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Let Catalonia Vote

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In two days, Catalonia is scheduled to attempt to hold a binding referendum on independence from Spain. “Attempt to hold” is the operative phrase: the Spanish Government has vowed that there will be no vote and has sent at least 7,000 police to Catalonia to enforce this. A majority of Catalans are determined that a […]

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Catalonia Update – The Endgame Begins

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. Three years ago I published an article describing the evolution and possible outcomes of the festering crisis in Catalonia, Spain’s […]

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All the Heavens Are Rejoicing

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“Sing me a new song; all the world is transfigured; all the Heavens are rejoicing.” Friedrich Nietzsche, Letter to Peter Gast, 4th of January 1889 On the 15th of September at 0455 local time, NASA scientists and engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California received their last signal from the Cassini probe. This fiery […]

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The Next Wave of Globalization Must Focus on Labor Rights

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One of the defining themes of the first half of this century will be the conflict between an increasingly globalized world of multinational corporations, borderless finance, worldwide supply chains and frontier-less consumer markets versus defendants of traditional national sovereignty fighting against the erosion of state power and the control that this had afforded to ordinary […]

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The Politics of Tragedy

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Warning: In compliance with Spanish Intellectual Property law, Common Sense no longer quotes nor reproduces links to sites based in Spain. Verification of the veracity of this information is the sole responsibility of the reader. On August 17th, Barcelona became the latest European city to suffer tragedy from the ongoing war waged by terrorists on […]

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Protected: Outside of the Box: Israeli Options to Attack Iran

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Evolution of US Operations in the War Against ISIS

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The war against the Islamic State has accelerated and it appears that 2017 will be the end of the self-proclaimed Caliphate: at least in terms of a proto-state exerting control over a defined territory. While the group will certainly continue as a murderous terrorist ban even after the last bastion in Iraq and Syria has […]

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Trump’s Afghanistan Policy: More of the Same

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President Trump finally gave the American people his long promised strategy for Afghanistan in an address to a predominantly military audience in Fort Myer, Virginia. The 16-year conflict, America’s longest war, was a major focus of his criticism during the campaign. As a candidate, Mr. Trump strongly criticized the strategy and goals of his predecessor, […]

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Those Darned Rebels

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Like one of Mosby’s raiders or the avenging ghost of Bedford Forrest, the myth of the Confederate “Lost Cause” periodically assays forth to bedevil the peace and tranquility of the Union that defeated it. Old ghosts should be quiet ones, and the dead should lay still in their graves; but America[1] can’t seem to get […]

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There is No Moral Equivalency

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Edmund Burke warns us: “The only thing necessary for triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” Donald Trump has done a lot more than nothing: he has willfully poured fuel on the small fire lit in Charlottesville and demonstrated to the most twisted and violent of his supporters that he has their […]

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“Our obligations to our country never cease but with our lives.“

John Adams

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