Thank Goodness for Trump, the Ugly American

Survival in the Age of Trump is today on many minds. For some, the issue is whether our whimsical, volatile president will undo 70 years of alliance (read: empire) building here and now. For others, it is whether he will finally realize his campaign promises to be the Great Disrupter and fulfill the wishes of … Continue reading “Thank Goodness for Trump, the Ugly American”

Working With the European Right for Peace

Upcoming Speech to the XII European Russia Forum, Brussels, 25-26 November 2018 I am very pleased to have the opportunity to address here today the question of what we as civil society can do to stop the relentless march towards war of our media and political elites. War on the European continent, including nuclear war, … Continue reading “Working With the European Right for Peace”

Germany’s Left and Right Change Sides on the Issues of War and Peace

The results of last weekend’s elections in the German state of Hesse have been getting quite a run in mainstream media. The sharp losses suffered by both parties in the Grand Coalition, the Socialists (SPD) and Merkel’s center-right CDU, finally delivered the decisive push that spells the end the reign of the iron lady in … Continue reading “Germany’s Left and Right Change Sides on the Issues of War and Peace”

Reordering Power in Europe: The Putin-Merkel Meeting

During this past Saturday, 18 August, Russian President Vladimir Putin made a brief visit to Austria to attend the wedding of the country’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Karin Kneissl. Per the Kremlin, this stop of several hours in the Styrian wine country not far from the border with Slovenia was a “purely private” side excursion … Continue reading “Reordering Power in Europe: The Putin-Merkel Meeting”

Does Singapore Have Relevance to an Eventual Trump-Putin Summit?

Now that the document concluding the US-North Korean summit in Singapore has been signed by President Trump and Chairman Kim, the world’s political commentators are busy making their assessments of what exactly its vague points on denuclearization really mean, in what ways it is historic and unlike previous agreements between US administrations and the North … Continue reading “Does Singapore Have Relevance to an Eventual Trump-Putin Summit?”

Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson To Enter Into Arms Control Talks With the Kremlin

In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four United States Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home … Continue reading “Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson To Enter Into Arms Control Talks With the Kremlin”

Here We Go Again! US Air Strikes in Syria Cross Russian ‘Red lines’ and Risk Escalation to Nuclear War

My days as apologist for Donald Trump’s backsliding on his electoral campaign promise of a new direction in foreign policy are over. From being the solution, he has become an integral part of the problem. And with his bigger than life ego, petulance and stubbornness, Commander-in-Chief Trump is potentially a greater threat to world peace … Continue reading “Here We Go Again! US Air Strikes in Syria Cross Russian ‘Red lines’ and Risk Escalation to Nuclear War”