Angela Merkel: The Forever Chancellor

The Forever Chancellor

It’s time to admit there’s a chance Angela Merkel will be chancellor of Germany forever. Her only real rival in terms of political longevity on the world stage is Russian President Vladimir Putin, who of course isn’t subject to democratic laws of gravity. But Merkel has defied so many such laws over the course of her career that it’s hard to know if there are any that still apply to her, including the most basic — that power plus time equals public fatigue.

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Venezuela Is Heading for a Soviet-Style Collapse: A few lessons from the last time an oil economy crashed catastrophically.

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Venezuela is not the first developed country to put itself on track to fall into a catastrophic economic crisis. But it is in the relatively unusual situation of having done so while in possession of enormous oil assets. There aren’t many precedents to help understand how this could have happened and what is likely to happen next.

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North Korea's Despot Kim Jong Un Is a Survivor, Not a Madman

Kim Jong Un Is a Survivor, Not a Madman

North Korea’s system might look bizarre to us from the outside, but the Kims are the ultimate political survivors, hard-edged rationalists whose actions have always had a clear purpose: keeping the family in power. Seeing them as madmen is not only wrong, but also dangerous; any successful policy should be based on understanding the logic of the opposite side, not on discarding it as “irrational”. Seeing the Kim family as lunatics with nukes makes them more threatening, and raises the risk of war, but it can also promote unrealistic expectations of compromise — if only the North “comes to its senses.”

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Germany's Political Culture is a Parody of Blind Self-Regard: How one country’s moral narcissism became the rest of the world’s intolerable smugness.

Germany Has an Arrogance Problem

Whether the field is migration or manufacturing, fiscal policy or renewable energy, Germans increasingly believe that they, and they alone, know best, at least judging from the attitude newly on display everywhere from newspaper columns to parliamentary speeches to barroom chats over beer. In German the phenomenon is summed up in one word: Besserwisserei, a know-it-all attitude, which the Germans themselves admit is somewhat of an engrained cultural trait.

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What a war with North Korea would probably look like

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Why is an aimless quagmire war with massive potential global financial repercussions more likely under Trump? Because Trump ran under a nationalist conservative banner, and he will forever be labeled a nationalist conservative even if his behavior appears to be more globalist in nature. Rhetoric is often more psychologically powerful in the minds of the masses than action. Therefore, everything Trump does from now on will also be labeled a product of the “nationalist conservative” ideology; including all of his screw-ups. And, with Trump in office the establishment is perfectly happy to pursue actions once considered taboo, because demonizing conservatives and liberty proponents is one of their primary objectives.

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India is a Disaster – Is Kashmir Gone?

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After 70 years of so-called independence, one has to be a professional victim not to look within oneself for the reasons for starvation, unnatural deaths, utter backwardness, drudgery, disease, and misery in India.

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Crimintern: How the Kremlin uses Russia’s criminal networks in Europe

The Russian state is highly criminalized, and the interpenetration of the criminal ‘underworld’ and the political ‘upperworld’ has led the regime to use criminals from time to time as instruments of its rule. Over the past 20 years, the role of Russian organised crime in Europe has shifted considerably. Today, Russian criminals operate less on the street and more in the shadows: as allies, facilitators and suppliers for local European gangs and continent-wide criminal networks.

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THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT'S SECRET PLAN FOR SURVIVING THE END OF THE WORLD

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Newly declassified CIA files offer a glimpse of the playbook the Trump administration will reach for if it stumbles into a nuclear war.

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WAR, TERRORISM, AND THE CHRISTIAN EXODUS FROM THE MIDDLE EAST

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Syria’s Christians are part of a mass exodus taking place throughout the Middle East, the cradle of the faith. Today, Christians are only about four per cent of the region’s more than four hundred million people—and probably less. They “have been subject to vicious murders at the hands of terrorist groups, forced out of their ancestral lands by civil wars, suffered societal intolerance fomented by Islamist groups, and subjected to institutional discrimination found in the legal codes and official practices of many Middle Eastern countries,” as several fellows at the Center for American Progress put it.

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Will France succumb to radical Islam within its borders?

... ‘No-Go’ Zones Remain Unassimilated Hotbeds of Radical Islam

In just two years, Muslim organizations in France have dragged to trial great writers such as Georges Bensoussan, Pascal Bruckner, and Renaud Camus. It is the Islamists' dream coming true: seeing "Islamophobes" on trial to restrict their freedom of expression. Charlie Hebdo's physical massacre was therefore followed by an intellectual one.

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The Muslim Brotherhood, Fountain of Islamist Violence

The Muslim Brotherhood was founded in 1928 by Hassan al-Banna (third from left). An Egyptian schoolteacher from a rural town north of Cairo, Banna engaged in Islamist activities from a young age, joining a local group that intimidated and harassed Christians and non-observing Muslims in his hometown.

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Is Europe Choosing to Disappear by Committing Demographic Suicide?

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The Islamic world has launched a demographic challenge to a sterile Europe. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan recently exhorted Muslims in Europe to have five children, "because you are the future of Europe". It echoes what the President of Algeria, Houari Boumedienne, said in 1974: "The wombs of our women will give us victory". They dream of conquering Europe through demography instead of terror -- and it seems they are succeeding.

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Saudi Arabia's Failed Oil War: Why Its Days of Market Dominance Are Over

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Saudi overproduction might have been worth it if it had knocked out Iran or the United States, but instead, Saudi Arabia was the main victim. And despite the toll of low prices on U.S. shale oil producers, those producers continued to have a competitive advantage because of their state-of-the-art extraction technology. If anything, the pressure of low prices pushed U.S. producers to focus even more intently on cost-cutting, automation, and increasing overall efficiency to lower the breakeven price. U.S. producers are far ahead of their peers in much of the world, Saudi Arabia included. 

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Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy: Recep Erdogan's slow-motion plan to abandon democracy — and buy the West's silence — is almost complete.

Turkey Is a Dictatorship Masquerading as a NATO Democracy

Erdogan’s dreams of an executive presidency and new constitution have been the central problem in Turkish political life for the past three years. The United States and Europe have played an important role in enabling Erdogan’s excesses by pursuing shortsighted policy objectives — single-minded prosecution of the war against the Islamic State in the case of the United States and stemming refugee flows in the case of Europe — at the expense of their other professed goals and values. By pursuing short-term interests, the West is seeding long-term problems by enabling an authoritarian government and sabotaging one of the region’s few democracies.

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‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan: Will the Trump administration put American interests first, or the president’s own obsession with "winning"?

‘Mission Accomplished’ Will Never Come in Afghanistan

What began in 2001 as a focused effort to topple the Taliban and rout al Qaeda has become an endless, costly, and unrealistic effort with no clearly discernible endpoint and little hope of success. It has become our forgotten war, and the chief aim of those in charge of the operation seems to be keeping it off the front pages and out of the public eye.

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Geopolitical flashpoints around the globe

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Anyone who has been involved in alternative geopolitical and economic analysis for a decent length of time understands that the establishment power structure thrives according to its ability to either exploit natural crises, or to engineer fabricated crises. This is not that hard to comprehend, but for some reason there are a lot of people out there who simply assume that global sea-change events just happen “at random,” that the elites are stupid or oblivious, and that all outcomes are a matter of random chance rather than being directed or manipulated.  I call these people “intellectual idiots,” because they believe they are applying logic to every scenario but they are sabotaged by an inherent bias which causes them to deny the potential for “conspiracy.”

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Greece: A Democracy Implodes...is it a preview of Europe's future?

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The Greek people have just about reached the limits of their strength. The economic situation is tragic. Illegal immigration is out of control, criminality increases day by day. The political system is steeped in corruption and the media have stopped being the communication channel between citizens and the political system. The Greek media are functioning as the praetorian guard of the euro; they favor the massive admission of Muslim populations into Greece and they fiercely attack every voice that disagrees with them.

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Is Turkey Still a Democracy? An upcoming referendum and a vicious war of words with Europe could end up making Erdogan more powerful — and isolated — than ever.

Is Turkey Still a Democracy?

It’s too soon to predict whether Erdogan will win the upcoming referendum, but his government is already proving incapable of making its case to the West. The referendum has already sparked a new rift between Turkey and several European states. Both Germany and the Netherlands, which are both approaching their own elections amid rising anti-immigrant sentiment, recently banned demonstrations by Turkish officials seeking to drum up the “yes” vote among expatriate Turks. Erdogan responded by accusing both countries of Nazism, warning that the Netherlands will “pay the price” for its decision.

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Merkel's Last Stand: Letter from Berlin

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With Euroskeptics gaining ground in France and the United Kingdom tied up with Brexit, Germany now stands alone as the guardian of what Progressives claim are "European values"—a role it did not seek nor, in many ways, that it is suited for. Every country in Europe has a stake in Germany’s election campaign.

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Vladimir Putin Isn’t a Supervillain: Russia is neither the global menace, nor dying superpower, of America’s increasingly hysterical fantasies.

Vladimir Putin Isn’t a Supervillain

Russia is not nearly the global menace that many fear, nor is it doomed to collapse. Russia’s geopolitical strength is indeed constrained by its demographic, economic, social, and political weaknesses, but those aren’t as catastrophic as they’re often made to be.

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WHERE WOMEN FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES: Sweden, the "Progressive Paradise" where terrified women have vanished from the streets and a conspiracy of silence and self-censorship on immigration buries the truth.

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Sweden in 2017...where women of all religions and color are trapped in their home by fear. Where young men are happy to tell me to my face that I am a white whore and make sexual gestures to show me my place. Where women are scared to share their stories because the feminists will vilify them with racial slurs. Where the public broadcaster wants me to accept a hand grenade in a bin is normal.

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Venezuela Is a Ticking Time Bomb

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Over the last two decades, the now-deceased Hugo Chavez and his handpicked successor, President Nicolas Maduro, have wreaked havoc in Venezuela. Socialist economic policies and government corruption have destroyed a once-thriving economy sitting on the world’s largest oil reserves.

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The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump

The Kremlin Is Starting to Worry About Trump

Vladimir Putin's entourage cheered the outcome of the U.S. election – until they saw exactly what they were dealing with.

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European Disunion: Germany’s Dilemma

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It might seem counterintuitive to argue that Germany, with the largest economy in Europe and a dominant position in the European Union, finds itself struggling politically on the continent. Indeed not so long ago the dominant narrative spoke of Berlin’s confident leadership and increasing EU integration for the foreseeable future. But narratives, even ones that have lasted decades, can change quickly; today the cross-currents of European politics have shifted abruptly away from Berlin’s vision for a more tightly integrated European Union.

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THE DESPERATE BATTLE TO DESTROY ISIS: A swat team of Iraqis, all of whom have suffered at the hands of terrorists, join the fight to retake Mosul—and plan to exact revenge.

Aside from martial aptitude, there were two principal requirements for recruits: they had to have been wounded by ISIS or its Islamist precursors—either physically, by bullets and blasts, or psychically, by the death of a loved one—and they had to crave revenge.

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