The World is Angry
I haven’t done a comparative study, but it’s probably safe to say that rarely has there been so much anger during relatively ‘peaceful’ times, in so many countries in both the ‘developing’ and so-called ‘developed’ world. The cause of the anger appears to be the same everywhere: popular discontent with the way governments are handling […]
A Multi-Polar World versus Border Cages
Robert Mueller’s testimony in front of two Congressional committees was supposed to be the last word on President Trump’s cooperation with Russia during the 2016 election. In reality, it was intended to accuse Russia of planning to interfere again in the 2020 election — perhaps with Iran’s cooperation. Eagerly abetted by his questioners, Mueller indicted […]
Carnage: Who is Responsible?
It may take many more years before the United States overcomes its commitment to the constitution’s First Amendment: the right for individuals to carry firearms, even though ‘free enterprise’ now makes available military-grade weapons that kill dozens of people a minute. For decades, Democrats have begged for ‘common sense gun reform’, however with their usual pusillanimity, […]
The Democratic Debates: American Voodoo
The second round of debates intended to narrow the Democratic presidential field from 24 to one took place in the former auto city of Detroit, now reduced to a shadow of its former self. In keeping with this decline, the Democratic Party chose to introduce the event by a display of Americana: Veterans of Foreign […]
The Americanization of the World and America’s Problem with Sex
A photograph in a recent Brookings report on the advent of nation-wide preschool in India shows four year olds surrounded by the typical Western educational paraphernalia that introduces them to ‘stuff’. European intellectuals have long lamented the Americanization of the world, and already in the nineties, Michel Beaud, Serge Latouche and Andre Gorz among others […]
America’s Eternal Race War
My last article ended with the hope that Republican politicians would be moved toward impeachment by new evidence of Trump’s racism: alas, that is not how things are playing out: The attempt by a Texas Congressman to bring the question of impeachment to the floor following a vote to censure the President’s racist statements, failed […]
America Flirting with Fascism
The US has now reached the point where the comparison with Nazi Germany has become inescapable, first and foremost the total powerlessness of citizens to challenge the behavior of their government, even when it comes to its treatment of would-be immigrants to the country known as ‘the melting pot’, although they are paying for it, to […]
To the Moon!
Africa’s demand for water is set to rise by 300% by 2040 Plans to tow a giant iceberg could provide a year’s worth of water to Cape Town Israel goes for desalination These headlines spell out current concerns over climate change. But by 2007 according to Jim Hansen, who blew the whistle on global warming, […]
Donald Trump Finds His True Calling
It’s been said over and over that Donald Trump’s career as a businessman could not have prepared him for the Presidency. In anticipation of the first 4th of July celebration involving an American president, it was predicted that his career as a producer of live television would serve him well; but no one could have […]
Two Roads to ‘Friendship Among Peoples’
President Trump’s ‘daring’ step over the demarcation line between North and South Korea to shake hands with Chairman Kim wouldn’t be making such headlines were the American media capable of remembering the Soviet Union’s long history of ‘Friendship’ Institutes. Even more frustrating, if they remembered it, today’s pundits would dismiss the decades long ‘friendship’ between […]
Three Fat Men or Three Blind Mice?
President Trump’s last minute decision NOT to attack Iran after it shot down an unmanned US drone in what may have been international waters calls to mind an English nursery rhyme that still enchants toddlers: just substitute three fat men arguing over whether to go to war with Iran: Three blind mice, Three blind mice […]
Give me Your Tired, Your Hungry…
Those words engraved in the base of the Statue of Liberty that greets immigrants at the entrance to New York harbor have known round the world since 1886. Upon its inauguration, the African American Cleveland Gazette suggested that the original torch must remain substituted by a copper one until the United States became a free […]