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April 30, 2021
America’s Crumbling Infrastructure: Schools

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) measures the conditions of bridge, water and transportation infrastructure within the US and publishes its findings through the Infrastructure Report Card. In 2021, America’s Cumulative Infrastructure Grade is C-, that is worse than “mediocre”. Schools got a D+ grade.

April 27, 2021
America’s Crumbling Infrastructure: Bridges

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) measures the conditions of bridge, water and transportation infrastructure within the US and publishes its findings through the Infrastructure Report Card. In 2021, America’s Cumulative Infrastructure Grade is C-, that is worse than “mediocre”. Bridges got a C grade.

April 25, 2021
America’s Crumbling Infrastructure: Roads

Every four years the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) measures the conditions of bridge, water and transportation infrastructure within the U.S. and publishes its findings through the Infrastructure Report Card.?In 2021, America’s Cumulative Infrastructure Grade is C-, that is worse than “mediocre”. Roads got a D grade.

April 20, 2021
Israel and Its Unlikely Arab Friends

In 2020, Israel, supported by the United States, began a diplomatic offensive in the Arab world. The goal is evident: containing Iran. As U.S. author Eric Margolis writes, the countries that sign peace agreements with Israel, are “so frightened of neighboring Iran that they would happily have opted for Israeli rule rather than welcome the angry, unforgiving Iranians”.

March 31, 2021
Why Does NATO Want to ‘Kill Kaliningrad’?

NATO planners see the tiny Russian exclave of Kaliningrad as a threat to the alliance’s eastern members. In 2019, a top U.S. commander said the Pentagon has a plan for destroying the defenses of Kaliningrad with a non-nuclear missile strike that would match the profile of a nuclear one. But is it NATO or Russia who should feel vulnerable?

March 22, 2021
Nuclear Energy in the World 10 Years After Fukushima

The March 2011 Fukushima disaster was the most severe nuclear accident since Chernobyl. Its terrifying consequences led some countries to reconsider their attitude to nuclear energy with states like Germany deciding to phase out the technology. However, elsewhere, nuclear power continues to be a major source of electricity supply.

March 17, 2021
Blinken Talks the Talk, but Will He Walk the Walk?

Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s March 3 speech at the US State Department should be warmly welcomed around the world, especially in Caracas and Tehran…

March 10, 2021
NATO Expanding Its Doorstep to the Edge of Russia

Through the 1990s, during the terms of US President Bill Clinton, NATO relentlessly and inexorably expanded through Central Europe. Today, the expansion of that alliance eastward – encircling Russia with fiercely Russo-phobic regimes in one tiny country after another and in Ukraine, which is not tiny at all – continues.

March 7, 2021
#BlackLivesMatter – But to Whom?

Western “big pharma” profit imperative and patent controls inevitably mean that poor countries will always be last on the list to receive supplies of vaccines on a consumer-commodity basis. The wealthier nations are as usual taking the lion’s share. Some estimate that at present rate, it won’t be until 2024 when African nations will be fully inoculated.

February 28, 2021
Is the American Dream Still Alive?

The post-WWII United States was at the peak of its soft power. One of its pillars was the American Dream. Every American could expect that his children would be better off – better off in every respect: healthier, longer-lived, better educated, happier, richer – than he was. Seventy years later, this dream seems to be blown to bits.

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