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When will we disband Nato?

The recent “no-fly” zone has proved that Nato is not needed. In the case of Germany and Turkey’s apparent objections, it seems that Nato was not even heeded. Nato is a relic of the Cold War. It serves to annoy China and Russia, two countries who feel targeted by it. It is nothing more than […]

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Why is Hollywood so dangerous?

After watching an American movie with my kids, I sometimes tell them I’m homesick.  They get absolutely terrified. America, as it is portrayed in the movies, is like hell on Earth.  Now, it’s not perfect…

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Why is Tripoli so popular with historians?

In October, I had no idea what was going to happen in North Africa.  Yet, I felt drawn to write a history of the “Barbary pirates.” I didn’t yet realize what would happen this year, nor did I know that Hollywood was already working on a film on that subject. The first time I remember […]

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Burning the Philadelphia

Today, in 1804, Stephen Decatur led a small band in a ketch to destroy a warship.  Horatio Nelson is said to have called it “the most bold and daring act of the age.” Well, I can’t verify Nelson having said that, but if he did then he was blockading Toulon at the time. What we […]

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Who should play former President Richard Milhous Nixon?

My generation knows the 37th President of the USA through two sound bytes. In the pro Nixon camp, Dr. Spock famously advised us that “Only Nixon could go to China.”  The Anti-Nixonites however, use Richard’s own words against him: “I am not a crook.”

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Pedro de Soza

451 years ago today, Pedro de Soza was secretly murdered by the inquisition in Antwerp. The official method of execution for “heresy” of being a male Anabaptist was being burt to death.  However, the people of Antwerp didn’t like it when the foreign government killed innocent people. Many protestants, free thinkers and tolerant Catholics could revolt at the […]

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Who should play the current president?

Let’s get this straight, Denzel Washington looks nothing like Barrack Obama. Ok, he may look more like Obama than Drew Barrymore does, but the resemblance is limited. But once their mouths start moving, Obama and Washington resemble each other almost perfectly. Remember Philadelphia? The way Washington spewed a lot of hot air, but got you […]

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Why download movies when you can fly them over?

The BBC reports that pigeons beat broadband for delivering large digital data files like movies.  They beat the ISPs in South Africa, and now they beat them here in Britain. Maybe we found our “alternative” form of film distribution after all.

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Does Freedom of Speech only apply to US citizens?

If I understand Yahoo news correctly, a British teenager has been banned from going to the US.  His crime?  He doesn’t like the American president. (more here) Well, I’m an American citizen.  I’m proud of our constitution.  I don’t like hearing foreigners insulting my President.  So, what’s my view on this kid?

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Do Brazil’s movies give the country a bad name?

Yes, Brazilians make movies too.  You might have seen one of them, if you’re into the art scene and reading subtitles. Oh, and not only do they make films, they also complain that the movies don’t accurately depict their country.