Prof. Art Cyr’s Blog
This blog contains personal commentaries on developments in domestic and international business and economics, government and politics, defense and national security, diplomacy and international relations.
The brief essays reflect op-eds published in a range of venues, including The Korea Times, Chicago Tribune, The Journal Times of Racine, Kenosha News, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Northwest Indiana Times and others. The opinions expressed are those of the author alone, and should not be presumed those of any other individual or institution.
- Read “U.S. Special Ops in Africa”
Bilal al-Sudani is not exactly a household name, which is all the more reason to highlight the fact that this dangerous terrorist leader has been removed. On January 26, U.S. military troops killed eleven members of the Islamic State, including him.
- The tribute to Jane Fonda by Danielle Friedman (“How Jane Fonda Made Fitness a Feminist Cause,” January 28) omits helpful information.Read “Jane Fonda and Vietnam War: Letter to Wall St. Journal”
- Read “Brilliant Russia Guide: George F. Kennan”
“We must formulate and put forward for other nations a much more positive and constructive picture … than we have put forward in the past.” This is from the famous “Long Telegram” sent from Moscow to Washington by diplomat George F. Kennan in early 1946. This brutal invasion of western Ukraine by Russia provides undeniable reminder that the world is difficult and dangerous, including old-fashioned military aggression.
- Read “Public Money and Public Health”
The Federal Reserve Board of Governors has finally raised interest rates. On March 16, the central bank announced interest on reserve funds would be .4 percent. Bank currency transactions will keep interest rates in a range between .25 and .5 percent.
Further, officials indicated that several more interest rate increases would be coming down the pike this year, perhaps a total of six.