The Death of Aleppo and the Triumph of the Assads

the death of Aleppo, the Syrian civil war nears its end. It has been proposed that the U.S. and Russia cooperate to force an end to the fighting and try to save what is left of the country. It’s long overdue.

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Old Dictators Never Fade Away

Congo Brazzaville dictator Denis Sassou Nguesso, just re-elected for a sixth term, is typical of the genre, an old, and immensely wealthy, dictator who won’t just fade away

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The Magnanimity of Despots and the Fall of the House of Bongo

Ali Bongo has just promised to give a tiny sliver of his fortune to the people of Gabon. It is probably too little, too late.

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Cecil the Lion and Zimbabwe’s Tragedy

The killing of Cecil the Lion was a senseless act, but far worse are the murders, political oppression, hunger, and economic devastation inflicted by Robert Mugabe’s government on the people of Zimbabwe

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Obama’s Great Sequester Plan

Jeffrey Sachs, writing in yesterday’s Financial Times, has neatly identified the culprit in the U.S. fiscal sequester, which went into effect at noon today. It is not the Tea Party, nor even the House Republican leadership, but Obama himself, counterintuitive as that may appear.

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Arming the Syrian Rebels Would Be a Terrible Mistake

After watching from the sidelines for nearly two years, many of the world’s political and opinion leaders are now calling for the West to supply arms to the Syrian rebels. British Prime Minister David Cameron has spoken of a “strategic imperative” to act, at least in part to prevent extreme jihadist groups from eclipsing more moderate factions.

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David Petraeus, John Allen, and the Real Housewives of Tampa

The idiocy of destroying one, and possibly two, distinguished careers over an extramarital affair (possibly two), involving no improper relationships with subordinates or sexual harassment, and unlikely to have entailed any breach of national security, seems wasteful in the extreme.

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