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Frustration to the max

Georgi’s blog has drawn my attention to the letter written to President Obama by a group of ex-presidents and opinion leaders from Central Europe. That letter refuses to be digested. Had I been a more emotional kind of guy, I’d be in tears. As it turns out, it’s played havoc with my stomach. The letter… » read more

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NATO’s Changed Nature

Until the end of the Cold War, NATO insured the security of a recovering Europe. The protection afforded by the NATO umbrella has allowed Western European nations to rebuild their war-torn economies, to unite and our continent to become one of the most prosperous and peaceful places on earth. Following the dismantling of its arch-enemy’s… » read more

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The Asian financial crisis from 1997-98, followed by the subprime crisis of 2007-08 and the 2010 sovereign debt crisis have all but torpedoed what most analysts like to call “the Washington Consensus“. Entire nations and political groups that had opted in the nineties for free markets, political democracy and neoliberal economics are now turning in… » read more

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Nation-building fiasco

The 2003 military action against Saddam Hussein’s regime was supposed to lessen the danger, for the West and especially for Israel, of state-sponsored terrorism. If the military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan were successful however, what followed could rightfully be called a fiasco. As of this month, for example, oil-rich Iraq has become a parliamentary… » read more

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Latin American countries have made great strides in achieving political stability in recent years. Countries like Brazil, Argentina, Bolivia and Ecuador, to give but a few examples, have solved their differences peacefully, helping each other on the path to economic development. In 2008, twelve Latin American countries have decided to form a defense alliance, Unasur,… » read more

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Last week’s 70-minute reception of the Dalai Lama by President Obama has greatly increased the tensions between the US and China, apparently putting Hu Jintao’s planned trip to Washington in April in doubt. Whilst it is hard to gauge what US policymakers hope to gain from supporting Dalai Lama, one thing is clear : God… » read more

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A Feeling of Deja vu

By now, the scenario employed against Greece, Portugal and Spain by New York-based international financial scoundrels is all too familiar to anyone who recalls the events of the 1997-98 Asian financial crisis. Then, as now, hedge funds targeted a country whose GDP was largely dependent on tourist dollars – Thailand – and had fiscal problems… » read more

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A Farewell to US Democracy

It’s official : as of Thursday, January 21st 2010, US democracy as we all knew it has ceased to exist. In a highly controversial ruling, the US Supreme Court has done away with the ban on financial contributions by corporations in candidate elections. Thus, the American political system, already antiquated, will drift further away from… » read more

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Obama’s First Year

From an European perspective, Barack Obama’s first year in office has been less than spectacular as far as results go. His left-of-centre administration includes many of Bill Clinton’s former appointees in vital areas such as economic strategy or foreign affairs. Many of his supporters feel let down with the lack of progress in Iraq, in… » read more

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ESDP and NATO

ESDP (the European Security and Defence Policy), agreed upon at St. Malo ten years ago, and the EU’s own defence force demonstrate the fact that the European Union has become a military and strategic player of growing importance in world affairs. In time, let’s say a few years from now, the 60-year NATO alliance will… » read more

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