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...

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Russia - Return to Dictatorship?

It is sad to watch the reaction to peaceful demonstrations in Moscow. Scenes where police treat people with harshness, arrests etc are in sharp contrast with the openness of the Gorbachev-era. Words such as Perestroika and Glasnost were the buzz-words of the eighties and nineties.

Tuesday, June 25, 2019

Democrats Must Unite - Don't Give Trump a Second Term!

There ought to be a lot that would unite the Democrats about a common goal: not giving the current POTUS a second term. Nevertheless, there is a lot of debate between candidates with sometimes rather harsh blows to get ahead of the other 20+ candidates.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

The War on Huawei - Consumer Electronics Clients Are the Victims

It is well-known that many countries have a negative opinion about electronics producer Huawei from China. Their technology in the area of G5 has been declined due to fears of espionage. However, opinions on the national level may now cost private people a lot of troubles - and in this case I am referring to people who own smartphones or tablets from Huawei.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Some Books Do Change Our Opinions

It doesn't happen all that often, but sometimes, some books do change our opinions on world events. One such happening was when I started reading the book Winter Is Coming written by world-famous chess champion Garry Kasparov.