Month: January 2015

Why S&P Attacks Russia’s Credit Rating

On the Christmas Eve Standard & Poor’s (S&P) international credit ratings agency revised Russia’s sovereign credit ratings to credit watch negative from negative.  It said it could downgrade Russia to the non-investment-grade (speculative-grade bond, or junk bond) as soon as mid-January. Is this assessment based on indicators reflecting the real state of Russian economy? Or is it another politically […]

Who profits from killing Charlie?

Putin did it. Sorry, he didn’t. In the end, it was not Russian “aggression” that attacked the heart of Europe. It was a pro-style jihadi commando. Cui bono?  Careful planning and preparation; Kalashnikovs; rocket-propelled grenade launcher; balaclavas; sand-colored ammunition vest stuffed with spare magazines; army boots; piece of cake escape in […]

What To Watch Out For In 2015

The following is a brief listing of some of the threats facing the world in 2015, as arranged by category. Innovative ideas took precedence over conventional ones, and the list is not meant to be read as identifying the most likely per say, but rather those that may have escaped […]

The Bankster International

Geopolitical analysis, the art of explaining power relationships through the prism of impersonal geography, can be a helpful tool for observers of the Great Game – but it also has its limitations. A case in point is the renewed US-Russia confrontation. Think tanks and policy insiders easily sell the narrative […]