Category Archives: Current Affairs

April 21

SYRIA’S SUFFERING CONTINUES

The role of U.S. Secretary of State is to be the President’s chief foreign affairs adviser and to conduct negotiations relating to U.S. foreign affairs.  It is distinctly not a decision making role.  However, on September 9th, John Kerry was asked by a reporter if a strike in Syria (to stop the Assad regime) could […]

Dante Ruffalo April 13

EVIDENCE OF RUSSIA DESTABILIZATION OF UKRAINE

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 MEDIA NOTE Evidence of Russian Support for Destabilization of Ukraine On April 12, armed pro-Russian militants seized government buildings in a coordinated and professional operation conducted in six cities in eastern Ukraine. Many of the militants were outfitted in bullet-proof vests […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz April 13

UKRAINE- WHAT THE MEDIA MISSED

FOR THOSE WHO QUESTION THE ACCURACY OF MY ANALYSIS OF THE UKRAINE, COMPARE THE DATES OF MY POSTINGS WITH THE FACTS LISTED BELOW FROM THIS APRIL 13, 2014 STATEMENT FROM A SPOKESPERSON AT THE U.S. STATE DEPARTMENT.   U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release April 13, 2014 FACT SHEET Russian […]

April 13

HERE COME THE RICH THAI PROTESTERS AGAIN!

Thai protest leader (and shrimp farm and palm oil magnate) Suthep Thaugsuban has thus far failed to overthrow Prime Minister Yingluck.  Now he hopes the newly minted Supreme Court will finish the job for him. The Thai Supreme Court is appointed by the King and was created after the 2006 coup that overthrew Ms. Yingluck’s […]

April 07

DON’T ASK DONETSK- PUTIN PROPAGANDA CONTINUES

Today U.S. media report ‘pro-Russia’ demonstrators take over government buildings in the Ukraine city of Donetsk.  Why American journalists believe what Russia state TV tells them is baffling.  It is nothing but a further extension of Mr. Putin’s fanciful propaganda campaign. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said there is strong evidence FSB operatives (the […]

April 06

CUBA- OPEN FOR BUSINESS!

This week Cuba announced surprising economic liberalisation allowing for the first time foreign investment in certain sectors, lowered corporate tax rates and slightly reduced government intrusion.  Raul Castro hopes to revitalize his country’s economy and in so doing, thaw U.S.- Cuban relations. This begs the question- what threat does the diminutive communist island pose to […]

April 06

NIGERIAN PRESIDENT HIGHEST PAID POLITICIAN IN WORLD

Today, the Nigerian finance minister announced total GDP for 2013 increased to $318 billion USD ($510B PPP) making Nigeria Africa’s biggest economy, even larger than the modernized South Africa. Nigeria is roughly twice the size of California and has a population of 174 million.  For a comparison, the entire U.S. has a population of slightly […]

March 29

PUTIN BRAINWASHES AMERICA

When the West won the Cold War, they incorrectly assumed the strategy employed by our former Soviet adversaries was so fundamentally flawed their collapse was both foreseeable and inevitable.  This may have in part been true, but that is not to say the USSR was a failure at everything.  Our short-term memory of what Russia […]

March 26

FOOD STAMPS ARE FOR LAZY PEOPLE

Recent cuts in food stamps were a contentious issue based in erroneous perceptions about none other than race.  The Senate’s former third-ranking Republican, Rick Santorum, is a vociferous advocate of teaching ‘intelligent design’ in public schools, opposes abortion even in the case of rape (saying the victim should ‘make the best out of a bad […]

March 25

WHY SCALIA DIDN’T GO TO MEDICAL SCHOOL? HOBBY LOBBY V. SEBELIUS

Today, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hobby Lobby Stores v. Sebelius. Very much as expected, the questions from the Justices were divided down party lines with the holding in Citizens United being in large part, the premise for Hobby Lobby’s claim to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act and the right of a ‘person’ to […]

Dante Ruffalo, Alicia moritz March 24

HOW ABOUT TRYING SANCTIONS THAT WORK?

The EU, as a whole, imports about one third of its oil and gas from Russia making it difficult for the monetary union to back sanctions against Mr. Putin.  Further, former Eastern European countries are significantly more reliant on Russia as their fuel source with Lithuania importing over 90% of its fuel needs from the […]

dante ruffalo alicia moritz March 14

BRITISH LIES, PUTIN FLIES

After a vitriolic and public twitter war between BBC Chief Political Correspondent Norman Smith and myself, which revealed both Mr. Smith’s passion in pursuit of his beliefs as much as it did his immaturity for a man of his age and credential, I took it upon myself to read the entire Ukraine Constitution. Here is […]

Alicia Moritz Dante Ruffalo March 14

CRIMINY CRIMEA!

Mr. Putin wants nothing more than to be recorded by history as the man who reassembled the USSR and brought home to mother Russia the lost rapscallion of Perestroika and Mikhail Gorbechav.  Sunday’s vote in Crimea is his next and greatest step because, if successful, annexation of Crimea by Russia creates a very dangerous precedent […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz March 01

WHY DON’T SUPREME COURT JUSTICES KNOW MATH?

Monday, the Supreme Court will here Hall v. Florida.  The issue in the case is whether the Florida state court erred in sentencing to death a man with an IQ below the threshold for intellectual disability (IQ of 70). In 2002, Justice John Paul Stevens wrote in Atkins, a similar case of a ‘mentally retarded’ man sentenced to […]

Dante Ruffalo Alicia Moritz February 28

FACTORY WORKERS DON’T REJECT UNIONS

Autoworkers at a Volkswagen car manufacturing plant in Chattanooga, Tennessee rejected an offer to join the United Autoworkers Union.  The UAW is known to negotiate higher wages, better benefits and stronger pension plans for factory workers at autoplants.  The other notable feature of the UAW is turning states Blue.  Since Democrats support unions and Republicans […]

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