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I've already written about Saudi's totally screwed future, but it's nice to hear others saying as much. If you're not about to click that old link and read that rather long piece, I'll quickly summarize the Bad Things going against Saudi. 1). It's not a nation-state Saudi's still a kingdom; kingdoms are essentially giant mafia … Continue reading Saudi Arabia is Primed to Blow Up (And the good news is, the world can let it)
So you’re down in a parking lot’s lowest level. You’re all like, “Goddamn this mall’s crowded bullshit weekend sale,” because you’ve been forced into this dank suburban bunker. Just as you find your car, everything shakes. The lights go off. Some parts of the ceiling collapse. You know this can’t possibly be good. You work … Continue reading The Geopolitics of the Apocalypse (American-style)
Contrary to some true Islamophobic believers, politics and Islam have not always gone hand in hand. Under the Ottoman Empire, most Muslim territories were going the same way as Christian Europe – faithful but modernizing, scientific but not atheistic. Up until the 1950s, the difference in religious participation between Europeans and Muslims wasn’t that much. … Continue reading Where the hell did political Islam come from?
Ever since late May, when Hezbollah entered Syria's civil war, the rebellion has faltered. This is the Empire Strikes Back portion of the war. All hope seems lost; serious questions arise about the rebels' unity; will the evil government crush the heroic rebellion once and for all? All nonsense aside, people are really dying - … Continue reading Bashar the Butcher is Winning (Because killing people is what he does well)
I'm hardly about to wade into whether the jury was right or wrong on the recent Zimmerman trial. But the upset over it reveals wider trends within the U.S. that show just how much further America has to go before it's considered a fully civilized country. Kids vs. adults One should always remember that nation-states … Continue reading George Zimmerman, American racism, and how nations civilize themeslves
Previously, we've discussed the basic premise of the world system, all of which is underpinned by American military might and hard power. So let's now take the fun to a new level and imagine planet Earth minus America. The election of 2020 Some president is elected on a platform of "End the Empire now," or something … Continue reading A World Without America (Part II)
Let's play a thought experiment. Thought experiments are a lot like playing with toys all by yourself, except you don't have any toys and by using the term "thought experiment" you can seem smarter than other people. You hear plenty of foreign folk pining for a world without American hard power (that is, our military … Continue reading A World Without America (Part I)
So begins the cycle of violence in Egypt. The Muslim Brotherhood has thrown down and called for rebellion against the army; some will heed that call. But Egypt is no Syria. Should there be something like a civil war, it will be far faster and decisive in Egypt than Syria. Here’s why. Egypt’s population density … Continue reading The Muslim Brotherhood chooses a fight it can’t win (Or, how to lose an urban war)
Egypt’s coup caught some people off-guard. It shouldn’t have. Egypt’s becoming increasingly hard to rule. In the short and medium term, Egypt’s going to experience more and more chaos. Alas, because of Egypt’s deeply-rooted problems, no government – Brotherhood or military, secular or Islamist – is going to be able to govern Egypt successfully anytime … Continue reading Egypt is an Ungovernable Mess (and will stay so for a long time)