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Entries by John Feffer from 12/2011

Burma: Engagement or Appeasement?

| Posted 12.06.2011 | World

The imminent détente with Burma has continued to generate criticism from those who suffer from the appeasement complex, a syndrome that causes politicians to conflate diplomacy with selling out and negotiating with kowtowing.

Chicken Little and the Arab Spring Elections

| Posted 12.13.2011 | World

Citizens went to the polls in Tunisia, Morocco, and Egypt. After Islamist parties won three elections in a row, columnists and pundits in the West threw up their hands in horror.

Kim and Havel, Political Opposites, Dead

| Posted 12.19.2011 | World

Kim Jong Il and Vaclav Havel were both in some sense reluctant politicians. Once in power, they managed to stabilize their respective countries during difficult times. But they failed in their efforts at more dramatic transformation.

Architects of Change

| Posted 12.20.2011 | World

More than a decade ago, I sat down with the head of the academy of architecture in Pyongyang. There was one element missing from their architecture program: North Korean builders paid virtually no attention to energy efficiency