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A long time student/critic/analyst of the American empire and all that entails, having initially focused on Palestine with many articles submitted to Palestine Chronicle. Since then, other global websites have distributed the reviews and commentaries. The writing has broadened to cover all aspects of the global empire to include finances, market manipulations, the EU, the New Silk Road, Russia/China/Iran and their progressive moves to limit the empire while at the same time refusing to be contained. And somehow now, in Syria, it all rolls back to Israel and the Middle East.
Liberation of Aleppo
The "fall" of Aleppo for the U.S. empire is more realistically the liberation of Aleppo from terrorist groups supported by the U.S. and its allies.
Friday, November 11, 2016(2 comments)
A conflicted Oped news....
A quick and perhaps cursory look through the Oped articles sees a divided progressive community, not really sure of how to react.
Wednesday, October 14, 2015(1 comments)
Dogs not barking: Netanyahu and Harper
Sometimes silence can be as deafening as noisy rhetoric, if it is recognized as such. With Russia now engaged in Syria, two of the dogs of war are strangely quiet about the situation.
Monday, May 18, 2015(5 comments)
The New Multi-Polar World
With much talk over the past decades about a new world order, it should be known that is a current reality, but certainly not the way it was intended by those who first framed the idea. The very concept of a Cold War II indicates there is at least a bipolar world - and if China is thrown into the mix, and with India as part of the BRICS, it is developing into a multipolar world.
Tuesday, February 10, 2015(1 comments)
Review - The Rise of Islamic State - Patrick Cockburn
Patrick Cockburn's experience and insights into the Islamic State are clearly presented in this short, clearly written work. The Islamic State is not a sudden appearance in the geopolitical plays of the Middle East, but has a long history extending from the U.S., Saudi, Pakistani ISI creation of the mujahideen.
Saturday, February 7, 2015(7 comments)
Canada leaps into the empire of chaos
Canada no longer pretends to be a "peacekeeping" kind of country. Under the Harper neoConservatives, Canada has overtly sided with the U.S. and its imperial ambitions. More than that, it tries to front run many of the imperial ideas, trying to demonstrate, at least domestically, that Harper is one of the 'tough guys' on the block.
Sunday, August 31, 2014(3 comments)
The Great Power Game - deja vu
Is history repeating itself? Not exactly, and not yet, but the same stupid cast of characters seems to be rising to the occasion.
Thursday, April 10, 2014(4 comments)
US$ - Debased? Debauched? Or both?
There is much concern within certain circles about the sanctity of the US$ and its status as reserve currency. James Rickards regards the dollar as a shining light of morality.
Friday, April 4, 2014(3 comments)
The NEW New World Order
The way it was supposed to turn out has not quite worked out for the members of the Project for a New American Century. Current events are testimony to that, but as far as Israel is concerned, it might not be all bad news for their settlement program.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014(24 comments)
Canada, Ukraine, and "the rest of the world"
The U.S. has created more trouble in the world with its advocacy of Ukrainian change through violence. Canada is a strong supporter of this stance, and in several ways if trying to front run the U.S. in degree of rhetoric. However, as John Bolton indicated on FOX news, Russia holds all the cards - economically, politically, and militarily.
Wednesday, November 27, 2013(3 comments)
Israel -- Life and Loathing in Greater Israel
Author Max Blumenthal spent many long periods of time in greater Israel assessing the mood of the country and its core beliefs as expressed in word and action. This is a review of his account.
The Color Revolutions
While generally giving what appears to be a good overview of the color revolutions in Georgia, Kyrgyzstan, and the Ukraine within a narrow focus, much of the work suffers when looking at the broader context of U.S. involvement vis a vis their foreign affairs geopolitical interests.
Friday, June 15, 2012(8 comments)
A 'state of the union' overview, a union conceived in violence and now ending in violence. It is the nature of the militarized economy and culture of the supposedly indispensable nation.
Imperial Messenger - Thomas Friedman
Fernandez' writing provides an in depth coverage to Friedman's rhetoric and hubris, aided by his arrogance, double standards, poor metaphors, and self-contradictions.
Monday, November 21, 2011(1 comments)
Non-violence does not have to be passive
The Occupy Movement and its non-violent method of confrontation demonstrates that non-violence does not have to be passive. Indeed, most social changes for the betterment of the common people have come through demonstration of some form against the powers that be, the elites. The response is often violent in itself, but so far the Occupy movement has not seen violence of the nature involving other protest movements.
Moral bankruptcy: will U.S. veto Palestine?
The U.S. has already indicated that it will veto the Palestinina request for UN membership. Israel is now trying to revive the dead end of negotiations. Why have the vote?
Wednesday, July 27, 2011(3 comments)
Post Modern Imperialism - Eric Walberg
Eric Walberg has written a concise yet comprehensive over view of the Great Games played out in the Middle East. At the heart of it all - wealth and power, as always.
Between Two Worlds
An excellent documentary on the divisions within the Jewish community concerning Palestine/Israel.
Thursday, May 5, 2011(4 comments)
Canada's election - hard right turn
On May 02, 2011, Canadians elected a new Conservative government majority, allowing the trend to the right to increase significantly. Generally Canada will follow the U.S. line on the environment and terror, a position that is not really far from Canada's long term traditional foreign policy in many regards.
Friday, April 29, 2011(2 comments)
Book Review: After Empire - Birth of a Multipolar World
The empire will not acquiesce to its downfall as recent coercive events in the Middle East demonstrate. This work places the decline of empire within its proper global context - a mixture of finances, military over-reach, and the rise of other ideas and systems.
Thursday, April 14, 2011
U.S. power in the Indian Ocean littoral
An interesting read that attempts to define the situation within the Indian Ocean region and its littoral countries. Kaplan arises at some intersting sub-themes, perhaps unwittngly, but significant nevertheless.
Wednesday, March 30, 2011(1 comments)
Deadly Embrace - U.S. and Pakistan; Book Review
The U.S. has long been invovled with
Pakistan's troubles. This work, written by a Washington insider provides little in the way of hope that the situation can be made better anytime soon.
Thursday, March 24, 2011(1 comments)
Three strikes - we're out.
A personal perspective on the odds opposing a saner safer world - global problems with the military, the economy, and the environment are a part of the overall problem of too many people chasing after too many things.
Thursday, February 24, 2011(4 comments)
Leslie Gelb's Unconvetional Wisdom
Foreign Policy magazine's forty year celebration includes a section on unconventional wisdom. Most of what it contains within is rather conventional wisdom for readers of alternate websites and viewers of alternate news media.
Sunday, February 20, 2011(1 comments)
The U.S. carries on its tradition of speaking conciliatory words while acting simply in its own imperial interests.
Remaking the Middle East - Foreign Affairs
Foreign Affairs magazine tries valiantly to provide some constructive critique on the Middle East. It does not recognize that Obama is simply following in the steps of previous administrations.
Thursday, November 11, 2010(2 comments)
Canada Stands by Israel
Canada's Stephen Harper, after being snubbed by the UN for a position on the Security Council, has said Canada will no longer be an "honest broker." That tends to leave much dishonesty to work with.
Empire of Liberty
RIchard Immerman has written an excellent interesting and compelling history of the U.S. as the successor empire to the British and French, an empire, as with all empire's, wherein 'liberty' is constrained.
Friday, October 8, 2010
Canada and Israel - Building Apartheid
Yves Engler has written an excellent short history of Canada's support of the state of Israel, surpassing in intent if not financial aid that of the U.S.
Children of Catastrophe - from a Lebanese refugee camp
This well written personal account highlights the restrictive and harsh living conditions in a Palestinian refugee camp located in northern Lebanon. Not accepted by the Lebanese government, under constant attack and harassment by Israeli air and naval forces, the author describes how he succeeded in maintaining his hope and drive towards a better education.
A not so new U.S. public policy
The collection of essays that comprise "Toward A New Public Policy" could be summarized in four words: arrogance, ignorance, image, fail. This policy is all about changing image and not much about changing actions.
Thursday, September 2, 2010(1 comments)
Yale writer Efraim Karsh creates a canard about the reality of the Palestinian 'nakba' of 1948.
Quicksand - Book Review
Like Quicksand, this book is deceptive, starting very strong, ending stuck in the rose coloured viewpoint of U.S. imperialism.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010(2 comments)
Netanyahu in Canada -
Israel once again shows its disdain for international law and humanitarian actions, all while Netanyahu pleads his case to the sycophantic Canadian government.
Monday, May 31, 2010(2 comments)
Dazed and confused
All the separate pieces of bad news are all related to our corporate-military economy supporting our debt-burdened, easy energy, consumptive life style.
Wednesday, May 26, 2010(1 comments)
Beyond Fundamentalism - Book Review
A short work with some powerful statements, a bit sensational at times, but mostly well grounded presentations on fundamentalism in the three main monotheistic religions. .