Stratfor pans Trump’s new Afghanistan War plan

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Summary: Stratfor reports on Trump's new strategy for the Afghanistan War, showing its low odds of success. It's a follow-up to my post Why Trump’s plan for Afghanistan will fail. How many US troops will die or be crippled trying to make this doomed plan work? "The United States Sets Its Sights Beyond Afghanistan" Stratfor, 22 August … Continue reading Stratfor pans Trump’s new Afghanistan War plan

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An inspirational video from India shows why we’re losing to the 1%

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Summary: Here is an inspirational video from India that illustrates a problem of Indian politics that we share. It's well done, rich with lessons for us as for the people of India for whom it was made. Lead India was a television series launched on India's 60th Independence Day by The Times of India Group … Continue reading An inspirational video from India shows why we’re losing to the 1%

The big question for the world: is China growing, slowing, or in recession?

Summary: China is both the key driver of the world economy and the least well known of the major nations. With unreliable economic statistics, a rapidly evolving economy that defies easy analysis, and deep corruption, it defies analysis. But its growth or recession might determine the course of the world economy during the next decade. … Continue reading The big question for the world: is China growing, slowing, or in recession?

Stratfor: ISIS & the rise of Warlord Entrepreneurs

Summary: This analysis by Stratfor discusses the adoption of modern business methods by insurgents, something long discussed here. It's progress that mainstream geopolitical analysts are finding more analytically useful perspectives on jihadists rather than the usual hackneyed labels. It's learning, that if continued might make us a threat to them.  {1st of 2 posts today.} … Continue reading Stratfor: ISIS & the rise of Warlord Entrepreneurs