Tag Archives: Europe

When Do Our Bankers Get Their Scolding?

The right wing in the US likes to joke about the weakness and effeminate nature of Europeans but at least those Europeans are taking principled stances on banker bonuses and the selfish financial industry in general. On Friday, the President of the European Central Bank addressed them: Mr Trichet said financial institutions should be using […]

Cold War Leftovers

Yesterday was the celebration of the fall of the Berlin Wall, a symbolic event in the dissolution of the Cold War stasis that had divided Europe since the end of World War II. Many countries of Central and Eastern Europe have emerged from that past to adapt well to market economics and prosper. There have […]

R.I.P. Missile Defense System (Almost)

via BBC News: US President Barack Obama has shelved plans for controversial bases in Poland and the Czech Republic in a major overhaul of missile defence in Europe. Well, almost: He said a review had shown the need to switch strategy to defending against the short- and medium-range missiles that Iran could use to target […]

Le Tour

From the perspective of an American, when you think of the Tour de France two things probably pop into your mind: Lance Armstrong and doping scandals. And probably a third, tight shorts. I happened to watch three stages of this event this past week (it ended Sunday) and found myself enjoying it, only thinking about […]

A Future Framented Europe?

The folks over at ComingAnarchy.com came up with the map below as a projection of what new states could emerge from Europe by 2020. I don’t know if the guy who made it happened to stop by the Autonomist and Secessionist Movements list on Wikipedia (and its a beauty) and started extrapolating but, to throw […]

McCain's lovely new ad

(Updated Below) Check out McCain’s new ad where he blasts Obama for not visiting wounded troops during his overseas trip: This ad is not only riddled with shameless falsehoods, it’s a sign that McCain is trying to shift the debate away from the issues. I’m not sure why, but this ad just makes me mad. […]

Kosovo and Serbia: An unnecessary split

A largely forgotten war that took place nearly eight years ago brings to light modern struggles of nationalism in Europe. I’m speaking of Kosovo and its declaration of independence from Serbia. Since 1999, Kosovo has been under the protection of UN forces and, as far as I can see, would still need the aid from […]

A lesson in democracy from Musharraf?

I never thought I would be saying this, but a small “Thank You” to Pervez Musharraf. “You have taken centuries in reaching wherever you have come,” Musharraf said. “Allow us time for going for the values that you have established for yourselves.” There are some severe problems in Pakistan in regards to human rights that […]