Putin and the terrorists

Putin does not make the same meaningless distinctions between Islamic State and the other Islamist groups that the United States insists on.

The Bernie Sanders upset

Bernie Sanders vs. Donald Trump for the presidency? At last Americans get a real choice.

Syria: Russia to the rescue?

The notion that the US can now create a moderate ‘third force’ able to defeat both the jihadis and the Assad regime is a shameful face-saving fantasy.

Fracking is winning

The Saudis are losing this battle, and it's because of two mistakes.

Panspermia and the Drake Equation

Maybe the miracle of life happened on another of those 144 billion planets.

Mullah Omar: More trouble dead than alive

If al Qaeda’s claim to leadership is seriously undermined by its lies about Mullah Omar, the unification of most or all the Islamist groups under Islamic State’s authority is a real possibility.

The reunification of Cyprus—maybe

There is much optimism about these talks, because there can be no going back.

Seventy years

Truman never explained his decision not to drop the bomb on North Korea, but one possible reason is that actually seeing what nuclear weapons do to human beings may have changed his view.

Turkey joins the war—sort of

There was rejoicing in Washington, but there may be less to this change than meets the eye.

China and the dead cat bounce

Why did the regime do all this?


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