Having just survived a bitterly-contested vote over Scottish independence, Britain is now plunging headlong into yet another identity crisis. This one is called, “English Votes for English Laws”—EVEL for short.Read More »
I watched the video of President Obama saluting his Marine escort with a coffee cup in his right hand. Then I watched it again. And again.Read More »
With worthy competition, the Central African Republic may be the most miserable place on earth. Twelve per cent of its population is displaced, eight per cent are refugees in other countries, 54 per cent urgently need humanitarian assistance, 30 per cent of its schools and hospitals have been destroyed in recent conflicts, 7000 children kidnapped, and the per capita income has fallen from $461 in 2008 to $294 in 2014.Read More »
Scotland has voted decisively against breaking from the United Kingdom and becoming an independent country. Some thoughts on the big picture logic and rhetoric of the campaign.Read More »
Diplomacy often looks like a precise, punctilious activity: dapper, discreet officials armed with quill pens and cucumber sandwiches crafting cunningly worded documents with multifarious shades of meaning. That’s an important part of it. But peep behind the curtain, and you see all sorts of squalid manoeuvrings and double-crossing.Read More »
September 10, President Obama rolled out his new anti-IS intentions. Meanwhile two high-octane intellects separately discussed their appraisals of Obama’s foreign policy. I won’t say “tautology,” but each made perfect sense in its own framework, each might have frayed if confronted with the other. I would say, “It would have been fascinating to have them in the same room,” but I am not into reality TV.Read More »
What brand doesn’t belong on this list? Amazon, Uber, Yelp, Hillary.
It’s a trick question. They all belong. In recent days, they’ve all been making it harder for their fans to love them.Read More »