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Another ‘leading-from-behind-triumph’: Syria’s ‘nationalist’ disaster makes way for something worse

Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in Qara, near Damascus July 20.  /Shaam News Network/Reuters

Sol W. Sanders   Whatever develops out of the bloody, chaotic mess Syria has become, it is unlikely that the short-term outcome will be good or the long-term prospects much brighter. One has only to recall the dozens of post-World War II coups that preceded the arrival of the Assad/Alawite/Baathist dictatorship in 1970, a dictatorship [...]

July 23rd, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Life,Mideast,Sol Sanders,Syria,Top Stories | Read More »

China economic dragon’s fire turns out to be hot air

A tricycle porter transports packs of tissue paper outside a wholesale market in Beijing, China on July 10.  /Alexander F. Yua/AP

Sol W. Sanders   It’s taken quite a long time but now even National Public Radio’s Beijing correspondent acknowledges Chinese statistics are a little more than dubious. It’s become an even more critical issue for more than a minority of us who have cast doubt on them for a long time. For there’s now general [...]

July 16th, 2012 | Posted in China,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,NE Asia,Sol Sanders,Top Stories | Read More »

To hell with comprehensive solutions in general and Obamacare in particular


Sol W. Sanders   Lost in the political fracas in the aftermath of the Supreme Court decision, but emeshed in the still expanding bureaucratic jungle — and cost — of Obamacare is a fundamental issue: it is another failed attempt at “a comprehensive solution” to complex problems. It‘s not a new phenomenon. Since the French [...]

July 9th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Life,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Economy,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

It’s the oil, stupid: The coming energy revolution

Qatar's oil minister Mohammed Saleh al-Sada, former Algerian oil minister Chakib Khelil and Saudi Arabia's oil minister Ali al-Naimi share a laugh during the OPEC International Seminar in Vienna on June 13.  /Heinz-Peter Bader/Reuters

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] If we can get your attention off Dred Scott II — the Supreme Court decision on health care costs with its byzantine political implications — something perhaps as fundamental for the U.S. and world economies is happening: a second fossil fuel revolution. The Saudis are pumping oil like mad. [...]

July 2nd, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Iran,Life,Mideast,Russia,Saudi Arabia,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Economy,World Links | Read More »

Grounds for American optimism in times that require courage


Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] “A policy of strategic ambiguity” is a striped-pants way of saying “keep your opponent guessing”. It can also be a Foggy Bottom euphemism for lack of policy or not knowing what to do in a difficult situation. It has the advantage of keeping your opponent off balance, never quite [...]

June 25th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Daily Brief,Exclusives,Life,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Economy,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

Global economics and the future of the planet

Supporters of the far right party of Golden Dawn celebrate the results of the elections outside their headquarters office in Thessaloniki, Greece on Sunday, June 17.  /Dimitri Messinis/AP

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] You don’t have to be a determinist — believing as orthodox Marxists, all life’s decisions lie in the stomach — to occasionally believe overwhelming national and international economic movements will likely determine the future. But it sometimes helps. The thought comes after reading an analysis by Swedish Anders Aslund, [...]

June 18th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Greece,Russia,Sol Sanders,Top Stories,World Links | Read More »

Decline and fall of the American labor movement?


Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] Longer ago than I care to remember, I discussed “the decline of the American labor movement” with an old friend, a high AFL/CIO official, veteran of many a bitter “organizing campaign”, at its palatial 16th Street Washington headquarters. [Transparency alert: My Mom, a 17-year-old Romanian Jewish solitary immigrant was [...]

June 11th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Economy,U.S. Politics | Read More »

The commoditization of secrets by those who should know better, but don’t

James Jesus Angleton.

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] An epidemic of blabberitis has broken out in Washington. Had one more faith in the sophistication of the present governing elite, “black propaganda” might be suspected — that is, deliberate disinformation designed to befuddle the enemy. After all, as James Jesus Angleton, old fox of a generation of professional [...]

June 4th, 2012 | Posted in Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Life,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Intelligence,U.S. Media,U.S. Politics,World Links | Read More »

Pearl Harbor, 9-11 and the neo-isolationist temptation

The wreckage at Pearl Harbor Naval Air Station after the attack.   /US Navy/National Archives

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] Chief Political Correctness High Priestess Diane Rehm, with one of her often-biased radio panel discussions, recently carried this ancient back to the late 1930s’ Great Debate, framed as “isolationism” vs. “interventionism” in foreign policy. (Full disclosure: I was a teen-age member of William Allen White’s Committee for Defending America [...]

May 28th, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Exclusives,Germany,Russia,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Military,U.S. Politics | Read More »

The coming train wreck

G8 Nations heads of state (from left) Canada's Prime Minister Stephen Harper, French President Francois Hollande, U.S. President Barack Obama, Britain's Prime Minister David Cameron and Russia's Prime Minister Dmitri Medvedev gather at Camp David, Maryland on May 19.  /Larry Downing/Reuters

Sol W. Sanders   [See Archive] Resembling a huge 74-wheeler packed with unassembled goodies, the U.S. is stranded on the world economy grade-crossing with the Euro express gathering speed as it tears down the Trans-Atlantic financial tracks for a seemingly inevitable collision. A police report written by patronizing Harvard economists some time in the dim [...]

May 21st, 2012 | Posted in Africa / Europe,Columnists,COMMENTARY,Daily Brief,England,Exclusives,France,Germany,Greece,Life,Sol Sanders,Stateside,Top Stories,U.S. Economy,World Links | Read More »

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