The Yellow Vests have reached critical mass. And the movement has now created the perfect storm for President Emmanuel Macron. He can no longer ignore it, even though he tried to do so. And his lack of understanding of the situation as well as his open contempt for his opposition has placed him in a … Continue reading Macron May Trigger Debt Crisis with Yellow Vest Crackdown
When an event grabs headlines like the protests in France have I temper my reactions to it. I didn't give the Yellow Vest protests much thought at first wanting to see where they would lead. Protests like this and even bigger ones like Catalonian independence are invariably betrayed by the European political establishment. They become … Continue reading The End of France as We Know It?
The fog of war and geopolitics makes initial responses to the attack on Russian and Syrian forces recently difficult to assess. Russian President Vladimir Putin's response seemed timid and was at odds with statements from his Defense Minister Sergei Shoigu and more recent statements from Russia's Foreign Ministry. Putin backed off on explicitly blaming Israel … Continue reading Decoding Putin’s Response to Attack in Syria