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American political rhetoric: “like ships passing in the night”

When Eris, the Greek goddess of strife, dropped the apple of discord in front of Hera, Athena and Aphrodite, the bickering that ensued over who was “the fairest” was both pointless and unworthy. Furthermore, in tragic Greek fashion, it is … Continue reading

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The Tory Dilemma

The Telegraph has an interesting article on the internal divisions of Britain’s Conservative Party. This is a tale of two parties. It starts at a drinks reception in Manchester, where a senior Conservative is talking about prisons. In his view, … Continue reading

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The Party’s Over

Japan’s Liberal Democratic Party has ruled Japan almost uninterrupted for the past six decades. It suffered a leadership crisis through the 1990s but managed to keep power largely due to the incompetence of the opposition. In 2001, the party elected … Continue reading

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The House of Cards Trilogy

It’s high time that I profiled one of the best miniseries on television of all time: the House of Cards trilogy. The three titles — The House of Cards, To Play the King, and Final Cut — total twelve hours, … Continue reading

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A realist-shaped hole

Ross Douthat introduces the Millman Chart which describes the four traditions of American foreign policy. The chart was developed in 2007 by “Noah Millman”:http://theamericanscene.com/2007/06/29/the-millman-chart to help people discern between realists and neocons. I find myself somewhere in the bottom right … Continue reading

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Victim of bureaucratic jealousy

Canada shows us a brilliant example of how bureaucratic turf wars on the homefront can negatively impact the war effort: Due to “interdepartmental jealousies”:http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080801.wafghan-sat02/BNStory/International/home, the Department of National Defence has decided to disband the Strategic Advisory Team-Afghanistan. Since 2005 this … Continue reading

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Politics and the Olympics in the 20th century

Check out “this audio slideshow”:http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/in_depth/7531281.stm of how politics has overshadowed past Olympics.

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Venezuela Update

As if Venezuela couldn’t get any crazier with Chavez engaging in battles of insults with the King of Spain and President of Colombia, everyone’s favorite buffoon-president is now signing oil production agreements with Belarus of all places (showing once again … Continue reading

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Fascists v.s. Fascists

A friend currently studying at Oxford University attended a recent controversial debate at the Oxford Union between Holocaust denier David Irving and British National Party leader Nick Griffin, who discussed free speech. What a fiasco tonight was at the Oxford … Continue reading

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Traditional Japan, or just traditional politics?

Robert C. Angel gave a great rundown on how Japanese political scandals are traditionally played out on his “Japan Considered Podcast”:http://www.japanconsidered.com/Podcasts/Scripts/071109JapanConsideredPodcastTranscript.html. He is speaking in reference to the “Moriya scandal”:http://www.japantoday.com/jp/news/421426 that is going on right now. Listen to the excerpt … Continue reading

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