This website contains subjects I covered in my seminars (done within the context of a company) with the yellow buttons on the bottom what I used as a foundation for my older seminars between 1997-2007.
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30 Nov., 2014: Venezuela’s international reserves declined $1.3 billion following declining oil price. The worsening situation will make 2015 a crucial year for Venezuela:
26 Nov., 2014: While al Qaeda might have longed to take control of a significant nation-state, it primarily remained a sparse, if widespread, terrorist organization. It held no significant territory permanently; it was a movement, not a place. But the Islamic State, as its name suggests, is different. It sees itself as the kernel from which a transnational Islamic state should grow, and it has established itself in Syria and Iraq as a geographical entity. The Future of the Islamic State:
25 Nov., 2014: By cutting off coal shipments to Ukraine, Moscow is strengthening its leverage over Kiev. Continue:
Visited Asia September-6 November
3 July, 2013: The Next Phase of the Arab Spring.
6 July, 2013: With the approach of the centenary of the outbreak of the Great War, attention will focus again on the ‘origin’ of the First World War. Following is the story of an unnecessary tragedy - one that can be understood only by retracing the steps takenby those who went down the road to war. Almost every day it seemed possible that the crisis could be settled as so many had been over the previous decade; almost every day there was a new suggestion that gave statesmen hope that war could be avoided without abandoning vital interests. With each passing day, we see how the personalities of leading figures such as Kaiser Wilhelm II, the Emperor Franz Joseph, Tsar Nicholas II, Sir Edward Grey, and Raymond Poincaré were central to the unfolding crisis, how their hopes and fears intersected as events unfolded, and how each new decision produced a response that complicated or escalated matters to the point where they became almost impossible to contain. A new investigation why the First World War broke out.
23 Nov, 2013: China creates air defense zone over Japan-controlled islands. As Japan and China increase air activity around the disputed Senkaku/Diaoyu islands in the East China Sea, the United States is steadily increasing its active involvement to reassure Tokyo and send a warning to Beijing. But Beijing may seek an opportunity to challenge U.S. primacy in what China considers its territorial waters. Continue:
2 March, 2014: Resurgence or is Russia Doomed? Continue:
9 March, 2014: Had Israel lost its war of independence in 1948, its territory would have been divided among the invading Arab forces. And as a recent article argues the name Palestine would have vanished into the dustbin of history. After the war, the Arab states continued to manipulate the Palestinian national cause to their own ends. The Palestinians' Real Enemies .
16 March, 2014: Case Study: The ‘decline of the West’ and a look behind Putin’s new Eurasianism.
8 April, 2014: Trouble in Eastern Ukraine going forward.
25 June, 2014: What is President Putin up to:
18 July, 2014: The downing of MH17 is not as much a sharp turn in the Ukraine conflict as it is an acceleration — is Russia going to do some kind of pinpoint strikes, help the rebels in that kind of sort of way, give them airpower? Or could they do a full-on peacekeeping mission and move forces in and try to establish ground positions and force the Ukrainian military to make a decision to physically confront the Russian military? Comment:
6 August, 2014: Russia now in Charge of Ukrainian Separatists.
14 Aug. 2014: Why Western investment will not solve Ukraine's problems.
25 Aug, 2014: On Aug. 23 pro-Russian separatists conducted counteroffensives near the main population centers of Donetsk and Luhansk, while movements from across the Russian border into southeastern Ukraine near the Sea of Azov threaten to open up new fronts and tie down Ukrainian military resources. Over 2,000 Ukrainian forces are cut off from supplies and reinforcements. As it continues to face the danger of being surrounded while mounting offensives, the Ukrainian military may be forced to limit the depth of its attacks into separatist-held territories, which will allow the separatists to continue receiving significant materiel and tactical support from Russia. The troubles ahead for Ukraine.
I attended the Honolulu Festival 7-9 March 2014 with underneath some of the photos I took:
14 Oct., 2012: Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb: The Intervention Force in Mali.
24 Nov., 2012: The contradictory web that fuels conflicts in the Middle East..
30 Nov., 2012: Background of the crises in Egypt: Consequences for the balance of power between the Brotherhood and the military.
27 Nov., 2012: Background of the crises in Egypt: Protesters Storm Muslim Brotherhood Offices.
5 Dec., 2012: The USS Eisenhower, an American aircraft carrier that holds eight fighter bomber squadrons and 8,000 men, arrived at the Syrian coast today in the midst of a heavy storm, indicating US preparation for a potential ground intervention. Why Assad Won’t Use Chemical Weapons, yet why we should still be worried.
7 Dec., 2012: Background of the crises in Egypt: What next with Egypt and Syria to Jordan.
13 Dec., 2012: Will the European Crises soon be over?
20 Dec., 2012: Suitable for Christmas and New Year, the below are just a few of the more than 100 titles about ‘positive thinking’ published this month. Plus then there is ‘The Power of Negative Thinking’ by Bob Knight. The Secret of Positive Thinking, Self Help books and Happiness.
24 Dec., 2012: Of importance to China, the question of the next Dalai Lama is political, not spiritual. The future Dalai Lama:
28 Dec., 2012: Apart from ‘positive thinking’ no other new religious movement coming from the USA has received so much attention as Scientology. Here a complete expose including an update about the signposts for reincarnated Scientologists who come from outer space plus 'could Belgium Bring Down Scientology?' and a review of Going Clear: Scientology, Hollywood & The Prison of Belief. Enter Scientology:
29 Dec., 2012: Myanmar army jets yesterday fired on positions near the Kachin Capital: China/US, 2013 projection for Myanmar/ Burma.
30 Dec., 2012: What next with Syria, Lebanon, Turkey, Iran and Saudi Arabia: The Arab World in Transition 2013.
31 Dec., 2012: Two of the subjects that will become of increased importance the next months are Europe and the Middle East once more, today: The fate of Europe in 2013.
17 Jan., 2013: Al Quaeda and the Algerian hostage crises plus: Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Morocco, Lybia, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal.
18 Jan., 2013: French colonial policy redux or a new chance?: The Next Phase of the Mali Intervention.
20 Jan., 2013: Algerian hostage crises is over: When will Future Attacks take place.
22 Jan., 2013: Long-term conflict brewing in the Middle East: The Sunni-Shia struggle.
26 August, 2013: Obama’s Syria and What the Confrontation Will Look Like:
17 Sept., 2012: China: "For The Respect Of The Motherland, We Must Go To War With Japan." History as a political weapon:
21 Sept., 2012: The past ten days Salafi led unrest in reaction to an anti-Islamic video spread through the Muslim world. Here a look at who is behind it: The Salafist Resurgence.
15 Oct., 2012: The Start of Europe’s fragmentation.
20 Oct., 2012: Lebanon on a knife-edge: With Turkey moving warplanes to the Syrian border,US troops on standby in Jordan, the new tensions in Lebanon today are widening the influence of the Syrian civil war to neighbouring countries; Background forms the rebel Free Syrian Army supply lines in Lebanon.
24 Oct., 2012: The insurgency in Thailand: Multiple Dilemmas.
27 Oct., 2012: Satellite pictures show hundreds of buildings by Muslim Rohingya are destroyed in the coastal town of Kyaukpyu alone. Myanmar's Shame:
30 Oct., 2012: Lebanon and what next with Syria: Charting the course of future events.
7 Nov, 2012: Upcoming turmoil in Asia?
16 Nov., 2012: The Gaza offensive: Egyptian-Israeli relations, other groups than Hamas, wider relevance or importance.
17 Nov., 2012: Iran and the Gaza Offensive: Why the Iranian connection will complicate the situation.
29 Dec., 2011: Iran threatens to block Strait of Hormuz oil route, yet why they will not. (with Iran's Nuclear Sites map).
22 Dec., 2011: Why the European crisis has been solved (for a while).
6 Nov., 2011: Military steps up plans for Iran attack?
27 October, 2011: Europe’s Crises Worsening.
3 October, 2011: Geopolitical Imperatives of Greece and Consequences of the Coming Default:
31 August, 2011: Three days which rocked the world: The Qaddafi libel against Gorbachev and the last days of the Soviet Union
Enter: Arab Spring 2011
January 23, 2008: According to the Dictionary of Gnosis & Western Esotericism, 2005, p. 1049: "Because of the nature of its worldview, Scientology can be seen as belonging within the domain of Western esotericism" (the latter topic I covered in a seminar in 2001 see update here:) Now, following the recent book by Andrew Morton, “Tom Cruise: An Unauthorized Biography” Case Study (updated July 2008): Scientology Unveiled.
July 18, 2008: Proceeding from Thomas Craughwell’s recent description in “How the Barbarian Invasions Shaped the Modern World” I trace the Huns to their Mongol related origin in what is now China, and how close they came to taking Rome: Continue...
July 22, 2008: The following three books focus on the time when Turkish troops under Mustafa Kemal (aka Ataturk) took Smyrna. However, they also present an introduction to the larger context of the events in question. As we will next see, some of these issues still play al role in Turkish bid for EU membership, today:
August 7, 2008: France has rejected Rwandan claims accusing French officials of playing an active role in the Rwandan genocide of 1994. But what are the real facts? Case Study: The French Rwanda File:
August 14, 2008: Case Study: Beyond Terror and Martyrdom: The Future of the Middle East.
Sept. 5, 2008: While ‘Science of the Apocalypse’ drew a law suit demanding that the U.S. halt construction, The Telegraph today reports LHG Scientists get "end of the world" death threats. Apocalypse: The History of an Idea.
Why some people believe the Large Hadron Collider cause the end of the world.
Sept. 6, 2008: Today Turkey's President Abdullah Gul has made a landmark visit to Armenia. Due to Turkey’s denial of an Armenian genocide, normally such contact would take place. In fact it is only recently that also Germany’s historical role in the Armenian drama is emerging. And one reason why Germany was so complacent in the matter might have been because Wilhelm II hatched a plan where Turkey would be colonized by Germans. Case Study:
Sept. 8, 2008: Last week a new High-tech tool for unmasking counterfeit wine was unveiled. Yet it was hard to be sure whether a wine was fraudulent or not-- when even definitions of what “wine” was were not clear. Hence we researched: The Secret Wine Report.
Sept. 19, 2008: While a recent book "Alexander Dugin and Extreme Right Networks" claimed neo-Eurasian involvement with the secret services, following a mention by Newsweek and Der Spiegel, the CSM now asks if Alexandr Dugin is really the new sage of the Kremlin. Russian Eurasianism: A New Ideology of Empire?
Sept. 13, 2008: Chinese Yellow Turban rebellion, Celestial and Terrestrial Spirits, Taiping Rebellion, Boxer Uprising, Falun Gong. Case Study: The Politics of Qigong.
Sept. 17, 2008: Having carefully watched last night’s ABC special “UFOs: Seeing is Believing” we continue with: Investigating, UFOs Seeing is Believing.
Sept. 24, 2008:
Sept. 28, 2008: From New Thought to Self Improvement Books:
Sept. 29, 2008: The Politically Incorrect Guide to Psychology and Psychiatry:
Oct. 4, 2008: Three recent books “Healing, Hype, or Harm?: A Critical Analysis of Complementary or Alternative Medicine”, “Suckers: How Alternative Medicine Makes Fools of Us All" and “Trick or Treatment: The Undeniable Facts about Alternative Medicine” do not only critique alternative medicine, but tells us also a lot about its history. We investigated further: Alternative Medicine in Context.
Oct. 5, 2008: But while regulations in regard to alternative therapies are now being considered, it might be time to do the same with mainstream medicine today. For example when do new treatments stop being experimental? We all have a tendency to think that "newer is better" and "more is better" when it comes to medical care. We want to believe the marketing and media hype that describes many modest scientific steps as "lifesaving new technology." Case Study: Medical Advancements to the Test.
Oct. 14, 2008: Where today saw the end of a Khmer Rouge trial, early 2009 will see the high level trial of chief interrogator Kaing Guek Eav, also known as Duch. And while the reason for the genocidal craze remained a mystery to date, we investigated and discovered the utopian longings and delusions of lost or stolen grandeur combined with delusions of persecution along with virulent conspiracy theories. The Why of Khmer Rouge Terror.
Jan. 7, 2009: The Problems with Israel and Palestine P2: Geostrategy of the Palestinians.
Jan. 10, 2009: The Problems with Israel and Palestine P3: The Palestinian Challenge Beyond Israel.
17 July 2009: Jemaah Islamiah is most likely behind the fatal blasts in two Jakarta hotels today. Jemaah Islamiah and Global Jihad.
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Oct. 20, 2009: Three days ago a new book appeared on bookstore shelf’s, Christopher Booker‘s long awaited: The Real Global Warming Disaster. The book confirms and partly repeats the information posted here.
9 March, 2010:
15 March, 2010: The dressing-down from Israel's closest ally over the approval of plans for new homes in Jerusalem during the US vice president's visit continued in full force over the weekend. One solution to leave Jerusalem undivided however would be to internationalize it. A Brief History of the Jerusalem Problem:
10 April, 2010: While it will have little effect on the permission for the US to have a transit bases there, it is clear from the April 7 revolution in Kyrgyzstan, that Russia is capable of creating “color revolution”-style uprisings in countries where it wants to increase its influence. And why China might be concerned, plus Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Georgia, Azerbaijan, The Baltic States. Continue:
23 April, 2010: Eurozone’s Debt crisis no longer just about Greece. Continue…
On the left myself as an 18 year old in Afghanistan just before I walked up and trough the Khyber Pass. On the right as an adult in Japan: