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Women soldiers of the Afghan National Army

Silvrback blog imageAdmirable women trainee soldiers of the Afghan National Army ... photos from the Boston Globe's 'Big Picture' site.

'Kabul’s military training academy is churning out classes of enthusiastic women to serve in Afghanistan’s army, but the realities of rising violence and a conservative society make the future for the young . . .

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December 18, 2017

Get off me, Cato, you idiot!

Inspector Clouseau and Cato ... comment would be superfluous. 

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December 17, 2017

Walter Russell Mead on the American Political Crisis

In early 2016 historian Walter Russell Mead wrote a prescient analysis of the American political crisis that was to burst fully into the open only some months later, with Donald Trump’s victory in the November presidential election.  I vaguely recalled Mead’s brilliant description of the enormous elite interests lined up . . .

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December 16, 2017

English Humor

In his book on Charles Dickens, G.K. Chesterton says that the figure of the cockney Sam Weller in ‘The Pickwick Papers’ introduces the great subject of all Dickens’ novels, the English people:

Silvrback blog image"Sam Weller is the great symbol in English literature of the populace peculiar to England. His incessant stream of sane nonsense . . .

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December 16, 2017

I want to be Swiss in my next life

It’s too late for this lifetime, but in the next I’ll start early on the project of migrating to Switzerland.

Silvrback blog imageNot that the Swiss will make it easy for me.  In a 2014 referendum they exercised their national sovereignty by voting to introduce quotas on immigration, a move at odds with an earlier agreement with the European . . .

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December 15, 2017

“Do you Rejoice for China?” Up to a point, Dr. Taylor, up to a point.

Timothy Taylor tells us that he rejoices at the great improvement in Chinese living standards since 1980, and wants to know if we feel the same way.

Silvrback blog image“…one might ask: Do you rejoice that China’s economic growth has lifted hundreds of millions of people out of the most dire and terrible poverty? Or do you wish the process . . .

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December 12, 2017

Silicon Valley bosses prostrate before China's closed internet plans

Silvrback blog imageThe invaluable, acidic "China Uncensored" comments on the surprise, first-time attendance by big-time Silicon valley bosses - Apple, Google, Facebook - at China's sardonically named 4th World Internet Conference: Developing Digital Economy for Openness and Shared Benefits, which promotes China's highly censored, government-run internet as a . . .

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December 10, 2017

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