Globalization: Good-Bye To The Hype

Globalisation has resulted in the interdependence of nations through the largely unimpeded transmission of investment capital and information, and integrated business operations. The leading beneficiaries have been the global 1%, and China. While it is too late and not possible to roll back an interconnected world order, globalization as we know it will recede, as […]

Trump’s G7 Invite For Putin Will Encourage More War

With attention focused on the escalating public disorder across the United States, many people may have missed President Trump’s announcement last weekend that he plans to invite Russia to the G7 summit in America later this year. Trump’s invitation is worth considering in some detail because it has such potentially disastrous implications for international law […]

Why Russian invaders are trying to bring the issue of water supplies to Crimea to the UN level

When Russia occupied the Crimean peninsula, Ukraine took one of the best suitable steps at that moment, which caused no condemnation among the international community. Ukraine government banned freshwater supplies to the annexed territory. At that time, Russian propaganda chose to ignore the fact in their media space, shifting public attention away from such a […]

The Taliban, The Government, And Islamic State: Who Controls What In Afghanistan?

Afghanistan is divided up among government forces backed by international troops, the Taliban and its militant allies, the Islamic State (IS) extremist group, and a collection of smaller foreign terrorist groups. The United States and the Taliban signed a landmark agreement in February aimed at “bringing peace to Afghanistan.” That deal foresees a power-sharing arrangement […]

Bessarabia’s ‘Ethnographic Harlequin’ In A Regional Perspective

Ukraine’s ethnic-Bulgarian minority is concentrated in the southwestern part of Ukraine’s Odesa province, an area often if somewhat inaccurately referenced as “Bessarabia.” It forms a triangle between the Dnister/Nistru River, the Danube Estuary and the Black Sea, adjacent to the Russian-controlled Transnistria, and bordering on Moldova and Romania. This triangular area holds pivotal strategic significance […]

Will US Shale Survive If Oil Hits $40?

Within a month, the U.S. oil benchmark West Texas Intermediate recorded two first-of-a-kind events. First, it fell below zero on April 20. Then, it soared up so high it is about to book its best month ever, CNBC’s Pippa Stevens noted in a recent commentary. Still, many analysts and other observers remain wary of any […]

Welcome Deaths: Coronavirus And The Open Plan Office

For anybody familiar with that gruesome manifestation of the modern work place, namely the open plan office, the advent of coronavirus might be something of a relief. The prospects for infection in such spaces is simply too great.  You are at risk from droplet-filled babblers, dribblers and gibbering colleagues.  Good ventilation and a hyper-vigorous sanitation […]