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Important Lessons From The Syria Crisis

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

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The Slow Death Of The Republican Party

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.

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Is The Romney Denial On Bain A Case Study In Corporate Governance?

Mitt Romney has stated that he left Bain Capital in 1999 and had nothing to do with the company after that. However, regulatory filings tell a different story. Is there a corporate governance lesson here?

The Presidential election debate in the US between Obama and Romney has for the past several weeks centered on the latter’s involvement in Bain Capital. The questions that have arisen relate to the actual period during which Romney served at Bain including the precise timing of his departure and therefore by definition what actions of that private equity firm could he or should he be made accountable for.

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“No, Ma’am” (He’s Not An Arab) McCain Replied. “He’s A Decent Family Man, Citizen…”

Mitt Romney’s failure to respond to harsh attacks on Barack Obama has been criticized in the media. However, in contrasting it with John McCain’s reactions under similar circumstances four years ago, the media has revealed its own startling inadequacies.

Many people around the world, including myself, look up to the United States as a country where for the most part there is relative harmony between people of all races, religions and backgrounds. If anyone is in any doubt about this then you only have to look at the ethnic and religious tensions and conflicts in so many other places around the world. It is for this very reason, and the fact that the US trumpets its values of racial and religious tolerance, that we hold that nation to a higher standard when we look at racism.

Unfortunately, there is still much cause for concern there.

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Nuclear Weapons Don’t Kill People, People Kill People

Guns imported from the US are wreaking havoc in the Mexican drug wars and thousands have died. Yet, armed with the slogan “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, the NRA and its right wing allies insist on fighting any attempt at gun control.

The Associated Press cited a recent US government report which stated that a total of some 68,000 guns recovered by the Mexican authorities over the past five years actually originated in the US. During that same period the Mexican drug wars has claimed some 47,000 lives.

Yet, the NRA remains steadfastly unrepentant and is sticking to its slogan, “guns don’t kill people, people kill people”, while it refuses to contemplate any change in US gun legislation. However, that laissez-faire approach to weapons dramatically changes when the NRA and its allies start talking about Iran and its pursuit of nuclear weapons.

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