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Obama Right To Shelve Defense Shield

almost 5 years ago

One of the biggest fairy tales in foreign policy told to Americans over the past several years has been the Bush administration’s proposed missile shield in Eastern Europe. None of the host countries ever wanted the defense system for the same reasons as the Bushies – the fear that Iran might one ...

Daylight Atheism

Atheism, Race and Gender

almost 5 years ago

Inspired by the always-inspiring Greta Christina and her two recent posts on the subject, I want to offer some thoughts on a topic I've rarely discussed on this blog: the intersection of atheism with issues of race and gender. I haven't discussed this subject much because I don't feel I have any ...


Obama Is No Liberal

almost 5 years ago

For all the overheated talk about how far to the left Barack Obama is—for all that he has been called a socialist and even accused of having sympathies with the Weather Underground—the truth is that he isn't a particularly liberal President. It was probably inevitable that Obama would disappoint ...

Waq al-Waq

To Betray or To Deceive

almost 5 years ago

The new semester began here today and with it a bit of blog fatigue, so I fear postings will be greatly reduced as I come to grips with the new term. Plus we can't give everything away for free on Waq al-waq, right? But the transcript of Ibrahim al-Rubaysh's audio tape "Why Muhammad bin Nayif ...

Novel Copy

Journalists Want Their Money Back

almost 5 years ago

Some career journalists must feel like disenfranchised aristocracy. The high overhead of printing and distribution used to make quality content as rare, and therefore as valuable, as gold. But today, journalism is far less exclusive. In principle, my audience is the same as the New York Times ...

Waq al-Waq

The Deal that was

almost 5 years ago

Having finally caught up, at least for the day, with various projects I decided to tackle the multiplying piles of reading I had beside my desk. But an early article on a tribal dispute in Marib and Shabwa waylaid me and led me into the labyrinth of tribal genealogies, particularly the Murad and ...