Americans trust no one today as they trusted Colin Powell

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I reread German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s works, and pored over his thoughts about nonviolence and pacifism when confronted with an unjust state. The Nazis changed his mind on that score. In one of history’s most famous transformations, Bonhoeffer became a vocal, anti-Nazi dissident and ultimately was arrested, imprisoned and executed by hanging.

I’m no Bonhoeffer, but I’m a realist when it comes to necessary war. Our attack on Afghanistan to destroy the Taliban and root out Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda seemed necessary to me.

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American Law Firms Are Enabling Foreign Kleptocrats

Over the past week, some of the strangest responses to the Pandora Papers—the leak of nearly 12 million global financial secrecy documents, offering an unprecedented look into the broader world of offshore finance—have centered on the belief that the disclosure is some kind of Western, and especially American, plot. Such rhetoric found a home in outlets like Jacobin, which suggested that the leak “might be a CIA op,” pointing to the leading Russian figures featured and the lack of American politicians alongside.

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The Foreign Policy “Credibility” Argument Is, Well, Not Credible

This summer, as U.S. troops beat a hasty and chaotic retreat from Afghanistan, the foreign policy community both here and abroad was near unanimous in its belief that President Biden had done grievous harm to America’s international credibility.
Former national security adviser H.R. McMaster declared there would be “severe political consequences in connection with our credibility with our allies and partners.” Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said events in Afghanistan “will certainly harm America’s credibility with its friends and allies.

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Olaf Scholz Is Not Your Friend

He’s “Uncle Olaf,” the “grinning Smurf,” the ”Scholz-o-mat,” and even “the most boring man in Germany.” The current front-runner to become Europe’s most powerful leader has had his fair share of epithets. But with Olaf Scholz’s Social Democrats (SPD) leading polls ahead of today’s federal election, even such a personal focus on Germany’s possible next chancellor has told us little about what he stands for.

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Why I still swear by the fat-freezing that ruined star model Linda Evangelista’s face 

PLATELL’S PEOPLE: Why I still swear by the fat-freezing that ruined star model Linda Evangelista’s face
By Amanda Platell for The Daily Mail
Published: 17:12 EDT, 24 September 2021 | Updated: 20:08 EDT, 24 September 2021

Back in the 1990s, Linda Evangelista was the catwalk queen with her posse of supermodel peers – Naomi Campbell, Cindy Crawford, Christy Turlington and Claudia Schiffer.
They were so fabulously paid they refused to get out of bed for less than $10,000, or so the myth had it.

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STEPHEN GLOVER: Keir Starmer’s aiming at the Hard Left’s rotten heart

STEPHEN GLOVER: Keir Starmer’s aiming at the Hard Left’s rotten heart. I hope for the country’s sake he succeeds
By Stephen Glover for the Daily Mail
Published: 17:00 EDT, 23 September 2021 | Updated: 17:14 EDT, 23 September 2021

Sir Keir Starmer seems a cautious fellow, and has been much mocked for it. In fact, know-alls of every political persuasion have made up their minds that the Labour leader hasn’t the faintest chance of ever being Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.
He’s wooden and uninspiring, they say.

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We Need a Shorter Workweek to Free Us From the Tyranny of Work

Adapted from Overtime: Why We Need a Shorter Working Week by Kyle Lewis and Will Stronge (Verso Books, September 2021)

The Monday-to-Friday working week that many of us see as normal or natural is in fact a social and historical achievement, and one that is still unevenly distributed — with workers in many parts of the world laboring around the clock, seven days a week, for almost nothing. The free time that we enjoy in much of the Global North is the result of victories achieved by workers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.

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