Democratic Taiwan: More important than ever after failed U.S. ‘pivot to Asia’

Special to By Sol W. Sanders Largely ignored by the mainstream media, the Jan. 15 Taiwan elections have enormous implications not only for the Island’s 25 million people, but for China – and the U.S. Ironically, the election of the Democratic Progressive Party [DPP] leader, Tsai Ing-wen, a woman at that — reinstalled a […]

The shale revolution, propaganda, sheer idiocy and an abundance of energy

Special to By Sol W. Sanders The Shale Revolution continues to wreak havoc as revolutions are wont to do. The abundance of U.S. natural gas, in many ways a more satisfactory fossil fuel than either coal or oil because of its lesser emissions, has dynamited the whole worldwide energy market. Whether or not the […]

Making politics fun again: Might we see a real Republican convention this year?

Special to By Sol W. Sanders Hooray! At this moment there is every expectation that the country’s voters and political aficionados are going to be presented with an old-fashioned open political convention. The upcoming early primaries in Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina seem to be headed for a division of spoils among the […]

How Picasso and Obamacare became politically correct, after a fashion

Sol W. Sanders   Back in the early 1930s, worldwide Communism had a serious dilemma. It wanted to exploit well-known adherents, especially in the non-Soviet world. But some of these brightest stars were artists or intellectuals whose work was anathema to Josef Stalin, the monster who had taken over the Soviet Union. Zigzagging intellectually, with […]

Ahem, Mr. President: The War on Terror is far from over

Sol W. Sanders   If the Boston Massacre and the growing Syrian Civil War jihadist outrages were not self-evident, the bloody attack on innocents at the Nairobi, Kenya, mall provide new evidence that the international terrorist conspiracy continues virtually unabated. The perpetrators were Islamic jihadists, apparently members of the al Shahid thugs in neighboring Somalia […]

Obama, and Russia’s unremarkable Putin, discover American exceptionalism

Sol W. Sanders   Among the welter of ironies concerning President Vladimir Putin’s op-ed for The New York Times on the zig-zagging Syria crisis is that Ras’ ghostwriter has however haphazardly touched on the fundamental issue. Given the arguments and syntax, I suspect the ghost’s first language was American, not Russian, something I will leave […]

Syria: To avoid jumping to conclusions, don’t

Sol W. Sanders   The old cliché has it that history is written by the victors. But the victors’ historians, too, are human. In an effort to write a narrative which the rest of us can follow, they pick up what we diginicks call a “thread”. Until someone identifies a major theme and writes [and […]

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