A Portuguese Translation Of My Essay “The Engrossed”

I was informed today that an excellent Portuguese translation of my essay The Engrossed appeared on the site Nuvem de Giz.  I very much appreciate the efforts of translator Sr. Daniel Castro, and am grateful that he found the essay to have been worthy of his efforts.  The translation can be found here.

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A Dialogue With James Maverick

I recently had a great conversation with my good friend James Maverick, an accomplished traveler and entrepreneur, who is also the proprietor of the site MaverickTraveler.com.  It’s always a great feeling to be talking to people with whom you have something in common, and we were able to cover an amazing amount of ground in the areas of travel, culture, and books.  As James himself says:

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To Curb North Korean Provocations, Pressure Must Be Placed On China

There is a steady stream of news these days about North Korean missile launches and nuclear tests.  Accompanying this news are debates and discussions about how the United States should handle the situation.  I wanted to offer my own assessments and opinion on the matter.

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A Video Review Of My Translation Of Sallust

Literary critic and reviewer Andrew Vittoria today released a video review of my latest book (published in June), a new translation of the works of the historian Sallust, The Conspiracy Of Catiline and The War Of Jugurtha.  I very much appreciate the time he took to put together this quite detailed review:

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Syrian War Endgame: The Winners, The Losers, And The Road Ahead

As the endgame of the Syrian War plays itself out, thoughtful observers now have time to ask themselves the big questions.  Who came out on top, and why?  Who got trounced, and why?  And what is the shape of things to come?  We will offer up a few ideas.

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“Dark Globalization”: The New Dimensions And Continued Progress Of The Plutocratic Insurgency

We have previous discussed in these pages a new and largely ignored form of insurgency warfare:  the globalized elite’s coordinated, targeted efforts to dispossess the general public.  Dr. Robert Bunker (on the staff of the US Army War College) and Pamela Bunker coined the term “plutocratic insurgency” to describe this novel form of warfare.  In a brilliant series of articles published on the Small Wars Journal website, Bunker has made a compelling case that what he calls “extra-sovereign actors” (i.e., globalized elites moving themselves and their capital freely across international boundaries) have been permitted to wage non-traditional warfare against the societies in which they operate.

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Should Michelle Carter Prevail In The Appeal Of Her Conviction For Involuntary Manslaughter?

Readers are likely familiar with the Michelle Carter “texting suicide” case.  She was criminally charged with goading her psychologically troubled boyfriend, Conrad Roy III, into committing suicide.  She was convicted by a Massachusetts judge in June 2017 of involuntary manslaughter, and sentenced to 15 months in prison on August 3.  Judge Lawrence Moniz suspended execution of the sentence pending the outcome of Carter’s appeal.  What are the merits of her appeal, if any?  What are her chances of prevailing on appeal?  These questions will be discussed here.

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