Checkers and Chess in the Middle East and Africa

       What’s happening in the Middle East, more pointedly in the country of Syria and its surrounding neighbors, is a game of one hegemonic beast, the US, playing checkers, while another less militarily powerful but still a country to be reckoned with, Russia, playing chess.      When a super power has all the military might necessary to control […]

The Unholy Trinity of Trade

by Rebel Fagin When Obama won Fast Track from Congress, the bill that allows Congress to vote for or against the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP), but not amend it, many people missed some of the finer points of the legislation. Fast Track lasts for six years. That’s the rest of Obama and the first term […]

American Parliament Upgrades U.S. Congress

By Robert Raven Washington- After the Opening Ceremony of the new Parliament of the American People, built at the base of Capitol Hill facing the Mall, the assembled Members of Parliament cheered and shook hands all around. Then they convened as the third house of Congress. The old Congress was controlled by wealthy campaign donors and […]

Preserving the Water Planet

by Rebel Fagin There are substitutes for oil. There are no substitutes for water. It is through water that we are first experiencing climate change. Old solutions, like drilling deeper, building bigger dams, bringing water in from further away, and desalination will not avail us. Desalination plants are expensive to build. They use lots of […]