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Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure is over

(Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in Baghdad. Wikipedia) Iraq’s arch-surviving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is finally toast. As ISIS Islamist forces drive towards Baghdad, Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has pulled the plug on him.Maliki has been […]

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Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki’s tenure is over

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(Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki shakes hands with U.S. President Barack Obama in Baghdad. Wikipedia) Iraq’s arch-surviving Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki is finally toast. As ISIS Islamist forces drive towards Baghdad, Shi’ite Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani has pulled the plug on him.Maliki has been […]

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Bursting Nate Silver’s bubble

Back on May 20 I expressed skepticism in these columns that Nate Silver would succeed in his admirable, boldly expressed goal of Changing the Face of American Journalism with

Wounded U.S. personnel flown from Iraq to Ramstein, Germany, for medical treatment (February 2007). (Wikipedia)

Blame Iraq on George W. Bush and the GOP

Wounded U.S. personnel flown from Iraq to Ramstein, Germany, for medical treatment (Feb. 2007). Wikpedia. In the usual myopic way of American domestic politics, the Republican Party is now eagerly gearing up

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Some new ‘Big Ideas’ for Nate Silver (Part 2)

This is the second of a two-part series on Nate Silver. Read Part One here. Nate Silver is right: Data and facts really do need to drive analysis. But he

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Nate Silver: The Dinosaur Killer (Part 1)

This is the first of two parts. Come back Tuesday for Part 2.  What has Nate Silver, publisher and editor-in-chief of ESPN’s new FiveThirtyEight blog in common with the giant asteroid

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Why Texas presidents led America to ruin

Three U.S. presidents since World War II have won the praise of historians and the lasting gratitude of the American people for resisting major pressures to plunge into unnecessary

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World War III looming: What would Churchill and Einstein say on Ukraine Crisis?

Trucks which had been carrying troops are burned on crossroads in Kiev city's center Feb. 18. (Wikipedia) Britain’s Winston Churchill, political head of the Royal Navy in 1914, was one

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Ukraine crisis far worse than Cold War

U.S. troops and air combat forces are now deploying on Poland, a NATO member nation. On Wednesday, April 23 Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov responded by claiming the United

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Ferry Captain Lee Joon-seok: Shame on you for letting children die

The first call to emergency services from the Sewol, the doomed South Korean ferry, that sank killing probably 302 people from its 476 passengers and crew on April 16,

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Super Bowl lessons for America

It might have been an interesting game – if the Denver Broncos had bothered to show up. Instead, it was all over from that first Denver snap when Peyton Manning

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