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The Ongoing Catastrophe in Yemen

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On October 26, 2018
General William Tecumseh Sherman famously wrote that “It is only those who have neither fired a shot nor heard the shrieks and groans of the wounded who cry aloud for blood, more vengeance, more desolation. War is hell.” But as Michael Walzer points out in his classic, Just and Unjust Wars, there are better and […]
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The more one knows about Uber, the more shocking its corporate culture and behavior becomes. It needs more drivers with decent cars. So what is its solution? Offer drivers sub-prime loans for cars at high interest rates! To solve that problem, the company has raised $1 billion to start Xchange Leasing, a sub-prime lender with […]

More Cultural Heritage Destroyed

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On October 26, 2012
If there’s one thing we can say about the Saudi government, it’s that their commitment to subtlety is unmatched except by the Russians. At least when Mexico decided to build that monstrosity of a church with the conveyor belt to see the original Virgin of Guadalupe image, they didn’t tear down the original cathedral. Ugh. […]

Saudi Nukes?

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On December 13, 2011

Is Saudi Arabia laying the groundwork to go nuclear? The idea that an Iranian nuclear test would force Saudi Arabia and other regional powers to develop their own nuclear programs was one of the most

Goldberg on HRW

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On July 17, 2009

Matt Duss has a nice post on Jeffrey Goldberg’s recent silliness regarding Human Rights Watch. Yesterday Goldberg, following up on a WSJ editorial, gave the impression that by talking about thei

Ethical arms deals? Don’t make me laugh.

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On June 10, 2008
In recent years it’s become fashionable to hate the pharmaceutical industry, or Big Pharma (presumably if it were Little Pharma we’d like it since it might be cute and fluffy, or otherwise scamp-like), and sure, there’s plenty to dislike about their business practices (especially when they keep merging and firing scientists, a view you’d also […]

A Worthy "Pardon"

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On December 17, 2007

There’s good news out of Saudi Arabia today. King Abdullah has “pardoned” the rape victim who had been sentenced to six months in jail and 200 lashes for being in a car with a man wh

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