Democracy in peril: Egypt’s handling of Coptic unrest

October 12, 2011 by

The violence in Egypt involving Coptic demonstrators, military units and unidentified thugs shocked the country and rang alarms about prospects for transition to democracy. Egypt is going through a revolution and it would be naive to expect it to proceed smoothly, without finding a reverse gear. Nevertheless, the violence and the government’s response to the killing of the Coptic Christians are of real concern.

Afghan and German Deep Cultures at War Koblenz, Germany: Keynote Speech to the German Federal Armed Forces

October 12, 2011 by

Afghans are autonomous mountain people living mainly in 25,000 autonomous, self-reliant villages. Divided into, say, 6-8 nations, the Pashtoons were split by the Durand border drawn by imperialists. This is where Alexander the Great became Alexander the Small. Even the Mongols gave up. The British were beaten in 1842, 1878, 1919, as were the Soviets in the 1979 invasion. Moreover, the United States’ October 7, 2001 invasion, backed by a coalition of the willing – Germany and Norway being members – seems to get nowhere.

Canadian Oil Sands - A Good Investment? Not in Europe, Apparently

October 12, 2011 by

Any American watching cable TV over the past few months can hardly fail to have noticed the seemingly ubiquitous advertisements extolling the virtues of extracting oil from Canadian oil sands, which the commentators assure their audience has a carbon footprint largely comparable with traditional fossil fuels, and which, if developed will provide not only millions of new jobs but billions of dollars for governments as well as energy security by weaning the Western Hemisphere off its addiction to terrorism-tainted Middle East oil.