The EU Gives the UK a Final Chance to Determine its Fate

The results of the EU Summit on March 21-22 were a major humiliation to Theresa May, as the EU bypassed her to issue an ultimatum directly to the UK Parliament. But they did so with little hope it would be taken up.

March 22, 2019
March 23, 2019

The EU Contemplates Letting the UK Fall Off the Cliff

While I still believe the UK is headed for a long Article 50 extension, I increasingly feel the EU is contemplating the prospect of a "Temporary No Deal" to remove the threat of an A50 revocation and teach a lesson

March 20, 2019
March 20, 2019

Vice: A 120 Minute Trip Into An Alternate History Mytopia

Someone, someday, should try to make a biopic about Richard Cheney. Vice, by contrast, is a satircal film about how its director and intended see American politics. Conspiratorial, incomprehensible, and tainted.

February 15, 2019
February 17, 2019

Its Easy to Say No: Parliament's Meaningless Rejection of May's Deal

The only thing Parliament can agree on is what it does not want, and comfortable with that. It is likely to be Brussels, rather than domestic pressure, that forces the UK towards a decision.

January 15, 2019
January 15, 2019

Brexit Endgame December: A Choice of Poison

The decision to pull the vote on her proposed agreement with the EU may have saved Theresa May a defeat in the Commons, but it may have forfeited a chance to force a confronation with the bankrupcy of almost all options

December 11, 2018
January 15, 2019

Brexit Endgame November

With a "deal" imminant, Theresa May faces the likihood of defeat in the Commons as MPs of all stripes vote for Schrodinger's rejection. But Jeremy Corbyn, not Remainers or Leavers, , holds almost all the card

November 12, 2018
November 12, 2018

Merkel, and the avoidable migration political crisis within the EU

Critics are right to suggest that the current fight over migration is motivated as much by political ambitions as security threats. But Angela Merkel has done more than anyone else to make it that way

July 2, 2018
July 2, 2018

Why the US Congress is Headed to a Shutdown over DACA

It is an article of faith among the American political elite that the DACA program is universally popular and a political winner for Democrats. That premise is being put to the test this week.

January 18, 2018
February 2, 2018

Much Ado about Jerusalem

America's recognition of Jerusalem may make "talks" less likely, but only harms the "Peace Process" to the extent to which Palestinian sovriegnty over the city was ever on the table, which is to say not at all.

December 8, 2017
December 8, 2017

Polling, Media Narratives and the Virginia Governor's race

The temptation for journalists to focus on the "horse race" of campaigns has always existed, but few have seen their coverage as totally determined by the results of questionable polls than today's Virginia elections

November 7, 2017
November 7, 2017

How to lose a constitutional struggle 101

The inexplicable inaction of the Catalonian government following the referendum vote shifted the political initiatative back to the Spanish government, and has left seccesionists divided and demoralized

October 31, 2017
October 31, 2017

"Both Sides are in the Wrong" Seccesionist Gamesmanship in Spain and the Myth of Excessive Force

The Spanish government was in a no situation with regards to the Catalan referendum. Precedent showed that allowing it to proceed would have established its legitimacy, whereas enforcing the law was a PR disaster

October 3, 2017
October 3, 2017

European Elections 2017: The Far-Right recedes?

Upcoming elections in Austria, Germany, and Norway appear likely to be dissapointments for the far-right. But with the exception of Norway, this owes more to a resurgence of the center-right than a leftward swing

September 3, 2017
September 3, 2017

The cult of Robert E. Lee and may have served its purpose, but we need an alternative not erasure

The criticisms of the cult of the Confederacy in the South, that it excludes African Americans and minimizes the crimes of slavery are beyond a doubt true. But critics seem more interested in destroying idols than unity.

August 25, 2017
October 31, 2017

Interesting Numbers in Venezuala

Venezuela's recent Constituent Assembly elections were a mockery, but so is every other aspect of governance in the country at this point. The struggle is no longer about ideology, but rather power.

July 31, 2017
July 31, 2017

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