There are several lessons that one should learn from the current crisis in Syria in terms of history, geopolitical strategy and the balance of powers.
America Has Always Been Reluctant To Engage In Foreign Wars
America has always been reluctant to engage in foreign wars. They waited virtually until the last minute to enter World War I and were literally forced into World War II by the actions of Japan at Pearl Harbour. As such, the current reluctance to engage in Syria is nothing new. However, the ghost of the Iraq War does play a major role in this new found affinity for non-intervention. Continue reading
Posted in History, Politics
Tagged AIPAC, America, Assad, Congress, Iraq, Israel, Israeli Lobby, Kerry, Military, Munich, Obama, President, Syria, war
The following is the second in a series of articles on democracy. The first article, on the Arab Spring, can be found here.
Those who believe that the European Union is bad for democracy are perhaps not taking into account all of its achievements. They need to take a closer look. Continue reading
Posted in History, People, Politics
Tagged America, Castro, Chavez, Corruption, Democracy, economy, EU, Europe, Government, Latin America, politics, Putin, Russia, Spain, Turkey
A Bloomberg article by William Pesek predicts the fall of the Chinese economy based on the fact that the country has embarked on a project to build the largest skyscraper in the world–as did the US, Japan, Malaysia and Japan before it. Continue reading
Posted in Banking, Business, Politics
Tagged America, Bloomberg, Business, China, economy, Governance, Loans, Management, markets, skyscraper
So much of what passes for discussion these days on how to improve economies is centred around GDP growth, debt ratios, tax regimes, the regulatory environment, infrastructure development and corporate profitability. Moreover, when a company announces that it is cutting costs, by laying off workers and closing down divisions, analysts cheer, the stock price rises and commentators laud the good decision. Continue reading
Posted in Business, People, Politics
Tagged America, Banks, economy, Financial Crisis, GDP, Girls, Government, Greece, Hygiene, India, politics, Republican, Spain, Taxes, Women
The Republican Party finds itself in the same position as the average corporation—they have to learn to manage change. However, their problem is while in corporations real change requires the acceptance of facts and logics, the politics of the Republican right is a religion.
In trying to appeal to their white and generally ageing base, the Republican Party seemingly did its best to alienate every other demographic in America.
The anti-immigrant rallying cry was intended to reassure the base that the Party would do its best to ensure that the country remained as white as possible for as long as possible.
Latinos responded by giving Obama 71% of their vote in the Presidential Elections.
Posted in People, Politics
Tagged abortion rights, America, blacks, Democrat, elections, Global Warming, Government, latinos, Obama, Planned Parenthood, politics, President, Religion, Republican, Romney, Susan G Komen, Women
War is as much about propaganda as it is about fighting and weapons. Wars are popular or unpopular, and therefore winnable or unwinnable, depending on their level of public support. The US and NATO should bear this in mind if they want to win the war against the Taliban.
Napoleon promised the people of Europe freedom from oppressive monarchies—he was successful until people no longer believed in him. Bush and Blair used WMDS to scare people into initially supporting the invasion of Iraq.
America lost the war in Vietnam not on the battlefield but on the TV screen as news channels brought the horror of the war into the living room of the American people. During World War I the British concocted the story that the Germans were throwing Belgian babies into the fire. That was to play a major role in influencing American participation in the war.
Posted in Politics
Tagged Afghanistan, America, Blair, Bush, Iraq, Islam, Middle East, Muslim, NATO, Obama, politics, propaganda war, Taliban, war, WMD