Author Archives: Jack Matlock

Bomb Iran? Craziest Idea of the Century (So Far)

Booneville Those of us spending our August out in the boonies may have missed the blog frenzy emanating from Washington the past few weeks predicting that Israel is insisting on bombing Iran’s nuclear facilities to remove an “existential threat.”  If … Continue reading

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Russia: Meaning of “Reset”

Booneville, Tennessee A friend has called my attention to an article in the August 12 issue of the Washington Times. The article strikes me as more propaganda than analysis.  I’ll explain why as I quote the article, which follows:

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Georgia, Two Years after the War with Russia

An article by Ahto Lobjakas of the RFE/RL research unit shows how far Georgian policy is from the sort of concessions that Dmitri Trenin recommended. (See previous post.) Instead of engaging with the populations of Abkhazia and South Ossetia, as … Continue reading

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Georgia, Abkhazia, and South Ossetia

In a recent article in the Moscow Times, Dmitri Trenin, Director of the Carnegie Center in Moscow, offered some wise advice which could solve the “frozen conflicts” of Abkhazia and South Ossetia. 

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False Labels: What Does “Conservative” Mean?

Former ambassador Dennis Jett published a thoughtful op-ed Sunday about the media entertainers and politicians who call themselves “conservatives” these days.  I consider them propagandists for an ideology which is, in many respects, the opposite of conservative as the word … Continue reading

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Renewable Energy: Portugal’s Achievement

Don’t miss the article today in the New York Times on the rapid increase in the proportion of renewable energy in Portugal’s economy. 

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Joe and Rita’s Berry Patch

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Palestine and the Kosovo Precedent

I mentioned several situations yesterday in my post on the ICJ decision regarding Kosovo that could be affected by the decision. The implications for Palestine are even more intriguing. John Whitbeck describes some of them at:  http://www.counterpunch.org/whitbeck07232010.html

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Kosovo and the International Court

The ruling by the International Court of Justice that Kosovo’s declaration of independence did not violate international law (see Dan Bilefsky’s article in the New York Times today) will be used by the Kosovo government to argue that it entitles … Continue reading

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Shultz PBS Series: Ethics Questions?

OK, the producers interviewed me for this series and have included a few cameo snippets of that interview, so I guess some may feel I have a “conflict of interest” in evaluating it. However, I didn’t choose the excerpts, didn’t edit the film, … Continue reading

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