America, From Exceptionalism to Nihilism

By PANKAJ MISHRA – The New York Times, Opinion section MASHOBRA, India — “The world is going America’s way,” Fareed Zakaria wrote in 2008. “Countries are becoming more open, market friendly and democratic.” Since the fall of communism, American leaders… Continue Reading

Straining to be Anti-Iran

by Paul R. Pillar* – Lobelog The Trump administration is bending over backward to be, and to sound, hostile and confrontational toward Iran.  This effort to flaunt a role for itself as a dedicated enemy of Iran has roots in… Continue Reading

WHAT WAR WITH NORTH KOREA LOOKS LIKE

BY BILL POWELL  NEWSWEEK One million dead* (and that´s if it doesen´t go nuclear) *Minimum predicted casualties The batteries of North Korean artillery lie just on the other side of the divided peninsula’s demilitarized zone. There are thousands of them—some… Continue Reading

The North Korea-Trump Nightmare

Nicholas Kristof – The New York Times President Trump is scary in many ways, but perhaps the most frightening nightmare is of him blundering into a new Korean war. It would begin because the present approach of leaning on China to… Continue Reading

Bannon Down, Pentagon Up, Neocons In?

by Jim Lobe – lobelog.com The apparent and surprisingly abrupt demise in Steve Bannon’s influence offers a major potential opening for neoconservatives, many of whom opposed Trump’s election precisely because of his association with Bannon and the “America Firsters,” to return to power after… Continue Reading

Somerdale to Skarbimierz

James Meek follows Cadbury to Poland How to explain Poland’s swing against the European Union? How to explain the election of the Catholic fundamentalist, authoritarian, populist, Eurosceptic Law and Justice Party to rule a booming country that has benefited from more… Continue Reading

Democracy Loses in Turkey

By THE EDITORIAL BOARD – THE NEW YORK TIMES The best thing that can be said about Turkey’s constitutional referendum is that many voters — 48.7 percent of those casting ballots — opposed President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s most outrageous move… Continue Reading

Has Trump Lost Control Of The Pentagon?

By Tyler Durden – Zero Hedge  Via The Saker, [4] The Pentagon’s more aggressive military approach Here is a short timeline of the Pentagon taking the presidential commander-in-chief power from Trump. The ultimatums came on March 1. On March 1, 2017 the Atlantic’s article… Continue Reading

Erdogan entrenches himself

Editorial – The Guardian Narrow victory in a referendum is taken as legitimising the destruction of Turkey’s democratic institutions It is no exaggeration to say Turkey has entered a daunting and unpredictable new chapter in its political history as a… Continue Reading

Making the future possible again

Boaventura de Sousa Santos* When we look at the past through the eyes of the present, we find huge cemeteries of abandoned futures, struggles that inaugurated new possibilities but were neutralized, silenced, or distorted, futures murdered at birth, or even… Continue Reading