Which is Worse: Game of Thrones or the Culture that Watches It?

Image Credit: Wikimedia It is rare for me to comment at length on contemporary American pop-culture here at the Stage, where I usually reserve myself to discussions of cultural trends found deep in the past or far from American shores. But occasionally I will read a piece exciting or infuriating enough to drag me out […]

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Hard Truths and Hidden Gems at Shangri-La

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe delivers the keynote address at the 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue Image Source This weekend I finally had the chance to sit down and read the collected transcripts of the 2014 Shangri-La Dialogue. This year’s round of the Dialogue has garnered much more media attention than usual. The coverage has focused on the […]

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Infiltrating the Khmer Rouge – The Nate Thayer Story

. . Several months ago I highlighted the work of Nate Thayer, one of the more accomplished investigative journalists of the post-Cold War era, here at the Stage. Some of Mr. Thayer’s most impressive work dates to the 1990s, when he was the Far Eastern and Economic Review‘s man on the ground in Cambodia. One […]

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How to Be Buddy-Buddy With an Guerilla General

    Far Eastern Economic Review (2 August 1997)with Thayer’s investigative work featured as its cover story. Image Credit: Wikimedia If you read one thing this weekend, this should be it. Nate Thayer was the Far Eastern and Economic Review‘s man on the ground in Cambodia for most of the 1990s. One of his editors […]

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Playing Around With Google Ngram

Google Labs has released a cool new tool: Google Ngram Viewer. CNET News explains how it works: Google’s Ngram Viewer: A time machine for wordplayLancey Whitney. CNET News. 17 December 2010. Courtesy of the folks at Google Labs, Ngram Viewer can work its analysis as a result of Google’s sometimes contentious digitization of vast quantities […]

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Notes From All Over (13/12/2010) and Assorted Miscellany

 I normally devote Notes From All Over posts to off-site material worth reading. This post shall be slightly different. As my computer access is is at the moment limited I shall use this post  to relate a few short thoughts on the issues of the day that would have otherwise have been published in separate posts, and […]

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What is Really Happening in Gilgit-Balochistan

Two months ago I called attention to Selig Harrison’s claim in a New York Times op-ed that 7,000 Chinese soldiers had been stationed in Gilgit-Balochistan, the Pakistani-controlled section of Kashmir.  This week the Pakistani branch of the International Herald Tribune, the Express Tribune, published a forceful riposte to Mr. Harrison’s claims: The Great Media Game […]

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