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Seven Years Into Iraq and We're Still Leaning on Security Contractors

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Congressional bean counters are unhappy at the State Department's budget for Iraq. (Look at the Washington Post's story on State's budget request here.) As troops draw down to 50,000, the State Department civilian advisers and police trainers are going to lose the security of having quick reaction forces on call [...]
 
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Dear readers, serious thanks for reading and visiting over the least year or so. I've learned a lot about Latin America and online writing since I began thinking aloud about the region here, and look forward to hearing from some of you again at this column/blog's next version. True/Slant was a [...]
 
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  • Shamefully, I haven't read "Deliverance" since high school, which is weird because I like the man's poetry so much- "The Sheep-Child", and "Deer Among Cattle" are among my favorite poems. I'll take [...]read » ncfrommke
 
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Farewell, into the wild. . .

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I write my last post for True/Slant a bit worn out from a full day of kayaking yesterday. It was easy river kayaking, mainly, with just one madly technical section of Class 2 stuff, but a full day of paddling and some porting in the sun saps you a bit. The [...]
 
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This is my last True/Slant post for, as of tomorrow, True/Slant will be no more. You will be able to read more of my bloggery, if you so choose, at themoscowdiaries.wordpress.com but for now here is my last T/S post. A debate has been raging here, in the comments section, as [...]
 
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  • Um, see the entire massive thread about self-hating Jews? I weighed in last, so. Is Revva Jewish? What is the question? It is a funny video. It's hot. Fin.read » T/S JULIA IOFFE
 
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  • Hello, all! I wanted to weigh on this meaty and fascinating post. (And also ask why the Jews always get dragged into these discussions? Anyway.) First, a quick point re: book cooking, stats, improvements. [...]read » T/S JULIA IOFFE
 
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Out of focus, fading to black?

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In November 2008, this so-called Jet-Set Hobo was in Buenos Aires when he filed his first story for True/Slant. It was called 'From Argentina with Love', and was in some way concerned with what was the new James Bond movie, 'A Portion of Condolence'.  If there was any actual film [...]
 
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Learning to swear in English in Korea

Via Kottke: My college Spanish professors never went here.
 
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Reports this evening that a hijacking has been stopped at Domodedovo airport in Moscow. Yesterday afternoon. Apparently, a passenger on a Moscow-bound flight from Mineralnye Vody "made demands" of the crew and held up the plane for two hours. One report says this passenger turned to the plane's captain saying he [...]
 
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  • It's a US-based population analysis group which I will admit I have no specialized knowledge of. However the numbers they cite (133 million population in 2025 and 117 million in 2050) sound like the [...]read » T/S MARK ADOMANIS
 
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  • Yalensis, I thought darth was talking to me and went into full sarcasm mode. Lenny Dykstra is an American baseball player who played for the Phillies (my team) among a few others. He chewed a lot [...]read » T/S MARK ADOMANIS
 
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Let us say it. Barring the unforeseen, there will be a major Middle East war in the next two years. On one side will be Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah and possibly Syria. On the other side will be Israel... and likely just Israel. Furthermore, odds are that Israel will initiate the war. But they [...]
 
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  • Steve, thank you for pointing out the existence of IRE. The organization does wonderful work and I heartily recommend that readers check out their website. But with that said, I'm still despondent [...]read » T/S NEAL UNGERLEIDER
 
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Y'all, it is so hot in Moscow. There are peat-bog fires in the countryside so the city is choked with a visible, and pungent, white smoke. In the last couple of weeks, we've beaten every record ever set since they started recording the temperature here 130 years ago. At this [...]
 
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Three Americans Held Captive By Iran for a Year

The Iranian government has been holding three American activists for an entire year, accusing them of espionage. Barrett Brown has more details: Iran Has Detained Three Americans for a Year. This Friday a demonstration is planned in New York City to bring more attention to these American citizens held captive by [...]
 
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