Institutions And Competition

Eric Ehrmann

This blog examines issues that are drivers of social and political change in a perplexing multipolar world.

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September 7, 2018

UPDATE 11 DEC  Multiple Brazilian and English language sources are reporting that another federal court has removed a temporary injunction suspending the sale of Embraer to Boeing. With Brazil sliding into the political languor of Christmas season…

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August 7, 2018

UPDATE 27 NOV 2018   There has been much discussion of  populism lately,  and buzz in mainstream and social media about  "The New McCarthyism." But to understand the social dynamics of  what a "new McCarthyism" might be or mean, it is…

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May 1, 2018

UPDATE 4 SEPT  It is often overlooked that GFK played an important role in crafting US policy during World War 2, to wit that Washington would negotiate with the Salazar regime in Portugal to gain concessions of facilities in the Portuguese Azores…

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February 21, 2018

UPDATE 21 NOV   Citing few specifics, Financial Times in London is reporting that Brazil vice president-elect General (ret.) Hamilton Mourau has suggsted a "balanced relationship" with the Communist government of The People's Republic of China…

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January 17, 2018

UPDATE 9 DEC  With incoming president Bolsonaro lacking firm leadership in Brazil's lower house, Exame and other sources report an escalation in the feud between the Bolsonaro family and the powerful transgenerational political clan, the Maia family…

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November 22, 2017

UPDATE 3 DEC  El Pais in Montevideo, and other international media today are reporting that Uruguay president Tabare Vasquez has rejected the asylum request of former Peru president Alan Garcia. Garcia no longer an "asylum case", will have…

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October 16, 2017

During the "Cold War" amidst cries of "we will bury you" and the U-2 incident, American and Soviet scientists worked togther to develop and proliferate an oral vaccine to mediate the feared polio virus that during the first half of…

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July 12, 2017

UPDATE 17 NOV    A new investigative article by respected news source Bloomberg has raised new questions about the integrity of Colombia's current and former governments, the moral compass of its judicial system and how successive regimes prosecute the…

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June 5, 2017

Once they move beyond the “rage phase” of demonizing the Trump administration, leaders of the world's top economies, media assets and civil society groups would be wise to reexamine the benefits and the costs of the Paris climate deal. Climate change is…

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February 16, 2017

Turkish-born preacher Fethullah Gulen has been broadcasting his brand of Islamism from a protected enclave in the United States since 1999.   Even before going into exile on Main Street, the ex Imam maintained what some might call a…

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December 4, 2016

At the four nation "BRIC" summit in Ykaterinburg in 2009 the group buzzed up an ambitious agenda that moved the Sorosistas and other predatory speculators to take profits by betting against the dollar.   These items included the…

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October 12, 2016

Can folding a 60 year old U.S.-controlled organization that is a child of the Cold War and the Marshall Plan into the United Nations help stabilize a refugee situation that is spinning out of control, or will it further clog the sclerotic arteries of…

Poll conducted

  1. Korean Peninsula Crisis Has no Military Solution. How Can It Be Solved?
    Demilitarization of the region based on Russia-China "Dual Freeze" proposal  
     36 (35%)
    Restoring multilateral negotiation process without any preliminary conditions  
     27 (26%)
    While the situation benefits Kim Jong-un's and Trump's domestic agenda, there will be no solution  
     22 (21%)
    Armed conflict still cannot be avoided  
     12 (12%)
    Stonger deterrence on behalf of the U.S. through modernization of military infrastructure in the region  
     4 (4%)
    Toughening economic sanctions against North Korea  
     2 (2%)
 
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