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BBC News – Why are the French drinking less wine?

Does the seemingly perpetual decline in consumption of France’s national drink symbolise a corresponding decline in French civilisation? The question worries a lot of people – oenophiles, cultural commentators, flag-wavers for French exceptionalism – all of whom have watched with consternation the gradual disappearance of wine from the national dinner …

Where Is The Outrage?

The world cannot forget about the brutality and kleptocracy thriving in Iran. For 42 years, the world did business with Muammar Qaddafi, even as it knew about the brutality he was inflicting on his own people. Too often, there was no outrage in the West about Qaddafi’s crimes. Now, if …

American Embarrassment – Swampland – TIME.com

It is always an education to watch our American writhings from overseas. It is particularly excrutiating watching the Republican Party presidential candidates who, on a daily basis, pronounce some ignorant racist or irreligious twaddle…which–amazingly enough–manages to be heard around the world. As Crowley notes below, today’s example primo is Newt, …