Will Confucius marry Marx?

Will Confucius marry Marx?

Chinese scholar Lanxin Xiang has written a book, The Quest for Legitimacy in Chinese Politics, that is arguably the most extraordinary effort in decades trying to bridge the East-West politico-historical divide. It’s impossible in a brief column to do justice to the relevance of the discussions this book inspires. Here we will highlight some of the…

Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War

Blood and Oil: Saudi Palace Gossip, Orientalism and MbS’s Invisible War

It was the enduring image from Donald Trump’s 2017 visit to Saudi Arabia, in his first trip abroad as president of the United States. In it, Trump appeared alongside Saudi Arabia’s King Salman and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi with their hands placed on a glowing orb of unexplained meaning or purpose. The photo immediately…

Covid-19: The Great Reset – Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience…

Covid-19: The Great Reset – Revisited. Scary Threats, Rewards for Obedience…

Covid-19: The Great Reset – is the title of a book by Klaus Schwab, Executive Chairman of the WEF, and the Senior Director of the Global Risk Network at the institution, Thierry Malleret. The present analysis is based on review of the book by Steven Guiness, of 4 September 2020 (See this). “This important book…

MKULTRA and the CIA’s War on the Human Mind

MKULTRA and the CIA’s War on the Human Mind

Review of Stephen Kinzer, Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control (New York: Henry Holt and Company, 2019) The Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) has a fearsome reputation. The author and executor of countless coups and political assassinations, the CIA is notorious for waterboarding, “extraordinary rendition,” regime change, kidnapping, narcotics smuggling,…

The Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019

The Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019

JAMES ZOGBY The Tumultuous Decade Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019 STEUBEN PRESS 2020 September 4, 2020 James M. Dorsey James Zogby’s The Tumultuous Decade: Arab Public Opinion and the Upheavals of 2010–2019 (Steuben Press, 2020) takes the reader on a decade-long tour of the Middle East as the region reverberates from popular revolts that toppled…

Stealing from the Saracens: The Hidden Islamic Origins of Western Architecture

Stealing from the Saracens: The Hidden Islamic Origins of Western Architecture

Islamic influence on European cultural heritage is a thorny topic. Christian bigotry, the preference by academics for Western sources, and most recently Islamophobia, have all played a part in obscuring its role.  And so, it comes as something of a surprise, perhaps, to learn that Turks in Elizabethan London worked as tailors, cobblers, button-makers and…