Monthly Archives: January 2016

Earthquake, Wind, and Fire – Reflection for Lent

“Speak through the earthquake, wind, and fire…” Hymn: Dear Lord and Father of Mankind – see words at end Our forebears sometimes reacted against the complexities of theology, the wordiness of worship, and emotion that passed for devotion. Among them … Continue reading

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Why Obama Should Just Let Putin Have the Mess in Syria

foreignpolicy.com – 10/29/15 One way or another, the war in Syria will remain a hopeless mess — best we leave it to Moscow. Emile Simpson You can’t make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear. Nor can Vladimir Putin … Continue reading

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Forget Sykes-Picot. It’s the Treaty of Sèvres That Explains the Modern Middle East.

foreignpolicy.com – 8/10/15 Ninety-five years ago, Europe carved up the Ottoman empire. That treaty barely lasted a year, but we’re feeling its aftershocks today. Nick Danforth Ninety-five years ago today, European diplomats gathered at a porcelain factory in the Paris … Continue reading

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Why Is Pakistan Such a Mess? Blame India.

foreignpolicy.com – 5/26/15, as timely as ever After a year in office, Modi’s gestures of conciliation toward Islamabad have gone nowhere. That’s because India’s founding fathers set Pakistan up to fail. Nisid Hajari Of all the hopes raised by Narendra … Continue reading

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