Ivan Denisovitch, Call Your Office

Brown students were thought to need emotional support after the trauma of hearing Natan Sharansky speak. Sharansky, who survived years of confinement, including solitary confinement, in the Soviet gulag, reportedly survived the encounter without the need for therapeutic services.

Surefire Way to Slow Muslim Immigration into Europe

Stewart Baker offers this suggestion:

Europeans should be conscripting military-age Syrian refugees, training them, and sending them back to fight for their own country. (According to the United Nations, in this wave of migrants, the men outnumber the women by nearly five to one.) Why shouldn’t those men be asked to help create the refuge that they and their families need — in Syria, where they need it most.

I can’t imagine anything more likely to be effective. Read the whole thing.

Spratley Islands–Flashpoint for War

The Spratley Islands are a widely dispersed collection of small islands and reefs in the South China Sea. They are mostly uninhabited. The closest countries are the Philippinnes, Vietnam, and Brunei. In a rational world, those three countries would find a fair way to divide them up. Whenever was this a rational world?

If you follow the news, you will know there’s an ongoing contest between China and Vietnam for control of the area. The Philippinnes would like to assert an interest, but they have not been effective in doing so.

Here’s a Philippinne effort.


The Vietnamese effort is more substantial, but probably not militarily significant.

Spratley-VN-Dien Bien

Spratley-VN-Dao Nui

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The Chinese effort, on the other hand, shows a better grasp of how to deal with logistical problems.



Things might get interesting there in a bad way. Alas.