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Thinking Aloud: A History Lesson for Egypt

Mar. 27, 2015 by Darius

Today, the Egyptian government announced that it is willing to send ground troops to Yemen to fight the Houthis.  This wouldn’t be the first time an Egyptian military government sent troops to fight Zaydi tribesmen in Yemen.  278 more words

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Thinking Aloud: J.S. Mill and Today’s Headlines

Mar. 26, 2015 by Darius

I recently read John Stuart Mill’s 1859 essay “A Few Words on Non-Intervention.”  Although I wanted to like the essay, I found most of it to be a racist rationalization of the British Empire.  483 more words

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Rehearsals of Early Music vary more than those unfamiliar with the stuff would guess. Explaining to others why I, a non-musician, love sitting in music rehearsals of any sort is an iffy enough proposition in itself, but at least I can condense my main reasons enough that they may appreciate how much watching and listening in on the preparatory process—hearing what the musicians are working on, how, and why, not to mention any backstory of the pieces in question that gets shared en route—informs and enriches my experiences in concert performances. 574 more words

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Thinking Aloud: "Evaluating" US-Israeli Relations?

Mar. 25, 2015 by Darius

Following Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s comments towards the end of his re-election campaign that there would not be a Palestinian state as long as he is prime minister, the Obama administration has directed plenty of criticism Netanyahu’s way.  531 more words

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Thinking Aloud: Lost Opportunities in Yemen?

Mar. 24, 2015 by Darius

A few years ago, I did a considerable amount of research in the US National Archives on Vietnam, and US policy vis-à-vis Vietnam, in the period immediately after World War II (from 1945 to 1950).  585 more words

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Thinking Aloud: Lynch on Islamism in the IS Age

Mar. 23, 2015 by Darius

I came across an interesting piece on ISIS and the way it has changed what it means to be Islamist today by Marc Lynch, professor at George Washington University and director of GW’s Institute for Middle East Studies and the Project on Middle East Political Science.  1,136 more words

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Vegetable Bliss

In addition to the under-appreciated benefits of simply vegetating for rest and personal renewal—the old R&R that current generations seem to forget to practice in our constant race for connectedness and communication and “productivity”—vegetating is a state in which the highly desirable happy accident of inspiration has room to occur. 105 more words

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