FBI Vouch For The Crazy Russian Deal From The Steele Dossier?

by Paul R. Gregoryvia Forbes
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Any FISA judge who issued surveillance warrants against Page based on this tall tale would have to have his head examined.


Niall Ferguson Maps The World’s History Of Networks And Power

interview with Niall Fergusonvia The Federalist
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Hoover Institution fellow Niall Ferguson discusses  his new book, The Square and the Tower, and he puts the last 20 years of Silicon Valley into perspective by explaining the importance of networks throughout history. 

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US Lists 210 Russian Billionaires, But Says They're Not Targeted For Sanctions

quoting Michael McFaulvia Business Day Online
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The US identified 210 Russian billionaires and top officials in a sweeping list required under last summer’s sanctions law, but underlined that those named aren’t being targeted for new restrictions.


Meet The Man Poised To Take Over The World Economy

by Niall Fergusonvia Boston Globe
Monday, January 29, 2018

The most interesting man at this year’s World Economic Forum was a rather scrawny 53-year-old former English teacher from Hangzhou in eastern China whose business is poised to take over the world economy: Jack Ma, the founder and chairman of Alibaba.

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Stephen Kotkin At The Commonwealth Club

featuring Stephen Kotkinvia Commonwealth Club
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Pulitzer Prize finalist Stephen Kotkin continues his definitive biography of Stalin with a second volume, Stalin: Waiting for Hitler, 1929–1941, which covers collectivization and the Great Terror until the eve of the war with Hitler's Germany. Once Stalin had achieved dictatorial power over the Soviet empire, he began transforming Russia's vast peasant economy into a modern socialist one, using the most relentless campaign of shock industrialization the world had ever seen. 

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‘Honey, There Will Always Be War’

quoting Victor Davis Hansonvia Los Angeles Times
Friday, January 26, 2018

I've just finished reading military historian Victor Davis Hanson's brilliant new book, "The Second World Wars: How the First Global Conflict Was Fought and Won." The six years of WWII (1939-1945) saw the deaths of 60 million to 65 million human beings.