Getting out of Afghanistan

Getting out of Afghanistan

By Jonathan Power October 29, 2019 It’s the most repeated maxim in all the reportage on the war in Afghanistan: “The Americans have the watches, we, the Taliban, have the time.” “Play it again, Sam” was said in “Casablanca”. It should be played, said and listened to in Kabul and Washington today. This is America’s […]

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 […]

Nobody’s Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents

Nobody’s Century: Deglobalization and its Discontents

By Chas W. Freeman, Jr October 9, 2019 There is currently a good deal of hysteria here in Washington about something called “authoritarianism” allegedly taking the offensive against democratic systems of government.  A century ago, imperialists, colonialists, fascists and communists did indeed articulate theories about their superiority to democracy and seek to impose autocratic systems […]

Wretched people being proud of strangling Iran

Wretched people being proud of strangling Iran

By Jan Oberg September 27, 2019 You’ve hear a lot about the US withdrawal – never mentioned that it was an international law violation – from the nuclear deal with Iran (JCPOA). But you have probably not seen a couple of those Americans who are most responsible, on a day-to-day basis, for carrying out what […]

The deepening decay of the West – and the brighter post-West future

The deepening decay of the West – and the brighter post-West future

September 25, 2019 By Jan Oberg Look at this CNN online frontpage in the evening of September 24, 2019. It may well come to be seen in the future as an indicator of the beginning of the end. Earlier that same day, Britain’s highest court ruled PM Boris Johnson’s suspension of Parliament unlawful and in […]

Iran reinforces partnership with China for economic relief

Iran reinforces partnership with China for economic relief

By Sabena Siddiqui September 20, 2019 Facing an economic crisis in large part due to US sanctions, Iran soon may be aligning its policies toward China’s. Having recently updated the terms of a 25-year strategic partnership signed with Beijing in 2016, it looks like Tehran is indeed returning to its Look East foreign policy. Originally posted on […]

War without remorse: A callous tweet about a tasteless celebration

War without remorse: A callous tweet about a tasteless celebration

Or – The US, A Shameless Warrior By Jan Oberg August 23, 2019 Yesterday, the US Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, tweeted the following: As will be seen below, there were four photos from an event in Copenhagen. The first shows all the people present, including former Danish Prime minister Fogh Rasmussen (also on the […]

OMG Trump is not coming: Time to wake up from the bewitched sleep, Denmark?

OMG Trump is not coming: Time to wake up from the bewitched sleep, Denmark?

“Hmm, you are saying that I – Donald Trump – can’t buy Greenland?Photo collage by Jan Oberg 2019 By Jan Oberg August 21, 2019 This morning the Danes could wake up to a Twitter message from US President Trump that he was anyhow not going to Denmark on September 2-3 – in spite of the […]

The China Mirage

The China Mirage

August 16, 2019 There is a permanent, more or less intensive, narrative that China is the Enemy # 1 of the West. We have the permanent US/Western assertion that China is the new military super enemy. There is the argument that the world’s – if not history’s – largest co-operative project, the Chinese-initiated Belt and […]

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