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FT “Donald Trump’s trade tirades show his mastery of the message”

Thanks Rana, an excellent perspective. Let’s first dispense with that I consider Trump to be completely unfit for the office he occupies and consider him to be the largest actual threat to US national security and international well being. Having said that though, he is striking out with energy and agenda in an indomitable way and …

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Putin’s Catch-22

Putin is in a catch 22. He fears a maidan revolt on red square, he would have nowhere to run when the Russians come and want questions answered, questions pertaining especially to his contact with Russia’s corrupt oligarchy. Questions that would expand to his orders during the the 2nd Chechen war, the Georgian war and …

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Putin’s EU boycott

http://blogs.ft.com/the-world/2014/08/food-fight-eu-weighs-up-risks-of-russias-ban/ Russia could perhaps develop a more effective agricultural economy over the decades, but only if protectionism isolates it from low cost, high quality imports at all times, Russia cannot compete in agriculture in the open market largely because there is no incentive to compete with abroad as long as Russia’s natural resource exports are …

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Woodrow Wilson and the United States of Arabia

David Gardner, Woodrow Wilson commissioned a group to see what the Arabs wanted post WW1. The outcome of this King-Crane report: the Arabs wanted a United States of Arabia. Instead they got the European Nation-State, a distinctly different creature, imposed upon it by the victorious French & British. The nation state is a European invention, …

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The unforced errors of Recep Tayyip Erdogan

It’s only weeks ago that we all celebrated Recep’s genius; presiding over a decade of stellar growth and development he was convincingly reelected, had made peace with the Kurds, was establishing energy deals with Iraqi Kurdistan, championed the cause of relatively moderate Sunnis versus the Wahhabi’s, Shia, Israel and Assad’s coalition. Was welcomed again in …

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Marxism reborn?

Marxism also is a surprisingly effective tool in social science in order to explain people’s motives. E.g. anthropologist Eric Wolf used a Marxist perspective in ‘Europe and the people without history’. Likewise Nolan argues:  “Karl Marx more than Adam Smith understood the progressive power of capitalism in unifying the world. Marx predicted that capital would …

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