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May 7 – Foreign Policy Roundtable

We at the Junta love big ideas. Spirituality, the ethics of eating, Wikileaks, the future, education — we’ve done them all and there will be more to come. But sometimes it’s fun to just talk politics and argue about foreign policy. In fact, that’s where the roots of the Junta are — Rindy and Jeremy […]

The American Patriot

Jeremy asks, “How can you be an American patriot in 2013?” and relates his experience watching “Zero Dark Thirty” in light of my criticism. He writes: I found the portrayal of torture rather nuanced in terms of what it says about its efficacy and its morality. What was surely war porn was when they were […]

WikiWrap

Last week’s discussion was well attended despite the impending ice storm. Thanks to everybody for coming out. Here’s some of what went down. “I am really surprised there isn’t more outrage from Americans over the  Wikileaks releases,” said Joah. He meant the Apache helicopter video in particular. The soldiers in the video technically did follow […]

Wikileaks Discussion

The Junta convenes tomorrow night (Tues) to discuss Wikileaks. Please join us for a robust exchange of ideas about privacy, espionage, diplomacy, war, revolution, and freedom, among other things. All viewpoints are welcome. Read previous posts for more background. Tuesday, February 1st, 8:30pm DOC Wine Bar, 83 N. 7th St. in Williamsburg. (Cash bar only)

Pirate Run-Down

Jeremy started his discussion of maritime piracy by talking about his days covering the issue in Asia, specifically the activity in the Straits of Malacca, between Singapore and Indonesia. At one particularly narrow stretch, the channel is less than 2 miles wide – an ideal target zone for pirates. The Free Aceh rebels, a separatist […]

Disturbing new Somali piracy trend

I’m sure some of you have seen the news about the British couple that was taken hostage by Somali pirates in the Indian ocean. They were on their private yacht when they were taken. This presents some diffierences than if they were traveling on a commercial vessel. In those cases the company has an interest […]

Nov. 11th: Maritime Piracy

UPDATE: The date was changed to the 11th, as the venue is closed on the 9th. Jeremy will lead us in a post-Halloween discussion of piracy, its history and geopolitical background. Jeremy currently provides risk mitigation solutions to shipping companies who operate in areas where piracy is a problem, and he used to cover the […]