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Real Target Of Erdogan's Olive Branch Could Be US Clout

quoting Fabrice Balanche via Al-Monitor
Thursday, February 15, 2018

As Turkey’s offensive against Syrian Kurdish forces in Afrin grinds on for a third week, the prevailing wisdom is that NATO’s second-largest army is getting bogged down. Critics point to the number of Turks killed in combat — at least 31 in 26 days — the swelling pile of disabled helicopters and tanks and the slow pace of Turkish advances into the hilly enclave. A veteran Kurdish politician went so far as to suggest that Afrin would become Turkey’s “Vietnam.”

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Lanhee Chen: Swooning Over a Brutal, Murderous Regime

by Lanhee J. Chenvia Townhall
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Liberal media outlets are swooning over North Korea’s “sports diplomacy” at the 2018 Winter Olympic Games. They’ve even suggested that somehow the North Koreans have outmaneuvered the Trump Administration in the diplomatic arena.

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Who's Really Winning The North Korea Standoff?

by Victor Davis Hansonvia The National Review
Thursday, February 15, 2018

Kim Jong-un may seem to have the upper hand, but the U.S. is quietly proving otherwise.

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The Disgusting Barbarism Of Female Genital Mutilation Is Not Religious Freedom

quoting Ayaan Hirsi Alivia Daily Caller
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

In April 2017, The Times of India reported that Syedna Mufaddal Saifuddin, the spiritual global leader of a Shia Muslim sect called the Dawoodi Bohras, reaffirmed the mandate of female genital mutilation (katna) in a sermon carried over a livestream and repeated in a messaging app.

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The Deadly Threat To Western Civilization – At Last, A View From The Right Perspective

mentioning Niall Ferguson, Victor Davis Hanson, Ayaan Hirsi Alivia The Conservative Woman
Tuesday, February 13, 2018

We are so used to documentaries prophesying climate doom and gloom from propagandists such as Al Gore (of An Inconvenient Truth fame), and every critique of Western civilisation coming from Leftist film-makers such as Michael Moore, that conservatives have almost forgotten that film as a medium of political communication belongs to them too.

Analysis and Commentary

Angela’s Merkel Government Of Losers

by Josef Joffevia Politico
Friday, February 9, 2018

This is a first in the history of electoral politics: The biggest losers have ended up as the German government’s de facto leaders.

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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.

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Democracy Continues Its Disturbing Retreat

quoting Larry Diamondvia Economist
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

More than half the countries in the latest update of a democratic-health index saw their scores decline

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9 Hour Railway Station

by John H. Cochrane via The Grumpy Economist
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

China builds a railway station in 9 hours (HT Marginal Revolution). Yes, it's basically a propaganda video, but interesting nonetheless as a reflection on infrastructure. 

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With Nuclear Weapons, We’re Getting Too Comfortable Thinking The Unthinkable

quoting George P. Shultzvia The Washington Post
Tuesday, January 30, 2018

A dangerous disconnect is emerging between the horrific impacts of even the limited use of nuclear weapons, and leaders and policymakers who seem intent on threatening nuclear use in an ever-expanding range of scenarios. If this continues, the risk that a nuclear weapon will be used for the first time in more than 70 years — deliberately or otherwise — will grow. We must return to a more sober dialogue and approach to policy.

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