Day: January 14, 2013

An Interventionist Weekend

Mali

Quite a weekend, the opening of Zero Dark Thirty in the U.S. reminding everyone of the interventionist elements of the Obama Doctrine (see my next post) and a full-fledged French intervention in Mali, not to mention U.S. assistance with a French hostage liberation operation tucked away on the inside pages.

Washington, D.C. is a funny place these days…all but two of the think tanks here are obsessed with the rise of China and just about the entire U.S. foreign policy establishment is choking on economic austerity and therefore fully inclined to doubt that our government or any other can afford much in the way of armed interventions these days.

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Monday Morning Linkage

Good mornin’, here’s your morning linkage…

Mali

Saudi Arabia

  • The Saudi government beheaded a maid, who was a minor employed for two weeks when a child in her care died.  She was tried without legal representation.  Executing a minor is a violation of the Convention on the Rights of the Child to which Saudi Arabia is a signatory. Forty-five other maids are on death row, some for charges including witchcraft and sorcery.

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