The Umbrella Revolution in action /from afp-photo
3:24 pm • 18 October 2014
“There is only one motivation for imposing burdens on voting that are ostensibly designed to discourage voter-impersonation fraud and that is to discourage voting by persons likely to vote against the party responsible for imposing the burdens.”
— Judge Richard Posner
8:48 pm • 17 October 2014
“My generation was set up to believe that there was such an American dream that would allow for a good, progressive lifestyle and a good job. We worked very hard for it — AP classes, SATs, GREs, very competitive college entrance and graduate school, and then we found out there was nothing left for us to compete for; it was all a ruse. I think these people for the first time figured out how to critique the system that they had once set out to fit in to, or to remold.”
— Cecily McMillan
8:48 pm • 16 September 2014
“Who can believe America is a force for good in that part of the world when we have just blown the whole place up – and left a failed state in our wake?”
— Andrew Sullivan
8:48 pm • 15 September 2014
Critique from an Obama fan
“America will lead a broad coalition to roll back this terrorist threat,” Obama declared in his speech Wednesday night. He described it as a “counterterrorism campaign” that would “degrade and ultimately destroy” ISIS.
There’s some inconsistency there. Counterterrorism is the right prism through which to approach this, rather than all-out war, but it’s unlikely to destroy ISIS any more than it did the Taliban or militancy in Yemen.
Indeed, the president, in his speech, said that his strategy in Syria “is one that we have successfully pursued in Yemen and Somalia for years.” That’s a plausible comparison, but Obama may be the only person in the world who would cite conflict-torn Yemen and Somalia as triumphs. […]
“We’re going to war because we’ve been spooked,” notes Joshua Landis, a Syria specialist at the University of Oklahoma. “But if we do it wrong, we could ensure that the violence spreads.”
8:54 pm • 14 September 2014
It's this bad in Libya where the parliament cannot meet in country, gathers in ferry off shore
Not kidding. They cannot meet in Tripoli or Benghazi or recent refuge city Tobruk and are instead attempting to safely meet in a floating hotel on a Greek ferry.
5:36 pm • 12 September 2014
“The Arab Awakening of 2011 did not usher in an era of democracy, nor could it. The institutions of civil society were too weak; the political culture of winner-take-all too strong; sectarian differences too powerful; and a belief in pluralism too inchoate. Instead, the awakening produced political vacuums and a struggle over identity.”
— Dennis Ross
11:16 am • 12 September 2014