Governments weaponize famine. See it working in these 4 nations.

Famine in Africa

Summary: Brutal famine has four nations in its grip, deliberate results of their governments' policies. While we wreck the Middle East, spreading jihadist movements, they get a pass (unless we help them). This is a powerful article with horrific news. "The Nazis Used It, We Use It" Alex de Waal on the return of famine … Continue reading Governments weaponize famine. See it working in these 4 nations.

Fear the police (important advice on the streets of his new America)

Let's do something different. Instead of discussing the evolution of the-America-that-once-was into a New America, let's have some practical advice about how to live in it. For example, what should you do when questioned by the police? You have identified yourself, and now the questions begin...  {From the archive of 2013.} Contents Don't talk without an attorney … Continue reading Fear the police (important advice on the streets of his new America)

China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power

China dragon

Summary: US borrows trillions to wage war in foreign lands. China helps build other nations' transportation infrastructure to connect them for mutual trade. Which program will work better? Their secret advantage over America is seen in every day's news headlines. This is how great nations rise, reported by the NYT: "Behind China’s $1 Trillion Plan to Shake … Continue reading China builds a new world in which *it* is the great power

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

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