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Can Muammar Qaddafi’s Hip, Globe-Trotting Second Son Really Bring Democracy to Libya?

Eliza Griswold, who sounds like a JK Rowling character, asks number 369 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No in The New Republic.
Actually, it is perfectly possible that the answer is Yes, but the article is subscription-only, so I haven’t seen the evidence. It’s just a great question, is all.
Thanks to [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Tuesday, 20 July 2010 at 4:49 pm

A Statement Followed by a Question Separated by a Colon: An Effective Journalistic Technique?, Eagle Eye

A Statement Followed by a Question Separated by a Colon: An Effective Journalistic Technique?

Question to Which the Answer is No number 368, although this gem from The Onion is out of chronological order, as it first appeared two years ago. But such genius never ages.

Thanks to Julia Turner via Larry Ryan.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 July 2010 at 4:38 pm

President Obama, Republican?, Eagle Eye

President Obama, Republican?

Questions to Which the Answer is No, number 367. This one asked by Andrew Murphy at Harry’s Place.

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 19 July 2010 at 9:29 am

Will necktie fatwas unravel Iran’s leadership?, Eagle Eye

Will necktie fatwas unravel Iran’s leadership?

And now number 366 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Sylvie Stein at Foreign Policy.
It seems that there is a theological dispute between President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and the ayatollahs in Iran over the wearing of ties.
Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami, normally close ally of the Iranian president, said: “I say to him [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 3:10 pm

Are ageing lefties in denial?, Eagle Eye

Are ageing lefties in denial?

Grateful to Oliver Kamm for drawing my attention to number 365 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, asked by Jon Kelly at the BBC:
A study is being used to support the theory many educated, middle-aged left-wingers are in fact conservatives who can’t admit it. Is this true?
As Oliver says, no. [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Saturday, 17 July 2010 at 2:37 pm

We want to move on about it for ever, Eagle Eye

We want to move on about it for ever

In respect of yesterday’s post at Labour List by Joe Caluori, entitled,
We need to learn the lessons of Iraq before we can move on
another correspondent, James, writes to propose a new series:
Headlines to which the subtext is, No, we want to go on about it for ever.

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 4:01 pm

Could this persuade Dave to ditch Nick?, Eagle Eye

Could this persuade Dave to ditch Nick?

The third leader in The Times this morning begins thus:
William Blake’s Jerusalem is a series of great historical questions to each of which the answer is “no”.
Well, I’m not sure about “those feet in ancient time”, because there is a bit of poetic ambiguity about whose feet they are, but the second question is [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 15 July 2010 at 3:52 pm

Got to the bottom of the sugary tea cup, Eagle Eye

Got to the bottom of the sugary tea cup

Got to the bottom of the Great Cheddar Cheese Sandwich and Sugared Tea Mystery. I noted on Saturday that John Spellar had asked a strange parliamentary question:
To ask the Secretary of State for Health whether he plans to ban the sale of (a) tea and coffee with sugar and (b) cheddar cheese sandwiches in hospitals.
The answer was [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Monday, 12 July 2010 at 9:49 am

Iran’s new hairstyles: are they a peace-offering to the West?, Eagle Eye

Iran’s new hairstyles: are they a peace-offering to the West?

Richard Spencer at the Telegraph asks number 362 of my Questions to Which the Answer is No.

The Telegraph reports today:
In an attempt to rid the country of “decadent Western cuts”, Iran’s culture ministry has produced a catalogue of haircuts that meet government approval [left].
Photograph: Reuters

By | Eagle Eye | Friday, 9 July 2010 at 3:24 pm

The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?, Eagle Eye

The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?

A correspondent draws my attention to the latest edition of Biblical Archeology Review. He says he is not sure the journal is admissible, but of course it is. “The Destruction of Pompeii—God’s Revenge?” is not just number 361 in my series of Questions to Which the Answer is No, it is one of the [...]

By | Eagle Eye | Thursday, 8 July 2010 at 8:30 pm

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