Category Archives: Geopolitics

For a few dollars more: Africa to deploy joint intervention force

http://magharebia.com/en_GB/articles/awi/features/2014/07/02/feature-02 “The gravity of the new threats posed by terrorism, organised crime and all forms of illegal trafficking require the union to adopt a global strategy… Africa is duty-bound…to act with a single iron fist to curb violence and terror…Volunteer … Continue reading

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This we’ll defend?

  THIS we’ll defend. The premise of all security activity begins with the fundamental understanding that there is some thing to defend, preserve, or protect. What is it? What is this thing and why is it to be secured? Security … Continue reading

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Seymour Hersh Links Turkey to Benghazi, Syria and Sarin

Seymour Hersh Links Turkey to Benghazi, Syria and Sarin. The tangled web is unravelling…

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The Inward Look: Political Risk & Resistance

Following up on the advocacy of building resilient home-based national defense in The Sovereignty Solution, Anna Simons advises fully engaged populations to adopt a “don’t tread on me”/ ”beware: poison” approach to resist invasions. Recognizing that the United States have … Continue reading

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Boko Haram as a political means

A terrorist group has kidnapped over two hundred schoolgirls and threatened to sell them off as slaves or under-aged wives. It’s sensational. It captures headlines and stirs the emotions of outside observers, prompting calls for Western governments to “do something”. … Continue reading

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Ukraine Reveals Mao’s Dictum

While disdain for the source may be fully justified, the truth of Chairman Mao’s statement that “political power grows out of the barrel of a gun” is playing itself out worldwide today. As the people of Ukraine find themselves pawns … Continue reading

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The Fallacy of “Whole of Government”

23Sep13:   Two movies over two days with one theme. Cross of Iron, Sam Peckinpah’s depiction of a WWII novel on the Germany army’s retreat from Soviet territory focused upon the tensions between a combat hardened platoon sergeant, Steiner, and … Continue reading

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Retired Generals and Institutional Shaping

Retired generals have great insight and experience, but as the product of years of state-sponsored conditioning and education, most have a skewed definition of democracy.  Jefferson and Madison specifically created a vision of “a more perfect union” that would protect … Continue reading

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Role Model: Benjamin Franklin

            Renting a DVD from the local library afforded me the opportunity to watch a documentary on the life of Benjamin Franklin. Watching him progress from a poor laborer, through a philandering playboy, to a … Continue reading

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Politics: Where West Meets East

    Today I heard a lecture from a speaker share his experiences as a POW for six years during the Vietnam War. What was most striking, involved the very brief reaction to a question about the largely ineffectual raid … Continue reading

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