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6 December 2017

 
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Cogito Ergo Non Serviam

 
Latest Commentary: Volume XVI, Number 229

Trump Moving US Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem -- When it comes to advice in international politics, the best is don't panic. The situation may be incredibly grave, but emotional reaction is not going to make things better. So, as President Trump prepares to announce that he is tearing up a lifetime of policy with regard to Israel and is moving the US embassy there to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, keeping emotions in check is vital. The truth is that this dumb move is going to get people killed but not as many as a decade ago. While it may also undermine the peace process, peace is not really that much closer than a decade ago either. [6 December]

Ulster Unionists Undermine May's Brexit Talks in Brussels -- The politicians of Northern Ireland are notorious for never missing an opportunity to miss an opportunity. With the UK leaving the EU and with a desire on all sides to avoid returning to a hard border between Ulster and the Republic of Ireland, the province was put in a unique position of being allowed to stay in the customs union and remain part of the UK. Prime Minister Teresa May was in Brussels settling the Irish Question when the Democratic Unionist Party, which keeps her minority Tories in power, pulled the rug out from under her. The DUP said it could not accept "regulatory alignment" with the EU if that meant being treated different from the rest of the UK. One wants to ask whether anyone in the May government knows how to solve a problem. [5 December]

Flynn Flips on Team Trump -Friday was a rather eventful day as former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn entered a guilty plea to one count of lying to the FBI. As part of the plea deal, he has promised to cooperate fully with Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller III. For anyone who has ever watched a mafia movie, this is exactly how successful law-enforcement agents roll up crime syndicates. The authorities get something on a low-level mafioso and give him a light sentence in exchange to testifying against those higher up in the chain of command. General Flynn's deal raises one substantial question. If he was the low-level guy, just who ranks higher than the National Security Adviser? Against whom does he have testimony to give that merits the lenient treatment? [4 December]

Zimbabwe Cabinet Already Disappoints -- Zimbabwe’s elation over the removal of dictator Robert Mugabe after 37 years of bad government has already passed. Newly appointed and unelected President Emmerson Mnangagwa has appointed a 22-member cabinet. As one anonymous Zimbabwean told Al Jazeera, "It’s the same bus, the conductor is no longer driving, but it’s still the same bus." The putsch was never about improving government in Zimbabwe. It was about who got to sit in the big chair. What is surprising is how quickly the new regime showed its true colors. [1 December]

Breakthrough in Brexit Irish Border Talks? -- The idea of the UK leaving the EU is plain stupid, but to actually implement such a departure will require creative, legal and financial genius. The biggest problem of all in this regard is the border between the UK and the Republic of Ireland. With the violence of the last century largely abolished thanks to the Good Friday Accords, the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland have co-mingled their economies. The ties are deep and real, and they are in part responsible for the continued stability and peace there. So, what kind of border must there be when the UK part of the island leaves the EU while the Irish Republic stays in? Talks have gone on for months, but reports are that the two sides are moving closer together. [30 November]

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