So, they did it. The US, with support from UK and France, launched last night a series of air strikes on military facilities and chemical stores in Syria, following the use of chemical weapons in Ghouta by the Syrian regime. It’s the conclusion of a weeklong political theatre based on tweets, threats and counters, but…… Continue reading Bombing Syria, but what for ?
After the Salisbury novichok attack (Skripal affair), the Brits resembled a coordinated response, with almost 100 Russian diplomats expelled from the US, Canada, Ukraine and 14 EU countries. It is also interesting to note the nine countries who indicated their opposition to the common action : Portugal, Greece, Cyprus, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Slovenia, Austria, Luxembourg, Malta, while Ireland…… Continue reading Cold War 2.0 nonetheless
Well, I went there myself, and the idea is pretty clear : Russia is not attacking frontally some Western countries (UK, US), but in an unconventional, hard-to-prove manner. But not for everybody : the Germans are solidly entangled in the Russian gas networks, so no war at all for them, because Russia is their ‘natural’ partner. As…… Continue reading Cold War 2.0 : not so cold, not so war
Though it sounds like a new Russian entry, it’s 30 years old. And it resembles in some way to the cyber-war. Same non-conventional weapons, same asymmetric warfare.
Two strong pieces from the Guardian and the Atlantic on the end of the old establishment, in Britain and the global level. Of course, the present times are much about Trump, but the Iraq War, the Russian revival or the Chinese acceleration all began in the 2000s. It could rather be that our times are…… Continue reading The End of the (old) Elites
Peter Ammon, German Ambassador to Britain : some Brexiters were motivated by a sense of national identity built around Britain standing alone in the second world war. many of them said they wanted to preserve a British identity and this was being lost in a thick soup of other identities. Obviously every state is defined…… Continue reading Brexit as a by-product of WW2
Well, not so unexpected in the end : the brexit referendum was a lot about foreign workers in Britain and their supposedly unfair advantages.