Year: 2019

China – The Emerging Global Giant Part 2 (of a 2 Part Series)

In October 2019, China celebrated the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. It has been a great and terrible time for China, as history has been for most countries. But China is a nation on a scale that dwarfs other countries – and, therefore, both its greatness and tragedy dwarf […]

China – The Emerging Global Giant Part 1 (of a 2 Part Series)

The study of world power has been blighted by Eurocentric historians who have distorted and ignored the dominant role China played in the world economy between 1100 and 1800.  It is especially important to emphasize how China, the world technological power between 1100 and 1800, made the West’s emergence possible.  It was only by borrowing […]

The Aramco Hit

The Aramco IPO When Prince Mohammed bin Salman, or MBS, decided to list the world’s largest oil company, Aramco, the resulting frenzy within international banking circles was unprecedented. This decision was made in 2016. MBS wanted to diversify the Saudi economy and reduce the economy’s reliance on oil income.  The big question within investment banking […]

Yamashita’s Gold (Part 2 of a 5 Part Series)

Step 3 – The Recovery        At sunrise, Yamashita withdrew up the Asin River into the Kiangan Pocket, for the last three months of the war. He later surrendered to the Americans. US Intelligence certainly knew that Yamashita had knowledge of where some of the looted gold was stored, and they wanted to “extract” this […]

Yamashita’s Gold (Part 1 of a 5 Part Series)

Background      The period between the two world wars (1920-1939) was one of financial speculation, and a geopolitical contest between the British Empire and Wall Street. America and the Rockefeller Empire were determined to take over Asia from the British. They needed markets for their manufactured goods, as well as a source for raw materials. […]

Unrest in South Africa

Over the past two weeks, civil unrest broke out in South Africa. Directed against foreigners, it turned bloody. Since the beginning of this year, economic conditions have deteriorated, in line with the global economic slowdown. Many companies have shed jobs- all across the business sectors. An estimated 60, 000 jobs have been lost in the […]

The Geopolitics of Myanmar/Burma

BackGround Since the story of the genocide of the Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar recently, calls have been coming in to do an article on this issue. To better understand the ongoing tragedy, it would help to understand some background. In early April this year, a 2,200 kilometer oil pipeline was supposed to flow oil as […]

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