Category Archives: Americas

The prevalence of ignorance and the making of ill-conceived policies

Gary Johnson asks What is Aleppo in interview on MSNBC Lawrence Davidson explains how bad policies are made by ignorant politicians whose decisions are based on briefings prepared by knowledgeable analysts but “darkened by cultural, ideological, political and historical preconceptions”. Read more [...]

Moral idiocy in the halls of power

Henry Kissinger looking at handcuffs Lawrence Davidson explains the absence of civilised behaviour in postwar international relations through the psychological concept of moral idiocy – the “inability to understand moral principles and values and to act in accordance with them”. Read more [...]

The Muslim Brotherhood’s divisive dress code for women

The niqab Nureddin Sabir says the proliferation of the Muslim veil, including the controversial swimwear, the “burkini”, is an indicator of the spread of a pernicious ideology propagated by the Muslim Brotherhood and should concern everyone of us. Read more [...]

The United States’ favoured autocrats

Henry Kissinger and Augusto Pinochet shaking hands Lawrence Davidson says the US does not care if its allies are murderers, corrupt thieves or racists as long as they help it spread capitalism, achieve resource reliability, and ensure security for its allies and strategic advantage over old enemies. Read more [...]

The Saudi role in the  9/11 attacks

The Saudi-Bush connection Lawrence Davidson examines how Saudi Arabia, in the case of the 9/11 attacks, and Israel, in the case of the attack on the US intelligence ship, the USS Liberty, managed to get away with what were in effect acts of war against the United States. Read more [...]

The times they are a changing: Brexit, Trump and lots of anger

World political chaos: the Day of Judgement Graham Peebles argues that despite the turmoil that is breaking the sclerotic political moulds in the US, UK and elsewhere, "these are wonderful times for democracy and politics" which will lead to fundamental social and economic change. Read more [...]

Hillary Clinton’s Democratic Party platform follies

Hillary Clinton and hubris Lawrence Davidson argues that the innate conservatism of the US Democratic Party, coupled with the deep character flaws of the party’s presidential nominee, Hillary Clinton, mean that it will at most pay only lip service to real, progressive reform. Read more [...]

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump: Bigots all around

The bigots Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Lawrence Davidson says Mrs Clinton, like Mr Trump, is “an unprincipled opportunist" with "a self-centred myopia”, openly siding with the Zionists who are “among the world’s most demonstrative bigots” and pledging to destroy the BDS movement. Read more [...]

The American Civil War returns to New Orleans 

America's racist South Lawrence Davidson examines the lingering racism in the American South, as currently manifested in New Orleans, and calls for regulating racism and other hateful attitudes through the judicious use of public institutions that help shape attitudes over time. Read more [...]

US presidential election: Escaping the two death options

US Democrats vs Republicans Jamal Kanj paints a scenario in which Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders break away from their parties and give Americans a chance “to end the 200-year-old Democratic and Republican monopoly over US presidential elections”. Read more [...]