Month: August 2014

Ukraine’s government has an obligation to maintain rule of law

The Ukrainian government did not miscalculate, it’s defending its authority against foreign-backed forces. It is the responsibility of a government to face down armed challenges to its authority and maintains rule of law lest it becomes subject to such armed challengers and risks becoming a failed state. Putin in the Kremlin considers the maidan revolt …

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Putin’s Catch-22

Putin is in a catch 22. He fears a maidan revolt on red square, he would have nowhere to run when the Russians come and want questions answered, questions pertaining especially to his contact with Russia’s corrupt oligarchy. Questions that would expand to his orders during the the 2nd Chechen war, the Georgian war and …

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Include the Sunni in the political process

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/2b0b3ae4-2a09-11e4-8139-00144feabdc0.html#ixzz3BdaZThJr Excellent article especially after the somewhat disastrous recommendation made by Richard Haass.  http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/8f5ff39a-2c39-11e4-8eda-00144feabdc0.html  Still look at how easily the IS took control over Iraq. Ramadi, Fallujah, Tikrit all are almost exclusively Sunni cities. Mosul is largely Sunni. The attempt to retake Tikrit failed. It’s not because IS has so many or such formidable fighters, its because behind …

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What is the Islamic State?

http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/423eb5d2-288e-11e4-8bda-00144feabdc0.html The whole religion thing is largely nonsense. Not a single religious authority outside the IS itself, not even the extremely radical Wahhabists or Al Qaeda itself considers the IS to be genuinely Islamic. The IS remind me of some of the most brutal nihilist fighters of the Spanish civil war, those who reveled in …

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Putin’s EU boycott

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014/08/food-fight-eu-weighs-up-risks-of-russias-ban/ Russia could perhaps develop a more effective agricultural economy over the decades, but only if protectionism isolates it from low cost, high quality imports at all times, Russia cannot compete in agriculture in the open market largely because there is no incentive to compete with abroad as long as Russia’s natural resource exports are …

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