American neo-conservatives think this view is yesterday’s rubbish and trust only in America’s strengths. This is called unilateralism and it hasn’t exactly proven to be a model of success. On the contrary, it has proven to be an extraordinarily effective method of self-debilitation.
With a huge festival around the new embassy at the old location, the Pariser Platz, America opens up to Berliners once again. After years of shielding behind concrete barriers and barbed wire-topped steel fences, the western superpower is finally showing its colors anew and is again part of Berlin’s “living [Read more]
John McCain, Republican presidential candidate, called the U.S. Social Security system “a total disgrace.” His advisor Phil Gramm characterized Americans as “whiners.” There was a lot to talk about last week in America’s blogosphere. Still, a few bloggers found the time to take sides in the controversy [Read more]
Politicians have a magical attraction to freed hostages, especially famous ones. Few other things offer this kind of a chance to gain popularity without any real effort.
As Ingrid Betancourt, the French-Colombian politician and the world’s most famous hostage, was being freed, a flurry of activity was set into [Read more]
The large oil fields are getting old with no comparable replacements in sight. Even the oil industry is openly worrying about future production levels. Meanwhile, the price continues to increase, now up to $135.
Just about all oil industry managers, government representatives, analysts, and advisors are now [Read more]
American presidential candidate Barack Obama is trying to lessen the tensions in the German government caused by the announcement that he planned to speak at Berlin’s Brandenburg Gate. “We’re currently looking for alternative speaking locations in Berlin,” said Obama’s communications director, Robert Gibbs, [Read more]
A President Barack Obama is evidence of a turning point in America. But the far greater sea change would be a First Lady Michelle Obama.
The missile defense system planned by the United States in Europe is to be located in the Czech Republic. Russia vehemently opposes such a deployment by the United States and has threatened military action, saying the proximity of such an American system weakens its own deterrence potential.
Barack Obama is preparing a change of course in his Iraq policy. Good thing, because anything else would endanger the hard-won stability in Iraq, not to mention his credibility at home.
The bottom-line of the de-facto Democratic candidate’s first month is: Barack Obama is being as flexible as any other politician. [Read more]