The neoconservatives' dismal performance
Remember the day the Berlin Wall fell in November 1989: a ray of hope arose in the sky. Two years later, when the Soviet Union collapsed, everyone dreamed of peace and prosperity after forty years of Cold War.
Tuesday, February 28, 2017(1 comments)
A failure of the American democracy
Donald Trump is the object of a defamatory campaign in the media accompanied by street demonstrations. The underlying message is that Hillary Clinton would have been a better president. But, neither one meets the American people's expectations, their longing for peace and prosperity.
Tuesday, February 14, 2017(4 comments)
The Trump Revolution
Donald Trump believes the United States is in decline. His response is an economic, political, geopolitical and cultural revolution. The future will tell whether his diagnosis was correct and his prescription appropriate.
Tuesday, January 31, 2017(4 comments)
Theresa May's flawed strategy
Politicians love to bring up their country's prestigious past. Theresa May did just that when addressing the Republicans on January 26th, she referred to the "special relationship" binding Great Britain and the United States, putting the two countries on the same footing. Doing so, she is fighting the perception that Brexit signaled a retrenchment of British influence in world affairs.
Saturday, January 21, 2017
Theresa May: Talking Tough, Grasping for Air
The Brits never felt comfortable in the European Union. Their unwritten, tradition-based democracy does not fit well into the normative, structured and hierarchical European Union. It is no surprise that a majority of them, admittedly small, followed their heart, not their reason, in June last year and decided to leave the Union. They must now bear the consequences of their decision.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(7 comments)
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".
Monday, October 17, 2016(1 comments)
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)
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?
Wednesday, September 7, 2016(12 comments)
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.
Sunday, August 28, 2016(23 comments)
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.
Saturday, August 20, 2016(28 comments)
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?
Friday, July 29, 2016(35 comments)
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.
Sunday, July 10, 2016
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?
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)
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?
Tuesday, April 1, 2014(8 comments)
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)
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)
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.