Henry Kamens

Expectations vs. Reality of Globalization – Time to Reflect in Hard Times

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I recently discovered Rock ‘n Roll – a relatively unknown stage play from 2006 by Tom Stoppard, an intellectual playwright. Set in the period between 1968-1990, it addresses the struggle with communism waged by students in Eastern Europe. The play tells the story of brutal censorship in Stoppard’s…

Withdrawal of Patriot Missiles from Saudi Arabia Only the First Step

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Many questions have been asked over the years about the special relationship between Saudi Arabia and the West. Despite the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi in Turkey, the continued war on Yemen, and the Saudi-led blockade on neighbouring Qatar, and their many ramifications, the Kingdom has…

Political & Media Spin in Pandemic Times

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Where the US leads, the rest of the world is bound to follow. That is the reality of living with a superpower. So it is no surprise to see Trump’s response to the pandemic being repeated in places like Poland and Hungary – not healthcare support, but political opportunism. Various Heads of State and governments are giving themselves the authority to govern by emergency powers…

The Blame Game but Where Does It Lead?

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The world has rarely, if ever, seen anything like this Covid-19 crisis. Consequently there are few signposts for how to deal with it. But we are still human beings, and on that basis alone, there are certain things we know. Trump is dealing with it by trying to hold back money due to the WHO, which he is calling an instrument of lying and damage control…

Is Trump Looking for Greener Pastures in Greenland?

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An island, territory or just a big chunk of frozen ice, which few can even locate on the map, is now again gaining geopolitical attention. When John Kerry should have been helping the Democrats in their presidential election campaign, he was flown to the South Pole. Now the US its turning its attention to Greenland, perhaps on the grounds that it is the same but nearer…

COID-2019: Life Imitates Art in Kentucky

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Happenstance is too close to reality, at least based on recent news in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and elsewhere in the United States. In spite of all the precautions which may only delay the impending pandemic, few places will be safe—not even rural Kentucky. As an old school friend of mine wrote: You escaped just in time. Today, the day after you left…

Trump-Modi Bonhomie: Mostly Showmanship, Little Action!

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President Donald Trump’s visit to India on February 24—the eighth of any US president—is being lauded by India’s domestic media as the greatest ever. This may be an exaggeration, but it did produce a series of arms deals and co-operation agreements in nuclear and conventional energy. What was missing however was any large or transformative agreement…

BC: US-funded “Disinformation Oversight” of Bio Weapons Prevention Programmes in Georgia

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The Richard Lugar Lab is fast becoming a topic of household conversation in both Georgia and the Russian Federation, because increasing numbers of people care that it is not a public health facility, as claimed, but a threat to the population and humanity as we know it. The Caucasus region…

US Agency for Global Media: the Empire’s Newest Propaganda Arm

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My first reaction to learning about the creation of a new government agency, the US Agency for Global Media, was one of complete surprise and ANGER. Does not the US government already have at its disposal enough purported media – VOA and democracy support groups, NDI, collaborating media and a wide range of…

Real Agenda of Kuala Lumpur Islamic Summit Plans Derailed by Saudi Arabia

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There is more to the divide in the Muslim world than the schism between the Sunni and Shiite sects. This was recently proven by the apparent failure of an Islamic Summit, not due to good intentions but spoilers. 2019 ended with a Kuala Lumpur Summit organised by Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. Its stated purpose…

Armenians and Armenian Genocide Useful Tools for US-Turkish Policy

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The latest Armenian related news, in the US Senate, follows on from the House Resolution from the end of October. Such genocide recognition is a testament to the tenacity of the Armenian-American advocacy community, within the context of broader US-Turkish relations. The motivations behind the vote are open…

Does Trump’s Choice of New Ambassador to Georgia Mean Anything?

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I consider that Kelly Dengan, the pending US Ambassador appointment to Georgia covers lots of territory, as I wrote to the daughter of a journalist who is helping her mother writing an article on Georgian-Ukrainian relations and he asked for some insight—from the perspective of an outsider and English speaker…


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