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Russian Move Regarding North Korea

Re-ignited Cold War At this point, as a result of the sequence of events in the past few years and other bizarre reasons, the US and Russia have re-ignited a Cold War. One of the characteristics of a Cold War is tic-for-tac actions, dirty tricks, and doing things that would foil or complicate matters for […]

A New Normal

Rapid Changes In The World It is hard to believe that Xi Jingping and Donald Trump met as recently as April 6-7. The world has changed so much in the last couple of weeks that few could recognize it from what it was the week before the Xi-Trump meeting. Instead of a warming of US […]

Xi-Trump Summit: According To The Script

This is what I understand to be the possible elements of a script anticipated on the Chinese side of the Xi-Trump summit. 1. Trump would kick off by asking for the sky from China. Xi and his entourage would remain silent, but flash broad congenial smiles at their host, saying without saying, “You are joking. […]

Xi-Trump Meeting

This Thursday, Xi Jingping and Donald Trump will meet for the first time.  Usually, meetings between US and Chinese heads-of-state require a long period of time to prepare.  This will probably go down in history as one that takes place under rather bizarre circumstances, but it may end up being quite significant. Bizarre Circumstances (1) […]

Q1 2017 Market Commentary: Trump, the Fed, Globalists, and Gold

This past quarter in the markets was one of the more interesting three-month periods we’ve had in a while. Not because of what took place, but rather, the lack of what took place, considering the boiling global geopolitical climate. Almost all of Q1 unfolded against a backdrop of zero volatility and confounding complacency not seen […]

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Mainstream Press on Wikileaks’ Vault 7: “Nothing to See Here.” Meanwhile, Big Data Leveraged to Create Deep State AI God

The formation of a Deep State-controlled digital surveillance God would be the ultimate, most apocalyptic form of dictatorship. And with ubiquitous digital devices, data-gathering services, and the Internet of Things collecting seemingly mundane information 24/7, we’re opting in to deliver the raw material needed to create it.

US-China Trade, Currency and Military Skirmishes – Part 2 – The Military

As I was making the final edit of this post, analysts are beginning to observe that the US and Russia are on the verge of plunging into a new Cold War. This will have potentially game-changing effects on the entire global scenario. All minds are straining to assess what this will mean. Unlike the Cold […]

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Pop Quiz: Dystopian Sci-Fi Novel, or 2017 America?

War has raged worldwide since long before you were born. Recession has caused record levels of homelessness in city streets, and every day, more Americans come one small financial setback away from joining their ranks. Already, economists, bankers, politicians, and academics have begun pushing for a cashless society in order to monitor all spending and […]

Flynn’s Flimflam

None of you is old enough to remember the Watergate affair of 1972-1974. The abrupt resignation of Michael Flynn, Donald Trump’s national security advisor, reminds me of the beginning of the fall of Richard Nixon. With respect to the current affair that may become known perhaps as Moscowgate, Flynn was thrust into the front line […]

Who is Steve Bannon?

“[Trump is a] blunt instrument for us,” Bannon told me. “I really don’t know whether he really gets it or not.” -From Vanity Fair (August, 2016), courtesy of Truthstream Media Who is Steve Bannon? He is a frustrated, angry White male who studies Sun Tzu’s Art Of War in order to plot a comeback. Or […]

Doublewood: Malacca Strait

Below details out the US-China confrontation in the South China Sea, highlighting the Malacca Strait and bringing into focus the real strategic stakes that are in play. This is a timely piece, as the specific issues and contentions are now shifting into the broader regional as well as global issues. At the start of 2017, […]

Adapting To Polycentric Reality

One way to understand polycentrism is to draw a parallel with ecosystems. During polycentric times, the key to success is adaptability. In fact, it is the same story as with evolution. Size and overwhelming strength, if not managed and applied appropriately, can be a dangerous liability. It is a lesson we have learnt from the […]

Doublewood: A Polycentric World

The key to looking at all the current global dynamics is to understand the nature of a polycentric reality in the world’s power configuration. Polycentrism is a little-understood phenomenon in the post-WWII world, although it was not an unusual set of circumstances in other periods of world history. Here, I will not elaborate on the historical […]

Doublewood: Syria And World Order

Fetus Of A Universal War The current global situation is a live context to understanding Kissinger’s new book World Order. The events in the last decade leading to today’s crisis in the Middle East may well have prompted the writing of the book, or at least necessitated one like it. The melees in and around […]

Turkey’s Business Prospects

Initially suspected, only to be later confirmed by analysts from the US consulate, the Turkish people (generally speaking) can be fairly polarizing in their own views of Turkey, rarely playing devil’s advocate to many of the underlying weaknesses that lurk underneath its growing economy. In the context of global business, my attempt below is to try […]

Kissinger Sightings

China reported sightings of Henry Kissinger in the White House Situation Room recently. For a 91-year-old foriegn policy veteran to have to be present there can only attest to the severity of both the current Ukraine crisis and the state of disrepair in the conduct of foreign affairs by the current incumbents in the Administration. […]

Will Ukraine Be The Poland Of The 21st Century?

Out of the 3 global security flash points in 2014 that I identified earlier (namely, Ukraine, Syria and Sino-Japanese face-off), the first to blow up is Ukraine. ——————————— Will Ukraine Be The Poland Of The 21st Century? Situated between Russia and the parts of Eastern Europe tied to the EU and NATO, Ukraine is the bone of […]

Doublewood: Coming Attractions

Just as the year 2013 drew to a seemingly peaceful conclusion, we have to start looking at the risks lurking in the landscape and/or quavering in the subterranean crevices. To prepare you for a potentially eventful 2014 and beyond, I would like to share with you my perspectives on some big-picture matters, so that you […]

What Japan Has In Store For US – Doublewood

As Japan progressively advances its militarization agenda, one of the biggest steps and end-games would be to “inherit” the many well-developed military bases the US currently maintains on Japanese soil. I have therefore warned that one of the likely schemes of the Japanese would be to use “extremists” to make America realize that their lives […]

Doublewood: A Weak President In A Polycentric World

The current quandary on Syria is a vivid demonstration of the dynamics of a polycentric global power configuration. In my recent email on “A Polycentric Reality”, I wrote: “During a polycentric era, alliances do not work strongly, if at all … the world has a strong non-alignment tendency. Self-interest and influence dictate foreign policies.” Our […]

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The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus

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Liberty Blitzkrieg

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus