Author Archives: Munro Ferguson

Bringing Hamas to the table

Former head of Mossad, Efraim Halevy, has an op-ed up at the New Republic entitled “Why not Hamas?” In it he suggests that the policy of excluding Hamas from the increasingly implausible Israeli-Palestinian peace talks has not only failed but … Continue reading

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Repealing “Don’t ask Don’t Tell”

<i>Map reflects a compilation of states allowing gay service via the Palm Center.</i> Last month chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Admiral Mike Mullen made headlines with this: <blockquote>“No matter how I look at the issue, I cannot escape … Continue reading

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Climate Change science gets a stern talking to

I won’t bore you by recounting the various, glaring missteps the climate change science community has made recently. I think those discrepancies have been broadly covered, dismissed by the believers and slavered over by the uber-skeptics. Indeed the pundit shit … Continue reading

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Quote of the Day: Uribe and Chavez Showdown

<blockquote>Be a man! These issues are meant to be discussed in these venues. You’re brave speaking at a distance, but a coward when it comes to talking face to face</blockquote> Colombian President Alvaro Uribe to Venezuelan <del>comedian</del> President Hugo Chavez … Continue reading

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Satirizing Home Grown Terrorists

A brief clip from the film “The Four Lions,” which presents four bumbling would be home grown jihadists in the UK. Via Political Warfare

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Hakeemullah Mehsud is… Hard to Kill!

Pardon my amateurish photoshopping. It seems like every week brings a new report claiming the demise of Pakistan’s Taliban leader Hakeemullah Mehsud only to have him pop up in a video days later, celebrating his continued existence in a mocking … Continue reading

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A Sobering Look at the Rise of China and Asia

China’s decade long surge into becoming an economic power house and global heavy hitter has given rise to a myriad of theories and assertions regarding the role of Asia in this century. It has been widely touted that the 21st … Continue reading

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Seriously?

How else to express my reaction to the African Union’s selection of Zimbabwe for a seat on it’s Peace and Security Council? <blockquote>The Peace and Security Council is concerned with resolving conflicts between member states and with helping sort out … Continue reading

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A dangerous world; optimism in a time of pessimism

While I’m a fan and admirer of the journalist responsible for the theme of this blog, I am not a practitioner of his self proclaimed ethos, “pessimistic realism.” When asked during an interview for our first ever pod cast to … Continue reading

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Is “moderate” Islam a fallacy?

I’ve recently enjoyed a debate presented by FORA between a scholar of Islamic and middle eastern studies, Daniel Pipes and Syrian born psychologist, Dr. Wafa Sultan. The essence of the debate is whether or not there exists what many deem … Continue reading

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