International 

June 1st, 2017 | S.P.

 
Italy Is About To Fall

April 2nd, 2017 | S.P.

As the chickens come home to roost in Europe, the failed pieces of a doomed experiment are about to crumble into fragments that will never be reparable. Following Brexit and a rise in what our ever-so trustworthy media calls “right-wing nationalism”, the clouds of doom seem far from dissipating over Europe just yet. The next to go in a string of wobbling dominoes may be Italy—but not of its own volition. Bad loans totalled almost $400B in Italy last year. Most of Italy's large commercial banks carry a burden now that will be impossible to subdue without extravagant measures. Most of those bad loans originated with Italy's construction and real estate industries, who optimistically over-valued the brightness of the country's prospects. They must now face bankruptcy or extravagant bailouts from the pockets of Europeans. This, of course, should not be expected to settle well in the guts of Germans, Greeks and the French. 

Pedophilia And Politics

December 1st, 2016 | T. Carter

Much has been made about pedophilia and child trafficking rings lately. Most of it has been difficult to prove and many internet sleuths on Reddit and Twitter have crossed the line that separates libel from truth, but that doesn't mean that pedophilia and politics haven't gone hand-in-hand before. Disturbing investigations around the world have linked high ranking officials, politicians and aristocrats to pedophilia, child pornography and trafficking rings in the past. In the 1980s, a member of the British parliament named Geoffrey Dickens claimed that pedophilia and child trafficking were rampant within the corridors of power in the UK. His files and evidence were ignored by high ranking officials. 

Erdogan: Turkey's Fall Into Fascism

August 1st, 2016 | D. Stone

Leading up to the the most bizarre and unsuccessful coup attempt in Turkey's history, Recep Tayyip Erdogan had been choking out the civil liberties of his citizens, punishing journalists and threatening the country's top constitutional court. Erdogan has taken Turkey further from secularism and closer to Islamic theocracy, which is claimed to be one of the reasons behind the attempted coup. He somehow convinced Germany to punish a writer for reciting a negative poem and has imprisoned journalists in his own country for their negative criticisms of his increasingly authoritarian rule. It is suspiciously obvious that the recent failed coup attempt has given Erdogan the excuse to stamp out opponents within the Turkish military, Turkish courts, Turkish media and even Turkish schools. Despite his slow movement toward Islamic autocracy, the Obama administration and Hillary Clinton have encouraged Erdogan's continued reign over all branches of the Turkish government.

Angela Merkel Is A Disgrace

February 1st, 2016 | D. Stone

The most disgraceful aspect of Germany's migrant influx is the country's EASY system. The EASY system is supposed to distribute migrants and register them in a timely, efficient manner. Unfortunately, this system has allowed 600,000 migrants to vanish and become unaccounted for. With Angela Merkel's mad rush to relish in white guilt and erase Germany's horrific past by opening her country's borders, all important tracking measures and vetting practices have collapsed. If the horrific nature of Merkel's disgraceful leadership wasn't enough to make Germans hot around the collar, a group of migrants added irony to the whole situation last month by filing a lawsuit against the German government.

Money, Hegemony And Oil Prices

April 1st, 2015 | R. Rados

The Nixon administration accomplished two very important things that have allowed the United States to exercise control in the Middle East and around the world. First, Nixon made the USD a floating fiat currency, meaning it could no longer be converted into gold and vice versa. Second, he created a new partnership with Saudi Arabia in which the Saudis agreed to sell their oil on the global market in US dollars. Today, all oil is bought and sold only in US dollars. This essentially means that the USD went from being backed by gold to being backed by oil. Furthermore, the US-Saudi Arabian Joint Commission allows (or requires) Saudi Arabia to invest its excess petrodollars into US securities and trusts. Many other OPEC countries have since recycled their own excess US petrodollars by investing them into US, European and Arab banks and securities. 

Oil And Capitalism Can Stop Ebola

October 1st, 2014 | R.Rados

West Africa is more densely populated now than it was during the first Ebola outbreak in 1976. Roads, economic advancements and sprawling communities have changed the region significantly and contributed to the spread of Ebola. To top it off, cynicism and paranoia have fuelled dangerous incidents in which infected family members have been kidnapped and some have fled treatment over fears of a conspiracy. In one case, armed men raided an Ebola treatment centre in Liberia. While all of this was taking place, researchers in North America and Europe were working on experimental vaccines and cures.