Month: November 2014

Iran’s failure in Iraq

Rather than try to seek an accommodation with the Sunni, the Iranian regime has sought conflict and has branded itself sectarian by associating with Assad and throwing Hezbollah’s carefully crafted resistance image into the Syrian cauldron. It is emblematic of a power intent on Shi’a supremacy rather than a Persian sphere of influence. If the …

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Putin’s game is survival

Putin’s gains aren’t short term, they’re about his survival. The fall of Yanukovycy shook the Kremlin, but unlike Yanukovych, Putin has nowhere to run. So he is pursuing the only avenue he thinks is open to him which is political consolidation. Economic stress will accelerate his power grab and only more strongly fortify the Kremlin. …

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GOP, bitter victory?

The GOP’s infighting is far from over. They’ve muted moral issues, muted libertarianism vs conservatism, increasingly muted immigration. What issue aren’t they mute on? The play is all partisan. Now they have a few more months to degrade Barry’s administration and a few more months to fail at unifying behind a proper candidate who actually …

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Cracks in the BRICS reveal they don’t offer an alternative global alliance.

http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/9dcc565e-5ec4-11e4-be0b-00144feabdc0.html There is no real club in which India and China can forward a serious alternative to the current world order. They have an unresolved sometimes armed dispute over territories combined roughly the size of North Korea. China and Russia also have buried the hatchet but eyeball each other with profound distrust over what is …

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