robert wright

Obama’s Squishiness Is Now a Trend

After wimping out on Egypt, is the Obama administration now selling out Darfur

Bashir’s speech today gets Southern Sudan over one big hurdle toward declaring independence, which it is expected to formally do this July. The next test for U.S. pressure and Sudanese diplomacy is whether an equally congenial atmosphere will accompany talks over tricky issues such as border delineation and the sharing of Sudan’s oil.


A Random Succession of Times (Video)

I’m determined to post about stuff I’m not fit to comment upon. I’ll beg ignorance about what Lee Smolin is talking about – because of audio problems I don’t know of whom he’s talking – but this hypothesis that time is an emergent property of the universe that is composed of a statistical assortment of moments is very compelling to me. Can anyone decipher the name of the author Smolin identifies as a proponent of this notion?


Too Pissed to Await Obama’s Divinity

I didn’t realize “the blessing” was anything but a throwaway bit of agitprop.

Each year, at the beginning of shrimping season, the region’s fishermen take part in a tradition that was brought to America long ago by fishing immigrants from Europe. It’s called “The Blessing of the Fleet,” and today it’s a celebration where clergy from different religions gather to say a prayer for the safety and success of the men and women who will soon head out to sea – some for weeks at a time. The ceremony goes on in good times and in bad. It took place after Katrina, and it took place a few weeks ago – at the beginning of the most difficult season these fishermen have ever faced.


When Is the Palm Pre Coming to Korea?

I’m in no way tech-savvy, but I don’t like the iPhone, and somehow I’m just not optimistic about a Google phone. I want my Palm back! I’m surprised, then, about how South Korean companies are lining up behind the two rivals for combat.

KT has decided to bring the Nexus One, considered the chief competition to Galaxy S, into the domestic market. With SK Telecom recently joining hands with Galaxy S manufacturer Samsung to open an offensive on the iPhone, KT has decided to do battle with the Nexus One, known as the “original Android phone,” until the next generation iPhone is released.


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