Archive for the ‘America’ Category

January 20th, 2022 - 3:37 pm § in America, Biden, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs, Russia

The Ukraine crisis, explained

Here are some things to consider when trying to understand what’s going on between Putin’s Russia and Ukraine, drawn from my own accumulated knowledge of the situation. Why Russia seized Crimea. Russia is a landlocked country with access to the world’s oceans only through the Arcti[...]

January 15th, 2022 - 11:05 pm § in America, Business, Economics, Politics

Is the Big Quit actually a mass strike?

America experienced mass strikes after the end of both world wars. For example, in 1946, 10% of the U.S. workforce struck employers. The reason? Companies had made a lot of money during the war, and they wanted their share. What makes a “mass strike” different from an ordinary strike is [...]

January 15th, 2022 - 10:19 pm § in America, Democrats, Politics

How Republicans plan to seize power

“Republicans” used to describe adherents of one of America’s two major political parties; but more recently, the term has come to denote a broad cultural movement with specific aims, characteristics, and implications — with quite a few tribal traits. For that reason, some peo[...]

January 14th, 2022 - 10:41 pm § in America, Politics

Canadian political scientist foresees a “coming storm from the south”

A Canadian political scientist has warned his government the U.S. might descend into civil unrest and come under a rightwing dictatorship by 2030. In an op-ed in The Globe and Mail, Thomas Homer-Dixon, director of a think tank affiliated with a British Columbia university, said Canada should prepare[...]

January 4th, 2022 - 8:49 pm § in America, Biden, China, Donald Trump, Foreign Affairs

What game theory predicts about China and “The Quad”

“The Quad” is a term for quadrilateral (i.e., four-nation) cooperation among the U.S., Japan, India, and Australian — who are joined by other European and Asian democracies — in opposition to China’s aggression and territorial ambitions. This article explains what game [...]

December 22nd, 2021 - 9:29 pm § in America, China

A reminder that Hong Kong’s freedom is gone

     The “Pillar of Shame,” 26 feet high, had stood on the University of Hong Kong grounds since 1997 “as a memorial to the victims of the 1989 Tiananmen Square massacre.”      The sculpture by Danish artist Jens Galschiøt included an inscription that said, “The [...]

December 19th, 2021 - 3:34 am § in America, Business, Economics, Health

Psychologist: “America is not well”

The capitalist system demands that you work, come hell or high water. But “for a moment in early 2020, it seemed like we might get a break from capitalism,” a Vox article says (read it here). It continues, “A novel coronavirus was sweeping the globe, and leaders and experts recomme[...]

December 18th, 2021 - 2:42 am § in America, Donald Trump, Health, Politics

Why Trump deserved to lose

“The Trump administration engaged in ‘deliberate efforts’ to undermine the U.S. response to the coronavirus pandemic for political purposes, a congressional report released [on] Friday,” December 17, 2021, says (read story here). While the report was put out by a House subcom[...]

December 18th, 2021 - 1:23 am § in America, Donald Trump, Law and Courts

Will Trump send a Christmas card to Capitol rioter doing 5 years?

Robert Palmer, 54, of Tampa, Florida, was sentenced to 5 years 3 months in federal prison for repeatedly assaulting Capitol police during the January 6 insurrection. It’s the longest sentence handed down to a Capitol rioter so far, and suggests what other violent Capitol rioters may face when [...]

December 16th, 2021 - 8:58 pm § in America, Christianity, Hypocrisy, Law and Courts, Politics

Forcing kids to be born into poverty

The worst states for children are those with the most restrictive abortion laws, CNN says (story here). Most of the 21 states with anti-abortion laws waiting for the Supreme Court to overturn Roe v. Wade “fall into the bottom half of state rankings on a wide array of measures tracking the well[...]