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Ukraine’s Crimea attack goes down in flames

56743553“I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it. ~ Marlon Brandon, from On the Waterfront. Ukraine continues its saga of a Shakespearian tragedy with its latest example of “the gang that can’t shoot straight”…

Don’t Cry For Me in Aleppo

345345345345“Just societies cannot be run by big money or armed forces with their too narrow agendas.” ~ Plato. The battle for Aleppo does not look it will end well for the rebels and jihadis who have held the city for four years, living off…

Western Coup in Ukraine an Ongoing Disaster

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One of America’s most enduring political barbs is, “When you put lipstick on a pig, it’s still a pig.” The Western Ukraine coup has become a new version of that barb. No matter how the West tries to paint Russia as responsible for…

Turkey Gets Two Coups for the Price of One

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“People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war or before an election.” ~ Otto von Bismarck. The Turkish military coup caught the world by surprise when it was triggered in the…

South China Sea turns into Geopolitical Theat...

3453453453453The world news was all abuzz over The Hague tribunal’s unanimous ruling in favor of the Philippines in rejecting all of China’s far reaching claims over the South China Sea. It seems that Marco Polo’s historic testimony of his…

How is Iran’s Post-sanctions Economic Boom Re...

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The short answer is that it really is doing just fine. Since the nuclear deal was signed, and despite the months of lag time in removing the sanctions, Iran has moved from number 12 out of 14 of Mid East countries in Foreign…

Is “Regime Change-Aholism” a curable illness?

34534534534“Stability is when the U.K. and U.S. invade a country and impose the regime of their choice.” – Noam Chomsky. Professional stock traders will tell you that the one thing they hate most in the world is a stable market. They make…

Okinawans Rebel Against the US and Tokyo

324234234234“Any man in combat who lacks comrades who will die for him, or for whom he is willing to die, is not a man at all. He is truly damned.” – William Manchester, in Goobye Darkness. The game…

Libyans are killing ISIS now, instead of each...

435345345345“I am not going to leave this land. I will die as a martyr at the end. I shall remain, defiant. Muammar is Leader of the Revolution until the end of time.” – Muammar al-Gaddafi, address to the nation (22 February 2011)…

Brzezinski’s NeoColonial Strategic Vision

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“Truth, like gold, is not to be obtained by its growth, but by washing away from it all that is not gold.” – Leo Tolstoy. A reader forwarded to me Brzezinski’s latest missive, where he attempts to play the grand chess master who thinks…

Cracks Appear in EU Unity on Russian Sanction...

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No man undertakes a trade he has not learned, even the meanest; yet everyone thinks himself sufficiently qualified for the hardest of all trades, that of government. ~ Socrates. We are having one heck of a rollercoaster ride on the EU’s upcoming…

NATO Nuclear War Hype Goes Ballistic

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Sometimes I wonder whether the world is being run by smart people who are putting us on, or by imbeciles who really mean it… (Mark Twain, American humorist). While I am credited as the creator of the byline “You just can’t make this…


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