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Revival of the ACP group to negotiate with the EU: Hopes & Challenges

On 3 April 2017, the secretariat of 79 countries from ACP (Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific) issued a statement saying they would “speak with one voice” to negotiate the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) with the European Union (EU). This … Continue reading →

Reflections on the attack on Westminster

On 22 March 2017 Khalid Masood perpetrated on the grounds of England’s Westminster Palace what was described by the British security forces and the media as a “terrorist attack”. The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) immediately took … Continue reading →

TRUMP PHENOMENON & EMERGENCE OF A NEW WORLD ORDER

Preface I started observing the elections in the United States the moment I realised that Ronald Trump was an unusual phenomenon in US history. I wrote a series of seven weekly blogs starting the first week of November 2016. In … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics PART 7: WHAT IS FASCISM IN OUR TIMES?

There is much talk these days, especially in the Western media, about “fascism”. The word is thrown around with total abandon to describe any political figure with whom one is in disagreement.  Sometimes, “fascism” is twinned with “populism” so that … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics PART 6: POLITICS OF RESISTANCE AND SOLIDARITY

In Part 4 of this series, I concluded my analysis by referring to the turnaround by the losing Democratic candidate, Bernie Sanders, in the US elections.  He distanced himself from fellow Democrat Hillary Clinton, and promised to work with Republican … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics PART 5: THE GLOBAL MILITARY-SECURITY DIMENSION

Trump has challenged the Europeans on the issue of contributions to NATO, provoking speculation that NATO’s future might be at stake. From NATO’s Secretariat the reaction was strong. Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Trump that the West is facing its … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics Part 4: The Deep State & the Imperial Establishment

There is widespread hearsay that with Donald Trump as the next American President, all bets are off. Anything can happen. The man is unpredictable. Trump’s assumption of power could be the beginning of a sea change in America’s relations with … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics PART 3: ECONOMIC NATIONALISM

Capitalism has been a progressive force in its times. But it has given rise to resistance at various levels. The first resistance came from its exploited classes – the industrial workers. When Capitalism was obliged by its own logic to … Continue reading →

Reflections on Post US Elections Geopolitics Part Two: Imperialism and Revolution

In Part One I traced the rise of Ronald Trump and his distinct ideology which could be termed “Trumpism” – a strongly nationalist ideology outside the mainstream Establishment.  Trump won against great odds. How far he will succeed in his … Continue reading →

Trump and Trumpism: Reflections on post US elections geopolitics

Nov 17, 2016 Trump’s victory is partly because of his own skills, but also partly because the world is changing. We are witnessing a civilizational shift – the slow, painful death of the Western Empire. Even in rich America millions … Continue reading →