Deena Stryker

US: Rule by Judges?

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Two striking similarities occured this past week-end: Brazil’s former and beloved President Lula da Silva, was released from prison thanks…

November 8th, 1989

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Around eight o’clock on November 8th, 1989, I stepped into a taxi at the Gare de Lyon in Paris carrying the first copies of a book I had written that included a plan for the reunification of Europe. I gave the driver my address, annoyed that he had the radio on. Suddenly, I heard the newscaster saying that the Berlin Wall had fallen! Before climbing up to my fifth…

From Occupy to Yellow Vests in Tahrir’s Aroun...

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With not enough jobs or basic necessities to go around, governments survive by looting, and populations demand self-rule. That’s easier said than done, when governments have a monopoly on force, and violence turns those who are managing against protests. Ever since the founding of the United States of America, struggling populations around…

Post-Trump, Macron is Enlightened and Sochi i...

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Now that it’s all over but the shouting, a few people need to be thinking about the future, as Trump’s long-delayed impeachment gets underway. In the US, this will be a difficult exercise, due to the riveting, minute by minute coverage of a process that will continue for months, leading into…

BC: Europe is Never Gonna Get it Together!

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Hemingway, Fitzgerald, Wharton, Capote, Mann, Kafka, Svevo, Hesse, turn over in your graves! The cosmopolitan Europe of Paris, Vienna and Prague only managed to come together briefly over your tombs! Its thirty-some nations, each with their own language, quarrels and elephantine historical memories, will soon be gone, destroyed neither by Russian tanks…

Hillary Versus Tulsi

During the 2016 election, many who could not stomach either Hillary or Donald voted for the Green candidate, Dr. Jill Stein, who had been forced to wear a ‘crimson letter’ for sitting next to Russian President Putin at RT’s birthday dinner. This time around, Hillary is attacking progressive candidate Tulsi Gabbard, a representative from Hawaii who saw active duty in Afghanistan as a member…

World’s Biggest Empire Talks Itself into Obli...

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In France, there is a derogatory term for people who sit around in neighborhood cafes fixing the world: “They’re just cafe du commerce”, referring to the small town meeting places of nineteenth century entrepreneurs. Well, the Trump impeachment inquiry’, which has dragged on for months, has turned the media into one great cafe du commerce…

Regarding the Kurds

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The Kurds – 30-45 million strong — are a Persian people who have inhabited various areas of the Middle East for centuries, speaking various languages that are part of the Western Iranian branch of the Indo-European family, and practicing various religions. A majority subscribe to the Shafi school of Sunni Islam, while significant minorities are either…

Will Youth Take Over?

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Since the nineteen-sixties, the West has been on a steady trajectory of ‘liberation’. After the angry fifties, when American college students began protesting the US entry into France’s war in Vietnam, came the sixties, with the hippies and drugs. And starting with the passage of Roe v. Wade, the American Supreme Court decision which, in 1972, legalized abortion in the United…

House of Cards

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One of the consequences of modern civilization is that change can happen with unexpected speed. Since the election of Donald J Trump to the White House, Americans who follow politics have become accustomed to witnessing events they never thought would happen. But during the last ten days, events have cascaded with such rapidity that one wishes…

Trump’s Impeachment is all about Russia...

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The kerfuffle over President Trump’s phone call to recently elected, reform-minded Ukrainian President Zelensky, has, as usual obfuscated reality. Although there is no question that the call took place, the way in which it is contextualized misses the mark: the media claims that Trump is guilty of using a foreign leader to advance his own personal…

New Zelensky

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Among the signs that the largest and most powerful empire ever to exist has entered its end phase, is the fact that legal arguments have replaced moral reasoning. President Donald Trump was accused of achieving his 2016 win thanks to help from the Russian President. A few days ago the news broke that…


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