Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Here's Why Americans Should Change Their Electoral College

I will gladly respect that it's up to the American people to decide how they interpret their constitution. It's none of our business to preach about democracy, when the decision to make changes in their political system requires Americans to see the logic themselves.

Friday, January 3, 2020

Killing of Foreign Officials

I know we have seen this before. When news hit that an Iranian general was killed yesterday, we no longer frown upon this. We hear of explanations citing that it was done due to previous attacks, and oftentimes, we just accept that this probably justifies the counterattack.

Monday, November 25, 2019

Two Wrongs Don't Make a Right - Thoughts About the Hong Kong Unrest

The violent unrest which has had serious consequences for shop owners in Hong Kong is not any part of civilized democracy. We need to be very careful, because I fully understand the protests towards Chinese dictatorship, but I have NO patience towards people who use it to get rid of aggression.

Saturday, November 9, 2019

Thirty Years Ago: The Fall of the Berlin Wall

All who remember the fall of the Berlin Wall are sobered by the many things that have happened since Germany reunited. It is a good thing for Europe that the EU united with former so-called East European countries. In many ways, Europe has become a more diversified continent. But there are challenges.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Trump Wants to Negotiate a Truce With Turkey

First, you turn the blind eye to Turkish leader Erdogan's invasion into Syria, where he gets the chance to thread on long-hated Kurdish population. Then, as Turkey proceeds, you start talking about how you left the region because you originally expected it would only take 30 days to solve the crisis, and therefore want to withdraw because it has now taken years...

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

Quantico - What You Can Learn From This Series

If you have had the pleasure of watching the ABC tv series Quantico, you will immediately recognize why I feel this should be addressed on this political blog. I am near the end of season 2, and I must admit that the similarity with reality under Trump IS quite interesting. I fully realize you can't convert fiction into reality on a 1:1 basis, but...

Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Brexit Is a Classbook Example of Poor Negotiation Skills

There is no doubt about the fact that Brexit is a classbook example of poor negotiation skills. The British parliament was completely unprepared when the result of the vote came in. What should they do now? No one had prepared for what such a divorce from the EU would actually entail.

Saturday, August 24, 2019

The Trump Offer to Buy Greenland

By now everyone must have heard about the offer to buy Greenland made by the Trump administration. We all heard him say: "Basically, it's just a real estate deal!" Well, Donald, not quite! Here's the reason why that is NOT the full story...

Saturday, August 3, 2019

The Hong Kong Crisis

Hong Kong has been in turmoil in many ways since it became independent from the British Commonwealth in 1997. Now, the thought of becoming 'fully' Chinese in 2047 is starting to show in local politics...