Got Nukes, Mr. Dictator? You Hold On to Them!

Muammar Gaddafi of Libya and Saddam Hussein of Iraq – two dreadful dictators who are no longer with us largely because they didn’t get to go far enough in the nuclear weapon development process. Photos: Wikipedia

Are you the feisty dictator of a rogue state? Or the troubled leader of an aspiring democracy with big, bad neighbors? And you’ve gotten your hands on some nukes?

Well, if you want to hang on to your regime, you probably should hold on to them. Continue reading “Got Nukes, Mr. Dictator? You Hold On to Them!”

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President Donald Trump and the (Pseudo-)Liberal Elites Who Got Him Elected

Future 45th US President Donald Trump gives his running mate, Indiana Governor Mike Pence, a thumbs up during the 2016 Republican National Convention. Photo: Wikipedia (A. Shaker/VOA)

Modern-day Western pseudo-liberalism boils down to grave misunderstanding and distortion of some of the most basic principles of the noble and lofty classical liberalism.

What you end up with is: “US President Donald Trump today signed an executive order on…” Continue reading “President Donald Trump and the (Pseudo-)Liberal Elites Who Got Him Elected”

The Odd EU Story of Oligarchy-Ridden Bulgaria and Its Post-accession ‘Progress Reports’

Bulgaria has made little progress in its problem areas – fighting corruption and organized crime, and guaranteeing the rule of law – since it joined the EU in 2007. Photo: European Commission

Here is why the EU monitoring reports on Bulgaria’s “post-accession progress” in judicial reform and fighting corruption and organized crime are useless but necessary. Continue reading “The Odd EU Story of Oligarchy-Ridden Bulgaria and Its Post-accession ‘Progress Reports’”

Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself

US film director Oliver Stone and Russian President Vladimir Putin viewing a video on a smartphone. Photo: Video grab from The Putin Interviews

Award-winning Hollywood director Oliver Stone has seen a past which has never worked. Continue reading “Oliver Stone’s Putin Interviews: How Hollywood Director Can Make ‘Useful Idiot’ Out of Himself”

Understanding Russia 101: Easy! No ‘Riddle Wrapped in Mystery inside Enigma’

A view of Moscow with the State Historical Museum and the Manezhnaya Square. Photo: Wikipedia

Russia has been especially perplexing to almost everybody in the West, with US Presidents often featuring prominently on the “misunderstanding Russia” list…

Here is the basic model of hundreds of years of imperial history squeezed into a single essay. Continue reading “Understanding Russia 101: Easy! No ‘Riddle Wrapped in Mystery inside Enigma’”

When Trump Is Right: NATO Europeans’ Buck Passing, Free-Riding Shame

The Trump Administration does have a point about NATO member states’ defense spending, if nothing else. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

Hey, perhaps Trump could become the US President to manage to get the Europeans to start paying for their own defense, and build up their own militaries to be able to protect themselves!

Continue reading “When Trump Is Right: NATO Europeans’ Buck Passing, Free-Riding Shame”

Emmanuel Macron: The New and Real Hope for France and Europe

Centrist Emmanuel Macron (right) and far-right Marine Le Pen during their televised debate before the second round of the 2017 French presidential elections. Photo: Video grab from YouTube

Against the backdrop of growing challenges and ugly political faces, Emmanuel Macron’s potential election as President of France is a beacon of hope for his country and beyond. Continue reading “Emmanuel Macron: The New and Real Hope for France and Europe”

The EU That Should Have Pulled Itself Together Long before Trump’s Advent

European Council President Donald Tusk has been outspoken in naming the threats to the EU. But to what end? Photo: Tusk on Twitter

The good people of the EU have had every chance to solidify their supra-national state as a benevolent power but didn’t.

Also, between Donald Trump and Donald Tusk, I like Donald Duck best… Continue reading “The EU That Should Have Pulled Itself Together Long before Trump’s Advent”

Has China Just Made Its Big Geopolitical Break? Or Is It about To?

Probably the best map to illustrate China’s perspective and the geopolitical importance of the Philippines for it. Map: Geopolitical Futures

China might have achieved a major geopolitical breakthrough mainly thanks to domestic shifts in some of the top US allies in the Asia-Pacific region. If it permanently secures them on its side, this might be a game changer for the geopolitics of the entire globe. Continue reading “Has China Just Made Its Big Geopolitical Break? Or Is It about To?”