A life well-lived

He may be History’s Greatest Monster, and he may not have been the best president ever, but among other things, Jimmy Carter helped do this: In a touching and surprisingly funny moment during today’s press conference discussing his cancer diagnosis, former President Jimmy Carter said, when asked about his remaining priorities,  “I’d like to see… Continue reading A life well-lived

South Sudan’s Kiir finally appears to opt for peace

After dithering about it for a couple of days, yesterday South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir reportedly told US Secretary of State John Kerry that he was prepared to sign an agreement to end that country’s 20+ month long civil war. Salva Kiir told US Secretary of State John Kerry he had decided to sign after… Continue reading South Sudan’s Kiir finally appears to opt for peace

Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Yarmouk (636)

This is another anniversary that regular readers will already know something about. If you were inclined to rank the most important battles in world history, the Battle of Yarmouk probably should be pretty high on your list. It eliminated, over the course of one 6-day battle, almost the entirety of the Byzantine Empire’s military presence… Continue reading Today in Middle Eastern history: the Battle of Yarmouk (636)

Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine looks worrisome

Fighting in Ukraine has been escalating again over the past ~10 days: Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern Ukraine has escalated sharply in recent days, with each side blaming the other for the violence. At least nine people were killed in artillery strikes on Monday in villages and towns on both sides… Continue reading Renewed fighting in eastern Ukraine looks worrisome

Tsipras gives Greeks the gift of another election

Given how much fun electoral politics is here in the United States, I can only imagine how happy the people of Greece are now that their (former?) Prime Minister, Alexis Tsipras, is apparently resigning in order to force snap elections. Congratulations, Greek folks! Now instead of spending all your time worrying about which kind of… Continue reading Tsipras gives Greeks the gift of another election

About to be proven wrong

Folks, in times past on this here web log, and at Medium, yours truly has maybe had a little fun at the expense of one Senator Rand Paul (R-VonMisesInstitute), and some of his more ardent fans. Specifically, I might have mentioned the fact that the senator’s brave and principled (and very public) stand against America’s… Continue reading About to be proven wrong

When your government takes away your identity

Bahrain has been stripping people of their citizenship for, well, practicing the wrong kind of Islam, apparently: The Bahraini government began revoking citizenship shortly after the Arab Spring engulfed large sections of the Middle East, Bahrain included, in 2011. On Feb. 14 of that year, both Shiite and Sunni Bahrainis took to the streets to… Continue reading When your government takes away your identity