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.
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.
On April 4, Sir Keir Starmer became leader of the Labour Party in Britain, succeeding the hapless Jeremy Corbyn. Corbyn has led the party into the political wilderness during his disastrous five-year tenure as party leader.
That period culminated in the devastating loss of 60 seats in the House of Commons in the general election last December. The Conservative Party under Boris Johnson achieved a lock on British government policy with a decisive majority of 365 seats in the 650 seat House of Commons.
In a grim time, during cold dark early hours of the day to come, my Dad ran as fast as he could alongside an accelerating freight train. He threw his satchel through an open boxcar door, grabbed a handhold and pulled himself aboard.This was during the early 1930s, the worst period in the terrible, relentless, seemingly endless Great Depression. At that time, he was a very young Chicago workingman.