Why Rep. John Lewis Should Be Disciplined

Stoking the fires of dangerous factionalism
Stoking the fires of dangerous factionalism

John Lewis, a Democratic member of Congress from Georgia, recently stirred controversy with some remarks about the alleged “illegitimacy” of the incoming Trump administration.  He said the following to NBC’s Chuck Todd:

[To read the rest of the article, click here.]

Some Requirements For Political Stability

river3

In recent weeks I have had a chance to visit for a short time a few of the republics in Central America:  Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama, Colombia (South America, but close enough), Guatemala, and Mexico.  I have been trying to upload a podcast I recorded on the subject, but internet connections are so slow that I will have to wait a bit more on that; the upload times are just too long.  I’ve been posting photos on my Instagram account for those who are interested in seeing them. Continue reading

Video Review Of “On Duties” Translated By Quintus Curtius

Today Mr. Andrew Vittoria released a very detailed and cogent You Tube video review of my On Duties.  Readers seeking an in-depth and reasoned commentary will no doubt find this video useful.  I have embedded the video below.

Continue reading

WhatsApp Vs. Telegram: Which Messaging App Is Better For You?

appulus

These days almost everyone who has a smart phone uses some sort of messaging service.  It just comes with the territory.  As I was reading some news reports this weekend, I found out about a messaging service that (I’m ashamed to say) I had never heard of before: Telegram.  According to some news reports, Telegram has become the messaging service of choice for the ISIS and pro-jihadi crowd, supposedly for the “security” of its encryption services.

[To read the rest of the article, click here.]

The Fall Of Aleppo: A Campaign Summary

aleppo2

On December 14, 2016, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani sent his congratulations to Syrian president Bashar Al Assad on the successful campaign to expel the foreign-backed rebels from city of Aleppo.  Russia, which had provided critical military support for the campaign, also declared that all fighting in Aleppo had ceased with the government’s total victory.  The retaking of the city was the culmination of years of military effort by the government in Damascus, and most likely signifies the “high-water mark” of the Syrian insurgency.

Continue reading

The Chain Of Fate: Requiem For The Chapeco Football Club

requiem

Some days ago on November 28 I received a text message on WhatsApp from a girl I’m very close to in Rio de Janeiro.  Shortly after that we spoke directly on the phone.  She was distraught, having lost a journalist friend who was aboard the charter plane carrying the team members of the Chapeco football club to their next match.  Fifty-one players and people associated with the Associação Chapecoense de Futebol were killed when the plane went down in the Andes Mountains near Medellin, Colombia.  In such times, you can do little more than try to offer comfort and condolences.

[To read the rest of the article, click here.]