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(10 comments) SHARE 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 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?
(8 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(35 comments) SHARE 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.
(23 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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".
SHARE 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 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.
(7 comments) SHARE 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 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 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
SHARE 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."
(7 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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?
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(17 comments) SHARE 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?
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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 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 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 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(12 comments) SHARE 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 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(6 comments) SHARE 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".
SHARE Friday, October 22, 2021 America's Bluff Policy
The United States caught between a rock and a hard place - the rock being World War III, the hard place the slow death of the Empire - is resorting to bluff hoping to win the pot.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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 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 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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?
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, May 2, 2022 The shortest, unexplained recession
From February 11th, 2020, the stock market in the United States registered a 34% fall in the following three weeks. The GDP tumbled by a startling 34%, and within two months - from March 14 to May 9, 2020 - 31 million people were unemployed, nearly 15% of the labor force. What caused such an unexpected mayhem?
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 1, 2021 Trees don't rise to the sky, nor stock markets
In 2000, Yale economic professor and Nobel Laureate Robert J. Shiller published a book entitled "Irrational Exuberance" in which he explained that, contrary to a widely-held belief, markets are not necessarily rational.
(4 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE 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 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.
SHARE 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 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.
(3 comments) SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Wednesday, September 15, 2021 Descent in hell
In isolation, the humiliating retreat from Afghanistan may be viewed as an unfortunate incident major powers such as the United States encounter in their history.
(1 comments) SHARE 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.
(2 comments) SHARE 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 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 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.