A Closer Look At “The Enemy of the People”

“With so much recent mainstream press evocation of Joseph Stalin and claims of “enemy of the people” comparisons to Donald Trump we thought it timely to share some recent thoughts on the subject from journalist, professor and writer Saswat Pattanayak. As an additional side note, and given what Pattanayak exposes about the nature and history of the association of a phrase, rather than with Stalin some of us would be more familiar with the play by Henrik Ibsen and further note that this is also where the late Dr. John Henrik Clarke got the inspiration for the spelling of his own middle name.” (Dr. Jared Ball, iMixWhatILike)

Korean Submissions

Strange bedfellows at a crucial juncture. China and South Korea have agreed that the “Korean peninsula should be nuclear (weapons) free” and see it as the importance of the “dialogue process” to “push the situation on the Korean peninsula towards a positive direction”. Will North Korea follow suit? Wait and watch what the big brother United States (ruler, father, you name it…because the US is the male personification of the war zone. Pacifists are feminists of course..) does.

The Group of Rogue Nations

G-8 Summit finally concluded in Evian, France. As we know, a group of rogue nations met at the summit to encourage cooperative (read: competitive) action on key global priorities (read: globe is defined by them), spurring economic growth (read: of their own markets); combating terrorism (read: to curb popular resentments in their countries); preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (read: to forbid others of their luxuries); and promoting prosperity in the developing world (read: by devising ways to keep them from being developed or declaring them as such). Funny that I had to use the parenthesis to make…

Yet another aimless Treaty!

One has heard of the SALT and NPT and the CTBT. Here is yet another one: MTSOR. Moscow Treaty on Strategic Offensive Reductions. And the following is a lesser known joint statement passed early this month: On May 24, 2002, we pledged to build a new strategic relationship between the United States of America and the Russian Federation. We declared our partnership, and our commitment to work together to advance stability, security, and prosperity for our peoples, and to work jointly to counter global challenges and help resolve regional conflicts. We also declared that where we had differences, we would…