Arab Spring

AS OUR WORLD TURNS IN TRANSITION… (…its known order of things seems to be falling apart) Long ago, as a mush-brained freshman at Georgetown University, one of our favorite courses was something called – The History of Civilization – .

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THE SYRIAN CIVIL WAR… (…is becoming another Humpty Dumpty case never to be put back together again) Civil wars are anything but…civil…these have instead always been the bloodiest and most destructive of all forms of conflict throughout human history. Syria

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HOW THE INFECTIOUS DYSENTERY OF POPULISM CAN SPREAD… (…whenever discontent with a non-responsive status quo abounds…) The English have let a populist mood stampede them right out of the European Union’s collective, into an ocean of economic and other uncertainties

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IN EGYPT…PHARAONIC RULE IS BACK ( so journalists…be advised…report or comment about Egypt at your peril) The Egyptian revolution’s outcome during the so-called Arab Spring which swept across the region…from Morocco to Syria…ended up with the country in shambles and

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A DISMAL ROI FROM OUR IRAQ VENTURE (…’cause nation-building artistes…we’re not) We stormed into Iraq (and Afghanistan) in the aftermath of 9/11 like an enraged and badly wounded lion, mauling and shredding everything and everyone in site with our military

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WHY NEITHER E.T.…NOR ANY OF HIS KIN HAVE EVER COME BACK… (…our planet may no longer be the most attractive destination to visit…) It’s an irony of ironies that at this time of the year…when we pause to give lip

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THE NEVER-ENDING CAROUSEL OF TIT-FOR-TAT (…as a bad case of assinus assinum fricat) For most of the past sixty years the Israeli and Palestinian peoples have allowed themselves to be manipulated by their respective leaderships to ride the never-ending carousel

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