A look at the world as it is, not as we’re told it is

Summary:  The news media usually report accurately, more or less.  Often they prefer to act as stenographers for governments and corporations.  Sometimes the logical thread linking events -- the narrative -- is obscure, hidden in the noise.  Today we look at three examples of hidden history. The world is not always as we're told it is.  … Continue reading A look at the world as it is, not as we’re told it is

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Hot news! The wehrmacht failed to take Greece. Now Germany tries again, with a different method.

Summary:  Germany used it power over the European Monetary Union to institute a monetary policy that disproportionately benefited itself, to the disadvantage of the periphery nations.  Germany prospered, they lost competitiveness.  Now Germany acts to continue the game, attempting to force the losers to stay in the game.  Now it's Greece's turn to go under the hammer.  Will … Continue reading Hot news! The wehrmacht failed to take Greece. Now Germany tries again, with a different method.

Are Europe’s rulers copying the policies of Herbert Hoover in 1929, or the French Monarchy in 1789?

Summary:  There are two paths for Europe. The path it is on, leading to a painful future and fundamental change.  And the other path, with unknown risks and pain -- but offering the potential for a better future.  The path chosen by Europe's leaders reveals much about them.  The outcome will reveal much about Europe's peoples. Two … Continue reading Are Europe’s rulers copying the policies of Herbert Hoover in 1929, or the French Monarchy in 1789?

Looking ahead to see the new shape of Europe

Summary:  The slow fire in Europe slowly moves to a conclusion.  From America we cannot foresee what will happen because the news media paints it as a morality play, obscuring the dynamics at work.  While we cannot predict which path the peoples of Europe will choose, we can at least understand the causes of the crisis (it's not … Continue reading Looking ahead to see the new shape of Europe