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The National Defense Authorization Act

Recently the US Senate passed a defense appropriations act that seems to contain some disturbing curtailments of the right to due process guaranteed under the sixth amendment. Now the US already denies due process to those it classifies as “enemy … Continue reading

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Warsaw in 1947

War sucks for many reasons. One of those reasons is that it takes stuff and turns it into not-stuff. This collection of pictures gives some idea of what Warsaw looked like in 1947 and how surreal living in the city … Continue reading

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The Analogy of the EU to the pre-Federal United States

One example Europhiles cite in support of increased EU integration is that of the early United States. The US, the argument goes, offers an example of debt successfully pushing a country from a confederal to a federal system. Earlier this … Continue reading

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Comparative Advantage in Trans-Atlantic Relations

I think it’s generally safe to say that Europeans think of themselves as morally superior to Americans. There’s less inequality in Europe, more social benefits and Europeans respect things like human rights and the Geneva Conventions. I also think it’s … Continue reading

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Germans invade Poland…

And on the 93rd anniversary of Poland’s independence, Germans marched on Warsaw. This time they got arrested. Let’s hope that the European debt crisis and the resulting austerity measures and rise of nationalist populism don’t lead to more and scarier … Continue reading

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Mexico: guns, drugs and drones

Should Mexico turn some of the $190+ million it’s getting from the US this year (ostensibly to fight its internal drug war) into unmanned aircraft and start dropping bombs on machine gun retailers north of the border? This is the … Continue reading

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Libya and the pablum of the left

Michael Berube has written a really thoughtful essay regarding some of the issues surrounding, as he puts it, the Manichean Left’s critique of NATO’s intervention in Libya. Basically he warns against the tendency of some on the left to criticize … Continue reading

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