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Assad’s Death Warrant

September 19, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, Middle East & AfricaComments (0)

By Mike Whitney The conflict in Syria is not a war in the conventional sense of the word. It is a regime change operation where the main driver of the conflict is the country that’s toppled more than 50 sovereign governments since the end of World War 2, the United States.   “Secret cables and …

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Obama-Duterte Blow Up: What the Corporate Media Doesn’t Get

September 14, 2016 • World Politics, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Asia - Pacific, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Wayne Madsen The western corporate media generalised the Duterte-Obama feud as one between a statesmanlike US president and a Filipino Donald Trump. For Obama to lecture Duterte on human rights was the ultimate in hubris. Duterte is a fiery pragmatist who

How the Brexit Referendum was Trumped: Personality, Protest and Patriotism

July 20, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Editor’s Choice, Americas, Special Focus on Brexit, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Glyn Atwal and Douglas Bryson  In this article, the authors contend the electioneering style of what they label “Trumpism” was distinctly manifested and a vital factor for the unanticipated success of the recent Brexit campaign. You might also like:

Reflections on the Post-Aquino Philippine-China Relations: Taking into Account the Realities of Geopolitics

July 15, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, International Relations, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the Philippines, Unprotected PostComments (1)

By Renato Cruz De Castro This article examines how the Philippines challenged China’s expansive maritime claim in the South China Sea during President Aquino’s term and also explores the crucial question of whether the next administration will continue or

Philippines 2016: Navigating Between the US and China

June 27, 2016 • International Relations, Americas, Asia - Pacific, China, Special Feature on Duterte and the PhilippinesComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock               In the past six years, Washington and Manila have been cementing a military alliance, which is reassuring to many Filipinos but leaves some apprehensive – including the leading presidential contenders. You might

“Without Haste But Without Pause”: Cuba-US Relations in the Age of Obama

June 6, 2016 • AmericasComments (1)

By John M. Kirk and Stephen Kimber This article analyses the significance of the March 2016 visit to Cuba by President Barack Obama, assesses changes in the bilateral relationship since December 17, 2014 (when Presidents Castro and Obama announced the

The New Tyranny: A Preface to the 2016 Elections in the United States

June 6, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (1)

By Timothy K. Kuhner Democracy in the United States has been replaced by a rival form of government premised upon the power of wealth. Not to be confused with mere corruption, plutocracy is an official system of rule built upon new interpretations of

Donald Trump is the Presidential Candidate the Republican Party Deserves

June 6, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, Americas, On US Election 2016, Unprotected PostComments (0)

By Lawrence Ware Republicans have had no problem using bigotry, often in subtle ways, to win elections. White supremacy is a well-established part of Republican Party political strategy. Donald Trump is the presidential candidate the Republican Party

The Struggle for Brazil – and Against the BRICS

June 1, 2016 • GLOBAL ECONOMY, CRITICAL ANALYSIS, World Politics, Americas, Dan SteinbockComments (0)

By Dan Steinbock While international media focuses on Brazil’s mass demonstrations against corruption, efforts behind the façade precipitate regime change, restoration of a pre-Lula order, and a struggle against the BRICS nations. The US feels threatened

The Brand Trump

April 25, 2016 • CRITICAL ANALYSIS, BUSINESS & INNOVATION, Americas, On US Election 2016Comments (0)

By Glyn Atwal and Douglas Bryson Donald Trump is one of the most divisive and polarising political figures in modern history, seemingly set to win the Republican nomination, and with it, a very real potential of occupying the highest office in the land. The