Monthly Archives: September 2013

Understanding the Iranians

President Barack Obama proudly informed us that he had a phone call with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani yesterday. It seems as if the two are becoming friendly. An earlier attempt of quoting Iranian poet Sa’adi (d. 1291 or 1292) … Continue reading

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Climate Change has been Changing the World

The 2013 report by the Intergovernmental Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) and a summary of the huge volume can be found here. It is possible that the rise and fall of huge empires during the past thousand or two thousand … Continue reading

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Rouhani, Obama Both Liars?

David Albright and Christina Walrond at the Institute for Science and International Security (ISIS) make the point, in a recent piece on ISIS’ webpage, that new elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani, in a series of overtures to the United States … Continue reading

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Germany’s Pope of Letters R.I.P.

Marcel Reich-Ranicki passed away yesterday at the age of 93. His remarkable life as survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto and, in post-World War II Germany, his rise as the number one literary critic of German literature had been told in … Continue reading

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Obama Cornered?

Only days ago, President Barack Obama was about to unleash war on Syria, whose government had caused hundreds of deaths on 21 August when having ordered the use of chemical weapons on rebel strongholds in Ghouta east of Damascus, even … Continue reading

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