Before he was elected to serve as the next Doctor, Peter Capaldi was a well-recognised face on the British comedy circuit for having played Malcolm Tucker, Armando Iannucci’s thinly-veiled lampoon of Alastair Campbell. Tucker rose to prominence thanks to Iannucci’s wildly successful television show, The Thick of It, which ended recently after its fourth season. […]
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Some jobs are challenging, and some are so hard it’s a wonder anyone can be found to take them on. Ambassador from Pakistan to anywhere, for example. At the moment, the US slot is held by Sherry Rehman, and representing her country in a positive way to anyone not clinically insane has just become even […]
Susan Rice´s large oil investments should disqualify her from becoming Secretary of State.
Who will manage the global commons as we move from American dominance to a truly mulipolar world?
reason 9.b.ii: We selflessly share our highest values with unfortunate people around the world and improve the cultures we engage with. Today, let us reflect on two of those values, namely “more stuff cheap” [Amen], and “business as a moral calling” “highest standards of honesty and transparency” , um, wait a minute, “if no-one’s not […]
A protest at Iran warmongering.
A pundit makes a nasty remark on the spur of the moment. He is ashamed of himself and apologizes to the target of the insult, who graciously accepts. Props to Cal Thomas for coming clean, and to Rachel Maddow for being big enough to accept the apology. But it’s sad that basic civility has become […]
The current ambassador to China, Gary Locke, is teaching the Chinese some useful stuff without a word of preaching or assertion, mainly by carrying his own bags and flying economy, and being seen to do so. The German for ambassador is botschafter, which means message carrier, and Locke’s story nicely enlarges our idea of how […]
Juan Cole says it’s just about over.