Saudis Bomb Houthi Targets in Yemen -- The Saudis and some of their Arab allies intervened in the Yemeni crisis earlier today by bombing some of the Houthi rebel positions. The Shi'ite Houthi have been on a roll lately, taking the capital of Sana'a and driving the Sunni president Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi and his supporters to the port of Aden. The attack by the Saudi coalition appears to have helped pro-Hadi forces retake the airport at Aden. Now, the question is how will Shi'ite Iran retaliate. [26 March]
Lindsey Graham Carries Pragmatist Banner into GOP Primaries -- Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) is not this journal's favorite senator by any stretch of the imagination. He is hawkish rather than owlish on foreign policy, and his social values were obsolete during the Great Depression. However, he is preparing for a White House bid that will focus on something the Republic desperately needs, pragmatic conservatism. He's going to upset a lot of people, and voters will stay away in droves. However in politics, sometimes getting the message out has to come before winning with it can happen. [25 March]
Indian Supreme Court Strikes Down Internet Arrest Law -- The Supreme Court in India yesterday ruled that Section 66A of the Information Technology Act was unconstitutional. This part of the law allowed the authorities to make arrests for comments made on social media. The government's argument that it deterred the uploading of offensive material might have been valid, but the wide-ranging arrests made under Section 66A proved that the law was detrimental to the fundamental rights of Indians. Score one for the good guys. [24 March]
Ted Cruz Announces White House Bid -- Texas Senator Ted Cruz has formally entered the 2016 presidential race. This journal expects another dozen before too much longer. This journal also has predicted that at least one of those will withdraw before the year is over (most likely using the verb "uspend" so as to continue fundraising). Mr. Cruz is unlikely to be an early quitter. However, he is completely unsuited for the presidency and will most certainly not be a contender much beyond the first few primary contests. [23 March]
California Drought Response Shows Limits -- California lawmakers have announced a plan for dealing with the state's current drought. It is, at best, a temporary fix. That is not because the proposal is weak nor lacking in ambition. The problem is that money is no substitute for rain. The Golden State's predicament is a foreshadowing of what the entire world faces as the climate evolves. While this journal has argued for spending heavily on mitigation efforts as well as greenhouse gas limits, the ugly truth is humans probably can't do enough to prevent serious economic and social dislocation. [20 March]
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