Deena Stryker

Is There a Difference Between a Democracy and...

34534534534Democracy has got to be the most overworked and under-defined word in the English language these days – in fact, in any language, given that memes spread across the planet faster than the speed of light. The more ruthless and…

Whither the EU?

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It’s too soon to draw firm conclusions from yesterday’s vote by the British people to abandon the sinking ship that is the European Union, as hundreds of thousands from troubled lands try desperately to gain access to their country. Beyond…

Mikhael Gorbachov Enjoys The Treatment Reserv...

34535345345This is the headline with which the NYT recently signaled a new book by the man who ended the Soviet Union, and has continued to work for global peace ever since. In a long, but consistently dismissive article…

 

US: It’s Our Turn to Fall Apart

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For decades, the carefully scripted Anglo-Saxon world has been gloating at the sight of lesser polities’ perpetual political turmoil: whether it be European — France’s successive ‘Republics’ – currently the Fifth — or the escapades…

Europe Twixt Nationalism and Unity

54533434Recently, Austria almost beat France for the doubtful honor of being the first European country since World War II to elect a far-right president. A last-minute postal ballot count saved the day. For decades France’s National Front was in…

The World-as-System, Riding the Tiger

34534545The world as system is the subject of much study. Among early theoreticians, Richard Falk, now the UN Rapporteur for Palestine, headed the World Order Models program at Princeton in the seventies, and Emanuel Wallerstein…

Europe Backtracking

6464564565It’s hard to believe that in 2016, part of the world is looking so much like it did seventy years ago – and yet so different. US-led NATO troops are sitting on Europe’s closest border with Russia: the one with Ukraine, where, during the second…

Capitalism and the Worsening Social Condition...

56d9c4ee279f2e5f65e1efd938182643I’ve taken to reading the slimmed down Time, which covers few stories, but at least one in depth. In the May 23rd issue I was impressed with Rana Foroohar’s cover story, ‘Capitalism’. Perhaps under the…

Europe and US: Election Sideshow

23433334During Bill Clinton’s impeachment, I was living in France, and every time I turn on the TV these days, I am reminded of how Europeans viewed that spectacle, imagining how the Donald/Hillary/Bernie show is playing ‘over there’. Surely, they are far…

Was a United Europe a Mirage?

3453454444Angela Merkel’s best intentions could not transform the Turkish President from an ‘Oriental despot’ to a respectable member of the European family. All the German Chancellor, not so long ago affectionately known as ‘Mutti’ (mother), got for enlisting…

V-E Day Coverage Reveals Western Ignorance

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If RT’s coverage of the 71st anniversary of the end of World War II in Moscow shows anything beyond tens of thousands marching enthusiastically, it’s the abysmal ignorance of the American people vis a vis a major 20th century event. RT’s…

Europe Twixt Phoney Wars and Spheres of Influ...

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Europe is the birthplace of most of the ideas that gave Western Civilization its edge over the rest of the world, yet geographically it is a peninsula of Eurasia and Africa’s backyard. Eurasia at its most extensive from North to South…


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