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

Brazil should be saying good-bye to its worst recession. Instead, the UN Economic Commission for Latin America has revised its growth estimate for Brazil downward while president Michel Temer's nation is busy investing in the US, helping Donald Trump…

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August 7, 2018

Philippe Thyraude de Vosjoli was a famous french spymaster during the Cold War era with intimate knowledge of the Cuban missile "crisis" that Hollywood used to produce the 1969 Alfred Hitchcock film "Topaz".  Today, 40 years later…

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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 4 MAY  After U.S. president Trump cancelled his much awaited visit to the "Summit of the Americas" public relations event in Peru in April and vice president Pence was sent "down there" in his stead, it was announced that Pence…

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January 17, 2018

UPDATE 9 MAY  Several western media sources including Reuters are reporting that Joaquim Barbosa has announced, via Twitter, that he is no longer a candidate for president of Brazil.  He says he made the decision to withdraw for entirely personal reasons…

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November 22, 2017

UPDATE 20 SEPT   Peru print and online newspaper El Comercio is reporting that, after an 18 month investigation the "Lava Jato" commission of Peru's Congress (named after the Brazil bribe and overcharging scandals in Brazil involving the Brazil…

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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 12 MARCH  Le Monde and Agence France Presse (AFP) are calling yesterday's congressional elections in Colombia a "victory for the right."  Same sources also suggest that due to the generally poor showing of leftist parties and their…

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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…

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  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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