How Far West Are The BRICS?

How Far West Are The BRICS? Via The Automatic Earth blog, A topic we can have nice discussions about ahead of next week’s BRICS+++ meeting in South Africa. As I said recently, BRICS have momentum, and they can’t stop that, not even China could if they wanted. The desire to create a space NOT controlled


Burning The Last Man

Joe Biden doesn’t care about Hawaii. Why should he? A man who doesn’t know what day it is can hardly be bothered to wipe the drool off his chin from the blue polyester beach chairs of Delaware’s most exquisite resorts. He need not concern himself with a thousand charred Americans. It’s not historically unusual for


How Will The War In Ukraine End?

I will try to make this simple. It is a complex question, but it is something we should be contemplating if the world is going to avoid a nuclear holocaust. It boils down to three possibilities: Unconditional Surrender Negotiated Settlement Prolonged Conflict and Exhaustion, i.e. Stalemate From Russia’s perspective the military operation in Ukraine is


Where Did Early 20th Century Japan Go Wrong?

This year marks the 78th anniversary of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. On August 6th, 1945 “Fat Man” instantly killed 80,000 of Hiroshima’s residents, with the death toll rising to 141,000 in the aftermath. Then, on August 9th, “Little Boy” took the lives of more than 70,000 Nagasaki residents. While Japan had been