Road to Perdition : A Short Ride to American primaries

No surprises in the American Presidential race primaries on March 1st: for the Republicans Donald Trump won seven of the eleven states by large margins. Marco Rubio, favoured of the party hierarchy, picked up one but lost severely in the rest and must now be considered not a contender but a much braked background runner. … More Road to Perdition : A Short Ride to American primaries

If the IMF were a Greek citizen, it would have voted “NO”

If the IMF were a Greek citizen, it would have voted “NO” in this weekend’s referendum. According to a report prepared prior to capital controls and the banking sector meltdown, any deal that included creditor concessions on fiscal reforms would mean Greece’s debt load would have to be written down, as the country would need … More If the IMF were a Greek citizen, it would have voted “NO”

America is a long game

The problem was always bigger than any one particular case, trial or lack thereof. If Darren Wilson had been indicted, the larger problem would not have been all fixed. And the fact that he wasn’t indicted isn’t going to stop the process of political awakening by which millions of Americans are standing up at last … More America is a long game

The political economy of networks

AN « EXCESS »  OF DEMOCRACY  (2/3) Networked forms of the 1960s/70s were distinctive because essential to their origin, character and sustainability were values of solidarity, equality and democracy. Consciousness of these origins could help us now, when networked organizations are everywhere, to distinguish between the instrumental use of the concept of network in essentially undemocratic … More The political economy of networks

Northern Africa: A Choice between Reform and Stability

In the wake of uprisings in North Africa, West may be forced to make a choice between much-needed reform or stable dictatorships. NATO will need to reconsider its newest partnerships, beyond the interest of its allies, and start guaranteeing actual security. Doused in paint thinner, Mohamed Bouazizi set himself alight in Tunisia on Dec. 17, … More Northern Africa: A Choice between Reform and Stability

Libyan costly battles

The battle in the Libyan desert lacks of cinematographic epics. Neither “Rommel” Muammar el-Qaddafi withdraws as in Germanic retreat with his Jamahiriya’s Afrika Korps nor does Montgomery-champion-of-freedom conclude crushing the bad guys. But one thing’s for sure, we see how accurately are destroyed from the air some armored tanks that seem relics of the Second … More Libyan costly battles

Libya, the international community and the responsibility to protect

The situation in Libya requires the international community to get involved early. In such cases, the problem of sovereignty must give way to the responsibility to protect. The international community cannot accept that the government of Muammar el-Qaddafi keeps on insisting that these are facts that relate only to Libyan domestic policy, then to be … More Libya, the international community and the responsibility to protect

Way forward for the Palestinian recognition is underway

After direct peace talks with Israel failed last autumn, Palestinian leaders have stepped up their drive to gain global recognition for a Palestinian state. Israel has warned the move could hamper further peace efforts. Since Brazil in December officially recognized a Palestine as a sovereign, independent state within its borders prior to 1967 a whole … More Way forward for the Palestinian recognition is underway