Month: September 2014

A Reality Check From Russia

I’ve been in St. Petersburg and Moscow for the past two weeks.  As for the tragedy being played out in Ukraine, it’s been surprising to find total uniformity of opinion from Russian citizens, including groups of our CCI alumni.  This is not due to “controlled media,” since all I’ve spoken […]

ISIS and Regional Geo Politics

After Al-Qaeda on the run, the violent emergence of borderless ‘Islamic State’, surfacing from the rubbles of conflict ridden parts of the Middle East, has now become a matter of deep concern for regional and international actors. Its ideological notations of ‘Khilafat’ has lost its universal appeal due its blood […]

9/11 After 13 years

The tragedy of September 11, 2001, goes far beyond the deaths of those who died in the towers and the deaths of firefighters and first responders who succumbed to illnesses caused by inhalation of toxic dust. For thirteen years a new generation of Americans has been born into the 9/11 […]

Will NATO liberate Jihadistan?

Drive your cart and your plow Over the bones of the dead …  – William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell Caliph Ibrahim, aka Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, self-declared leader of Islamic State, formerly the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, really sports a mean PR vein. When the show seemed scheduled […]

Springtime for Russophobia

When the banksters who run America set their sights on the newest designated enemy of democracy, without fail the assault is preceded by information operations to convince a clueless public of the target state’s burning hatred for “freedom.” Momentarily torn away from corporate entertainment spectacle, enlightened citizen-consumers will be fed […]