View all posts filed under December, 201312.30.2013 :: Latin America
Introduction: Significant changes in Latin America have mystified writers, journalists, academics and policy-makers who purport to comment on developments in Latin America. The case of Bolivia and two term President Evo Morales (2006 2014) is illustrative of the utter confusion in political labelling.
12.29.2013 :: Analysis
Introduction: In ancient Rome, especially during the late Republic, oligarchs resorted to mob violence to block, intimidate, assassinate or drive from power the dominant faction in the Senate.
12.28.2013 :: Analysis
Introduction: The transformation of Christmas from a story about a migrant working-class family fleeing state persecution, in the search for a safe haven and receiving support and solidarity to the biggest capitalist commercial bonanza of the year has far-reaching political consequences.
12.20.2013 :: United States
Introduction: Following the Vietnam War, US imperial intervention passed through several phases: In the immediate aftermath, the US government faced a humiliating military defeat at the hands of the Vietnamese liberation forces and was under pressure from an American public sick and tired of war.Imperial military interventions, domestic espionage against opponents and usual practice of fomenting coups détat (regime change) declined.
12.08.2013 :: Middle East
Introduction: The recent interim accord between the six world powers and Iran has been hailed as an historic breakthrough, a significant accomplishment by most leading politicians, editorialists and columnists (Financial Times, (FT) 11/26/13, p. 2), the exceptions being notably Israeli leaders and the Zionist power brokers in North America and Western Europe (FT 11/26/13, p. 3).