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Splinterlands: The View From 2050

John Feffer | Posted 11.10.2016 | Politics
John Feffer

In 2015, people were so busy crossing borders -- real and conceptual -- that they barely registered the backlash against globalization. Officially, more and more countries had committed themselves to diversity, multiculturalism, and the cosmopolitan ideals of liberty, solidarity, and equality. But everything began to change.

The Irony of Current Russian-Ukrainian Relations

John Brown | Posted 10.11.2014 | Home
John Brown

In all the wise commentary on the tragic Russia-Ukraine situation, I have seen few observations (admissions?) that 20th-century Ukraine is essentially a Soviet geopolitical construction.

A-Sides with Jon Chattman: Empires Strike Back; Fireworks Go Off

Jon Chattman | Posted 07.05.2014 | Entertainment
Jon Chattman

With all the Stars Wars news last week (the casting announcement of Episode VII and the impending "May the Fourth Be With You" nonsense about to occur...

Why Inequality Stings

Nigel Barber | Posted 03.17.2014 | Politics
Nigel Barber

Much has been written about how the richest segment of the U.S. population has prospered in recent decades whereas the majority have not seen their circumstances improve despite unprecedented economic growth. Why does that matter?

Use America's Strength to Sustain Peace Instead of War

Fred Lundgren | Posted 02.05.2014 | Politics
Fred Lundgren

Nationally, we must steadfastly avoid the urge to go to war to settle the grievances that our policies helped create.

Globaloney, 19th Century Edition

Ian Fletcher | Posted 02.10.2013 | Business
Ian Fletcher

Everyone knows we live in a brave new world of globalization. And like a lot of things that everyone knows, it isn't so. Not only was the globalization of the late 19th century, just as profound as today, it generated a similar class of professional sophists to justify it all.

Empires: Individuals in Search of Society

Marc Lafia | Posted 07.18.2012 | Home
Marc Lafia

The new empire still plays by the games of the old empires: of divisiveness, of scarcity, of might and fear, even while we have never had such abundance and innovation. It is this paradox that our documentary Empires sets out to unravel.

The Decline Of Empires (VIDEO)

Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

This video presents a neat visualization of the evolution of four maritime empires (British, French, Spanish and Portuguese) year-by-year over the cou...

Afghanistan: Where Empires (US, USSR) Go To Die | By Tom Engelhardt | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

It is now a commonplace -- as a lead article in the New York Times's Week in Review pointed out recently -- that Afghanistan is "the graveyard of empi...