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‘Charlie Brown’s America’ Review: ‘Peanuts’ and Politics

Charles M. Schulz’s “Peanuts,” which ran from 1950 to 2000 and lives on in syndication, is one of the world’s most successful and marketable comic strips. Much of its universal appeal lies in a light-hearted humor that steers clear of controversy: Charlie Brown’s trials on the pitcher’s mound, Lucy’s one-sided crush on Schroeder, and Snoopy’s trans...
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To stop the ransomware pandemic, start with the basics

Jun 19th 2021TWENTY YEARS ago, it might have been the plot of a trashy airport thriller. These days, it is routine. On May 7th cyber-criminals shut down the pipeline supplying almost half the oil to America’s east coast for five days. To get it flowing again, they demanded a $4.3m ransom from Colonial Pipeline Company, the owner. Days later, a simi...
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Thursday 17 June 2021 – The Monocle Minute

Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin met yesterday at a Geneva summit that could not have been more different to the meeting there between Mikhail Gorbachev and Ronald Reagan in 1985. The Cold war-era iteration allowed three days for talk and negotiation; yesterday it all happened in a single afternoon. President Putin arrived stra...
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A Megaproject with Strategic Implications

Location of Istanbul Canal (Photo: Randam/Wikimedia Commons) Istanbul’s geographical positioning, rich cultural heritage, religious symbolism and location as a major trading routes’ crossroad led Napoleon Bonaparte to once declare that “if the Earth were a single state, Constantinople would be its capital.” Sandwiched between Europe and Asia, Ista...
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G-7 summit exposes incoherence of US foreign policy

During a U.S. presidency, the stature of which has grown steadily in the estimate of historians, Dwight D. Eisenhower’s success flowed from two critically important insights. The first was that American military power and diplomatic influence was absolutely dependent on the might of the U.S. economy. The second was embodied in his often-quoted Fare...