WASHINGTON – An interesting WSJ story, (Germany’s Expensive Energy Gamble, August 27, 2014), provides a good illustration of top-down economic policies motivated mostly by ideological reasons. The German government, presiding over the world’s fourth largest economy and number one within the European Union, years ago decided that the country had to embrace renewable green energy not because it is […]
WASHINGTON – Despite its (surprising) military successes against the pro-Russia rebels, there is no way that Ukraine can “win” this Moscow-funded civil war in the East of the country. And I say this keeping in mind that in any conflict there is no victory until your enemy says: “I lost”, and stops fighting –for good. In other words, nobody can […]
WASHINGTON – Regarding the constant flow of illegal immigrants from North Africa into Italy and to a lesser degree Spain, the main media focus is on the all too frequent tragedies at sea. Old and overcrowded vessels sometimes do not make it. Sadly, lots of people drown.
WASHINGTON – The killing by a White police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, of a Black young man, 18-year-old Michael Brown, triggered a (predictable) chain reaction that once again exposed the ugly truth of an America still torn by racial tensions.
WASHINGTON – In an almost casual way Russian President Vladimir Putin trashed each and every agreement that supposedly guaranteed lasting peace in post-Cold War Europe. The goal of these agreements and other “confidence building measures”, (including inviting Russian representatives at NATO Headquarters, prior notices of all military maneuvers, and more), was to make sure that […]
WASHINGTON – In Italy, Alessandro Di Battista, a member of parliament who belongs to the opposition 5 Stelle, (5 Stars), party, openly declared that Islamic terrorism is a logical –and quite understandable– response to American aggressive policies in the Middle East.
WASHINGTON – The barbaric, made for the internet, execution of James Foley, a US journalist held captive by ISIL, is a sad reminder of what this new “Caliphate”, now firmly established in parts of Syria and Iraq, is all about.
WASHINGTON – Because of the killing of Michael Brown, a Black teenager, by a White policeman, in Ferguson, (Missouri), Black residents and many others coming from other localities are venting (often in a violent way) their frustration and resentment against a White establishment that they perceive as biassed and repressive. It is abundantly clear that […]
WASHINGTON – In an otherwise thoughtful review of Obama’s energy policies, (WSJ, Obama’s Second-Term Energy Policy is Working, August 19, 2014), MIT Professor John Deutch, (who has also held many high level government positions), does not even mention the real low hanging fruit represented by the use of US produced natural gas as transportation fuel.
WASHINGTON – “[At the forthcoming NATO Summit in Wales] we will send an unmistakable message: Today and in the future, NATO means one for all, all for one”. This is the upbeat conclusion of a WSJ op-ed piece co-authored by Anders Fogh Rasmussen and by General Philip Breedlove, Secretary General of NATO and Supreme Allied Commander for […]