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
This government shutdown is pretty friggin’ amazing in that I’ve never seen such dysfunctional behavior in large organizations. But what’s more amazing to me is how America is on its way to completing a 16-year journey to nowhere. 16…years. That’s a lot of time when you consider the rest of the world is not […]Read More THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN CLOSED – BUT THERE’S WORSE NEWS.
There’s a chance that an agreement can be reached between the US and Iran about the latter’s nuclear program, but any successful negotiation will obviously depend on how far-reaching the demands are. And that’s why I’m afraid negotiations will ultimately fail. Cast aside the conspiracy theorist’s argument for a moment about Iran’s place […]Read More ARE THE US-IRAN TALKS GOING TO MAKE IT?
President Obama’s speech to the UN General Assembly is possibly the most gangsta prose ever uttered by a sitting American President. In the President’s own words, but with my added emphasis: let me take this opportunity to outline what has been U.S. policy towards the Middle East and North Africa, and what will be […]Read More OBAMA SAID WHAT?
As radiation levels and leaks in Japan’s damaged Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant have now reached levels that can “kill an unprotected human within hours,” The Guardian reports today that the South Korean government has banned seafood imports from Japan’s Fukushima region and adjacent areas because Japanese power company Tepco released […]Read More WHO ELSE WILL BAN JAPAN’S NUCLEAR FISH?
Russian President Vladimir Putin said two interesting things during an interview with the Associated Press and a Russian television station about his support for embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. The first item, which most of us have heard before, is that Putin finds the idea of Assad using chemical weapons to be “absurd” since Assad’s […]Read More WHAT DO THE RUSSIANS THINK ABOUT SYRIA NOW?
I have the occasional habit of speaking in parables and metaphors without explicitly stating what I want you to know. I won’t do that for this post about the expanding Syria civil war. This war is about damn-near everything else except for the will of Syrian people. This war is about […]Read More THE SYRIAN PEOPLE – LOVED BUT NOT HEARD FROM
While President Barack Obama thinks about helping the jihadists rebels beat Syria President Bashar al-Assad’s forces through military strikes, I keep thinking about this US military spending chart from the Washington post: How many conclusions did you reach? And besides this, what are the Russians really thinking? BTW, don’t worry […]Read More IS WAR WITH SYRIA GOOD NEWS FOR SOME?
If you still kick-off any NSA or British GCHQ spy conversation by debating whether Edward Snowden is a traitor or whistle-blower, you’re missing the big picture. Ordinary citizens like you and me, who have no intention of blowing up buildings or harming others, are being rounded up by a cross-continental electronic dragnet where – if […]Read More THIS IS BIGGER THAN SNOWDEN