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The Europe-Africa Seesaw Facing a New US

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In the 1990’s, the US bombed Serbia under the pretext of its mistreatment of Albanians living in the province of Kosovo: currently, citizens of both countries are demonstrating against the austerity measures of their respective governments. Meanwhile, in France, the Yellow Vests…

America’s Constitutional Crisis

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For months the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has insisted that she would not have ‘all the facts’ to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Trump until the Mueller Report was released. When finally that happened, the man hand-picked by the president to be his Attorney General, the highest legal official in the land…

Washington’s Take on Democracy in Venez...

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In the early years of the revolution, Fidel Castro contrasted the long line of Latin American ‘golpistas’ to the fact that he and his followers came to power by winning militarily over Batista’s US-backed army. Since that time, almost every Latin American country has experienced…

The Media’s Difficult Moment

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The release of the Mueller Report has put television journalists in a tight spot, trying to explain why getting ‘dirt’ on an opponent is not ok when it comes from a country’s ‘adversary’. Meet the Press’s Chuck Todd tried over and over to get Donald Trump’s lawyer, Rudy Giuliani…

Will Trump Leave ….the United States?

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Of the 400 pages of the just released Mueller Report, one sentence stands out, and it was not pronounced by an investigator: When the appointment of the Special Counsel was announced, according to eye witnesses, the President shouted: “This is terrible! It’s the end of my presidency, I’m f’d!”. The report respected…

Can America Start Taking Care of Itself, Inst...

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In the seventies, when I returned to the US after ten years abroad, I was struck by the amount of ‘intelligence sophistication’ among America’s college graduates. At the same time, however, contrary to Europe, where it was a given, ideological literacy was strikingly absent…

From Tribe, to King, to ‘Democracy’ to Mafia

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The dramatic arrest of Jullian Assange, hauled bodily from the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, will be touted as an example of ‘rules-based’ politics, and yet his ‘crime’ is to have revealed the underside of modern democracy. The problem is no longer how political leaders come to power, but their growing…

Why Americans Can’t Get Free Health Care

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President Trump first caused a sensation by declaring that the Republican Party would soon be known as the party of health care, cancelling the less than perfect plan that Obama managed to set up. A few days later he announced that his ‘better’ plan, would probably not be announced until after the 2020 presidential election: talk about holding Americans hostage! To understand why, it’s important to bear…

Making China Great Again, Reorienting Europe

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In 1820,China’s economy was the largest in the world, as it had been for centuries. Then the Opium Wars initiated by theBritish Empirefoisted Indian opium upon the country. By mid-century the ruling Qing dynasty had been so weakened that China came within a hair’s breadth of being…

Social Democracy Revealed to America

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After spending most of my adult life in various Eastern and Western European countries, I returned to the US just before the turn of the twenty-first century. I had spent several periods here in previous decades, always wondering why Americans were the only highly developed people who were told nothing about the democratic…

US Lawmakers Ponder: “To Impeach?” or “To Run...

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The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, made headlines by declaring that it ‘Wasn’t Worth’ impeaching President Trump. Analysts explained this was because if an impeachment brought by the opposition party doesn’t get enough votes, that party fails to make gains…

Monarchy, Democracy, Oligarchy, Mafia… or Aut...

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Given increasingly serious accusations against President Trump, Americans have been mystified by the reluctance of the Democrats now in control of the House, to initiate impeachment proceedings: after all, in 1998, Bill Clinton was impeached by the Republicans for lying about an affair with a White House intern…


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