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Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

12 Dec

The start of a piece by Simon Winchester in the NY Times Book Review: Thirty-one years ago, while on a railway journey between London and Hong Kong, I stopped off in Mongolia and to a briefly illus…

Source: Mark Collins – The Foreign Office in 1985 (and the Trans-Siberian)

Mark Collins – “Slow Erosion of Military History” (in Canada)

12 Dec

A post of mine at Milnet.ca–scroll up for context. Mark Collins, a prolific Ottawa blogger, is a Fellow at the Canadian Global Affairs Institute; he tweets @Mark3Ds

Source: Mark Collins – “Slow Erosion of Military History” (in Canada)

Mark Collins – A Great Book From a Romanian Jew, Mihail Sebastian: “Journal 1935–1944: The Fascist Years”

21 Nov

Further to this post, What’s an Intellectual Romanian Jew to do Before WW II? I am finishing his journal: It is an accumulation of events, thoughts and emotions that is one of the most powerful boo…

Source: Mark Collins – A Great Book From a Romanian Jew, Mihail Sebastian: “Journal 1935–1944: The Fascist Years”

Mark Collins – The Donald, US Colleges–and History?

21 Nov

The inimitable George Will weighs in at the Washington Post–and Canadian campuses? Higher education is awash with hysteria. That might have helped elect Trump. Many undergraduates, their fawn…

Source: Mark Collins – The Donald, US Colleges–and History?

Mark Collins – The Jews, the Holocaust and Poland, Then and Now (and much more)

7 Nov

First a tweet, plus a post last year: Jedwabne: A Murderous July 1941 Polish Pogrom–and God? Then an article at the NY Times Magazine on Poland today more broadly: The Party That Wants to Make Pola…

Source: Mark Collins – The Jews, the Holocaust and Poland, Then and Now (and much more)

Mark Collins – 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: US Imagery via NGA

31 Oct

The US National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA), the ultimate successor to the CIA’s National Photographic Interpretation Center (NPIC), publishes a summary with pictures–one below…

Source: Mark Collins – 1962 Cuban Missile Crisis: US Imagery via NGA

Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

26 Oct

A letter sent to the NY Times and not published: Paul Theroux [website here] writes (“Pardon the American Taliban”, Oct. 23) that “after Sept. 11, the United States invaded Afghan…

Source: Mark Collins – ‘The U.S. did not “invade” Afghanistan’

Mark Collins – Boden wenn nicht Blut: Horrible Heidegger, Nazism and Now

24 Oct

Martin Heidegger (more here) truly was a nasty piece of work–with nasty foretastes for today? At the London Review of Books: Great Again Malcolm Bull Ponderings II-VI: Black Notebooks, 1931-3…

Source: Mark Collins – Boden wenn nicht Blut: Horrible Heidegger, Nazism and Now

Mark Collins – Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Putin and “transgender bathroom rights” Section

21 Oct

At the end of an opinion piece at the Wall St. Journal: The Vladimir Putin Test The strongman’s appeal reveals a lot about today’s liberal democracies… Under President Obama, Angela Merkel, F…

Source: Mark Collins – Der Untergang des Abendlandes, Putin and “transgender bathroom rights” Section

Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan

19 Oct

One simple thing: a personnel promotion system for officers that undermined effectiveness locally. Is the Canadian Army any different? Excerpts from a must-read post by a retired US Army officer at…

Source: Mark Collins – How the US Army Went Wrong in Afghanistan