Category Archives: Politics

Albion’s Seed

I first saw reference to David Hacket Fischer’s Albion’s Seed: Four British Folkways in America in a post on DailyKos by Dana Houle that made reference to some of the maps that I had made of the Democratic primary election … Continue reading

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A breakdown of comity

I was dismayed to hear news of a shooting at a political event in Pima, AZ in which six people were killed and U.S. Representative Gabrielle Giffords was shot.  Giffords has survived, despite a shot to the head and is … Continue reading

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Unity in Egypt

The new year started with an explosion of the unwelcome variety in Egypt.  Muslim extremists set off bombs outside Saints Church in Alexandria, killing 21 Coptic Christians and igniting old ethnic tensions as Copts took to the streets in protest. … Continue reading

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Estonia joins the Eurozone

The past year has been a bad one for the Euro.  Financial crises have rocked the peripheries of the Eurozone and Greece and Ireland actually required bailouts from the EU and and the IMF.  Regardless, the Eurozone is continuing its … Continue reading

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The Road to Partition

In a week and a half, Southern Sudan will hold a referendum on whether to seek independence from the north.  Tensions between the two regions have been high for decades, with two bloody civil wars lasting a total of 39 … Continue reading

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Zimbabwe: an anti-WikiLeaks posterchild emerges

In the release of cables today from WikiLeaks was a revelation that Morgan Tsvangirai, the Prime Minister of Zimbabwe, had made private statements to U.S. embassy officials that didn’t accord with his public campaigning for the end of sanctions on … Continue reading

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Julian Assange and a transparent society

In an interview today with Julian Assange, BBC Radio 4 reporter John Humphrys brought up an issue that’s been buzzing around the media for the past few days regarding the juxtaposition of Assange’s role in facilitating leaks and his indignantion … Continue reading

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