However well intentioned the West is in its goal of removing dictatorships and helping the humanitarian crisis in Syria, its refusal to send troops and aggressively engage militarily can only mean that Russia will continue to have an ally in Syria and will be at the forefront of the war against ISIS.
How to prepare for crisis situations? Who in your company should be involved in the crisis management process? How should Volkswagen handle the emissions scandal? There are only some of the questions that I recently discussed with Donald Steel, one of the world's biggest experts on crisis communications.
The biggest news of the world--bigger than the US Open, bigger than the treaty with Iran, bigger than the economic melt-down ongoing in China--is this: the refugee crisis. If you haven't been watching it, if you haven't been reading about it, you most probably are spending your time twiddling your fingers in a cave.
It has been nearly half a decade since Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire in protest of the humiliation he suffered by the Ben Ali regime. This protest ignited a set of global protests known as 'the Arab Spring', calling for the overthrow of autocratic regimes, and for greater civilian control of society.
With the turmoil of the Greek economic crisis unfolding on my very doorstep since relocating my business and family to Greece earlier this year, it's all too easy to get caught up in it all and become easily overwhelmed. But there's one thing my fellow Greeks and Greek Australians must never forget. Fabulous is a mindset.
What do they really want? That's the question everyone is asking about both the Germans and the Greeks. Aspirations explicit and veiled circulate. But recent events -- negotiations, stalemate, trash talk, referendum, shutdowns -- have moved many options off the table. A thunderous "no" vote in Greece drowned out the more pointed "no" from Germany. Both these negatives were expressions not of will but of weakness. Yes, that's correct, German weakness, too. Is this something Alexis Tsipras can exploit? On such a field of increasing obstacle and impediment is where the next battle will play out. Politics is like this.
Greece should refuse a false choice by turning in a blank ballot. Refuse in this way the elite-mongering decisionism from which this scandalous insult to voting arises. Let it all go down. Around that the leaders and negotiators will have to adjust. Maybe then some small and sober and unexpected light will appear.
Thousands of years ago, between the rivers Euphrates and Tigris, in a vast and fertile stretch of land called "Mesopotamia," there lived a flourishing society in a city-state called "Babel." The city was bustling with life and action. It was the trade center of what we now call, "the cradle of civilization."