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The Papers of George F. Kennan

One Nation Under ArmsA Review and A Reflection

I have just finished reading Todd Purdum’s devastating, illuminating article from Vanity Fair about the papers of George F. Kennan (1904-2005), Cold War architect.

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Keep On Rockin'

dictatorshipFrom the Book: RADICAL PEACE: People Refusing War

RADICAL PEACE is a collection of reports from peace activists in the USA, Europe, Iraq, and Afghanistan. An American exchange student in one of my courses here in Germany contributed the following essay.

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Saving the Post Office

Post OfficeThe Models of Kiwibank and Japan Post
by Ellen Brown

Neither rain nor sleet nor snow may have stopped the Pony Express, but the nation’s oldest and second largest employer is now under attack.  Claiming the Postal Service is bankrupt, critics are pushing legislation that would defuse the postal crisis by breaking the backs of the postal workers’ unions and mandating widespread layoffs.  But the “crisis” is an artificial one, created by Congress itself. 

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Muslim Brotherhood Strongest Contender in Libya’s Coming Elections

Muslim Brotherhood, LibyaIt appears, from interviews and discussions with a wide range of Libyans including students, lawyers, judges at the Ministry of Justice, shopkeepers and casual acquaintances that the Muslim Brotherhood currently has very little popular support among this pious conservative, Sunni Muslim society. Widely expressed opinion is along these lines: “The Brotherhood is different from how Libyans view Islam,” and “They represent outsiders and interference in our country”, “Our revolution was not about replacing one autocratic regime with another.

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The road map to the Afghan endgame

Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid said the Taliban would be opening a political office in Qatarby Pepe Escobar

Once upon a time they favoured Dubai - their smuggling Mecca. Now the Taliban go-to destination of choice will be Doha.

So the Taliban will open a political office in Qatar to be engaged in negotiations "with the international community", according to Taliban spokesman Zabiullah Mujahid. 

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