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Americans in foreign lands, putting our knowledge of their cultures to work in war

Do Americans have the insight and sensitivity to successfully manipulate foreign peoples?  This question is central to our wars in the Middle East.  Even our best friends might question this assumption.  Evidence to date suggests that the answer is “no.”  Not just our fumbling attempts to find a coherent strategy.  Or our more spectacular failures, …

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Iran – a key state to watch as the new world order evolves

Summary:  This post looks at four views of modern Iran.  Spengler paints a picture of despair and hopelessness.  The second indicates a profound rot in Iranian society.  The next two give evidence for optimism. Contents “Sex, drugs and Islam“, Spengler, Asia Times, 24 February 2009 World Drug Report 2008“, UN office of Drugs and Crime “Education and …

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4GW in India – more people who want to watch the world burn

Summary:  This is a follow-up to “Some people just want to see the world burn” (16 January 2009).  At the end are links to posts discussing solutions. “9 Is Not 11 (And November Isn’t September)“, Arundhati Roy, Outlook India, 22 December 2008 — Hat tip to Tom Englehardt’s TomDispatch.   I strongly recommend reading this powerful essay in full, …

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