The view from our side:
The view from our side:
…and their Syrian adventure.
Figuring out Putin and his motives:
Details on the ground:
Do the Oslo Accords matter now?
From the Atlantic, what it looks like in pictures – and as a disclaimer, it’s not pretty.
Israeli racism and collateral damage:
The Taliban’s Kunduz offensive, and the aftermath.
In this country, we talk about a figurative war on women; in Afghanistan there’s nothing figurative about it.
An expanded reach.
All politics is local/regional/global:
I have to wonder about the Kunduz gambit – the Taliban left after something like 15 days, with, apparently, no small amount of loot. Was it just to prove they could (the new leader theory, playing to his internal audience), was it to get rid of certain activists (read: female), or was it part of a new and larger strategy?
And if things weren’t complicated enough…
I checked the back files last night, and did have a couple of articles on Jury Nullification. The first is from February 2011, the second from October 2013.
The following is a response to the February 2011 incident/article.
We’ve come to the conclusion that filling our prisons with non-violent drug offenders isn’t the right way to go (thus the sentencing reform efforts and even some presidential pardons); this would seem to support jury nullification advocates who put the idea forward as a means of stopping the application of overly restrictive drug laws. But the history of the misuse of jury nullification in cases of white on black violence during the civil rights era stands as a serious counterpoint.
Denver Post articles on the recent issues with jury nullification advocates:
If you read through these, the question of jury nullification is almost secondary. The anti-police nature of the protests suggests other possible motives for being pro-jury nullification, and the legal battles center around freedom of speech issues. At the same time, the attacks on jury nullification advocates, with regular charges of jury tampering as a means of suppressing free speech, are a major concern and lead to the question of why such tactics would be used by jury nullification opponents.
When you just can’t catch a break:
Outlook, and responses:
These two go together:
As a footnote, Iraqi Shiite militia forces are in Syria, fighting with Assad’s forces under an Iranian general and with Russian air support (for the latest assault on Aleppo).
Is this inevitable?
Players and positions:
I’ve posted about China in Africa before, but that’s not their only economics outreach region.
I’m inclined to think that this next one is a one-off after the recent state visit. I doubt that the arrests involved (or will involve) those hacking for the Chinese government.
And now we circle back to the theme of the first article posted…