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Piketty/Davos/MayDay

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by Peter Spiro Before the Piketty bubble reaches stage six (at this rate, sometime later today), a few thoughts on the geosocial implications of his theory of inequality. That theory has been getting the lion’s share of the lion-sized attention showered on Capital in the 21st Century (Kindle edition available only). Those of you reading the […]

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Supreme Court Takes Jerusalem Passport Case on the Merits

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by Peter Spiro NY Times dispatch here, reporting the Court’s taking the question of whether Congress can force the Secretary of State to include the birthplace “Jerusalem, Israel” at a U.S. citizen’s option. This could be a huge case or a not-so-huge case. If the Court affirms the D.C. Circuit’s ruling below and strikes down legislation […]

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Russia’s Citizenship Power-Play in Ukraine is Pretty Weak

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by Peter Spiro Russian President Dimitry Medvedev yesterday announced a legislative initiative to fast-track citizenship for non-resident native Russian speakers. He didn’t single out ethnic Russians in Ukraine, but the context says it all. The citizenship shift (variations of which have been floated since the Maidan erupted last month) would allow Russia to amplify its […]

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Presidential Authority for Visa Restrictions (for Ukraine and Otherwise)

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by Peter Spiro President Obama issued an executive order this morning imposing entry bans on those responsible for actions that “undermine democratic processes or institutions in Ukraine,” “threaten the peace, security, stability, sovereignty, or territorial integrity of Ukraine,” or involve “misappropriation of state assets of Ukraine or of an economically significant entity in Ukraine.” Sec. […]

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Ukraine, International Law, and the Perfect Compliance Fallacy

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by Peter Spiro Eric Posner on international law and Ukraine (“exhaustively”, in his own description): The international law commentariat has been pretty quiet about the most important geopolitical event so far this year. Hello? Anyone want to offer an opinion? Let me fill in the silence: 1. Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine violates international law. […]

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