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Good news, the very latest, on the Bukovsky case. From Luke Harding of The Guardian via Twitter: 

 

 

If a tree falls in the forest -- no, if a legendary Soviet dissident goes on a hunger strike, and there is no media there to report on it, will it ever crash into world consciousness?

Not so far. I find myself in some numbing degree of disbelief at the general silence over the fact that Vladimir Bukovsky is now 20 days into a hunger strike -- his impasse with the British justice system becoming a life and death struggle in a frighteningly literal sense -- amid scant news coverage and even less discernible sense of public urgency. Thank goodness for Claire Berlinski's powerfully human cri de commentary that came out today at Ricchochet. 

When...

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As with all legal wrangles, the details are a little complicated, but the essence of this case is clear. Vladimir Bukovsky, the legendary Soviet dissident, has once again pitted himself against a state power. It is not, of course, the old Kremlin; it is the British legal system, which last April charged him with serious crimes: five charges each of making and possessing indecent images of children; one charge of possessing a forbidden image.

Those are the facts. That is, it is a fact that the Crown Prosecution Service made public both these charges and their intent to prosecute Bukovsky one year ago online at their "news centre."

Are these charges true? Bukovsky is pleading not guilty to all charges, which are to be heard in court on May 16. 

Last August, Bukovsky filed an unusual countersuit. He sued the Crown Prosecution Service...

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Part 20 of the "Post-Constitutional Election" series is here.

The insularity of Eliteworld is such that when Evan Thomas (Phillips Academy, Harvard) argues in a New York Times op-ed, "Why We Need Foreign Policy Elites," he assumes that his Exhibits A & B  -- (A) "opening China" (B) arms control treaties (detente) with the USSR -- will all but clinch his un-democratic case for the necessity of turning over foreign affairs to a cadre of Ivy-trained policy advisors.

That's bad enough. 

What comes next, though, goes beyond liberal platitudes about what might constitute unassailable policy successes.

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US Army photo of soldiers carrying the casket of Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene off the plane at Dover Air Force Base, August 7, 2014.

In "Confessions of a NATO Speechwriter" at Foreign Policy, Patrick Stephenson discusses what happened when he wrote a single sentence honoring the late Maj. Gen. Harold J. Greene in a speech for the NATO secretary general in 2014. Gen. Greene, it should be recalled, was the highest ranking officer to be murdered by one of our Afghan "allies" in the spate of Afghan-on-Western (Muslim-on-infidel) killings that were a cost Uncle Sam was willing to factor into the US-led-Afghan...

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