by Graham Peebles, Redress Online
Ethiopia is being hailed as a shining example of African economic growth.
Principal donors and devotees of the International Monetary Fund/World Bank development model (an imposed ideological vision which measures all things in terms of a nation’s GDP) see the country as an island of potential prosperity and stability within a region of failed states and violent conflict.
“Economic performance in recent years has been strong, with economic growth averaging in double-digits since 2004,” states the IMF country report. The economic model (a hybrid of western capitalism and Chinese control) adopted by the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) government is a centralised system that denies democracy – consultation and participation in “development plans” is unheard of – and ignores and violates human rights. Continue reading US-Israeli-backed state terrorism in Ethiopia’s Ogaden region
by Amal Saad-Ghorayeb, Open Democracy
One of the main “lessons learned” from the war of July-August 2006 is that the modern concept of asymmetric warfare, which emerged in the late 1990s in the United States, is already in dire need of revision. Hizbollah’s military performance during the war demonstrates that asymmetric warfare can no longer be identified exclusively with political actors who adopt “non-traditional” methods “that differ significantly from the opponent’s usual mode of operations” (as per the US military’s definition). Continue reading The Hizbullah Project: Last War, Next War
by Seyed Mohammad Marandi, Al-Jazeera English
Western pundits who blithely assert that the Islamic Republic of Iran can or will cooperate with the United States in Iraq against ISIL ignore a basic problem: How can the US be a serious partner in fighting a terrorist movement that Washington may have played a critical role in creating? Continue reading The fantasy of an Iran-US partnership
by Gloria La Riva, Liberation News
Dec. 17, 2014, was an historic day for Cuba. On that morning, the three remaining Cuban Five members in U.S. prison flew home to freedom. At the same time, Alan Gross, an American who was arrested in Cuba 5 years ago, and convicted for illegally bringing into Cuba undercover communications equipment, was returned to the United States.
This was announced on Dec. 17 at 12 noon, simultaneously by Cuban President Raul Castro on Cuban Television and by President Obama in Washington.
Both announced that for the first time in more than 50 years, U.S. and Cuban embassies will be opened in each respective country. This means the re-establishment of diplomatic relations. Continue reading The U.S. agenda in Cuba remains counter-revolution
by Alexander Dugin, Theory Talks
IR has long been regarded as an Anglo-American social science. Recently, the discipline has started to look beyond America and England, to China ( Theory Talk #51 , Theory Talk #45 ), India ( Theory Talk #63 , Theory Talk #42 ), Africa (Theory Talk #57, Theory Talk #10 ) and elsewhere for non-Western perspectives on international affairs and IR theory. However, IR theorists have paid little attention to Russian perspectives on the discipline and practice of international relations. We offer an exciting peek into Russian geopolitical theory through an interview with the controversial Russian geopolitical thinker Alexander Dugin, founder of the International Eurasian Movement and allegedly an important influence on Putin’s foreign policy. In this Talk, Dugin—among others—discusses his Theory of a Multipolar World, offers a staunch critique of western and liberal IR, and lays out Russia’s unique contribution to the landscape of IR theory.
What, according to you, is the central challenge or principle debate within IR and what would be your position within this debate or towards that challenge?
The field of IR is extremely interesting and multidimensional. In general, the discipline is much more promising than many think. I think that there is a stereometry today in IR, in which we can distinguish a few axes right away. Continue reading Alexander Dugin On Eurasianism, Multipolarity and The 1984-Like Danger Of George Soros
by Mohannad Obeid, Al-Akhbar English
The new Sykes-Picot speaks only the language of interests and wealth. The time has come to divide the wealth of Libya, which has the largest oil reserves in Africa and produces the most precious, high-quality crude in the world. After four years that saw many battles between Operation Dignity and Operation Libya Dawn, no side has prevailed or dominated yet. But the world may not wait much longer; it is time to take advantage of this wealth, and indeed, mega oil corporations are preparing to set sail to Libya’s oil-rich shores. NATO is aware that sending forces to Libya to fight militias, radical groups, and armed tribes would be a misadventure. So plan B is to now give an opportunity with a set timetable to the Libyan belligerents according to the following equation: He who controls oil shall control Libya.
Battles are raging on the Libyan battlefield. Fighting intensified in the past weeks between Major General Khalifa Haftar’s Operation Dignity and Islamist-led Operation Libya Dawn. Continue reading The West’s message to Libyans: Whoever controls the oil controls the country
by Alistair McAvoy, a pseudonymous Mouqawamah Music contributor
This is interesting. Is the Jewish turf war heating up enough so that the neolibs — who I refer to as the Chicago Jews — are willing to publicly expose the antics of the neocons — who I call the New York/Israeli Jews — in their lies about the overthrow of the democratically government in Ukraine? And, of all ways, via the medium of a movie with Oliver Stone crafting it? Apparently, yes. Continue reading On Oliver Stone, Russia and Ukraine: Chicago Jews vs. NY-Israeli Jews
by Khanverse (Mouqawamah Music EXCLUSIVE)
Khantemplation Entry 2
Most ‘activists’ still haven’t learned these lessons. You keep fighting for some type of unequal restitution for past and even current wrongs without looking at the root structure. Protesting for jobs, housing, rights, etc. is all a magnificently cathartic waste of time and energy. You have real valid anger but then you couch it in some silly mindless phrase you repeat over and over again, essentially begging the real or imagined oppressor to fix the problems. Continue reading Khantemplation Entry 2: Fiery Spiritual Giant Malcolm X’s Guidance on Autonomous Economics
by Z. Dimitrov, Al-Masdar News
In three months, or March 2015, Syria will enter the fourth year of its bitter internal conflict. Most Syrian provinces have suffered from the ongoing insurgency, seeing battles between the Syrian Arab Army and increasingly fundamentalist insurgents which have left extensive destruction in their wake. But while government troops have managed to turn the tide against the insurgency and are now on the offensive on all but one fronts, the sight of another battle looms on the horizon – the battle for the economy. Continue reading The Silent Front: Syria’s Economy