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Princeton University -- Woodrow Wilson School


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Make America Great Again Saturday, November 19, 2016 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will the United States become a "managed democracy"? Trump blamed "global special interests" for "the destruction of our factories and our jobs" [They are] responsible for the economic decisions that have robbed our working class, stripped our country of its wealth and put that money into the pockets of a handful of large corporations and political entities." "This election will determine whether we are a free nation or whether we have only the illusion of democracy".

IMF Monday, October 17, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
What will it be WWIII or 1929 redux? With increased tension in Syria, commentators are understandably concerned about a Russian-American nuclear confrontation (Read "It's about World War III", "The warnings of a new world war", "Russia reads US bluster as signs of war", etc. See also "The Russo-American conflict behind Syria"). Yet attention should also be paid to the global economy. Here is why.

Tuesday, October 11, 2016 (17 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The Russo-American conflict behind Syria The layman is at a loss trying to figure out what's going on in Syria. Why are we fighting? There doesn't seem to be an end to the conflict. Is this a new Cold War? Couldn't China intervene and work out an armistice before it's too late?

The White House Wednesday, September 7, 2016 (12 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is the American voter a useful idiot? A useful idiot pleads for a cause which, unbeknown to him, hurts him. Voting is a case in point. It is viewed both as a right and an obligation. But, in a rigged political system, voting makes the citizen an accomplice of the system. Abstention is the non-violent way of refusing to partake in it.

The White House Sunday, August 28, 2016 (23 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The 2016 American Revolution The 2016 presidential election is a fraud. Voters are given a choice between a war-monger and a loose cannon. Neither is fit for the job. Voters must abstain to show their discontent. The time has come for a new Philadelphia Congress.

Don't Pok Saturday, August 20, 2016 (28 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Don't poke the Russian bear Demonization is an age old formula to do away with an unwanted person or people. Jews were demonized for centuries in Europe. Today, it's Russia's turn. Hillary Clinton blamed Russia for hacking the Democratic National Committee computer. Vladimir Putin is vilified by main stream media. Shouldn't he be heard instead?

Russian flag Friday, July 29, 2016 (35 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is Russia a threat for the United States? Evidence says no. To neoconservatives, Russia is a major threat to the United States. Such judgement is based on ideology, not on facts. A comparison of the two countries shows Russia lacking behind the United States in demographic, economic and military terms. Let's have a look.

American eagle Sunday, July 10, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The United States in a unipolar world On June 22, 2016, Gerard Araud, French ambassador to the United States, twitted: "The next President will face a multipolar world where the U.S. will be the main but not the only power. Realism is the only possible agenda." This is a bold statement for an ambassador. Is the statement accurate?

The White House Saturday, July 9, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Americans: Abstain on November 4th Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump offer a false choice to Americans. The time has come for a new Continental Congress.

British flag Friday, July 1, 2016 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Brexit: a wrong decision for the right reasons A referendum that provides a simple "yes" or "no" answer to a question was not the appropriate tool for an issue as complex as the United Kingdom's membership to the European Union.

Federal reserve building Sunday, May 8, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Quantitative easing: a strategy with no exit. Half way through the movie Casablanca, Humphrey Boggart pensively reflects: "This is a story without an ending."

Friday, March 25, 2016      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Secular stagnation and jihadist attacks. Why? Aren't we, at least partially, victims of our ways of thinking?

Inflation Saturday, March 5, 2016 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Unsubstantiated inflation worries The Fed injected a lot of money in the economy in the last four years but most of it has been sterelized by the banks eliminating inflation risks in the process.

Wolfowitz Doctrine Saturday, October 17, 2015 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
American hegemony and incoherence The American hegemonic policy creates the very insecurity it wishes to eliminate.

Nuclear explosion Monday, August 17, 2015      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Obama Doctrine-- Repudiating Neocon Foreign Policy The speech is an expression of the Obama doctrine which favors diplomacy over military conflicts. It is also a recognition of the United States' limited power.

Saturday, March 21, 2015 (4 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Political coup in Washington With Benjamin Netanyahu's Policy, Israel's future is at stake.

Saturday, December 6, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
America's exceptionalism: Ferguson, Cleveland, Staten Island Empire and freedom do not mesh. Ask Thomas Jefferson, Giuseppe Garibaldi and Mohandas Gandhi. Ask Edward Snowdown, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Kissinger: Will it be "chaos" or "insight"? "Do we achieve a world order through chaos or through insight?" Kissinger

democracy??? Friday, November 7, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
"The United States is not a true democracy" Every country, whatever its constitution or political system, is ruled by a small group of individuals.

Middle_east.jpg: Middle east Sunday, October 19, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
The United States' Middle East policy is in shambles The geopolitical mess the United States finds itself in is its own doing. The brilliant minds who devised its Middle East policy in the late 1990s are silent today.

Mistral March 2014 Sunday, September 7, 2014 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
France's Mistral Helicopter Carrier: to deliver to Russia or not to deliver? All along her history, France fought to assert and preserve her sovereignty with men such as Richelieu and Talleyrand.

B61_nuclear_bombs.jpg: B61 nuclear bombs Thursday, August 21, 2014 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war) Might is not right.

Putin Monday, August 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: will Putin back down? Will Putin's demands be met? Might the West back down this time?

Monday, August 18, 2014      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: where's the beef? "Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."

Saturday, May 3, 2014 (6 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: crises have a life of their own A propaganda war rages on between the protagonists to put the blame on the other side. What will it matter who started the crisis when nuclear missiles fly over our heads? Children should not play with matches.

Monday, April 28, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Pushing Putin too far If push comes to shove, if Russia is nothing more than a peon in a domineering empire, why not destroy that empire? Putin has the means to do it. He is no patsy. How will American officials react to his ultimatum? Will it be the end of times, Armageddon?

//commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Barack_Obama_and_Vladmir_Putin_at_G8_summit%2C_2013.jpg: Barack Obama and Vl Tuesday, April 1, 2014 (8 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Blowback: the making of an anti-US coalition In a previous note, I explained how Putin put a stop to a Western march of folly by annexing Crimea. In this one, I foresee either a nuclear or an economic holocaust if the West pursues its march.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Ukraine: how Putin put a stop to a march of folly By reacting as he did, Vladimir Putin, bad as he is with all his shortcomings the Western media are so prompt to point at, may have put a stop to the neoconservatives’ march of folly towards world hegemony and an end to civil liberties.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (3 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Subversive ideas from the IMF In her February speech in London, IMF’s Managing Director, Christine Lagarde, expresses ideas regarding energy subsidies, progressive taxation, entitlements, and a new ethos in the banking sectors which are anathemas in some circles in Washington DC, New York and London.

Monday, February 17, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Unforeseen outcome of a failed hegemonic strategy The United States needs to alter its foreign policy to avoid been confronted with a Germany-Russian-Chinese alliance.

US history - great depression picture Saturday, February 1, 2014 (2 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Inequality is the plat du jour Inequality is an ever-recurring issue which will demand a new approach, a culture change among leaders.

Thursday, September 26, 2013 (7 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Is America exceptional? On two recent occasions, Barack Obama stated that the United States was exceptional. Vladimir Putin contests this claim.

//www.flickr.com/photos/37848681@N05/8940729788/: It's All You Need (Really) Sunday, September 22, 2013 (1 comments)      Share on Google Plus Submit to Twitter Add this Page to Facebook! Share on LinkedIn Pin It! Add this Page to Fark! Submit to Reddit Submit to Stumble Upon
Will peace prevail in the Middle East? The Middle East is at a cross road. The case for war is stronger than the case for peace. Will peace prevail? Unlikely.