Another sun tries to rise again in the East, and may take the form of a new Silk Road — resplendent with high-speed transportation and communication infrastructures; large-scale mining projects; a rail and maritime distribution strategy that will connect East and Central Asia with parts of Europe and Africa. All this development activity will generate […]Read More Why America’s Losing Its Mind Over Silk Road 2.0
President Donald Trump was set to dump “obsolete” NATO — until he changed his mind. In the name of efficiency, Trump imposed a federal hiring freeze — and then cited “efficiency” when he lifted the freeze. Fed chairperson Janet Yellon was “toast” in Trump’s bold new world — and then he began to have second […]Read More Trump — Assimilated
My friend Anisha Moon, a musician (you can see her here, trading lyrics with Leon Ware), and entrepreneur, posted this Chinese laundry detergent commercial on her Facebook page. Here’s the story flow. 1. An Asian woman is washing clothes. 2. An African descendent man appears, apparently taking a break from painting. 3. And he finds […]Read More SUNDAY SMACK: WHAT ABOUT THIS CHINESE WASH-THE-BLACK-OFF COMMERCIAL?
I guess Russia — and now China — are fed-up with the roles America, Turkey and the Gulf Cooperation Council have been playing to overthrow the Syrian government through supporting terrorists disguised as rebels. In addition to Russia’s military buildup in Syria to fight the Islamic State (ISIL), Al-Qaeda, as well as the myriad […]Read More CHINA’S NAVY JOINS RUSSIA TO END SYRIA BLOODSHED
I want to post some thoughts about the latest APEC summit since most news agencies either ignored key events in the months prior to this meeting, or their approach to distribute “news bits” in the namesake’s most literal way possible prevents the grasp of an emerging new world: America’s status as the all-powerful world leader is being challenged, […]Read More APEC NOTES: WHAT’S LEFT FOR OBAMA, PUTIN OR JINGPING TO SAY?
I know that some of you are screaming “Game changer” in response to this new carbon emissions deal between the US and China, but I’m not nearly as hopeful for a number of reasons. One of my reasons pertains to the terms of the deal, as explained by CNN: Under the agreement, the United States […]Read More US-CHINA CARBON DEAL WILL NOT SAVE THE PLANET
Don’t let the mainstream media downplay the 30-year, USD 400 billion natural gas deal signed this week between Russia’s Gazprom and China’s CNPC. This is a big, friggin’ deal, and we may be witnessing the start of a long-term inflexion of how the game of international politics will be played and won. Or […]Read More DON’T SLEEP ON THIS CHINA-RUSSIA GAS DEAL
China’s Vice Finance Minister Zhu Guangyao made a statement earlier this week about President Obama and Washington’s risk of a debt default due to the current partisan battle that I found a bit unsettling: “As the world’s largest economy and the issuer of the major reserve currency in the world, it is important for […]Read More WHAT BUSH JR MEANT ABOUT ‘OUR WAY OF LIFE’
Remember when I talked about America’s standing in the world? Well, America’s superpower rating and President Obama’s absence from the recent Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit because of his domestic budget drama were not lost on the Jakarta Globe newspaper. “Diminishing Superpower…” Painful. And while the Party of No Brains and the Party of No Guts […]Read More US FADING SUN SPOTTED IN ASIA
(Laughing) Just when I was telling one of my friends not too many late nights ago about how President Obama is meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping so that the People’s Republic will chill on the alleged cyber attacks against the United States, and I was then wondering why it seems the United States always […]Read More OBAMA AND JINGPING’S CYBER TRICKS