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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Turkish Journalist Ahmet Sik’s Powerful Speech On Press Freedom

There recently occurred one of those rare instances when a courtroom statement managed to verbalize important democratic truths.  Turkish journalist Ahmet Sik, currently on trial on charges of “terrorism,” delivered a statement remarkable for its bravery and eloquence.  Sik was arrested about seven months ago, and is on trial (along with 16 other journalists from the newspaper Cumhuriyet) for vague charges related to “undermining the government” and “sedition.”  The trial comes in the wake of a sweeping crackdown by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who has used his victory over a failed coup attempt last year to purge dissenting voices from journalism and academia.

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French President Macron Has Been Underestimated

The conventional “wisdom” about France’s new president Emmanuel Macron is that he is just another boring EU bureaucrat, notable only for the tabloid discussions surrounding his spouse.  Some political observers have predicted that he will prove to be just another mediocrity in France’s postwar line of mediocre leaders.  I argue that this judgment is premature, and that, far from being a passive observer to political events, Macron is showing signs of becoming a very assertive leader.  He may very well surprise the world.

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