« Why should we be surprised that, from Prince Bandar’s Saudi-Western mandate to manage the insurgency in Syria against President Assad should have emerged a neo-Ikhwan type of violent, fear-inducing vanguard movement: ISIS? And why should we be surprised — knowing a little about Wahhabism — that “moderate” insurgents in Syria would become rarer than a mythical unicorn? Why should we have imagined that radical Wahhabism would create moderates? Or why could we imagine that a doctrine of “One leader, One authority, One mosque: submit to it, or be killed” could ever ultimately lead to moderation or tolerance? »
Catégorie : History
« Despite Western media demonization of North Korea as some kind of crazy rogue state, the people there are not fools. They know from family histories the atrocious cost of American war. And they know that any nation perceived as weak by Washington will be bombed back to the Stone Age. »
This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. Here is how this worldwide political earthquake, that was going to define geopolitics for decades and still does to a sizable extent, all began.
« The president-elect of the Philippines, Rodrigo Duterte, was the mayor of the Filipino city of Davao, and made a point of publicly aligning himself with anti-narcotic vigilante organizations. Duterte’s united front with the anti-drug vigilante groups resulted in drastically improving the lives of people in the city, making it one of the most crime-free and economically prosperous places in the region. »
« Though initially rejected in Japan, Nitobe’s ideology – the 20th century construct called bushido – would be embraced by a government driven war machine. Thanks to its empowering vision of the past, the extreme nationalist movement embraced bushido, exploiting Nitobe’s book, ‘The Soul of Japan’ to pave Japan’s way to fascism in the buildup to World War II. »
« DECLASSIFIED American government documents show that the US intelligence community ran a campaign in the Fifties and Sixties to build momentum for a united Europe. It funded and directed the European federalist movement. »
A good introduction to the Opium Wars waged by the British Empire against China. An important subject since it goes a long way towards explaining what is left unsaid, rather than what is visible, in the nowadays relationships between China and the United Kingdom and more generally, the West.
The British had a ruthless economic agenda when it came to operating in India and that did not include empathy for native citizens. Under the British Raj, India suffered countless famines.
« Here it goes again! The same old tired and predictable tune, the same recognizable chorus. Once again the world is told what to think and what to believe. The world is also given both rhythm and leitmotif, so the grotesque and crooked dance could begin. »
« Do the Crimean people regard themselves as Ukrainian? And does Nikki Haley know the answer to this most important question? It is unlikely that the US ambassador to the UN wants to move the people out of Crimea so that she can give the peninsula back to Ukraine. Especially as she would have to move not only the living, but also the dead, since the ‘Ukrainian’ history of Crimea is very short, around a quarter of a century. »