Who you gonna believe? Me or your lyin’ eyes?

In a recent blog, my esteemed colleague from the great state of Lester Maddox and Saxby Chambliss [and, coming from the state that's given us Tom DeLay, George W. Bush, and the best damned secessionist movement south of Todd Palin's snow machine, I say that endearingly] talked about torture and the so-called one-percent solution, i.e. […]

torture and “the one percent doctrine”

This is end-of-the-semester crunch time, but the lead story in the New York Times this morning is sufficiently powerful and disturbing to get me away from a pile of student papers. I confess that revelations that the Bush administration¬†adopted tactics used by the Chinese Communists in the Korean War turned my stomach. Yet it occurs […]

Plaintains and Fried Rice, Dollars and Yuan: Latin America, the PRC, and the United States

The ghost in the room, Cuba, was the most important topic when President Barack Obama, in his opening remarks at the Summit of the Americas in Trinidad and Tobago, offered a “new beginning” with Havana.¬† The specifics at this point are not huge: family travel, remittances, perhaps Cuban membership in the OAS, but Obama has […]