“He who digs a hole for another, may fall in himself”: China’s hidden economic problems

Following the downgrade by Standard and Poors of US sovereign debt from the gold standard AAA to AA+ the Chinese government lambasted the United States for its ‘addiction to debt’ and called on the United States to implement more responsible policies to bring its deficit problems under control. At the same the governor of China’s [...]

China warnings to the US: Pakistan & public debt

In the early 21st century, there are clear indications that China as the ascending global power endeavors to engender international stability in every area from strategic to financial, while the US is behaving as a source of global instability, merely because it is a power in decline; although by no means the kind of decline [...]

Arab v. European historic roles in Africa’s undervelopment

To what degree is Europe responsible for the underdevelopment of Africa, and do Arabs have any role in that process? Some have advanced the following arguments to blur the lines between the role of Arabs and Europeans in Africa in the past centuries. These apologists of European exploitation of Africa and the attempt to argue [...]

Spain: austerity, default or revolt

In the past year, I have been asked what options do Greece, Portugal and Spain have other than following austerity measures under the International Monetary Fund (IMF), European Central Bank (ECB), and EU. The answer depends on what kind of society do citizens want for themselves, and to what degree are they able to prevail [...]

U.S. support for brutal dictators is a source of frustration in the Middle East: Anthony DiMaggio

Anthony DiMaggio is a university professor, writer, political commentator and media expert. He is the author of numerous books, including Mass Media, Mass Propaganda (2008), When Media Goes to War (2010), and Crashing the Tea Party (2011).  He has taught U.S. and Global Politics at Illinois State University, and published articles and commentaries in a [...]

Subtle and blatant imperialism

‘Subtle Imperialism’ is the kind that many private and public institutions carry out daily in order to advance the process of greater economic integration by the developed countries (mainly the G-8) with the rest of the world, especially the underdeveloped and semi-developed nations. The IMF with its austerity measures for example is exercising subtle form [...]

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