Mapping the Violent End of an Era

  The Rand MacNally era of the Middle East has ended. That is an historically heavily loaded and brilliant statement.  Simple, but powerful in that it provides a context for understanding the Middle East today.  There is much more than just this, but it helpful to understand. Many of the current borders of the Middle…

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Saudi FM says ‘Assad not part of the solution’ in Syria

I didn’t realize that this article is 3 months old.  But given that the Syrian Opposition has accepted an invitation to talks by Saudi Arabia it is important to note it. Russia and Saudi Arabia failed in talks to overcome their differences on the fate of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “A key reason behind the… Read More Saudi FM says ‘Assad not part of the solution’ in Syria

International Crisis Group

I read about conflict quite a bit.  The only way to remain sane is to include sources that help to provide solutions, not just reports, blame, and criticism. The International Crisis Group is an independent, non-profit, non-governmental organisation committed to preventing and resolving deadly conflict. Contents1 The Crisis Group in the field – video2 Links3 Crisis Group…

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November 22 remembered

20 November 1962 President Kennedy points to a reporter at a news conference. Creator: Photograph by Abbie Rowe, National Park Service, in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum, Boston. Copyright:Public Domain Lt. (jg) John F. Kennedy aboard the PT-109 in the South Pacific, 1943. Photograph in the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and Museum,…

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The question of the mass settlement of Jews in Palestine, 1945

Is it ever really about people? For me?  Yes.  This is a sensitive topic that I hesitate to post about.  This is a personal perspective of an event in history, not a statement of sympathy for one group over another.  That is reserved for face to face conversations.  Not a blog. I am curious, but… Read More The question of the mass settlement of Jews in Palestine, 1945

Gojira

“Godzilla does not feel emotion…Godzilla is emotion” I imagine that you find this ridiculous.  Far from it.  This documentary from the BBC begins with the birth of the Godzilla phenomenon as an embodiment of the collective  anxiety, helplessness and rage of the Japanese people after WWII.  As they fell prey to the American atomic program in… Read More Gojira