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Here we are 2 years in to the Syrian Civil War that was sparked by the Arab Spring…70,000 dead, hundreds of thousands of refugees, and no end in site to the suffering. Instead of trying to make any grand predictions about the future of this mess, or to try and explain all the historical intricacies that lead up to it, the Professor is simply offering up a short list of players involved in the struggle for control and the soul of this state….and indeed outlines why this particular face-off could be the start of a greater regional showdown between Shia and Sunni Islam
Keywords: Syria, civil war, Shia, Alawite, Sunni, Islam, Iran, Hezbollah, Lebanon, Turkey, Israel, USA, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Arab, Arab Spring, Arab States
Forgive my bluntness, but this wanna-be demi-god of North Korea, Kim Jong-Un, is making monumentally stupid moves at this point that are going to have repercussions far beyond the current Korean crisis. As he ramps up the insanity and provocations, it is not the USA that is changing its strategy: it may be that South Korea and Japan make moves towards nuclear armament themselves! And who stands to lose the most in an escalated Asian arms race? China, who can’t be too none happy about any of this mess! Dig this Professor pontification on this Korean conundrum….
Keywords: North Korea, South Korea, Japan, China, USA, war, provocation, escalation, arms race, nuclear, nuclear weapon, nuclear arms, nuclear energy, enrichment, threat, arms race, Asia
A 21st century power battle has begun, and not many are paying attention to it. No, it’s not a military showdown…it is the amount of economic power that corporations increasingly hold over sovereign states. Back in the day, the states called the shots, but more and more power is being siphoned to multinational corporations and financial houses, at the expense of governments. This run-down of a couple of current events shows two opposite approaches: India just dissed a drug company’s power, while the US simultaneously reinforced a food company’s power. Dig this, and rage along with me!
Novartis loses landmark India cancer drug patent case
'Monsanto Act' Passes
Keywords: India, Novartis, drug, trademark, patent, intellectual property rights, USA, Monsanto, food, GMO, genetically modified foods, sovereign state, multinational corporation, power, power struggle, legislation, corruption, greed
Well, the rhetoric and the actual action has heated up to a possible point of no return between North Korea and the United Sates and its allies. Will a war occur? Will the Chinese get involved? Will the North Korean leadership become sane? Only time will tell, but that time may be coming soon, as the US has thrown down a gauntlet of sorts by flying B-2 Stealth Bomber exercise missions across the Korean Peninsula as a show of force, and of intent. Why is all of this suddenly getting so hot right this second? Ah! The Professor has 8 different reasons that have collided at this juncture in history to create a perfect storm of a possible war. Not all are obvious, but they are the the well-informed…and that is you!
US stealth bomber as messenger: what it says to China, North Korea
North Korea puts rocket units on standby to attack US mainland, military bases
Keywords: North Korea, nukes, USA, stealth bomber, B-2, South Korea, China, Japan, Korean War, nuclear weapon, Iran, Asia-Pacific, military, endga
The 5th summit of the BRICS group is going down in Durban, South Africa….and the actual heads of state of these rapidly growing economies have plans to evolve the group into much more than a talking shop! A possible BRICS development bank, a currency swap, and even a broadband cable between these countries displays a rapid evolution of this block into a competing source of economic….and political….power on the planet! Dig this BRICS rant to see the seriousness of these shenanigans!
BRICS Nations Plan New Bank to Bypass World Bank, IMF
Emerging powers China, Brazil move towards non-dollar trade
Brics summit faces challenges over growth
Keywords: BRICS, Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa, bank, currency swap, broadband cable, IMF, World Bank, UN, Security Council, developing countries, emerging economies, multipolar world, rising powers, capitalism, structural adjustments
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