Amexit (American exit) failed in 1776. Brexit will fail today

Amexit (American exit) failed in 1776. Brexit will fail today

By Jonathan Power November 6, 2019 Before there was Brexit there was Amexit – when the Americans in 1776 decided to revolt against Britain’s King George and unilaterally secede to establish their own independent republic. In retrospect it was a strangely negative thing to do and one that took a long time to put right. […]

Time to end the West’s break with Russia

Time to end the West’s break with Russia

By Jonathan Power October 25, 2019 It’s time overdue for the West to make up with Russia. The contretemps over Ukraine, now played out over five years, is too long. As the world goes it doesn’t deserve so much attention. Ukraine in landmass may be a big country but it’s population is only 44 million […]

The EU pulled the rug from under the Kurds

The EU pulled the rug from under the Kurds

By Jonathan Power October 17, 2019 Insurgencies may not die, but at least, like old soldiers, they usually fade away. Well, that seemed to be the case with the Kurdistan Workers’ Party, the PKK. For the best part of five years between 2000 and 2005 there was a truce in Turkey’s bitter and savage civil […]

Russia and China are growing together again

Russia and China are growing together again

By Jonathan Power August 14, 2019 In her famous decree in 1767 Empress Catherine the Great proclaimed Russia to be a European power. She wanted Russia to be a major player in European politics. She compelled the Europeans to accept Russia as a great power as a condition for doing business. In 1815 Russia was […]

The US is sleepwalking into a real war with Iran

The US is sleepwalking into a real war with Iran

August 3, 2019 By Prabir Purkayastha The U.S. plans for a naval armada in Hormuz will run against the Laws of Seas and Iran’s sovereignty over its territorial waters. We are now sleepwalking to a new war in the region with disastrous consequences. The stage is now set for a disastrous collision between the U.S.-UK […]

The end of Russia’s occidental era – for now

The end of Russia’s occidental era – for now

By Gordon M. Hahn April 26, 2019 Three almost uninterrupted centuries of Russian self-comparison, self-assessment, self-identification with the West and ever deeper involvement in the intra-Western geopolitical and imperial competition have come to an end. Harsh lessons Russians have drawn from its three centuries of intimate interaction with the West — its Occidental Era — […]

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

How the New Silk Roads are merging into Greater Eurasia

By Pepe Escobar April 16, 2019 Russia is keen to push economic integration with parts of Asia and this fits in with China’s Belt and Road Initiative The concept of Greater Eurasia has been discussed at the highest levels of Russian academia and policy-making for some time. This week the policy was presented at the […]

Montenegro and NATO’s Faustian Bargain

Montenegro and NATO’s Faustian Bargain

U.S Vice President Mike Pence, left, joined by Montenegro’s Prime Minister Dusko Markovic during a joint press conference in Villa Gorica in Podgorica, Montenegro on August 2, 2017. (AP Photo / Risto Bozovic)   Did Montenegro’s NATO accession increase the collective defense of the West or merely protect a corrupt regime? When Fox News host […]

TFF PressInfo # 449: Remembering the War on Yugoslavia 1999

TFF PressInfo # 449: Remembering the War on Yugoslavia 1999

The ethnic map few understood. Should make it clear that cutting up Yugoslavia in independent republics could not be done without bloodshed. (1) Yellow = Serbs, Dark Green = Muslims, Light Blue = Croats,  Light Green = Slovenes, Orange = Montenegrins, Pink = Albanians, Darker Blue = Macedonians   By Jan Oberg March 24, 2018, […]

Democracy, Development and Reputation: Vietnam and Turkey

Democracy, Development and Reputation: Vietnam and Turkey

  By Richard Falk • More than 25 years ago I took part in a major conference in Kuala Lumpur affirming the importance of human rights. At the end of the second day, the convener of the conference, Chandra Muzaffar, a leading advocate of human rights and democracy in Malaysia, arranged for a few of […]