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Guardian: Sarah Sanders, the White House press secretary, tweeted: “Great to have Secretary Pompeo confirmed. He will do an excellent job helping @POTUS lead our efforts to denuclearize the Korean peninsula.” Trump earlier described the pictures of Pompeo and Kim’s … Continue reading

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EX-CIA chief Mike Pompeo confirmed as secretary of state

BBC: On Tuesday, Mr Trump described the North Korean ruler as “very honourable”, after months of deriding him as “Little Rocket Man”. US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley also congratulated Mr Pompeo following the confirmation vote. Theodor Adorno … Continue reading

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AUMF 2018

The Intercept_: On Monday, three Republican and three Democratic senators, led by Sens. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., and Tim Kaine, D-Va., released a draft of a new “authorization for use of military force,” or AUMF. … This would essentially give the executive branch … Continue reading

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In Middle East Wars It Pays to be Skeptical

Counterpunch: There is much tut-tutting in Britain by the commentariat about the spread of authoritarianism in the Middle East and Eastern Europe, but less so about the growing limitation on what can be freely expressed at home. Increasingly, anything less … Continue reading

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Macron to put ‘Trump whisperer’ skills to test on state visit

Guardian: The intellectual French president is the same age as Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr, and believes a head of state should read literature or philosophy every night lest they lose touch with reality. US observers wonder if Trump can … Continue reading

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Make illness into a weapon

Enjoyed seeing SPK Komplex yesterday. The film maker had shown parts of a preliminary cut at the RAF film festival in Potsdam in September and I’d been looking forward to seeing it. Scenes which remained with me afterwards included discussion … Continue reading

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Silly political games

So I know this may sound kind of esoteric, but I am thinking about heading down to Munich for this, and it got me thinking about a party game along the lines of “who would you do?” Would you take … Continue reading

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Wer rettet den Westen?

The original Spiegel post on Facebook reads: Der neue SPIEGEL ist da! Wir haben mit Ex-FBI-Chef James Comey gesprochen. Er sagt, Trump regiere wie ein Mafiaboss. Außerdem in dieser Ausgabe: Philosoph Richard David Precht über die neuen Werte – Gemeinschaft … Continue reading

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Elser

I happened to look down and see this at Wilhelmstraße and An der Kolonnade on my way to the U-Bahn. I thought about talking with my Belarusian friend the other night and how she remarked that while in Belarus and … Continue reading

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Hannah Arendt Straße

I’m at a downtown tourist attraction this morning, here with busloads of students speaking a variety of languages. The buses idle out front, the murmur of their engines merging with the traffic noise of the busy downtown streets. Kids lounge … Continue reading

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