A Cynical Look At World Events. With A Bit Of Sarcasm And Humour

June 30, 2009

A Cynical Look At World Events. With A Bit Of Sarcasm And Humour

Events in Honduras, where the supposedly ‘hugely popular’ President Manuel Zelaya was ousted from power by the armed forces that were instructed to do so by the country’s Supreme Court which ruled that he was corrupt as hell, sent a shiver down the spines of certain leaders around the world. It is all very well for them to talk about democracy and the importance of having a system of checks and balances but it is completely another thing when this system is actually put into action. President Zelkaya, a left-winger, who had based his whole career on populism and anti-Americanism, was arrested by the military at his house in his pyjamas and sent into exile into neighbouring Costa Rica. Mr Zelaya was planning to push through the results of a referendum which would have given him... 

A Cynical Look At Events Around The World. It’s A Madhouse Out There

June 25, 2009

A Cynical Look At Events Around The World. It’s A Madhouse Out There

Adam Lovejoy writes: Let’s get this straight about Iran: there is no struggle there between hardliners and forces of democracy. If you believe that, you can go on twitter and tweet there on the subject of elections in Iran endlessly. The struggle is between two groups within the ruling Iranian regime for power. And oil, of course. And the affections of the Revolutionary Guards who decide who runs things in Iran. Just like it was in Russia in 1991 when two factions within the Soviet Communist Party clashed and the one headed by Boris Yeltsin won, and the one headed by Mikhail Gorbachev lost; the affections of the KGB at the time went to Yeltsin. Mir Hossein Mousavi, the Iranian opposition leader, is not much better than President Ahmadinejad, so it is not exactly a clear cut choice between...