In a surprise move, Secretary of State John Kerry was heard to offer Russia membership of NATO in order to defuse the Ukraine situation. In an aside to the Russian Ambassador he was heard to say:
If Russia were a member of NATO then there would be no encirclement of Russia from sea to shining [...]
This is the mark of an insular, insecure society.
A society that requires “Trigger Warnings” for college and university courses is a society that is decidedly not preparing its young for the real world.
The real world is a harsh, brutal and fundamentally unfair place. It is a place with real winners and losers. It [...]
Passing along one tweet with one comment:
The narrative now becomes “is Obama tough enough” as opposed to substantive policy issues: http://t.co/IsUxK5ACIj Completely infantilized.
— Sean Paul Kelley (@seanpaulkelley) March 3, 2014
This is what your media does best: infantilize you.
Adomanis is a smart, shrewd analyst. His opinion is worth reading and considering. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but as Numerian noted in the comment section of one of our multiple Ukrainian threads, there are untold consequences for Russia’s actions. And in any war-like situation the enemy (meaning the Ukraine in this [...]
Wallerstein is a world systems historian so he usually has holes in his analysis, but this one? Nope. I can go all the way with it. I just wish he’d addressed the de-facto entente between Israel and the Saudis.
In the 90s we had a full blown de jure and de facto entente between Israel [...]
I have class today. Yes, grad school on a Saturday. So light blogging.
Regardless, the world goes on. Especially in the Crimea. Lot’s happening.
Putin seeks Ukraine troop deployment
Lots of people freaking out about Putin’s request for what is essentially a Russian version of our AUMF, as were requested for Afghanistan and Iraq.
There isn’t a single over-arching conspiracy, nor are there even a handful of minor ones running things.
But, there are a handful of deep states around the world. This should not be a surprise. This should not shock us either, in this era of neo-feudalism, with the continual shaving of power away from the nation [...]
I’ve a question for all you learned Agonistas. Did the United States have a “revolution” in 1774-1783 or did it fight a “War for Independence?”
I’ve studied most modern Western revolutions such as France, Russia and England. (Mexico and Iran in the 20th century can be included, as well.) The US experience between 1774-1783 simply [...]
Buffer states, as I have hitherto mentioned, tend not to last long. 75-150 years? In today’s world that’s good enough for me.
And it should be good enough for the Ukraine as well. It’ll provide Russia the strategic depth it needs and allow the Ukraine to pursue and independent path economically.
Here’s the catch, [...]
A no-fly zone is an act of war http://t.co/IvQHKWzLcA
— Patrick Lang (@pat_lang) February 21, 2014
Pretty soon we can add Syria to a long list of countries destroyed by the American inability to mind its own fucking business, especially when it has no vital national interests at stake. And yes, I am quite [...]
Okay, I ought really be shoveling the 4 foot drift blocking my one and only egress from my apartment, but instead I wondered over to Ian’s blog. After reading this post I left this comment.
If Obama were truly a dictator you could lay the blame for the increased income disparity at his feet. However, [...]
Being a student I was able to check out a digital copy of Chwe’s book and peruse it a bit. It’s abysmal stuff. Deresiewicz has him dead to rights, which leads me to the single biggest issue I have with the fluff Chwe and others like him are churning out in this new fetishization of [...]
I could care less about the Winter Olympics. They’ve always been the Olympics of the rich nations. But I do care that the US stays on top in the medal count. So, why is it the Russians are ahead of us? Not for long, I hope. Just wait til we bust out our gay ice [...]
So they start calling Snowden a Russian spy and we wonder, what’s up with that. Turns out the accuser, Rep Mike Rogers of the House intel committee, was challenged on why he’d make such a charge. The response (in essence) – ‘Duh, I don’t know.’ Typical Money Party defamation from the hired help. But, now [...]
U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and other U.S. personnel murdered in Benghazi, Libya
“To this day, some militia leaders offer alibis for Mr. Abu Khattala [the perpetrator of the attacks and deaths of U.S. personnel]. All resist quiet American pressure to turn him over to face prosecution. Last spring, one of Libya’s [...]