Tag Archives: Arab Spring

The Don & The Darra: US Policy for Syria

Darra is the ancient Syrian city best remembered as the location where Lawrence of Arabia was raped by Otto-mites.  Given that 2018 is the centenary anniversary of the Arab Revolt under Lawrence, we need to remember the significance of Syria … Continue reading

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Turkey Wages War Against US Led Kurdish Proxies in Syria

Russia and Iran hold nominal sovereignty over Syria.  To complicate matters, Kurdish forces and indigenous Syrians trained and led by American forces have created border security guards to alleviate Turkish incursions into northwest Syria.  But on Friday, January 19, Turkish … Continue reading

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Tunisia’s 7 Year Itch

Tunisia may be home to the Arab Spring, but the contortions of its political economy mean that most Tunisian’s are giving up on democracy.  If it to remain a deferred model for Muslim governance throughout the Arab world, then Tunisian’s … Continue reading

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The Key to Consolidating Tunisia’s Arab Spring

When the American’s began their Q.E. monetary experiment, they effectively exported inflation.  That destroyed any political economy tethered to the American’s under Bretton Woods.  It meant that regimes began importing inflation at record speeds.  It meant that most populations in … Continue reading

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Morsi: Toast; Obama: Smoked!!

The dynamics of inept American statecraft were on display today, but you won’t hear it on the networks.  General Sisi, appointed by Morsi, gave him 48 hours to engage and settle what the Supreme Council interpreted as a fatal problem: … Continue reading

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Hernando de Soto Defeats Marx: Property Rights, Authoritarian Governments & The Unity of Human Capital and Work

It was John Paul II who grasped more fully than most, the intrinsic value that electric technology had on what was sundered by both the Reformation and the Industrial Revolution, namely the total separation of labor and capital. Now united … Continue reading

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Dr. Ronald I. McKinnon: The Arab Spring & Loose Money at Federal Reserve

Don’t expect a synoptic approach from arcane specialists. Arnold Toynbee’s massive 12 volumes on the “Study of History” spells out the social and psychological relation between pusillanimity and the pathetic drive to fine a niche from which to survive.  This … Continue reading

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The Arab Spring & Remembrance Of Things Past

The remembrance of things past is dominated by Proust, but cultures like China and its Confucian heritage along with Arabia and most of Africa still resolve themselves around a humanist grasp of memory. The ‘East’ is known as a land … Continue reading

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How To Discern The Arab Spring: Teheran vs. Riyadh

Henry Kissenger once remarked that the “greatest statesmen are distinguished less by their detailed knowledge than by their instinctive grasp of historical currents, by an ability to discern amidst the myriad of impressions that impinge on consciousness those most likely … Continue reading

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Assad, Syria: The Political Purge, Reloading

Anyone even remotely familiar with Near Eastern politics knows that the House of Saud is waging war against Iranian proxies throughout the region.  Its a ‘balance of power’ strategy that explains Riyadh and Iranian behavior.  They’re realists who understand how … Continue reading

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