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(10 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, November 19, 2017
Mohammed bin Salman: a useful idiot Saudi Arabia has no business taking on Iran. Crushing Iran is part of the United States' hegemonic plan, and Israel's goal to dominate the region. Mohammed bin Salman is way over his head, a peon in a power game. He will come out as a hero if the United States and Israel succeed in achieving their goals or a fool if they fail.
(28 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 20, 2016
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?
Barack Obama and Vladmir Putin at G8 summit 2013, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 1, 2014
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.
Coronavirus- Interview with Dr. Francis A. Boyle In this interview, Francis Boyle -- whose background includes an undergraduate degree from the University of Chicago, a juris doctor (lawyer) degree from ..., From YouTubeVideos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Origin of Covid-19 Many articles have been written on COVID-19, and no doubt there will be many more. From the standpoint of the origin of the virus, the two most interesting ones might be the two interviews Professor Francis A. Boyle gave recently.
Russian flag, From ImagesAttr
(35 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 29, 2016
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.
The White House, From ImagesAttr
(23 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 28, 2016
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.
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 21, 2015
Political coup in Washington With Benjamin Netanyahu's Policy, Israel's future is at stake.
democracy???, From ImagesAttr
(8 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, November 7, 2014
"The United States is not a true democracy" Every country, whatever its constitution or political system, is ruled by a small group of individuals.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 7, 2017
Are neoconservatives on their way out? French journalist Renaud Girard recently published an article in Le Figaro announcing the decline of the neoconservatives. What surprises the reader is not his announcement but his description of neoconservative thinking. He sees it as a "messianic democracy".
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, October 17, 2015
American hegemony and incoherence The American hegemonic policy creates the very insecurity it wishes to eliminate.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 31, 2019
Death of an empire U.S. mainstream media focuses on domestic issues while ignoring international events. They write about Pelosi's decision to withhold the articles of impeachment, the democratic candidates to the 2020 presidential election, and Wall Street's bonuses but say little, if anything, about worrisome foreign events.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 15, 2018
Trump's big mouth and the financial bubble The U.S. government will run out of money this Friday. Unless Democrats and Republicans find an agreement beforehand, the U.S. government will shut down. This has happened before. But, this time it is occurring at a most inopportune moment. A financial bubble has been growing on Wall Street for a while. It is ready to burst. It only needs a spark. It may be Trump's big mouth.
Middle east, From ImagesAttr
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, October 19, 2014
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.
Make America Great Again, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, November 19, 2016
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".
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, April 13, 2017
78 days to regain control That's all it took for the neoconservatives to regain control of the White House. It was done in three steps: first, general Mike Flynn was fired, then Stephen Bannon was pushed aside and now Donald Trump strikes Syria with Tomahawk missiles. The last move is justified on humanitarian ground.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, January 1, 2018
Caught Between the Vietnam Syndrome and Irrational Exuberance Every country has its demons. In the United States, they take the form of the Vietnam syndrome and the irrational exuberance; i.e., the inability to admit defeat and a blind faith in the market. These two bode ill for 2018 -- a year in which the world may witness a hot war and a financial crash, or both if the crash comes first.
IMF, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 17, 2016
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, August 4, 2019
Nature of Democracy and the Ruling Class The Greeks tried democracy over two thousand years ago with some limited success. Enlightened by the Enlightenment Age, we emulate our forebearers, convinced that we got it right this time.
From flickr.com: rand paul speaks, From Images
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 18, 2017
$1,945 billion for what? This is the cost of Overseas Contingency Operations* (OCO) over 16 years, according to the Congressional Budget Office. $1,945 billion, the number is so large it is hard to fathom.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, July 1, 2019
Christine Lagarde sounds like a broken record. Christine Lagarde concludes her June 27 speech at the Osaka G-20 meeting with these words: "...while the global economy is currently at a precarious stage, with the right policies and working together, we can overcome the challenges that we face and set the world on a path of stronger, more sustainable, balanced, and inclusive growth."
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 4, 2017
Syria: The Empire's Defeat An ill-conceived strategy leads to failure. A strategy is defined by its objective. The Empire's objective is to dominate the world. But, several nations refuse to subject themselves to its will. The Empire is failing in these countries.
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, August 10, 2019
If nations do not abide by their commitments" " if they brush aside treaties and international laws, tension rises and wars ensue"
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 8, 2020
Rescuing Wall Street while fouling Main Street Let's hand it to the Trump crowd: the operation was beautifully choregraphed and flawlessly executed. In ten days, Republican Senators managed to have Congress approve the "largest economic relief bill in U.S. history": $2.2 trillion
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, October 18, 2019
The mid-September liquidity crisis On September 17, the repo rate more than doubled from the previous day, jumping from 2.42% to 5.25%. How could there be a liquidity crisis when banks have $1.305 billion of excess reserves?
(17 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 11, 2016
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?
SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, July 20, 2017
Janet Yellen, facing Ben Bernanke's boomerang A lot has been written about quantitative easing -- a policy initiated by the Federal Reserve Bank in answer to the subprime crises. It is nothing more than an extremely lax monetary policy. The time has come to make an assessment.
Mistral March 2014, From ImagesAttr
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 7, 2014
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 2, 2019
Nuclear war self-evident truths There are self-evident truths in foreign relations: a) wars are a recurring occurrence, b) no weapon, no matter how lethal for the civil population, has ever been disregarded for use in a war situation
SHARE More Sharing        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?
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 28, 2014
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?
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, December 11, 2017
Israel Palestine: For whom the bell tolls? In 2008, John J. Mearsheimer and Stephen M. Walt published "The Lobby and U.S. foreign policy" in which they reminded the reader that no two countries share the same vital interests. This obvious truth was ignored.
(7 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, September 26, 2013
Is America exceptional? On two recent occasions, Barack Obama stated that the United States was exceptional. Vladimir Putin contests this claim.
The White House, From ImagesAttr
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, September 7, 2016
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 13, 2018
Donald Trump, the silent majority and the world order The shock of Donald Trump's unexpected victory is prompting a lot of soul searching among academics, journalists and politicians.
Neoconservative, From FlickrPhotos
(12 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 20, 2017
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, September 10, 2018
The New Evil Empire This is how Ronald Reagan famously qualified the Soviet Union. The Soviet Union is no more. But, there is a new Evil Empire: the United States.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 1, 2016
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.
B61 nuclear bombs, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, August 21, 2014
Si vis pacem, para bellum (if you want peace, prepare for war) Might is not right.
Bomb bay with Nuclear Bomb, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 17, 2017
The road to world domination Why on earth should you refuse to be the world's hegemon when your army is the most powerful and you do not believe in peace treaties? Because it will lead to a nuclear holocaust eradicating life on the earth, answer the pacifists and realists. But, it won't, object the neocons and neolibs. Our enemies will surrender to avoid annihilation.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 6, 2018
Israel: a window of opportunity Stars are aligned for Israel to realize its long held dream of Middle East domination through chaos. The war with Iran has started. It began with the strikes on Iranian positions in Syria on February 9th and April 9th. It is about to enter its last phase with the United States' participation. With Iran destruction, a cycle initiated by 9/11 will come to an end.
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, March 19, 2018
How does one respond to repeated lies? The Skripal Affair is a sham, as is Russiagate. How should Russia respond? It has chosen the high road. Lavrov dismissed the affair as "nonsense".
Globalization, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 28, 2017
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.
White House, From ImagesAttr
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, June 5, 2017
Is the Empire over-extended? Donald Trump is a loose cannon. This being said, the Electoral College voted him President of the United States. So, why is there such a campaign of slander and accusations against him without precedent in American history?
(6 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, May 3, 2014
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 19, 2014
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.
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2020
What's at stake in the presidential election? Two visions of the world. Traditionally, American presidential elections come to a balancing act between the Republican and Democratic parties without much disruption, except in 2016 when a real estate magnate unexpectedly won the election and resolved to "make America great again".
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, December 6, 2014
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, February 17, 2014
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.
Bill Kristol, From FlickrPhotos
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 21, 2017
White Supremacists vs. Big Brother: Take your pick! Charlottesville is an event which should not have happened. Donald Trump's first reaction was interpreted as an acquiescence of white supremacists' views. His second statement, meant to appease his critics, fanned the flames of discontent. Soon, America was embroiled in a war of words.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2014
Ukraine: where's the beef? "Please remain. You furnish the pictures and I'll furnish the war."
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 8, 2019
The United States is bankrupt The United States' net international investment position has been growing from minus $34 billion in 1979 to minus 7,725 billion (40% of GDP) in 2017. Does it matter? Does it threaten the dollar supremacy?
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 31, 2017
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.
Subway & Bus to Marine Terminal Rd, LaGuardia Airport, From FlickrPhotos
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 14, 2017
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.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 15, 2018
Iran: A Victory for the War Party Donald Trump tore up the Joint Comprehension Plan of Action (JCPOA). Some pundits believe the time has come for Europeans to assert themselves and put a stop to American unilateralism. Daniel Lazare argues that only a Russo-German accord may save the deal. For Philip Weiss, it is a blessing in disguise in that it shows in broad day light that the Israeli tail is wagging the American dog. John
SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 16, 2019
Plus ca change plus c'est la meme chose Senators are congratulating themselves over a resolution mandating President Trump to stop US support to Saudi Arabia's war in Yemen. Senator Rand Paul sees it as a "great opportunity" for Congress to take back its war powers.
Federal reserve building, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, May 8, 2016
Quantitative easing: a strategy with no exit. Half way through the movie Casablanca, Humphrey Boggart pensively reflects: "This is a story without an ending."
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, December 28, 2018
Syria: two wrongs do not make a right Few people approved Donald Trump's decision to repatriate troops from Syria. Many more disagree. From the neoconservatives' point of view, the withdrawal does not make sense.Unfortunately, removing American troops from Syria without preparation or forewarning is equally senseless. Two wrongs do not make a right.
SHARE More Sharing        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.
The White House, From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, July 9, 2016
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.
It's All You Need (Really), From ImagesAttr
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Sunday, September 22, 2013
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.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Kissinger: Will it be "chaos" or "insight"? "Do we achieve a world order through chaos or through insight?" Kissinger
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 25, 2014
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.
Nuclear explosion, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 17, 2015
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.
Putin, From ImagesAttr
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 18, 2014
Ukraine: will Putin back down? Will Putin's demands be met? Might the West back down this time?
Inflation, From FlickrPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, March 5, 2016
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.
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, March 25, 2016
Secular stagnation and jihadist attacks. Why? Aren't we, at least partially, victims of our ways of thinking?
US history - great depression picture, From ImagesAttr
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Saturday, February 1, 2014
Inequality is the plat du jour Inequality is an ever-recurring issue which will demand a new approach, a culture change among leaders.
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, May 6, 2019
What kind of country is this? What country grants itself the right to starve the populations of Iran and Venezuela in the name of the right of people to self-determination?
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, April 29, 2019
Playing poker in the Middle East It is said that former real estate mogul, Donald Trump, would always negotiate with a strong hand to force the opposite party to accept his terms. In a poker game, you may win with a weak hand if you manage to convince the other players that you have a strong hand.

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