Jim Dean

South China Sea turns into Geopolitical Theater


The 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 Really Doing?


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?


“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

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“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 has changed in Okinawa. The usual apologies for the latest gruesome crime, with promises to see that such things never happen again, has been thrown…

Libyans are killing ISIS now, instead of each other


“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


“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 Sanctions


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


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…

The Ceasefire Roulette Game Continues in Syria


“Now remember, when things look bad and it looks like you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean, mad-dog mean. ‘Cause if you lose your head and you give up then you neither live nor win. That’s just the way it is.” ~ Outlaw Josey Wales…

Will the Azeris Take Nagorno-Karabakh by Force of Arms?


“The Turks have passed by here; all is in ruins and mourning.“ – Victor Hugo, 1880, Balkan liberation wars. It did not take long to smell a rat on this story. Question number one in these out of thin air conflicts is “why now”? And the answer…

Dutch Vote Flipflops on Ukraine’s EU Association


What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments, but what is woven into the lives of others.” ~ Pericles. The Dutch Parliament voted 75 to 71 to support proceeding with Ukraine’s EU Association, in what could add fuel to…

America and Russia’s shared Great Wars


“Society is an open ended partnership between generations. The dead, and the not yet born, are as much a part of society as the living. To dishonor the dead is to reject the relationship upon which society is built, the relationship of…

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