Strategic Culture

2019 Oct 15 - 6:30pm
The Mainstream Media reaction to the recent “scandal” involving Chinese influence over the NBA proves that they are either maliciously trying to misinform the public or they are too ignorant to be allowed to touch a keyboard. This incident has caused a furor on the internet as people expect something as American as professional basketball, for some reason, to be patriotic. But, Chinese and foreign “influence” over policy and firings in the NBA...
Tags: Business, China, corporate media, Gender, IKEA, NBA
2019 Oct 15 - 6:25pm
Labeled “savages” in times past, today the mobilizing efforts of the indigenous have been associated with the work of “terrorist groups” and “criminal groups” by President Moreno Julian COLA “We don’t have a state! We don’t have any state!” The lady’s voice projects through a loudspeaker amid the crowd. She’s not having it. Nor is the groundswell of hundreds, if not thousands who’ve converged at Plaza Grande trolley stop, just meters from Simon...
Tags: Ecuador, Indigenous Peoples, Moreno
2019 Oct 15 - 5:45pm
The best partnerships occur when all participants have special talents to bring to the relationship which makes a whole more powerful than the sum of its parts. This is the beauty of the multipolar alliance formed by Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping and a growing array of Asian, African and South American statesmen in recent years. When it became evident that the regime change wars that grew out of 9/11 were not merely driven by oil profits- but were...
Tags: Asia-Pacific, World, Arctic, Belt and Road Initiative, China, CPEC
2019 Oct 15 - 5:25pm
Patrick COCKBURN “Never get into a well with an American rope” goes the saying spreading across the Middle East, as the US abandons its Kurdish allies in Syria to a Turkish invasion force. People in the region are traditionally cynical about the loyalty of great powers to their local friends, but even they are shocked by the speed and ruthlessness with which Donald Trump greenlit the Turkish attack. According to the UN and human rights groups,...
Tags: Middle East, SDF, Syria, Trump, turkey
2019 Oct 15 - 4:55pm
It has recently become more obvious that the European Union cannot trust the United States, in which sentiment it has much in common with other groupings and individual nations around the world. The Trump policy debacle over Turkey and Syria is a significant sign in the expansion of general distrust. The first round in Washington’s latest erratic performance on the international stage was the seeming decision by Trump to abandon the Kurds who...
Tags: Security, War and Conflict, Diplomacy, European Union, Middle East, Syria
2019 Oct 15 - 4:47pm
The Kurd/Assad alliance is the end of “regime change” for Syria and the end of one of the dumbest US interventions in history.
Tags: al-Assad, Neocons, Ron Paul Institute, SDF, Syria
2019 Oct 14 - 6:15pm
Lisa MCKENZIE This is my fourth post for LSE Brexit – and after my last plea for solidarity and empathy, and a recognition that the damage of 40 years of deindustrialisation and 10 years of austerity had done to large parts of the UK and to the working class, I really did not think I had anything left to say. Until I saw the scenes in Westminster over the last few weeks. We have learned a new word – prorogue – and we witnessed the Commons...
Tags: brexit, UK
2019 Oct 14 - 6:00pm
Donald Trump, who believes everything that is real is fake and everything that is fake is real, has delved into another academic discipline for which he believes he is an eminent expert. After promulgating his own fake weather forecasts, political opinion polls, and news, Trump has now proclaimed his own fake history. After abandoning to invading Turkish forces the Syrian Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) forces, who have been allied...
Tags: Middle East, World, fake news, Iraq, Kurdistan, SDF
2019 Oct 14 - 5:25pm
Patrick J. BUCHANAN “There go the people. I must follow them, for I am their leader” is a remark attributed to a French politician during the turbulent times of 1848. Joe Biden’s Wednesday declaration that President Donald Trump should be impeached is in that tradition. Joe is scrambling to get out in front of the desire for impeachment in the party he professes to lead. Several factors surely influenced Biden’s change of mind. Beset by gaffes...
Tags: biden, Democratic Party, Establishment, Mueller, Russiagate
2019 Oct 14 - 5:05pm
MMT is gaining traction among progressives as an option for paying for massive government spending projects such as the Green New Deal. Even if it is useful for countries such as the U.S., can it be applied in developing countries?
Tags: Capitalism, Monetary Theory
2019 Oct 14 - 4:55pm
While President Trump keeps trying to support a stock market via noises about negotiations with China progressing well, things are spiraling out of control in Hong Kong. The protests continue to escalate and show no signs of slowing down. The goal has explicitly become attacking the legitimacy of the Hong Kong government and bringing down an economy vulnerable to a falling property market. The attack vector here is not directly political, Hong...
Tags: Business, Security, War and Conflict, China, De-Dollarization, Hong Kong
2019 Oct 13 - 6:19pm
Eric S. MARGOLIS More war in wretched Syria. Half the population is now refugees; entire cities lie shattered by bombing; bands of crazed gunmen run rampant; US, French, Israeli and Russian warplanes bomb widely. Now, adding to the chaos, President Donald Trump has finally given Turkey, NATO’s second military power, the green light to invade parts of northeastern Syria after he apparently ordered a token force of US troops there to withdraw....
Tags: Syria, turkey