Deena Stryker

A New Type of Polity?

7880I’m wondering whether in the political science lexicon there is a word to describe a polity in which suspicion, investigations and an unusually elaborate system of laws play a determining role. There have been a number of terms to describe the American system and its military-industrial…

Xi’s Elevation and Putin’s Managed Demo...

PX0563534China has done away with presidential term limits, suggesting that Xi Jin Ping could rule the country until he dies, provoking a backlash among the country’s opposition and taunting in the ‘democratic’ world. But if you think about…

Guns: A Lesson in ‘Democracy’

AR543342342The survivors of a machine gun attack at a high school in upscale Florida participated in a ‘listening session’ convened by the President. But as they confront their local representatives, they are learning what American democracy really means, discovering first hand the determination…

‘Democracy’ vs ‘Regime Change’

7ac287a012d390fb8537822bc536b8f2Frenzy over Russian alleged meddling in the 2016 election has replaced rational discourse in the American media. The emotion displayed is similar to that which would follow a military attack, as if none of those expressing indignation were living on the same planet upon which the US…

Gun-Toting America

G4523423123Shoot first, ask questions later” is a derogatory expression that reflects the fact that Americans are guaranteed the right to ‘bear arms’. Drafted as the Second Amendment of a constitution drafted in 1789, it was intended to ensure that slave-owners could legally shoot runaway slaves. The American Rifle…

China Through the Back Door

CHEU5635432Sometimes the tragic situation of the world is actually good for a laugh. It has recently come to my attention that while the US was ‘pivoting to Asia’ in an effort to contain China — making an issue over its build-up of tiny islands in the South China Sea for military purposes — China was creeping into…

America the Exceptional

5882b0b8c461889d0d8b4645Xenia Sobchak was a guest on Morning Joe today, declaring, in perfect English, that she represents those Russians who want their country to be more like the US, (which calls itself exceptional). Her interview came as Congress miraculously avoided a ‘shutdown’ of the US government…

The Ins and Outs of US Security Culture

6c555435There is a cardinal rule which is invariably invoked whenever a former President meddles in a current president’s dealings with foreign countries. Often cited, it says: ‘The US has one president at a time.’ The long, drawn out ‘Russia Investigation’ targets members of the Trump…

Proof of Past Promises Exhumed — But Not Repo...

G4534213123Currently, a movie featuring Meryl Streep recreates the dramatic events surrounding the publication, in 1971, of the Pentagon Papers, in a crowing salute to so-called freedom of the American press. Alas, the takeaway is that since the publication of these damning documents…

America: Pussy-Footing Around Fascism

TR7564354354As tens of thousands of American women marched for the second day against Donald Trump on the anniversary of his inauguration, the US government continued to be shut down over immigration policy. And yet, the real reason for the immigration crisis was merely alluded to in…

Trump versus Wolfowitz

W5645643242Who today knows the name of Paul Wolfowitz? He was neither a Congressman, Senator, nor governor, yet until this month, official US ‘defense’ policy has borne his name. A former President of the World Bank and U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, following the 1991 Persian Gulf War…

Trump’s Racism in Context

35342131Representative Maxine Waters, who last year referred to Crimea as ‘Korea’, continues to appear on news programs, topping her accusation that Donald Trump is a racist by pointing out his good relations with Vladimir Putin. More importantly, it has taken five months from the time Nazis…


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