Ahmadinejad Wins

From Sam Sedaei: He knew that the city was home to over two million Jews, and that he would face massive protests. But that is precisely the martyr-like image that he was intending to create. … The president of Columbia’s criticisms of Ahmadinejad’s crimes before his speech was very constructive. But Bollinger did the cause […]

DoD Analyst Behind Pentagon Papers: ‘A Coup Has Occured’

Daniel Ellsberg: Let me simplify this and not just to be rhetorical: A coup has occurred. I woke up the other day realizing, coming out of sleep, that a coup has occurred. It’s not just a question that a coup lies ahead with the next 9/11. That’s the next coup, that completes the first.

38% of FBI Watch List is Inaccurate

Just on CNN. The FBI’s terrorist watch list has 300,000 entries with 15,000 citizens. They get 100 calls a day and 65% of those are positive IDs. What they don’t say is what they are being identified for. The first audit of the system has been released – after how many years? What I wonder […]

Ayn Rand and the Fortune 500

Randroids abound: [Atlas Shrugged] book attracted a coterie of fans, some of them top corporate executives, who dared not speak of its impact except in private. “I know from talking to a lot of Fortune 500 C.E.O.’s that ‘Atlas Shrugged’ has had a significant effect on their business decisions, even if they don’t agree with […]

Belgium Ventures Towards Schism

From the NYT: Radical Flemish separatists like Mr. Dewinter want to slice the country horizontally along ethnic and economic lines: to the north, their beloved Flanders — where Dutch (known locally as Flemish) is spoken and money is increasingly made — and to the south, French-speaking Wallonia, where a kind of provincial snobbery was once […]

A Brief History of the Republican Majority

Jonathan Chait with an excerpt of his book The Big Con: I have this problem. Whenever I try to explain what’s happening in American politics-I mean, what’s really happening-I wind up sounding a bit like an unhinged conspiracy theorist. … So please give let me a chance to explain myself when I tell you the […]

Pope to Condi Rice: ‘Suck It’

Everybody’s favorite Nazi-pope told everybody’s favorite frustrated pianist: Pope Benedict XVI refused a meeting request from Condoleezza Rice to meet this past August and discuss issues pertaining to Iraq and the Middle East in general. The first reason is that back in March 2003 — just before the Iraq war began — Rice met with […]