The Philippines “BRIC” Effort

The Philippines “BRIC” Effort

photo: GovernmentZA While the Obama White House prepared plans for regime change in the Philippines, President Trump is working on an assertive strategy in Asia. Meanwhile, President Duterte is accelerating the country’s economic growth – dramatically. After the election triumph of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has initiated a series of economic reforms to accelerate […]

Trumping World Trade

Trumping World Trade

After the inauguration, President Trump has begun to reset the White House trade policies. But the consequences of “America First” stance in world trade are wrought with threats. Recently, President Xi Jinping gave a strong speech about the need for more inclusive globalization at Davos. World trade is a case in point. In 2015, world […]

The Story of the U.S. Regime Change Plan in the Philippines

The Story of the U.S. Regime Change Plan in the Philippines

photo: Brian Evans As long-needed economic reforms are taking off in the Philippines, regime change plans have been prepared in the US State Department against a democratically-elected president who enjoys very high popular support.    During the Philippine presidential campaigns in spring 2016, U.S. Ambassador Philip Goldberg sided visibly with anti-Duterte forces, which led to several […]

Philippines 2017 Or the Year of Living Dangerously

Philippines 2017 Or the Year of Living Dangerously

photo: Nicolas Raymond As President Duterte is rebalancing the Philippines’ economic and strategic policies, Washington is preparing plans for regime change. What the country needs is economic development, says Dan Steinbock – not geopolitical friction. After the election triumph of President Rodrigo Duterte, the Philippines has initiated a series of economic reforms to accelerate development, decentralize […]

Trump Tariffs Threaten to Undermine World Trade in 2017

Trump Tariffs Threaten to Undermine World Trade in 2017

Photo: Dirk Dallas As world trade and investment have plateaued, globalization has ground to a halt. The timing could not be worse for the Trump tariffs. In the recent Central Economic Work Conference, stability became the common denominator for China’s economic planning in 2017. And next year, the new central committee will is likely to speed […]

Why Are Foreign Nations Dumping US Treasuries

Why Are Foreign Nations Dumping US Treasuries

photo: Kurtis Garbutt Recently, foreign holders of US treasuries have been dumping their holdings more and at record pace. Optimists see it as a temporary fluctuation. Realists warn about structural change. According to US Treasury data, major foreign holders of US treasury securities have been reducing their holdings by almost $250 billion since March. The pace […]

The Rise of Anti-Establishment Italy

The Rise of Anti-Establishment Italy

photo: Ewan Topping After the UK Brexit and the Trump triumph in the US, the rise of anti-establishment Italy is hardly a surprise. It is the effect of half a decade of failed austerity doctrines in Europe and decades of failed political consolidation in Italy – ever since the notorious Tangentopoli scandals. While Italy’s constitutional referendum […]

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

The New Trade Future in Asia Pacific

photo: Dirk Dallas Right after the Asian-Pacific nations embraced the dream of free trade in the regional Peru Summit, President-elect Trump buried it. Last weekend, Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) summit made it clear that it would move forward with trade pacts; with or without the US. Right after the Lima summit, President-elect Donald Trump unveiled his […]

After The Trump Triumph

After The Trump Triumph

photo: Gage Skidmore The Trump victory was a “stunning surprise” to Washington and mainstream media.  But it was very much in line with voter distrust in both Clintons and Washington’s ruling class. Politically, Americans are fed up. In cooperation with the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign had far too cozy ties with Wall Street, neoconservatives […]

US 2016: Fight for Leadership Begins After the Election

US 2016: Fight for Leadership Begins After the Election

After the bizarre 2016 election, Washington faces a slate of investigations and a gridlock. Internationally, threats include new Cold War(s). Depending on the outcome, the election could even be contested. If Hillary Clinton wins, she will flash her broad smile like Alice in the Wonderland, with Vice President Tim Kaine, Bill and Chelsea on her […]

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