Category Archives: Analyst

The Poverty of Entrepreneurship: The Silicon Valley Theory of History

How Silicon Valley coopts history for its own autocratic ends.

Why didn’t the Gauls overthrow the Romans? Why was Nat Turner’s revolt defeated so quickly? Why was the Haitian Revolution the only victorious slave rebellion in the Western hemisphere? And how can the answers to these questions help you, an aspiring entrepreneur, build an amazing business?

Fanon on soccer: radically anti-capitalist, anti-commercial and anti-bourgeois

Like a lot of kids the great Martinican/Algerian revolutionary Frantz Fanon loved playing soccer as a youngster. Returning to Martinique in 1945 after fighting in Europe and North Africa in World War II, Fanon continued to play soccer on a local team.

C. L. R. James in the Age of Climate Change

by Justin Slaughter

What does C. L. R. James’s reading of Moby-Dick tell us about ruling elites and climate change today?

In 1952, the US government detained Trinidadian socialist C. L. R. James on Ellis Island for four months. The official reason was that James threatened the “morals of the people of the United States.” More likely, it stemmed from the red company the author had kept since immigrating in 1938, the same year he published his seminal book The Black Jacobins.

Iran will über Syrien Korridor ans Mittelmeer schaffen

Iran will über Syrien Korridor ans Mittelmeer schaffen. Der jüngste Angriff der US-Koalition auf einen schiitischen Konvoi in Syrien könnte in Zusammenhang mit der iranischen Strategie stehen.

Der Iran will die Route seines Landkorridors über sein Territorium und Syrien bis ans Mittelmeer verlegen. Ausschlaggebend für diese Entscheidung Teherans ist die erhöhte US-Militärpräsenz im Nordosten von Syrien, die die geplante Route der Iraner blockiert.

Ukraine | Ukraine’s Top Bank Lent Owner’s Lieutenants $1 Billion Before Nationalization

by Graham Stack

Between mid-2015 and mid-2016, Privatbank, the largest bank in Ukraine, handed out over US$ 1 billion in loans to firms owned by seven top managers and two subordinates of its owner at the time, Ihor Kolomoisky, according to a copy of its 2016 loan book reviewed by a reporter for OCCRP. Subsequently, in December 2016, the bank was nationalized after the government found that it was severely undercapitalized, threatening the country’s financial system.