Geopolitics becomes a lot easier if we can discern repeating patterns. For example, the common thread through the crises in Ukraine, Libya and Syria is a clever but ruthless playbook of regime-change. This stratagem of toppling governments while appearing noble should perhaps be called the “geopolitics of crocodile tears.”
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It’s intriguing to hear people calling capitalists in Russia “oligarchs” when according to scholars the whole United States is considered an oligarchy today. There is a hypnotic spell to some of the words that are used against “enemies” of the western hegemony…
On September 26, 1983, Stanislav Petrov was on duty in charge of an early warning radar system in a bunker near Moscow, when just past midnight he saw the radar screen showing a single missile inbound from the United States and headed toward the Soviet Union.
The unflinching support for the EU and its institutions is not about preventing European countries from becoming “Afghanistan.” Not about preventing collapse. Not about the inconvenience of long lines at passport control. It is about promoting an ideology, a specific worldview, a vision for the way the world should work.
Here is a collection of paintings and prints from the Great Depression. The images are more powerful than pretty, from the gorgeous to the grim, all fascinating.
A short e-book that should be mandatory reading in schools, not to mention that it can change your life by sharpening your understanding of your family, friends, colleagues, used car salesmen, congress critters, special interest activists and so on, up to the President.
In the Atlantic, in 2014, Ukrainian Nazis were dismissed as a “phantom menace”. Luke Harding wrote a (brilliantly argued) column in the Guardian saying that “there weren’t any Nazis in Ukraine because one of the Maidan protesters was Jewish.” Politico magazine mocked “Putin’s Imaginary Nazis”, whilst US News warned against Russia’s “Neo-Nazi Propaganda”. The Guardian simply headlined: “Don’t believe the Russian propaganda about Ukraine’s ‘fascist’ protesters!” There never were Nazis in Ukraine.
Except now there are.
The Overton Window is a concept in political sociology referring to the range of acceptable opinions that can be held by respectable people. « Respectable » of course means that the subject can be integrated with polite society. Respectability is a strong precondition on ability to have open influence in the mainstream. Thus the Overton window becomes a mechanism of political control.
Anyone interested in learning and understanding the timeline of events that has lead us to the modern day conflict in the Middle East, should watch this film created by Marty Callaghan. ‘Blood and Oil’ is a detailed account about the motivation behind the birth of the Middle Eastern nations and the insatiable greed for oil.
The search for truth is as old as civilization. Aristotle approached this challenge through what he called the development of potentiality to actuality, which examined truth in terms of the causes that act on things. This approach is as relevant today as it was two millennia prior, and its application to the problem of ascertaining fact from fiction regarding Khan Sheikhun goes far in helping unpack the White House statements regarding Syrian chemical preparations.