Daily Archive: February 3, 2019

Modi's India Doubles Down on Hindu Nationalism

During his 2014 campaign, Narendra Modi promised jobs, development, and growth. Hopeful Indians handed the BJP India’s first single-party parliamentary majority in three decades and a mandate for reform. Yet four years later, with another election approaching, these promises remain largely unfulfilled. The BJP can no longer run as the party of economic opportunity and is becoming increasingly populist and...

An Invasion of Venezuela Isn’t That Far-Fetched of a Scenario

While Guaido and his self-declared “government”(-in-waiting) are downplaying the prospects of a military invasion to topple Maduro, the reality is that such a scenario really isn’t all that far-fetched and could even succeed in the event that only a limited one was commenced in the ultra-strategic state of Zulia. The Last Chance For Peace Both supporters and detractors of the...

Zimbabwe’s Anti-Riot Internet Shutdown Tactic Might Become Commonplace

Zimbabwe’s high court ruled earlier this week that the government’s anti-riot internet shutdown was illegal because only the President – and not the Minister of State for Security – has the authority to order it, but in any case the authorities’ move highlights a common tactic that’s been employed in recent years in order to quell local unrest. Zimbabweans were...

Italy Put France in Its Place for Paris’ Neocolonial Practices in Africa

Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio, who also leads the populist coalition government’s left-wing Five Star Movement, hit at one of the structural roots of large-scale illegal African migration to Europe by declaring that it’s partly because “some European countries like France never stopped colonizing Africa in their heads”, elaborating that “there are dozens of African states in which...

The CIA Then and Now: Old Wine in New Bottles

“And as the flames climbed high into the nightTo light the sacrificial riteI saw Satan laughing with delightThe day the music died” – Don McLean, “American Pie” The Nazis had a name for their propaganda and mind-control operations: Weltanschauungskrieg– “world view warfare.” As good students, they had learned many tricks of the trade from their American teachers, including Sigmund Freud’s...