What could deter an attack? The certainty that even if the United States could not intervene militarily in time to save Taiwan, it would certainly institute a complete naval blockade of China immediately afterwards.
Intelligence services reflexively build bureaucratic empires and ceaselessly expand their reach because that’s what bureaucracies do. They can be useful in war, but the bulk of what they do in peacetime is pointless.
Did the world change forever? No, it barely budged. 9/11 was a deliberate provocation and the United States fell for it hook, line and sinker, but it still didn’t produce any of the changes the perpetrators wanted.
Income disparities in the United States have been widening years, as they have in China, with grave social consequences for both. But being democratic doesn’t enable the U.S. to deal with it any better. Maybe it’s just a
We call it democracy now, and it certainly does not mean absolute equality. It does mean that the differences of wealth and power must not become too great, or the whole structure of consent will collapse.
The mills of American justice grind even more slowly than those of the South African courts, but the time is coming when Trump will be charged with a serious offence. When that happens, he will do a Zuma.
All the explanations on offer for the death of Jovenel Moise are incredible. Assassins without an escape plan, who according to the security cameras arrived at 2:40 a.m., an hour and a half after Moïse was killed?
This is all quite new science, and still open to challenge. But over the past two decades the same pattern of seven stalled peaks and lows over the same regions–‘wave-7’–has lasted seven times for more than two weeks.
China was a horrendously impoverished and unequal society in 1921, the official line says, and owes its current prosperity and freedom from foreign rule to the Communist revolution of 1949–but in reality, it had little t
If the Democrats do not resurrect some version of the Voting Rights Act, then the new electoral machinery being installed by the Republican Party will guarantee that it wins the presidential elections of 2024.
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