Institutions and Competition

Eric Ehrmann

This blog examines social, political and cultural changes driven by the competition between globalism and nation-states

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September 7, 2018

UPDATE 27 JAN 2019   In an exclusive Davos interview, Brazil's new leader Jair Bolsonaro tells celebrity editor Lally Weymouth of the Washington Post that he wants to "make Brazil great again",  why is a big fan of Donald Trump, and waffles…

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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 17 DEC  In its long obituary of GFK, The Guardian notes that during the "McCarthy Era"  U.S. senator Joseph McCarthy  called GFK, of all people,  a  "commie lover."  (Note- You need to read the entire article to find the…

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February 21, 2018

UPDATE 4 JAN 2019   Regardless of how much US secretary of state Pompeo urged Brazil to walk back its relationship with China during his recent visit to attend the inauguration of president Jair Bolsonaro, the official Brazil government news…

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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 27 Jan 2019  Leading print and online journal has st juprovided the general public with a list of the politicians involved in the what is probably the biggest bribery and corruption scandal to hit the Andean nation since the days of security…

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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 19 DEC  According to Buenos Aires News and other sources, Colombia's justice system has fined Brazil construction and engineering giant Odebrecht $250 million, having found the firm guilty of corruption to secure contracts. The company is also…

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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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