International Affairs

Defense Secretary Gates on Wikileaks

This sounds about right to me. It’s from an email to Michael Yon from Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates: This is obviously a massive dump of information.  First of all, I would say unlike the Pentagon Papers, one of the things that is important, I think, in all of these releases, whether it’s Afghanistan, Iraq […]

Pirates of the Somali Coast

A couple of posts ago, I asked why the navies of the world aren’t trying harder to stop the Somali pirates. Yesterday, I had dinner with a friend of mine who follows world events more than I do (and who I’m trying to talk into co-blogging) and he had an answer that explains a lot. […]


What would Horatio Hornblower do? I’m referring to this crap: NEW DELHI – Separate bands of pirates hijacked two ships and captured their crews, while yet another opened fire on an Indian navy ship before being driven off — clear signs that the brigands roaming the Gulf of Aden are becoming bolder and more violent, […]

Dear Jiang Yu and Liu Jianchao

Dear Jiang Yu and Liu Jianchao, I hear that you are Chinese Foreign Ministry spokespersons who are demanding an apology from CNN because of something commentator Jack Cafferty said. A Reuters article by Lindsay Beck says, Cafferty had said the United States imported Chinese-made “junk with the lead paint on them and the poisoned pet food,” […]

Welcome to the Club, Steven

According to an AP wire story, China isn’t happy with Steven Spielberg: Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s decision to quit the Beijing Olympics over the Darfur crisis is drawing condemnation by China’s state-controlled media and a groundswell of criticism from the Chinese public. … In newspaper commentaries and lively Internet forums, they have expressed outrage, scorn […]

Free [country name here]!

Today is apparently International Bloggers’ Day for Burma, also known as Myanmar to the thugs who run it, so… Free Burma! While we’re at it, let’s also cheer for freedom in North Korea, which is just as bad or even worse. Both countries are more-or-less giant work camps. Then there are all those middle eastern nations—some enemies, […]

Lebanon in a Nutshell

Top two AP wire stories on Yahoo: Hezbollah politicians back peace package Hezbollah fires new rockets into Israel And so it goes.

Googlebombing For Alaa

On May 7, Egyptian blogger Alaa Abd El-Fatah (علاء أحمد سيف الإسلام عبدالفتاح) was arrested there during a protest. As part of the world-wide response, several other bloggers have have created the Free Alaa blog to chronicle his ongoing detention and legal troubles. You may have noticed that I didn’t link to the Free Alaa […]