Category: Politics

Chile and Her History of WesternInterference

By Peter Koenig Chile is experiencing the largest and most serious political crisis and public unrest throughout Santiago and the country’s major cities, since the return to ‘democracy’ in 1990. A weeklong of fire, teargas and police brutality, left at least 20 people dead, thousands arrested and injured. More than 1.2 million people protested on…

Hong Kong and the Audacity of the United States

By Peter Koenig People often ask and hint at the similarities between the Hong Kong protests and the French Yellow Vests. The former started on 31 March and are approaching their 19th week – the Yellow Vests (YV) have celebrated last weekend their 40th week of protests. As of recently some voices of Macron-infiltrates into…

Amazonia in Flames – Brazil’s Bolsonaro is a World Criminal – Encouraging Jungle Burning for Private Exploitation of Freed Land

By Peter Koenig On 28 October 2018, Jair Bolsonaro was elected President of Brazil with 55.1% of the vote – and with a gigantic help from Cambridge Analytica. At the World Economic Forum (WEF) in January 2019 in Davos Switzerland, Bolsonaro made a sumptuous presentation, “We Are Building a New Brazil”. He outlined a program that…

Sri Lanka – Candidate for a New NATO Base?

By Peter Koenig Sri Lanka, Easter Sunday, 21 April 2019: More than half a dozen bomb blasts shook the country killing from 250 to more than 350 people. Depending on who counts, the death toll varies. The devastation took place in several Catholic churches and luxury hotels. Other explosions, including from – what they say…

NATO – 70th Anniversary of the Most Murderous – and Legal – Organization on our Planet

By Peter Koenig On 4th of April 2019 NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) “celebrated” the 70th Anniversary of its murderous existence. This horror organization was born sort of as a “Rosemary’s Baby”, signed into life in Washington DC, as the North Atlantic Treaty. Its creation was absolutely unethical but also absolutely “legal” – meaning what…

The Demise of Global Britain

By Graham Vanbergen The almost universal collapse of British foreign policy could not have been timed any more accurately than right now – a time of real and perceived deepening uncertainties around the world. Graham Vanbergen argues that Without Brexit, merely a scheme of political self-harm devised solely by the ruling Conservative party decades ago,…

Venezuela – Towards an Economy of Resistance

By Peter Koenig The Government of Venezuela called an international Presidential Economic Advisory Commission, 14-16 June, 2018 – to debate the current foreign injected economic disturbances and seeking solutions to overcome them. I was privileged and honored to be part of this commission. Venezuela is literally being strangled by economic sanctions, by infiltrated elements of…

The Dark Plight of Immigrants in the Racist Era of Trump

By Alvaro Huerta This essay argues that President Donald J. Trump represents an existential threat to immigrants in the United States. Trump’s immigration rhetoric and policies consist of racist, xenophobic, enforcement-only and divisive positions. This includes his racist and belligerent isolationist and unilateralist policies. Trump aims to re-invent the country’s dark past with his racist…

Identity Politics: Diversion from the Growing Economic Crisis?

By Ghada Chehade Despite the reality of ever-increasing economic despair – including, and perhaps especially, for minorities – no one is willing to talk about class and economic issues. This is especially true among the so-called new left, which is more concerned with identity issues than class and politico-economic analysis. But lacking a larger analysis of…

Facing the Shadow of Colonialism in Trump’s America

By Nozomi Hayase From Muslim bans to attacks on LGBTQ communities and immigrants, the Trump presidency is regressing civil society with a colonial hierarchy. In this article, the author traces the roots of Trump’s America and its logic of white supremacy deep inside American history. She argues that effective resistance requires an understanding of the…

North Korea – an Agent of Peace?

By Peter Koenig   The false alarm on a ballistic missile attack on Hawaii last Saturday from North Korea did not help the Peace Talks which were essentially initiated by DPRK’s President, Kim Jong-un. They spread enormous fear of a nuclear annihilation of Honolulu, pulverization of homes and people – of Armageddon for the Hawaiian…

Jerusalem – The Straw that Breaks the Empire’s Back?

By Peter Koenig   When President Trump on 6 December 2017 declared unilaterally Jerusalem as the capital of Israel to where the US Embassy shall relocate, he violated UN Resolutions, international law, common sense and went against all diplomatic efforts to eventually bring peace to the region, not to speak about 130 countries that have…

Brexit – How the British People were Hacked

By Graham Vanbergen In today’s context, social engineering has now moved on – dramatically. It refers to the manipulation of people into performing actions they wouldn’t normally do. It’s a type of confidence trick, but unlike back in the day when propaganda was largely in print newspapers, there are now serious consequences of social media being used as…

What the West Can Learn from the ASEAN Way

By Edgardo Angara The rise of ASEAN shows how consensus-building, more than the rule of the majority, can help nations overcome religious and racial divisions to achieve shared goals. The West, too, can learn from the ASEAN way of musyawarah (consultation) and muafakat (consensus), which has sustained and strengthened the community in the last 50…

Yemen – Appeal to President Putin

By Peter Koenig Dear President Putin, Yemen, a peaceful and extremely poor country is being slaughtered, literally slaughtered by the Saudis, with the full weapons, funding and political support of the United States of America and the UK. The rest of Europe is fully complicit, due to their inaction, due to their lack of courage…

North Korea – Killer Sanctions Imposed by the Foremost Institution of Peace and Justice – the UN Security Council

By Peter Koenig The United Nations was created to safeguard peace, justice, and security at a time when the “world was in ruins”. In this article, Peter Koenig explores the economic sanctions imposed by the UN to North Korea and analyses whether this action is congruent to the organisation’s mission. One cannot help but to…

Enduring Gender Inequality in Politics: Where to from here?

By Emma Dalton Women political leaders are no longer anomalies. But gender parity in politics is still a long way off. This paper considers why politics remains so male-dominated, why the importance of increased women’s presence in policy-making is important, and explores some potential approaches to address the problem.  Enduring Gender Inequality in Politics: Where…

Unelectability, Sovereignty and Occupy

By Thomas Swann Highly popular candidates such as Bernie Sanders and Jeremy Corbyn were deemed unelectable. In being described as unelectable, these politicians are being excluded due to the fact that they don’t fit within the proscriptions of neoliberal politics and economics. Instead of the government being sovereign and demanding a certain people, it is…

Life After Trump

By Boris Kagarlitsky Trump’s election is not just a separate random episode of current politics. It is also not an indicator of American exceptionalism. It rather suggests that similar processes are under way in the US and in Western Europe. And is it just the West that is affected?   The vote of the United…

Lessons from the Vietnam War

By John Marciano Forty years after the American war in Vietnam ended in 1975, the central and most critical issue is the “struggle for memory”, an ideological war over the most accurate and truthful story of the conflict. Whose ideas about the war will prevail?   The Vietnam War was an example of imperial aggression.…

Chosen Leaders, Proven Failures And Political Debacles – OpEd

By James Petras The concepts, symbols and signs of the ruling class determine who will be the political “choices” for leaders and officials. Political elites co-opt upwardly mobile “identities”, carefully assessing which of their qualities will contribute to the desired elite outcomes. This is how working class and community-based electorates are seduced into voting against…

America at War with Itself

By Henry A. Giroux As the United States has moved from a welfare to a warfare state, it has militarised every aspect of society. This article examines the diverse ways in which a war culture has seeped into almost every aspect of American society undermining both its democratic ideals and the institutions and formative culture…

Donald Trump is the Presidential Candidate the Republican Party Deserves

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 deserves. After years of stoking the fires of xenophobia, nationalism, and racism, they now have a frontrunner whose…

Duterte’s Global Impact

From the Editors On 1st July 2016, Rodrigo Duterte will begin his term as the President of the Republic of the Philippines. Mr Duterte has formidable political experience in influencing the corridors of power. He was mayor of the Southern city of Davao for over 20 years and turned that lawless city into the world’s…

The Year of Iran: Tehran’s Challenge to American Hegemony in 2014

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In 1979, Iran shocked the world—and directly confronted America’s hegemonic ambitions in the Middle East—by charting its own revolutionary course toward participatory Islamist governance and foreign policy independence.  Over the past thirty-five years the Islamic Republic of Iran has held dozens of presidential, parliamentary, and local council elections…

Can the West Get Out of Its (Self-Made) Cul-de-Sac?

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett In recent years, the limits on America’s ability to shape important outcomes in the Middle East unilaterally—or even with a few European partners—have been dramatically underscored by strategically failed interventions in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Libya.  Last year, President Obama’s inability to act on his declared intention to attack…

Saudi Arabia’s Yemen Offensive, Iran’s “Proxy” Strategy, and the Middle East’s New “Cold War”

By Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett Riyadh’s war in Yemen marks a dramatic escalation in its efforts to roll back Iran’s rising influence in the Middle East. Saudi Arabia portrays its Yemen campaign simply as a battle of “good” Arabs and Sunnis supporting Yemen’s legitimate government against “evil” Iranians trying to overthrow it via local Shi’a “proxies” – reiterating a generalized…

The Delusions of Counterinsurgency

By David Martin Jones and Michael L.R. Smith The theory and practice of counterinsurgency, ‘COIN’, preoccupied Western military thinking after 9/11. In the Political Impossibility of Modern Counterinsurgency, we argue that Counterinsurgency thinking may be distilled into four broad themes that ultimately sought to reduce war to technique. COIN neglected the essential Clausewitzian point about…

The Problems of Unfree Trade: Various Implications of the  Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement

By Binoy Kampmark How free is the Trans-Pacific Partnership? Covering a region spanning 40 percent of the world’s GDP and 12 signatory states, an argument can be made that the process of its negotiations and its commercial nature serves the corporate rationale rather than the public interest. Its potential impacts in areas such as intellectual…

How to Defeat Western Neo-Colonialism

By Andre Vltchek The West managed to build its wealth, including the social nets, on plunder, deception, slavery and countless holocausts on all continents of the world. Its citizens are ignorant about these facts. Their standards of living are outrageously high, but they demand more. There is no “Left” in the West, anymore, because true…