Of All the Nerve of Socialist Leaders – Bolivia Wants Foreign Direct Investment in 2012
The landlocked country of Bolivia certainly hasn’t been the epitome of international diplomacy when it comes to foreign direct investment in the past. They have dutifully nationalized water treatment facilities, mining operations, and heavy manufacturing. They have stated that the minerals in the ground, and the water is the property of the Bolivian people, therefore it isn’t fair for corporations to be making money off of what isn’t theirs. That’s all well and good, and understood, however that was the deal, and these companies went in and invested billions of dollars to get everything up and running.Is All News Coverage of the War in Syria Biased?
Is it possible to find unbiased news about the war in Syria? This article looks at the difficulties involved in getting to the truth.Will Printing Money Do It?
As recession deepens in the euro zone and US growth remains tepid, western central bankers have in effect announced their intention to print money as long as it takes for growth to return. The critics of this Keynesian solution are seeing red. Republicans fret that jump-starting job creation, as US Fed chairman Ben Bernanke proposes to do, could improve the re-election prospects for Barack Obama. Head of German Bundesbank considers it a devilish policy that would burn Germany along with the euro zone in the fire of inflation…Who Really Won In The Afghan Conflict – The Poppy Growers?
When NATO and the US fully pull out of Afghanistan the flow of money into the local economies will surely dry up along with most of the service jobs. However, they do have one strong industry there – it’s a cash crop – growing poppies. This is unfortunate because that opium gets transported all over the world and ends up destroying other cultures and their populations. The US in effect is allowing this to happen even with the so-called “eradication program” and it is occurring right now in broad daylight in some regions of the country, even as we tell other nations that we don’t want them pounding indigenous leaf of Central and South America into white powder and shipping it here to the US, due to our war on drugs.Eulogy for Mass Media
After a recent talk, I realized nobody ever wrote a Eulogy for Mass Media. I thought I would do the honors. This article looks at the death of mass media and the implications for security and governance.Is The United States of America Negotiating for a Terrorist Organization Now?
In mid-November of 2012 rockets were shot from across the Syrian border into Israel. Simultaneously, rockets and even Fajr 3 and Fajr 5 missiles were shot from the Gaza Strip into Israel. The culprit was well-known, and this was no surprise to Israel’s intelligence service. Hamas was obviously behind it all, and they had recently hijacked the politic in the Palestinian territory. The US State Department has labeled Hamas as a terrorist organization, and in fact it is a proxy terrorist group for Iran.2012 Chinese Politburo Elections Amidst Global Financial Crisis
The new Politburo Standing Committee is a leaner 7 member group with an average age of 63.4. I guess the red “princelings” in China are more in Prince Charles style.Is Jordan Going to Be the Next Government to Fall In the Spring of 2013?
After reading several CFR (Council on Foreign Relations) papers and a couple of RAND Corporation reports it is obvious to me that the Arab Spring was not merely caused by people getting together on social networks. There was a populist undercurrent of anger, despair, and helplessness and the protestors merely used the social networks for tools to promote their political agendas.China Appoints a Minister of Propaganda – The US Already Has A Better One
Well, I love the United States, and I surely love what we stand for even if we don’t always completely live up to those high ideals that we proclaim. I love the freedom, liberty, and the ability to pursue happiness even if I realize there are many barriers in my way to fulfilling those wonderful rights. Yes, the United States could do better, but luckily we are doing better than most.An Arab Spring in Argentina
Perhaps, it is good that the Arab Spring protests have ended for a while, but in many regards they haven’t, they are ongoing. It’s as if it is a wildfire which has been put out, but it’s still smoldering waiting for the next breeze to come along. Where will it flare up next time? Currently, it appears that Syria is in serious territory, and the Assad regime may eventually fall meanwhile, until it does things are totally chaotic, society has crumbled, and the civilization is being destroyed. That’s the worst scenario of an Arab Spring gone bad, I’d say.