Patrick Cockburn: The Age of Disintegration – Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

The Age of Disintegration  Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World  By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch, 28 June 2016 Everywhere nation states are enfeebled or collapsing, as authoritarian leaders battle for survival in the face of mounting external and internal pressures.   . . .   A common explanation for the rise of Islamic …

Patrick Cockburn: Changing Balance of Power in Syria

Too Weak, Too Strong Patrick Cockburn on the state of the Syrian war EXTRACT The Russian intervention in Syria, the greater involvement of Iran and the Shia powers, and the rise of the Syrian Kurds has not yet changed the status quo in Iraq and Syria, though it has the potential to do so.

Patrick Cockburn: Where Are All These Refugees Coming From?

Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? It is an era of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, with nine civil wars now going on in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. This is why there are so many refugees fleeing for their lives. Half of the 23 million …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn on US Military Failure PBI: Without Intelligence with Integrity, Force Structure is Fraud

Can a Gold-Plated Military Counter ISIS? Lightly armed guerrilla/insurgent/terrorist forces are once again holding off the high-tech, heavily armed forces of the United States. War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants’ gruesome tactics The West needs more than a ‘White Knight’ if it wants …