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Turkey’s Behavior Also An EU Problem, Greek PM Says

quoting Niall Fergusonvia Ekathimerini
Friday, June 12, 2020

The difficulties in Greece’s relations with Turkey are also a problem for the European Union, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said Thursday as he repeated criticism of Ankara’s maritime boundaries agreement with the Tripoli-based government in Libya.

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Is It Really Still An Open Question Who Killed Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme?

by Markos Kounalakisvia Miami Herald
Friday, June 12, 2020
One of the world’s most mysterious murders ultimately remains a cold — and now closed — case. In 1986, Sweden’s Prime Minister Olof Palme was gunned down on a busy downtown Stockholm street. Investigators just named the only suspect, a guy who committed suicide in 2000. For skeptics and conspiracy theorists, the mystery of who killed Palme lives.
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Coronavirus Slowdown In Europe Complicates Clinical Trials

by Paul R. Gregoryvia What Paul Gregory Is Writing About
Friday, June 12, 2020
The decline in daily new COVID-19 infections to single and double digits in Europe is leading to new complications. Switzerland’s NZZ (Neue Zurcher Zeiting) reports that the slowdown in COVID-19 infections in Germany, Switzerland and neighboring countries is complicating the testing for effective drugs and therapeutic approaches.
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Mackinder’s Return

by Matt Trevithick via The Caravan
Thursday, June 11, 2020

Halford Mackinder began his sketch on a spare map in 1904 by putting his pencil down on a point near the seas north of Russias St. Petersburg, by the Kanin Peninsula. From there, he laid down a southward graphite trail, bending west to incorporate Moscow, then heading south once more, threading between the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea until he stopped barely above the Persian Gulf. 

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Robert Service: Putin's Russia: Threat Or Opportunity? | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Robert Servicevia Hoover Podcasts
Wednesday, June 10, 2020


Robert Service discusses Putin's Russia: Threat Or Opportunity?

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The Pandemic: A Global Review

by Walter Russell Mead via The Caravan
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic is not, by the standards of the great plagues of the past, a particularly deadly disease. The plague that struck the Athens of Pericles seems to have had a much higher mortality rate, though its geographical reach was restricted. The epidemic that wrecked the Emperor Justinian’s drive to re-establish imperial authority in the west was similarly responsible for more death than the current outbreak – so far.

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Britons Cheer Toppling Of Slave Trader Statue But Are Divided Over Tagging Of Winston Churchill As Racist

quoting Andrew Robertsvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, June 9, 2020

When Black Lives Matter protesters toppled a bronze statue of 17th-century British philanthropist, politician and slave trader Edward Colston in Bristol on Sunday, many cheered. Even the mayor of the city acknowledged that he had never liked its prominent placement, which he called "an affront."

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Dissident Movements Within The Eastern Bloc Aspired To Genuine Socialism

quoting Timothy Garton Ashvia Mainstream Weekly
Saturday, June 6, 2020

The collapse of the Soviet bloc in 1989-1991 is still portrayed as a collection of simplistic clichés (1). British political analyst Timothy Garton Ash says that ‘in 1989 Europeans proposed a new model of non-violent, velvet revolution’ (2), a reverse image of that of the storming of the Winter Palace in October 1917.

Analysis and Commentary

Remembering D-Day

by Victor Davis Hansonvia National Review
Saturday, June 6, 2020

D-Day was the largest amphibious invasion in history since King Xerxes’ 480 bc combined sea and land descent into Greece. The Americans, especially General George Marshall, had wanted to invade France as early as spring 1943, still confident from their World War I experience that they could land easily in France and within a year push back the German army to end the war. The British and their Dominions, mindful of disasters from the Somme to Dunkirk and Dieppe, were reluctant to land in France even in 1944. 

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Stephen Haber And Alexander Galetovic: Reopening The American Economy: Lessons From Around The World? | Hoover Virtual Policy Briefing

interview with Stephen Haber, Alexander Galetovicvia Hoover Podcasts
Thursday, June 4, 2020

Stephen Haber And Alexander Galetovic Discuss Reopening The American Economy: Lessons From Around The World?