Links – December 10, 2015

This is the damage that Donald Trump is doing to the United States.

Photo from a tweet on #MuslimAmericanFaces. “Sister, political scientist, snorkeler, NY’er, traveler, recently converted fan.”

What Americans really think of Islam and Muslims – not as bad as you may think. All the more reason to rally those who are for American values against the hate-mongers.

Speaking of own goals, the Baltic states are becoming independent of Russian energy.

How Russia got into Afghanistan in 1979, and why we need to understand this now.

It’s hard for Western journalists in Russia to avoid the influence of Kremlin propaganda.

The high numbers for Putin in Russian polls probably don’t mean what you think they mean. 

Nobel literature prize lecture by Svetlana Alexievich.

Russia is strengthening Bashar al-Assad’s hand in Syria, although it’s more difficult than they expected.

Long interview with Assad.

A view of ISIS (Daesh) from Pakistan.

ISIL is really a revolt of young Muslims against their parents’ generation. There are a great many analyses of what ISIL/ISIS/Daesh really is. I suspect it is a blend of all of them. Olivier Roy is very knowledgeable.

The nuclear agreement with Iran can’t be set aside and forgotten. For it to work, we need to keep up diplomacy.

Analysis of the just-concluded election in Venezuela.

Quick wins help to get and keep people involved. Here are some possible quick wins in global warming. That whole blog is a good one generally and is featuring blogs related to the Paris meetings.




One comment

  1. The Blog Fodder · December 13, 2015

    Great articles on the Soviet intervention in Afghanistan and on western journalists in Moscow. Thank you.


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