Anti-Human Rights

Campaign Finance Revolution

Several Occupy Wall Street splinter groups are now coalescing around a set of political demands. One that is long overdue and enjoys unanimous support is campaign finance reform. All the formulas that I have seen center on publicly funded elections. While this would be a huge step in the right […]

The Sacred Cow of “Democracy”

I recently happened to criticize Western-style democracy, and my Italian friends objected: “We don’t get any complaints about democracy!” I think it’s a taboo—an notion of recent decades during which Western-style democracy has become a kind of sacred cow. It was no taboo for the esteemed democrat Winston Churchill. Everybody […]

US Will Punish Its NATO Allies, Not Iran

Will the economies of Greece and Italy finally collapse without Iranian oil? Having declared that the US-EU friendship will depend on whether Brussels supports Washington in its bid for imposing sanctions against Iran, the US president left Europe with no choice. The European Union, desperate to at least slow down […]

US In the Pacific: Permanent Democracy

The United States currently has two problems. The first is fairly objective: the American economy needs to undergo a systemwide restructuring. It cannot be said that the Anglo-Saxon model has stopped working. There is a subtle point to be made. The model is now working against the United States. Delaying […]

America Just Says No to the Rule of Law

A society is in serious trouble when its political pariahs have at the core of their demands a return to the rule of law. This inversion, with our political and cultural outcasts demanding a respect for law, highlights the awful fact that the most radical and retrograde forces within the […]

Cost of Intervention in Syria Rises

The Russian First Deputy Prime Minister Sergei Ivanov’s statement today re-affirmed Moscow’s rejection of arms embargo against Syria. It comes on a day EU FMs met in Brussels and tightened the sanctions against that country. But what makes the Syrian situation rather interesting is that Moscow also let it be […]