Jessica Mathews: why scuttling the Iran deal is MAD

ranian poster of the Great Satan and the Ayatollah

Summary: Trump apparently intends to scuttle the nuclear arms control deal with Iran. Here an expert explains that the reasons he gives are wrong and that the consequences will be ugly for both us and for them. For more information see the previous posts in this series, listed at the end. Iranian students with pictures … Continue reading Jessica Mathews: why scuttling the Iran deal is MAD

We pay for Trump’s gift to the hard-liners of Iran & America

Iraq war becomes the Iran war

Summary: Trump's efforts to scuttle our arms control agreement with Iran is a gift to the far-right of both American and Iran. It is a blow to the interests of both Iran and America. Here an expert gives us the bad news, a part of the story that the news media forgets to mention. This … Continue reading We pay for Trump’s gift to the hard-liners of Iran & America

The Left attacks free speech. See the ACLU defend it.

ACLU

Summary: With free speech under attack on many fronts by the Left, the ACLU stands almost alone on the Left defending one of the core precepts of a liberal social order. Here is a powerful essay by the ACLU's National Legal Director.  Stand by for a special post later today about Hurricane Irma. "Why We Must … Continue reading The Left attacks free speech. See the ACLU defend it.

Stories about Saudi Arabia reveal mysteries of the world’s most powerful kingdom

The Desert Dream: Saudi Arabia

Summary: Yesterday's news from Saudi Arabia reminds us about the importance of that little but rich and powerful nation, and how little we know about it. Here are two great articles giving fascinating glimpses into that strange and mysterious land. This is a follow-up to yesterday's Today the Saudis got a new Crown Prince. Stratfor explains how … Continue reading Stories about Saudi Arabia reveal mysteries of the world’s most powerful kingdom

The Right began the current cycle of political violence in America

CNN: 3 killed at Planned Parenthood

Summary: Left-wing rioters at Berkeley, Portland, and Evergreen College remind us about the Left's long history of political violence. But during the past several decades the Right  has been more violent. Here is a brief recap about one front of the Right's war against America. Expect more political violence as our politics become more polarized, … Continue reading The Right began the current cycle of political violence in America