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.
Britain’s Boris Johnson Breaks the Law – So What?
Britain’s government is planning to violate international law.
Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson is moving forward in the nation’s Parliament with legislation that will arrogantly abandon part of the departure agreement with the European Union (EU). This has generated the latest crisis in Brexit, the now familiar term of reference for the nation’s departure from the union.
“Russia Secretly Offered Afghan Militants Bounties to Kill U.S. Troops, Intelligence Says”
That was the headline in “The New York Times” on June 26, and other media quickly picked up and promoted the story. Trump administration critics in the media and politics made accusations of covering up and neglecting to act on the explosive, shocking information.
Russia officials flatly deny the existence of any such program, which is no surprise. They hardly would be likely to admit issuing gangster-style contracts. Yet Moscow and Washington do cooperate in Afghanistan.American officials also soon began to discount the story.
On June 22, 1945, seventy-five years ago, Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight D. Eisenhower returned home to Abilene, Kansas. He received a monumental welcome, in every sense.
The media Covid-19 focus continues, even as we begin to reopen and return to a more normal existence. To provide context, media talking heads often mention the devastating Spanish Flu pandemic 0f 1918.
The reference ignores health challenges over the intervening decades. This is strikingly similar to superficial discussion of the international financial crisis of 2007-2008, often described as the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression of the 1930s.
In both the economic crash of a decade ago and the current public health challenges, descriptions of the past often ignore important developments between the earlier time cited and the present. That is revealing.
“America and Britain play cold-war games with Russia in the arctic.”
That is the headline of an informative article in the current issue of “The Economist” describing expanding naval activity by rival military powers in Northern latitudes. The headline reflects British fondness for irony: developments in the Arctic region are no game.
Today, melting polar ice encourages both commercial investment and nationalism. Big money and big militaries are involved.