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Argentina is a sign of things to come. Are you willing to wait for when your government decides that your profits are too high?

In the pantheon of utter political stupidity in our time, the competition is pretty fierce to see who ranks #1. But I have to imagine that, even with so many rivals, Argentina’s Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner makes a pretty compelling argument to be the champion.

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Saddam's Nonexistent WMD Now Belong To Islamic State

"The people of the United States and our friends and allies will not live at the mercy of an outlaw regime that threatens the peace with weapons of mass murder," President George W. Bush told the nation in a speech televised from the Oval Office on March 19, 2003. AP

War On Terror: The Islamic State somehow now possesses the weapons of mass destruction that Saddam Hussein never had. If the U.S. had finished the job in Iraq, neither IS nor its WMD would exist.

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The Secret Casualties of Iraq’s Abandoned Chemical Weapons

From 2004 to 2011, American and Iraqi troops repeatedly encountered, and at times were wounded by, chemical weapons that were hidden or abandoned years earlier.

The United States had gone to war declaring it must destroy an active weapons of mass destruction program. Instead, American troops gradually found and ultimately suffered from the remnants of long-abandoned programs, built in close collaboration with the West. Since the outset of the war, the scale of the United States’ encounters with chemical weapons in Iraq was neither publicly shared nor widely circulated within the military. These encounters carry worrisome implications now that the Islamic State, a Qaeda splinter group, controls much of the territory where the weapons were found.

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Liam Fox on Foreign Policy

In this episode of Uncommon Knowledge, Peter sits down with Liam Fox, member of Parliament and former secretary of state for defense, who also remains on every journalist’s short list of those most likely to one day become leader of the Conservative or Tory Party. Fox discusses many themes in his new book, Rising Tides, as well as current issues regarding the purpose of NATO, Scotland’s move for independence, and the conflicts in the Middle East.

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Germany’s New Foreign Policy: Same Reluctance to Fight

Photographer: Omer Urer/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Smoke rises after U.S. airstrikes against Islamic State, in Kobani, Syria.

Belgium, the Netherlands and Denmark, whose combined populations are less than half that of their German neighbor, have sent warplanes to strike Islamic State. Germany is sitting this conflict out. While Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is supplying weapons to Kurdish forces fighting the militants in Iraq, it has stopped short of joining the U.S.-led coalition pounding Islamic State targets from the air. It’s a decision that belies German ambitions to step up international engagement to match the country’s economic clout as Europe’s export powerhouse.

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Calvin the Super Genius

People think it must be fun to be a super genius, but they don't realize how hard it is to put up with all the idiots in the world.

― Bill Watterson, “Calvin And Hobbes”

Here is the most fundamental idea behind game theory, the one concept you MUST understand to be an effective game player. Ready? You are not a super genius, and we are not idiots. The people you are playing with and against are just as smart as you are. Not smarter. But just as smart. If you think that you are seeing more deeply into a repeated-play strategic interaction (a game!) than we are, you are wrong. And ultimately it will cost you dearly.

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The Man Who Killed Marxism

Kolakowski wrote that “Marxism has been the greatest fantasy of our century.” According to him, socialism signifies giving the solution which can never exist. “At present,” the author points out, “marxism neither interprets the world nor changes it; it is merely a repetition of slogans.” And this is because the ruling elite does not represent the society’s needs but places empty ideology above anything else. Clearly the most important premise of the socialist rule is that it can be exercised by those who possess power. The system which exacts stern order and blind obedience may only triumph through violence, fear, and military coercion. At the same time this system generates only alienation, and stagnation. The sad story of our times is that the system which claims to embody the rights, privileges and welfare of the working class is the same system whose biggest enemy is its very citizens. Kolakowski sardonically notes that socialism would be a splendid idea if only there were no people.

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The Right Way To Fix The Internet

 

Protesters rallied at the Federal Communications Commission as the agency considered new Internet rules.

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Ruins of the Middle East: Obama shuns our friends and courts our enemies.

Obama’s unfortunate Middle East legacy was predicated on six flawed assumptions:

(1) a special relationship with Turkey;

(2) distancing the U.S. from Israel;

(3) empathy for Islamist governments as exemplified by the Muslim Brotherhood in Egypt;

(4) a sort of non-aggression agreement with Iran;

(5) expecting his own multicultural fides to resonate in the region;

(6) pulling out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

Let us examine what has followed.

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Barack Obama: the end of a love affair

Six years after offering hope and change, polls show the American public has fallen out of love with their president – so where did it all go wrong?

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Russia: The cost of sanctions

What effects have six months of Western sanctions had on the Putin government and the country's economy?

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Is Nigel Farage Taking UKIP Mainstream?

UKIP: How Nigel Farage has transformed UKIP from a political also ran to a serious threat to the centre-right mainstream.

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German model is ruinous for Germany, and deadly for Europe: France may look like the sick man of Europe, but Germany’s woes run deeper, rooted in mercantilist dogma.

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Is the Internet Killing Christianity?

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No one reasonably disputes that attendance in Christian churches is in sharp decline. The real lingering question is “why?”. Who needs a church or a priest when spiritual seekers believe they can access God directly?

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Keystone be darned: Canada finds oil route around Obama

So you’re the Canadian oil industry and you do what you think is a great thing by developing a mother lode of heavy crude beneath the forests and muskeg of northern Alberta. The plan is to send it clear to refineries on the U.S. Gulf Coast via a pipeline called Keystone XL. Just a few years back, America desperately wanted that oil.

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Liberal Academic Cornel West blasts Obama, Says Black America has Suffered Under his Reign

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The presidency of Barack Obama has been a disaster for all Americans and an absolute travesty for the black community that largely bought into the “hope and change” lies.

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The Great Wage Slowdown of the 21st Century

 

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American workers have been receiving meager pay increases for so long now that it’s reasonable to talk in sweeping terms about the trend. It is the great wage slowdown of the 21st century.

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Obama's dilemma in Syria

Barack Obama has provided few details now that the U.S. has been drawn into the Syrian war.

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The Case for Panic Column: Incompetent government + corrupt elite = disaster

Images: AP, Reuters

Images: AP, Reuters

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Secret Goldman Sachs Tapes Put Pressure on New York Fed

Wall Street’s top regulator is coming under new criticism for failing to adequately police the banks under its supervision, years after the financial crisis. Lawmakers are scrutinizing allegations that the Federal Reserve Bank of New York went easy on one of the most prominent banks under its watch, Goldman Sachs, despite concerns voiced by those inside the Fed that a deal Goldman was pursuing was “legal, but shady.”

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