07 October 2007

Still wicked busy

Faithful readers, I apologize but I am still up to my eyeballs in work and visitors. To tide you over, I offer the following three linked topics and a promise of more material soon:

1. SeansRussiaBlog on the one-year anniversary of the murder of Anna Politkovskaia (NYT here)
2. Alexander Cockburn on Orlando Figes and Stalinism
3. Our former man at the UN on Iran and not-so-steep learning curves: “…by allowing diplomacy to proceed as long as we did, we have dramatically limited our options... What that means unfortunately is that our options may be down to regime change or the use of force against the nuclear program… Once upon a time, we knew how to do clandestine regime change. We need to reacquire that capability.” (Just a reminder: he was our ambassador to the UN. Stew on it for a second.)

Recent Viewing: 12, War, No Direction Home.

That last one has led to the following Ginsberg line being trapped in my head for the past four days: America, when will you be worthy of your million Trotskyites? It’s still a good question.

p.s. Paul Krugman falls in line with David Byrne on Bush's conservativism (same as it ever was). Here.

p.s. #2. Alternet on background to the Satender Singh murder.