Evolution of War

by Reverse Engineer, Doomstead Diner With the latest in “Now we Will, Now we Won’t” bomb Syria back to the Stone Age progress toward War in that theater, I got to pondering on how War has evolved here since the early days of Ag Civilization into its current incarnation. Besides the technology for killing evolving …

The Roots of the Government Shutdown

By George Friedman, Founder and Chairman, Stratfor In general, Stratfor deals with U.S. domestic politics only to the extent that it affects international affairs. Certainly, this topic has been argued and analyzed extensively. Nevertheless, the shutdown of the American government is a topic that must be understood from our point of view, because it raises …

Congress Members Who Have Seen Classified Evidence About Syria Say It Fails to Prove Anything

Classified Syria Intelligence Fails to Prove Assad Used Chemical Weapons by Washington’s Blog, Washington’s Blog The administration’s public case for chemical weapons use by the Syrian government is extremely weak, and former high-level intelligence officers say that publicly-available information proves that the Syrian government likely did not carry out the chemical weapons attacks. Click on …

Opimizing Investment

by Michael Pettis, China Financial Markets In my May article I referred to a very interesting IMF paper written by Il Houng Lee, Murtaza Syed, and Liu Xueyan. The study, “China’s Path to Consumer-Based Growth: Reorienting Investment and Enhancing Efficiency”, attempts among other things to evaluate the efficiency of investment in various provinces within China. …

Stratfor: Turkey’s Violent Protests in Context

The rapid escalation of anti-government protests in Turkey in recent days has exposed a number of long-dormant fault lines in the country’s complex political landscape. But even as the appeal of Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s ruling Justice and Development Party (also known by its Turkish acronym, AKP) is beginning to erode, it will remain …