Tag: Britain

Since 1980, The USA Has Been Involved in 19 Wars – China Has Been Involved in None

Since 1980, China has been involved in a total of zero wars, zero foreign regime change missions and zero bombing campaigns against a foreign land. By contrast, the United States has made war upon, bombed or fomented regime change abroad on 19* separate occasions during that same period. Beyond this, […]

Filipinos Should Not Mistake British Self-Deprecation For a Repudiation of Parliamentary Politics

Britain and The Philippines may have one very big thing in common: self-deprecation. In Britain, this expresses itself through a total restraint on articulating positive feelings. Likewise, most in Britain are quick to complain about mild difficulties as though they were catastrophic. In each of these cases, sarcastic humour tends […]

Presidential Systems Allow Mass Media to Promote Fatuous Politicians While Neglecting Intelligent Ones

The US media is in the midst of a collective obsession over a newly elected Congresswoman called Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of the Democratic party. In many ways, Ocasio-Cortez is the liberal version of Donald Trump for the following reasons: –Both enjoy goading their respective bases with radical policies which challenge a long held […]

The Urban-Rural Divide is Becoming a Political Time-bomb in First World Western Nations

Traditionally, the wealth gap, sanitation gap, living standards gap and education gap between urban and rural populations was more pronounced in the developing world than in fully developed/first world nations. While many developing nations are working intensely to close this gap with China set to reduce rural poverty to 0% […]

Irony in The UK: The Same Jeremy Corbyn Accused of Having IRA Sympathies is Now Britain’s Leading Unionist

The way things were  Throughout much of the later half of the 20th century, backbench British Labour Party Member of Parliament Jeremy Corbyn worked tirelessly to end the so-called “troubles” which gripped Northern Ireland between the late 1960s and late 1990s. As part of this campaign, Corbyn met with Irish […]

The French Opposition’s No Confidence Measure Cannot Remove Macron – For That a Full Parliamentary System is Needed

France’s peculiar political system  One of the peculiarities of the French political system which is similar to some of the peculiarities of the Russian political system, is that rather than overseeing a US style congress, the directly elected French President oversees a National Assembly that is more similar to a […]

European Governments Are Giving Their Own Populations a Very Small Taste of The Colonial Experience

There can be no denying that much of Europe is about to enter a winter of discontent. Perceived and real problems ranging from the phenomenon of trickle-up neo-liberal economics to real terms price inflation, the stagnation of economic growth and the simultaneous cutting of traditional social programmes has left many […]

Peace in Afghanistan Will Not be Possible Until Kabul Acknowledges The Durand Line

While contemporary disputes between Afghanistan and Pakistan continue to permeate the consciousness of regional observers as well as international peace keepers, the reality is that it is an 1893 colonial era agreement that continues to prevent a genuine sense of trust and transparency from being achieved between Kabul and Islamabad.  […]

Julian Assange’s Lawyer Correct to Reject Ecuador’s “Trap Door Deal”

Yesterday, Ecuador’s President Lenin Moreno revealed that his country and the United Kingdom had reached an agreement whereby upon Julian Assange’s hypothetical exit from London’s Ecuadorian Embassy (where he has lived as a de-facto prisoner since 2012) Assange would not face extradition to a country that might execute him. Initially, […]