Category Archives: Americas

Wars, refugees and the complete lack of leadership everywhere

Alan Kurdi Alan Hart reflects on the failure of leadership by US President Obama to effectively deal with the Syrian catastrophe at the time when a little common sense politics could have led to a peaceful solution.

Who is fighting the war on terror?

Russia, Syria and Iran flags Lawrence Davidson explains why the US government and media are silent on their Israeli and Saudi allies’ support for America’s enemies, Al-Qaeda and Islamic State, and why Washington opposes Russia’s efforts to help Syria’s fight against these Islamist terrorists.

Jewish communal upheaval

Jewish communal upheaval Lawrence Davidson examines the detrimental effects of Israel’s insistence that it is the national embodiment of the Jewish people on US Jews and Jewish bodies, many of which stigmatise any Jew who publicly criticises Israel.

The Iran agreement and Israel’s claim to speak for the Jews 

US Jews on Iran deal Lawrence Davidson says the fact that Jews in the United States are divided over the Iran nuclear deal undermines the myth that all Jews are united behind and synonymous with Zionist Israel.

Peace and the ideology of greed and division

Neo-liberal greed Graham Peebles argues that conflict and war, and the infrastructure servicing these – the military-industrial complex and the arms trade – are deeply ingrained in the currently dominant paradigm: neo-liberalism and market fundamentalism.

Donald Trump: the man and his followers

Donald Trump Lawrence Davidson explains how Donald Trump’s speech making abilities, willingness to play fast and loose with the facts and affinity for the crowd has struck a chord with America’s permanently disaffected citizens.

Muslims, Jews and Christians imposing an imagined past, with disastrous results

Religious apocalypse Lawrence Davidson examines the tendency of Muslims, Jews and Christians to seek to recreate the present in the shape of an imagined, divinely-inspired past, and notes the catastrophic actual and potential consequences.

Materialism, market fundamentalism and the global suicide epidemic

Suicide rope Graham Peebles argues that the materialistic values which promote individual success, greed and selfishness, and the market fundamentalism which so ardently promotes these values, lie behind the worldwide epidemic of suicide.

On the perennial nature of US urban riots

Baltimore riots Lawrence Davidson analyses the evolution of urban riots in the United States, and explores how the root causes of the present-day phenomenon, manifested mostly in the form or race riots, can be addressed.

The US and Israel: Diverging interests

US Israel divergence Lawrence Davidson says the US’s interests in the Middle East have diverged from Israel’s, with Washington prioritising the jihadist threat while Israel and Saudi Arabia see the jihadists as allies against Iran.