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Is Obama Sidelining Congress on Iran?

Actually, the president’s move to get U.N. backing on the Iran deal is straight out of the Bush-Baker playbook.

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Stuff I didn’t know: Popeye the Sailor Man’s role in the Spanish Civil War

During the Spanish Civil War, the anarchists adopted Popeye the Sailor Man as their mascot. He was sometimes depicted waving the red and black flag of the anarchist party. Here he is, badly painted on the tail of a Soviet-built Republican aircraft.

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Bungay’s ‘The Most Dangerous Enemy': A fine analysis of a fascinating campaign

A few months ago, one of youse told me to read Stephen Bungay’s history of the Battle of Britain. Again, thank you. Even if I didn’t care about the subject, I would have enjoyed the book. Bungay can write, he can analyze, and he appears to be meticulous and thoughtful in his research.

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Pope Francis Apologizes for Church’s Colonial Sins

During a speech on Thursday before the World Meeting of Popular Movements in Santa Cruz, Bolivia, Pope Francis apologized directly for the “grave sins” committed by the church in service of colonialism, building on the penance of the pontiffs who preceded him.

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Why the fine ‘Journal of Military History’ is the opposite of ‘International Security': The tons of interesting facts I learned

Remember how I got all cranky when the mailboat brought International Security to my dock and I was disappointed with how boring and irrelevant it was?

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Back to the Future: World Politics Edition

Russia is a throwback to the 19th century. The Islamic State wants to turn the clock back by 1,000 years. And Japan is stuck in the post-WWII order. How much of today's geopolitics are actually from bygone eras?

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