Category Archives: Analyst

USA | US Foreign Military Bases Aren’t for “Defense”

“U.S. foreign military bases are the principal instruments of imperial global domination and environmental damage through wars of aggression and occupation.” That’s the unifying claim of the Coalition Against US Foreign Military Bases (noforeignbases.org), and it’s true as far as it goes.  But as a signer of the Coalition’s endorsement form, I think it’s worth taking the argument a bit further. The maintenance of nearly 1,000 US military bases on foreign soil isn’t just a nightmare for peaceniks. It’s also also an objective threat to US national security

Ukraine | How Ukraine Reined In Its Militias

By Vera Mironova and Ekaterina Sergatskova

When the conflict in Ukraine began in early 2014, a disturbing number of armed groups—from looting gangs to militias with ties to European white supremacy movements—sprang up from the chaos. Although the role and origin of those pro-Ukrainian militias has been hotly debated, one thing is clear: several years after the start of the conflict, the Ukrainian government has managed to stifle the independent armed groups fighting on its side. Its success offers lessons for other countries attempting to demobilize populations after a war.

Has the US lost the war in Syria? The blame game begins

by Darius Shahtahmasebi

By ending the “secret” CIA program to arm and train Syrian rebels attempting to topple Bashar al-Assad in Syria, the Trump administration has accepted defeat in Syria, according to the Century Foundation, a prominent New York-based think tank.

Qatar – Problem-Packed Peninsula

By J. Michael Springmann

WHAT. Qatar is a thumb-sized stub of land projecting out into the Persian Gulf from the Arabian  peninsula. Its 11,586 square kilometers (about 4,473 square miles) make it slightly smaller than the U.S. State of Connecticut and half the size of the Canadian Province of Nova Scotia. About 300,000 Qataris live in the country, along with roughly 2,300,000 expatriates, mostly from India and Nepal, with others from the Philippines and Bangladesh.  Only about 10% come from other Arab countries. The total population is clustered in and around Doha, Qatar’s capital.

Colombie : Le sud du Tolima, territoire de paix et de réconciliation

José Javier Capera Figueroa

 

Un territoire d’une grande richesse naturelle, culturelle et sociale, que ses paysages, ses saveurs, ses odeurs, surgissant d’entre les montagnes, nous permettent d’apprécier mais qui, paradoxalement, est plongé dans la pauvreté et la corruption, abandonné par l’État  et par les investisseurs. Voilà une des grandes contradictions que nous ont léguées les élites libérales et conservatrices, mais aujourd’hui, avec le temps, cette contradiction s’est aiguisée et la classe politique traditionnelle en porte la responsabilité.