Unbeknownst to most Americans the United States is presently under thirty presidential declared states of emergency. They confer vast powers on the Executive Branch including the ability to financially incapacitate any person or organization in the United States, seize control of the nation's communications infrastructure
It is really a great achievement of the Nobel award committee that it has created an environment in which criticism of the Nobel prizes is always rubbished and in which controversies are taken just as part and parcel of the scenario of the Nobel awards announcements
Not long ago, back in February of this year, the whole world (or much of it) looked forward to the 2014 Winter Olympics. I did too. The host country, Russia, promised to showcase their very best for all those nations that were entered. And President Vladimir Putin made sure that the attendees would not be disappointed...
We have two separate humanitarian crises looming, quite apart from the devastating Ebola Virus Disease outbreak in West Africa, with its tentacles reaching far and wide; Islamic State in the Middle East, spreading terror, hatred and death...with its tentacles reaching far and wide. So where is the story on two different potential catastrophes?
We are having an outbreak of reports in the Canadian press about "home grown" terrorists, "radicalized" young men of Muslim faith traveling out of the country - a relatively insignificant phenomenon which has received inordinate publicity. If you give the matter some thought, you realize that this "news" is a kind of empty publicity
The dramatic fall in the price of Brent crude oil within a few months, (its price has dropped by 25% in the last three months, from about $115 a barrel in June to about $85 today) and, even more important, the decision by Saudi Arabia not to cut production levels, created the conditions for a new form of economic warfare, beyond the usual sanctions
The award of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize to Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai and India's Kailash Satyarthi raises anew the persistent question concerning the dirty politics of the Norwegian Nobel Committee in the past decades. There are 3 major evidences to back up this claim
Some are short. Some are tall. Some are fat. Some are thin. What makes a good political leader? In these times of austerity, many commentators would argue that a political leader needs to be able to communicate effectively a message of fiscal responsibility to his electorate. But is that all there is to it?
A big buzz surrounded the recent Nobel Prize winner of Literature, a reclusive French citizen, Patrick Modiano, and resulted in rather controversial reactions from the lovers of the spoken word. To his own astonishment, a flabbergasted author couldn't believe it was possible to be nominated, much less to become a winner...
The World Trade Organization has not proven terribly popular. In fact, the organization has mainly been used as a vehicle to force open vulnerable economies and make the rich richer and the poor poorer around the world. the creation of an internationalized market economy necessitated some sort of international economic and political "regulation"
Another piece in The Washington Post, another pile of Russophobic hogwash from beginning to end, another insubstantial and hysterical squeak from one of its correspondents, this time ruing the day when the USA did not expand NATO eastwards earlier and claiming there was never any promise not to do so. And now for the truth...
Once again the World Health Organization is seriously under-funded as it strives to fight against the worst outbreak of Ebola Virus Disease in the history of the planet, one which threatens to develop into a nightmare scenario in West Africa before Christmas, and one which could become a global catastrophe. Time to pull together.
As most already are aware, an Ebola crisis is gradually encompassing the globe. It has been engendered by irresponsible authorities who have all but welcomed its diseased incubators with open arms. The United States, located on a continent which until now had never known the malady, eagerly flew home not one but five infected parties