US Senators are Even More Neoconservative than are Trump’s Appointees

US Senators are Even More Neoconservative than are Trump’s Appointees

The confirmation hearings for the members of incoming President Donald Trump’s national-security team show that neoconservatism dominates the U.S. government today: neoconservatism didn’t end after George W. Bush’s alleged certainty that «Saddam’s WMD» existed in 2002, turned out to have been merely an excuse —not an authentic reason — to invade Iraq, and so to spread death and…

Would Buzzfeed Have Published the Martin Luther King Sex Tape?

Would Buzzfeed Have Published the Martin Luther King Sex Tape?

Kompromat–the term for the acquistion and exploitation of compromising material, often of an embarrassing sexual nature–is very much in the news today, thanks to the allegation that Russian security services have dirt on Donald Trump and are blackmailing him to follow Kremlin policies. On Martin Luther King Day, we can remember a great American–and one…

The Great Brainwash

The Great Brainwash

When considering the concept of ‘brainwashing’ most people still think in terms of the methods used by the totalitarian communist societies of the last century. One of the best examples of those methods was provided by the Pitești prison in Romania which sought to re-educate (or murder) previous members of the Legion of St Michael…

Here’s Why President Putin Should Visit South Asia This Year

Here’s Why President Putin Should Visit South Asia This Year

The Russian President is long overdue for a visit to one of the centerpiece regions of the emerging Indo-Pacific century, and the overlap of infrastructure, trade, and institutional interests there should give President Putin more than enough reasons to seriously consider taking a trip to South Asia. Global politics have been steadily shifting eastward over…

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a Crowded Chessboard

Trump, Kissinger and Ma playing on a Crowded Chessboard

Incoming US Secretary of State “T Rex” Tillerson told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that China should be denied access to islands in the South China Sea. Militarization of the islands, he said, was “akin to Russia taking Crimea” from Ukraine. Incoming Pentagon head James “Mad Dog” Mattis told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee the…