A RAND 2019 Report: How the US – unprovoked – thought about undermining Russia and used Ukraine as it greatest vulnerability

A RAND 2019 Report: How the US – unprovoked – thought about undermining Russia and used Ukraine as it greatest vulnerability

Jan Oberg March 18, 2022 A few quotes first… • “A report that comprehensively examines nonviolent, cost-imposing options that the United States and its allies could pursue across economic, political, and military areas to stress—overextend and unbalance – Russia’s economy and armed forces and the regime’s political standing at home and abroad.” • “Today’s Russia […]

Josef G. Mahoney: U.S. should have disinvited itself from its ‘Summit for Democracy’

Josef G. Mahoney: U.S. should have disinvited itself from its ‘Summit for Democracy’

The United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., U.S. /Getty By Josef Gregory Mahoney December 15, 2021 Editor’s note: Josef Gregory Mahoney is a professor of politics at East China Normal University in Shanghai. The article reflects the author’s opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN. There has been an active debate among American scholars […]

Jan Oberg: Is Democracy Gone Forever In Italy? On the Politics of Covid Responses

Jan Oberg: Is Democracy Gone Forever In Italy? On the Politics of Covid Responses

Jan Oberg December 1, 2021 This article is based on observations sent to me by an academic friend living in Italy who wants to be anonymous, given the views it expresses in this situation. The reason we publish it here with a few comments, videos and links is that it is obviously a very serious […]

Will China Bring an End to Democracy?

Will China Bring an End to Democracy?

Photo © Jan Oberg “Boy Looking Back” – 2018 Charles Hampden-Turner, Peter Peverelli and Fons Trompenaars November 23, 2021 This is Chapter 9 of a new book “Has China Devised a Superior Path to Wealth Creation? The Role of Secular Values” by three leading experts on China, cultural dimensions of societies and culture for business. […]

Cyrus Janssen: What does freedom mean in China?

Cyrus Janssen: What does freedom mean in China?

November 8, 2021 Cyrus Janssen is an American expat who has lived in Shanghai, Hong Kong, and Vancouver over the past 14 years. He is passionate about showing a true insight into China and loves sharing his travels around the world. He is a very knowledgeable and competent communicator of complex issues and Janssen’s Youtube […]

Jeff Cohen & Norman Solomon: The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King’s Final Year

Jeff Cohen & Norman Solomon: The Liberal Contempt for Martin Luther King’s Final Year

[bswise / CC BY-NC-ND 2.0] See the deeply moving photos from Motel Lorraine on Gordon Belray’s page. By Jeff Cohen and Norman Solomon October 22, 2021 The anniversary of his assassination – April 4, 1968 – always brings a flood of tributes to Martin Luther King Jr., and this year will surely be no exception. But those tributes — […]

Monthly Review: New Cold War on China

Monthly Review: New Cold War on China

Introduction by Jan Oberg October 14, 2021 Here’s how Monthly Review presents itself: “Monthly Review began publication in New York City in May 1949. The first issue featured the lead article “Why Socialism?” by Albert Einstein. From the beginning, Monthly Review spoke for a critical but spirited socialism, independent of any political organization. In an era […]

Eurasia News: China begins the “transformation of capitalism”

Eurasia News: China begins the “transformation of capitalism”

Eurasia News October 9, 2021 Is a new “cultural revolution” starting in China? For many days in the Celestial Empire, they have been discussing the article “Everyone can feel that a deep transformation is taking place” – about the new course of Xi Jinping . Here is the most striking quote from it: If we continue to have […]

Andrew Tanner: Fourth America is Almost Over — Americans Want a Divorce

Andrew Tanner: Fourth America is Almost Over — Americans Want a Divorce

Bright Line Watch polling results by region. Question: “Would you support or oppose [your state] seceding from the United States to join a new union with [list of states in new union]?” This article was originally published on July 16, 2021 Andrew Tanner October 9, 2021 Since 2016, I have watched America’s slow march over […]

Jeffrey Sachs on the stupidity of the US war on Afghanistan

Jeffrey Sachs on the stupidity of the US war on Afghanistan

Brilliant cartoon from 2010… August 23, 2021 Jeffrey Sachs is professor and director of the Center for Sustainable Development at Columbia University. He’s a leading intellectual on global economic affairs in general and sustainable development in particular. Here he chooses the unusual way of communicating: Instead of going into a lot of “academic” issues and […]

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