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or the ancient Greeks logos meant reason, dialogue and debate. It could also mean speech, the power of language for good or self-gain, an aspect demagogues know well and the sophist Gorgias (5th century BC) warned against.

Published in Americas

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hen a month ago Donald John Trump took over as President of the USA, there were – not many though – reasonable, cold analysts who, basing on his pre-election statements, predicted that a man who is going to wage war against the establishment (the empire) is entering a conflict with a very uncertain result. Some of them even did not hesitate to say that Trump is bound to lose this battle.

Published in Americas

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s America slowly immolates under the creeping self-implosion of a chaotic and possibly incompetent new presidential administration, it is time to take a step back and realize something the world should be thankful for. While most media outlets all over the world sit enraptured with and concerned over each new episode of Cold War 2.0, the majority of countries do not seem to realize that this rebirth of old animosity and tension is a boon for them.

Published in Iconoclast

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ecently I had a robust discussion with a colleague on the predicament of American democracy. I was told that I should desist from my obsessing with President Trump and focus instead on the damage already done. Trump is merely filling the vacuum created by such damage. He kept reminding me that it is not him who is crazy, it is us who are crazy for electing him.

Published in Caligula Presidency

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ith the recent headlines centering on the forced resignation of National Security Advisor Michael Flynn, a rational voice of reason, peace with Russia, and an end or retrospection of stupid interventionist foreign wars (except his lashing out at Iran last week which many believe was a last ditch attempt to save his job by kow-towing to Neo-Conservative elements within the Deep State),

Published in Americas

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he arrest of Aleksandr Lapshin, a Russian blogger who was detained in Belarus and then extradited to Azerbaijan to stand trial, prompts a salient question about the role social media can play in either aggravating or mitigating ongoing conflicts.

Published in Eastern Europe

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ecently, general Michael Flynn, National Security Advisor to Donald Trump, has resigned over the revelation that he discussed sanctions with the Russian ambassador before Trump’s installation as president. Meanwhile the Russians keep denying that such conversations ever took place.

Published in Caligula Presidency

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ast Sunday, during the early morning hours, the North Korean Joint Chiefs of Staff announced the launch of a medium-range ballistic missile. Said missile - the same type as the one which, on February 8, 2016, brought the satellite Kwangmyonsong 4 into the space - has a clear strategic, political and symbolic significance.

Published in East Asia
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