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Mark Collins – ISIS, Islamism and Pakistan’s CT Failure

31 Oct

The very knowledgeable Pakistani author Ahmed Rashid (pieces for the NY Review of Books here) excoriates his country’s government: Viewpoint: Pakistan’s Quetta attack blame game The att…

Source: Mark Collins – ISIS, Islamism and Pakistan’s CT Failure

Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Now “Core” Leader

27 Oct

Further to these posts, Xi is Top Dragon to the “Core” China: Top Dragon Really Unfolding His Ascendant Wings the Chicom party leader and country’s president sure is feeling his wontons–…

Source: Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Now “Core” Leader

Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Really Unfolding His Ascendant Wings

24 Oct

Further to these posts, Top Dragon is now C-in-C Top Dragon Now More Powerful than Mao? President Xi continues his relentless consolidation of power (is our prime minister paying any attention?): t…

Source: Mark Collins – China: Top Dragon Really Unfolding His Ascendant Wings

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 – Hong Kong’s Growing Chicom Heebie Jeebies, Part 2

20 Oct

Further to this post, a story by Terry Glavin (will our prime minister and foreign minister notice?): The fight for democracy in Hong Kong — and how Canada can help Very relevant: The Dragon vs the…

Source: Mark Collins – Hong Kong’s Growing Chicom Heebie Jeebies, Part 2

Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul Update

14 Oct

Further to this post, things could get exceedingly nasty; can Iraq stay united (and how far will the Turks go, both around Mosul and to prevent any independent Kurdistan?). At Defense One’s &…

Source: Mark Collins – Iraq: Upcoming Battle for Mosul Update

Mark Collins – Bloody Yemen Update: US Navy Starts Shooting/Big Saudi Killing

14 Oct

Further to this August post, Bloody Yemen Update: US Not Best Pleased with Saudis, Plus Houthis the latest at Foreign Policy’s “Situation Report”: … Strikes, but not war. Th…

Source: Mark Collins – Bloody Yemen Update: US Navy Starts Shooting/Big Saudi Killing

Mark Collins – Counter-Terrorism: CSIS’ New C-51 Powers Not So Threatening in Practice

12 Oct

The civil liberties sky has not fallen–and surely will not under the Liberal government: John Ivison: Fear of oppressive surveillance by spy agencies under Tories’ anti-terror legislation unf…

Source: Mark Collins – Counter-Terrorism: CSIS’ New C-51 Powers Not So Threatening in Practice