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South China Sea: The One-Move Chess Player

May 26, 2015

The United States’ announcement that it is considering sending military aircraft and ships within twelve miles of a chain of artificial islands China has built up in the disputed Spratly Islands is a troubling move that escalates the tensions and risks in the South China Sea. It reveals once again Washington’s propensity to be a one-move chess player – the kind of chess player that makes a move without considering how the other side will respond, and what it will do then. The U.S. disbanded the Iraqi army after toppling Saddam Hussein’s regime without asking what these men, unemployed and armed, would do; it fired thousands of civil servants without considering how Iraq’s government agencies would continue to operate without them. In Libya, the United States helped topple Muammar Gaddafi, but it was unprepared to deal with the anarchy that followed.

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Economic Insecurity: A Major Concern

April 29, 2015

In informal encounters with regular folks, the "everyday" Americans Hillary Clinton says she is running for, I gained the impression that there is an issue on their minds which no political leader is addressing.


Majority of Americans Exhibit ‘Economic Insecurity’

April 27, 2015

We found that the majority of Americans — both Democrats and Republicans— indeed experience a sort of economic anxiety.

Martin Buber: und die kommunitarische idee

April 27, 2015

Die große Resonanz, die der Vortrag des renommierten deutschen Soziologen Prof Rene König Anfang des Jahres 1987 im Wiener Rathaus bei einem sehr großen Publikum fand, inspirierte die Idee einer Vorlesungsreihe im Rathaus zu den großen Problemen und Überlebensfragen der Menschen am Ausgang des 20. Jahrhunderts.

Americans Have a Strong Sense of "Economic Insecurity"

April 09, 2015

A recent nationwide survey shows that a majority of Americans worry about paying for retirement, affording health care, and losing their job. Retirement raises the most concern, as more than 60 percent of Democrats, independents, and Republicans are concerned about having enough money to retire or having Social Security available throughout their retirement. On all measures of economic security, women and those without a college education are the most concerned.



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