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Is the Syrian Ceasefire a Dead Man Walking?

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“Never attempt to win by force what can be won by deception.” ― Niccolò Machiavelli. The Syrian ceasefire exists in name only, after the Kerry-Lavrov UN side meeting when they stated they would carry forward even after fighting…

Juncker Goes Bonkers on the EU

3453423212“Whoever speaks of Europe is wrong; it is a geographical expression”…Otto von Bismark. The US President’s State of the Union address has long been known as a “feel good” PR exercise to schmooze political…

Has the Syrian War Finally Reached the Tippin...

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“It is forbidden to kill; therefore all murderers are punished unless they kill in large numbers and to the sound of trumpets.” – Voltaire. The new Syrian ceasefire begins its seven day trial in what is appearing to look like…

EU-US Trade Deal – Organized Crime on a Grand...

345345345224When they call the roll in the Senate, the Senators do not know whether to answer “present” or “not guilty”… Teddy Roosevelt. Funeral arrangements are already being made for the almost dead Transatlantic Trade and Investment…

Syrian Ceasefire Roulette – Can Anyone Win?

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“It’s better to fix what you have than wait to get what you don’t.” – an old Arab proverb. I just finished a headline news slot for the Kerry-Lavrov press conference on their long running Syrian ceasefire talks, which they had…

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…


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