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Review: ‘Winter is Coming’, by Garry Kasparov
NOVEMBER 8, 2015 | FT | Review by John Thornhill

‘Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped’, by Garry Kasparov, Atlantic Books, £16.99; Public Affairs, $26.99

"The price of deterrence always goes up"

the real power of Kasparov’s book lies in his argument that the west must pursue a more assertive and moral foreign policy, something that has faded out of fashion. In his view, the most moral foreign policy is also the most effective. It enhances international security by insisting on observance of law....one of the most important aspects of any moral foreign policy is its consistency. Western leaders should keep talking about human rights issues in good times as well as bad. Otherwise, these issues become just another chip on the “geopolitical gaming table”. Those leaders should also insist on raising these subjects with strong autocracies, such as China, as well as the weak.

in Kasparov’s view, US President Bill Clinton squandered the chance to advance the international human rights agenda in the 1990s, as the west took a holiday from history. And today the west is too “uninformed, callous, or apathetic” to assert its influence and values.

He, rightly, argues that one of the most important aspects of any moral foreign policy is its consistency. Western leaders should keep talking about human rights issues in good times as well as bad. Otherwise, these issues become just another chip on the “geopolitical gaming table”. Those leaders should also insist on raising these subjects with strong autocracies, such as China, as well as the weak.
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january 2017 by jerryking
A Chess Master Tries to Turn Rabbits Into Wolves - NYTimes.com
MARCH 13, 2015

In speed chess, players have only several minutes to complete a game. They punch a running game clock after every move, and the crackling pace tests a player’s reflexes, nerves and confidence.

“Hustlers go for the kill,” Mr. Times said. “If my kids can learn in that environment, it will give them a certain mental toughness they can’t get from a scholastic opponent or playing online.”

Mr. Times also respects a deep study of the game and played many grandmasters, once lasting an hour against the great Garry Kasparov.

“Kasparov’s a tiger, man,” he recalled. “You could almost feel him suggesting moves to you.”

In 2000, Mr. Kasparov had visited the Mott Hall School in Harlem where Mr. Times was coaching the school’s Dark Knights. They were players mostly from low-income families who had no previous chess experience. Mr. Times helped them beat well-funded private schools downtown and led them to seven national championships.
chess  New_York_City  Harlem  African-Americans  hustle  Garry_Kasparov 
march 2015 by jerryking
Stop the Moral Equivalence - WSJ.com
May 19, 2004 | WSJ | by GARRY KASPAROV.

The Islamic public-relations offensive is focused on proving that the West is corrupt and offers no improvement on the despots in charge throughout the Islamic world. At the same time, Al Jazeera isn’t examining Vladimir Putin’s war against Muslims in Chechnya. All of Chechnya is one big Abu Ghraib, but the Islamic world pays scant attention to the horrible crimes there because Mr. Putin shares their distaste for liberal democracy. The war is not about defending Muslims; it is about Western civilization and America as its representative.
chess  al-Qaeda  terrorism  Chechnya  moral_equivalencies  Garry_Kasparov 
july 2012 by jerryking

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