Europe – be careful what you wish for!

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire has told French radio that U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal was a mistake, adding that the United States should not consider itself as the world’s “economic policeman.” The Europeans, in particular the British, French and Germans, are…

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The True Marxist Believer – Ever Faithful

On 5 May 2018, the second centenary of Karl Marx’s birth, Martin Jacques, author of When China Rules The World. The Rise of the Middle Kingdom and the End of the Western World (2009), told BBC World Service TV that Marx was still valid today. As proof, he cited the…

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China’s BRI & AIBB – Minus U.S. & Japan

China’s Long-Term Strategy vs The West’s Civil War and Short-Termism While the effectively bankrupt West is tearing itself apart and undermining its society, economy and science, China is not just getting on with it, but forging ahead. A good starting point in understanding what is happening now, with all the…

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Global fury unleashed by Trump’s alleged statement on “shitholes” spectacularly misses the point

Donald Trump’s alleged description of Africa, El Salvador and Haiti as “shitholes” predictably led to global fury and accusations of racism. Trump would be well advised to refrain from such comments since they merely damage his standing and thus his power to get things done, but as usual, the resulting…

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Cognitive dissonance from Yale Medical School courtesy of The Guardian

The Guardian published an article today with the provocative headline Trump is now dangerous – that makes his mental health a matter of public interest Bandy Lee This world authority in psychiatry, consulted by US politicians, argues that the president’s mental fitness deserves scrutiny https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/jan/07/donald-trump-dangerous-psychiatrist Bandy Lee, The Guardian website…

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BBC wrongly claims US obviously “has the world’s biggest nuclear arsenal”

Reports and comments on Donald’s Trump’s renewed “tweet storms” after the New Year holidays are as woefully uninformed and emotional as in 2017. The President tweeted that North Korean Leader Kim Jong Un just stated that the “Nuclear Button is on his desk at all times.” Will someone from his…

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Mitigating Paris

As we argued in 2007 and again following the G20 summit in Hamburg, global warming will affect poor countries far less able to cope with the consequences than the advanced industrial nations. We also warned that if the science is correct, emissions of greenhouse gases need to be reduced due…

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