For Europe: Finlandization’s Revenge or a Eurasian Identity?

By: Saturday August 23, 2014 6:15 pm

In 1989 my book Une autre Europe, un Autre Monde, was published in France by a small academic house, after being rejected by all the progressive publishers. It foresaw the reunification of Europe, the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the end of apartheid in South Africa, the rise of China (erroneously predicting greater democratization, however) and called for the creation of a Eurasian Community of Communities to include what I named before the fact as “a Europe of Thirty”, the Soviet Union, China, Japan and India, five giant entities that would balance each other out, eliminating the perceived need for Europe to be protected from the Russian Bear by the United States.

 

Breeding Despair and a Culture of Separation in Gaza

By: Saturday August 2, 2014 9:20 am

In 2007, Bishop Munib Younan of the Evangelical Lutheran Church of Jordan and the Holy Land spoke of the dangers of the wall of separation built by Israel: “This wall does not provide security, it breeds despair and a culture of separation. And it cannot contain the hatred and resentment that are building every day.” Fast forward to 2014, and the thoughts of the former head of Shin Bet, Yuval Diskin, on the situation in Gaza only confirms Younan’s wisdom.

Ukraine’s Hissy Fit

By: Saturday December 7, 2013 6:17 pm

The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the southern Slavs), sits on Russia’s Western frontier.

50 Years After the Start of the Berlin Wall, We’re Still Building Walls

By: Saturday August 13, 2011 9:00 am

Fifty years ago today, East German soldiers began overseeing the construction of the Berlin Wall. That wall came down in 1989, but as Der Spiegel reminds us, other walls remain elsewhere in the world.

Even more insidious, though, are the invisible walls we build with money and defend with lawyers, all in an attempt to defend the status quo and nail things down as they are right now.

Sorry, but life is like a river, and you can’t nail it down. Count me among those who yearn for life without such walls.

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