Chuck Spinney warns that we’re sleepwalking into a new arms race

Summary: One of the "an echo not a choice" aspects of the election was the war on Russia. Clinton's team was well-stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. Trump won, so we have an administration stocked with cheerleaders for restarting the cold war. McMaster as National Security Advisor completed the roster. Here Chuck Spinney describes … Continue reading Chuck Spinney warns that we’re sleepwalking into a new arms race

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Haunted by Gaddafi on the fifth anniversary of his overthrow

Summary: On the fifth anniversary of his overthrow, anthropologist Maximilian Forte is haunted by thoughts about Libyan ruler Mummar Gaddafi. It's a sad chapter in the history of US foreign policy, rich with lessons for us -- and one of Hillary Clinton's two major initiatives (other other is the massive screw-up of her 1993 health … Continue reading Haunted by Gaddafi on the fifth anniversary of his overthrow

The real reason for America’s hostility to China

Summary: Americans who read the news know that China is a designated bad guy, which justifies the full deployment of US power to contain it. Efforts by China to resist (or even defend itself) show its malevolent intent. Here is the rest of the story -- the true story. What is America's strategy to manage … Continue reading The real reason for America’s hostility to China

A senior Israeli leader discusses a final solution for Palestine

Summary:  The Israel-Palestine war is an open sore in the Middle East, poisoning our relations in the region and adding to its numerous tensions. Here Israel's Minister of Justice, Ayelet Shaked, shares a perspective about the war that has widespread support in Israel. It shows why peace remains a dream for the Middle East. People … Continue reading A senior Israeli leader discusses a final solution for Palestine

Stratfor: Those Who Are (and Are Not) Sheltered From the Panama Papers

Summary: Here is Stratfor's analysis of the Panama Papers, the biggest revelations since Snowden's in 2013. And what we have is probably just the "tip of the iceberg." Those Who Are (and Are Not) Sheltered From the Panama Papers Stratfor, 8 April 2016 Summary On April 3, the Panama Papers hit media outlets around the … Continue reading Stratfor: Those Who Are (and Are Not) Sheltered From the Panama Papers

Professor Hugh Pennington: The story so far of the Zika epidemic

Summary: A new year, another epidemic (they're all "pandemics" in our fearful world) - Zika. In a world of seven billion people linked by rapid transportation, epidemics will become increasingly common. That does not mean that hysteria need accompany each and every one. As with Avian Flue and Ebola, the FM website provides you with … Continue reading Professor Hugh Pennington: The story so far of the Zika epidemic

Stratfor: Cracks appear in Putin’s Kremlin as the stress on Russia grows

Summary: We tend to see the complex politics of America but assume Putin rules a simple autocracy. Here Stratfor describes the fragile Russian state, under incredible pressure from the collapse of oil prices -- while a struggle appears to have begun to control its future. The Kremlin's Cracks Are All-Too Familiar Stratfor, 27 February 2016 … Continue reading Stratfor: Cracks appear in Putin’s Kremlin as the stress on Russia grows