Daily Archive: February 9, 2020

The Syrian Russian Turksih Idlib Stand-Of – Erdogan’s Last Stand?

Even though the Syrian Army, with the aid of its international friends and allies, especially Russia, has been able to score many victories and liberate most of Syria’s major cities from the control of terrorist groups, the fight is far from over. Before the situation in the American-controlled North-East is addressed, the Western regions, including Idlib and its surrounds must...

Russian-Belarusian Relations: ‘The Moment of Truth’ has Arrived

Belarusian President Lukashenko’s dramatic declaration that “the moment of truth has come” for bilateral relations ahead of his meeting with his Russian counterpart on Friday raises all sorts of questions about the future of their ties, though nobody should be surprised by this if they were objectively observing relevant developments over the past half-decade. *** Background Briefing Russia watchers are...

Thuringia – Patient Zero for Germany’s Revolution?

German politics is in turmoil. State elections last fall left Chancellor Angela Merkel weakened, forcing her Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to make an unwanted coalition in Brandenburg with the Social Democrats (SPD) and the Greens. The surge in the former East German states of Merkel’s political nemesis, Alternative for Germany (AfD), complicates an already complicated web of tenuous alliances to...

The Future of What’s Called “Capitalism”

Whatever definition of capitalism you use, the current system isn’t it so let’s call it “capitalism” in quotes to indicate it’s called “capitalism” but isn’t actually classical capitalism. Try a few conventional definitions on for size: Capitalism allocates capital to its most productive uses. Does the current system actually do this? You must be joking. Capitalism is based on private labor and...