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Catalonia and Spain Prepare for the #IndyRef Endgame

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Summers in Spain have always been hot, but the past few years have been unusually so. This is partially due to climate change, which has been turning July and August in Iberia from merely “hot” to “torrid”. But mostly it is because of the constitutional and national crisis that has simmered between Catalonia and the […]

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Number 45: Irreparable Damage?

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We’ve just passed the 180 day mark[1] of Donald Trump as President of the United States, though it may seem hard to believe that we’ve already suffered through 6 months of madness, Mooch and mayhem. Looked at another way, Mr. Trump is one-eighth through his mandate and almost a third of the way to the […]

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Alien: Covenant – Did Ridley Scott Break His Covenant with Fans?

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This article contains spoilers I went to see Alien: Covenant last night with great anticipation and dread. In 1986 I went to see James Cameron’s Aliens in the cinema with my brother; and when I went back and saw Ridley Scott’s 1979 original release, it scared the beejesus out me. The eponymous nemesis has been […]

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A Path for Le Pen?

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The first round of the French Presidential elections was held on the 24th of April and Europe breathed a sigh of relief as Marine Le Pen, the anti-EU leader of the National Front, came in second place to political newcomer Emmanuel Macron. The two outsiders were neck-and-neck in last weeks of the campaign, leading to […]

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right

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The Second Amendment: A Duty as Much as a Right I just bought my son his first air rifle. It is a Gamo G-Force breech break rifle in .177 caliber (4.5 mm) shooting a 12 gram steel ball or pellet at 360 feet per second: painful, but not dangerous unless you hit someone in the […]

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Challenge and Response, but No Policy Change: US Strikes Assad

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On the night of April 6th, US naval forces in the Mediterranean launched 59 cruise missiles against the Syrian government facility at Shayrat Air Force Base. The Tomahawk missiles were launched from the frigates USS Porter and USS Ross in response to a deadly chemical attack carried out on Tuesday the 4th against the civilians […]

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The National Question

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It is common wisdom that Europe’s overly secretive and entangling web of alliances at the end of the 19th and beginning of the 20th centuries were responsible for the horror of the First World War. When Gavrilo Princip assassinated Franz and Sophie Ferdinand on the streets of Sarajevo, the inevitable countdown to war began and […]

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Inherent Resolve: Evaluating the First 60 days of the Trump Administration

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While campaigning for election last year, candidate Trump derided then President Obama’s strategy in the war against the Islamic State. Calling it misguided and weak, Mr. Trump claimed that he knew more than the officers involved in conducting the operations of Inherent Resolve and that he had a plan to utterly destroy ISIS within 30 […]

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The Bomb

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The Bomb The European Union in 2017 has the appearance of a sickly old man with so many ailments that it is hard to know whether he’ll be carried off by pneumonia, blood poisoning or stroke. The continent lurches from crisis to crisis while Brussels struggles to find policy responses that go beyond “kick the […]

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The New Face of Europe

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Paris continues to be rocked by protests and urban violence directed at French police and allegations that they are deliberately targeting minority groups and poor neighborhoods. Most protests have been peaceful, but there have also been violent incidents with hooded and masked provocateurs burning cars – now a French tradition – and hurling paving stones […]

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

John Adams

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