So much sovereignty shenanigans happening across the planet right now that the Professor was compelled to crank out an update! Due to the actions of both Russia in Ukraine and ISIS in the Middle East, it appears that the modern definition of sovereignty (based on mutual recognition and UN rules of conduct) is now defunct, and the old school rules of ‘protecting tribe’ and ‘defendability’ are back in play. In addition, he chats briefly about Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, and other areas were sovereign state status is somewhat mysterious!
Keywords: Scotland, Kurdistan, Palestine, IS, ISIS, Russia, Ukraine
Holy horrific un-natural disasters! A Malaysian Airlines passenger plane with 295 people was just shot out of the air over eastern Ukraine today killing everyone onboard! The Professor pontificates on how this bizarre attack will be spun in the press, as well as why the pro-Russian rebels and Russia itself will be pushed to significantly modify their objectives in Ukraine after this international incident.
In this second podcast on the rise of ISIS, the Professor points out a variety of repercussions (to the region and the world) from the declaration of an Islamic State by the radical group that has been destabilizing SYria and Iraq. Some of the ripples in the pond caused by this ISIS rock include: re-thinking rebel/Assad support in Syria; an independent Kurdish state; a large Sunni-Shia schism; and most importantly, a possible thaw in relations between the US and Iran, and Iran and the Arab states.
Keywords: Iraq, Iran, ISIS, IS, Islamic State, Islam, Sunni, Shia, Shiite, Wahhabism, Ira-Iraq War, Saddam Hussein, Syria, Arab, Persian, Persian Gulf, oil, Saudi Arabia, US, Russia, Kurds, Kurdish, Kurdistan
A radical fringe Islamic group names ISIS is fighting to establish a extremist Islamic state in Iraq and Syria…and beyond. They control eastern Syria, western Iraq, just took control of Iraq’s 2nd biggest city of Mosul, and are advancing on the capital Bagdad! What the hell is going on here? Iraq is collapsing? Predictably, yes. In this rant the Professor outlines just a few of the contributing factors to why this significant event is taking place, the geographic/historic background of the state, and the consequences for the future of the region…and why it is the British’s fault.
Holy historic spaces! Has it really been 70 years? Indeed! on June 6th 2014, we commemorate the 70th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of Normandy, France….a major turning point in World War 2, and even in world history, the repercussions of which we can still see today. This place, on this date, is when “Team West” was born, creating an entity that defines the modern world like no other, and has hugely shaped the path of the planet for 7 decades. This podcasts deals with just a few aspects of the geography of this particular military maneuver and its global repercussions.
Keywords: WW2, World War 2, Normandy, Normandy Invasion, Operation Overlord, Operation Neptune, Atlantic Wall, Allied Powers, Allies, Nazis, Europe, USA, Canada, UK, NATO, EU, UN, Omaha Beach