Reading Time: 6 minutes CNN hosted what has been seen by many as a disastrous television appearance of the Presidential nominee-to-be in an hour of lies and playing to a partisan crowd. And my, the crowd was partisan. The Guardian summed up many analysts’ exasperation in their piece “‘What was CNN thinking?’: our panel on Donald Trump’s town hall”: […]
The many dilemmas of the war in Ukraine
Reading Time: 4 minutes The war in Ukraine is a deadly game of chess, and a series of dilemmas is distracting the players from making clear and decisive moves.
How do a conservative Christian and a liberal atheist agree on Ukraine?
Reading Time: 7 minutes A conservative Christian and a liberal atheist walk into a…YouTube interview and discuss their agreement on Ukraine. You could be forgiven for thinking there is little scope for agreement, but you would be wrong. How have they both arrived at the same destination—hosting YouTube channels giving daily geopolitical analyses of the War in Ukraine, with […]
He shouted too early: The impotence of Putin
Reading Time: 4 minutes The war in Ukraine is just about to have its terrible ten-month anniversary with no immediate end in sight. But even though it is not going to end in the coming weeks (absent a “black swan” event of Putin dying suddenly), there is still no chance of the Russian leader eking out a win. There […]
Brittney Griner and the comparative worth of humans
Reading Time: 5 minutes What we value and how much we value any given thing is a subjective affair. We might look at price tags on things, but they are for guidance only. If you aren’t prepared to pay that much for a widget, you won’t buy one. You can try to haggle to arrive at a mutually agreeable […]
Belarus Foreign Minister suddenly dies
Reading Time: 2 minutes Belarus has been inextricably linked to Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. And although Putin has used the country and its land as a springboard to conduct offensives against its neighbor, extracting a huge proportion of its physical hardware in terms of tanks and military vehicles, the Belarusian armed forces are not themselves fighting. Belarus leader Alexander […]
What we can learn from the Kerch Bridge explosion
Reading Time: 5 minutes When it was built in 2018, the Kerch Bridge was the pride of Russian imperialism, much to the chagrin of the Ukrainians. The construction spans the Kerch Strait that separates the Black Sea from the Sea of Azov, connecting mainland Russia to the illegally annexed region of Crimea. Crimea is a crucial area for the […]
Biden: We are facing the ‘prospect of Armageddon’
Reading Time: 4 minutes The world has been perilously close to an apocalypse on a number of occasions. The Cuban Missile Crisis of 1962 is one of the most famous. It actually involved several examples, with the closest being when the Soviet submarine B-59 surfaced after a US warship had been dropping practice depth charges. The submarine, incommunicado, believed […]
Can Putin, locked in a bubble of bad intel, spin his way out of disaster?
Reading Time: 5 minutes Colonel General Gennady Zhidko is being reappointed to command Russia’s Eastern Military District. One pro-Russian Telegram user has claimed that the general and others have created “a wall of lies…a sea of blood and a swamp of corpses.” That wall of lies has for many months encircled the Kremlin. Yet, in the world of geopolitics, […]
Russia to illegally annex four more areas in Ukraine
Reading Time: 3 minutes In 2014, Russia annexed Crimea and essentially occupied parts of two regions (oblasts) in Ukraine, incurring the impotent “wrath” of much of the rest of the world. The lack of meaningful pushback from the West at that time was part of what emboldened Putin to invade the sovereign democratic nation of Ukraine some seven months […]