Mourning Paris journalists and attack on press freedom

If I were technologically proficient, I'd edge this blog in black. How profoundly sad is the grievous slaughter of 12 yesterday in Paris, journalists and their police protectors at the satire magazine Charlie Hebdo.  What an unspeakable attack on press freedom and the underpinnings of democracy.  What a barbaric assault on humanity! Say what you want …

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In Scotland, what’s really under those kilts?

The domino theory, used by the United States to justify military intervention in Vietnam, has always been fallible. In Southeast Asia, neighboring Cambodia is a constitutional monarchy. Thailand is a parliamentary (if unstable) democracy.  The Indonesian archipelago is a republic.   But this week's vote in Scotland to determine whether the land of bagpipes, kilts, golf, whisky and North …

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