Obama's victory; America's decline

In Chapter 5 of BREAKING THE CODE OF HISTORY I discussed the social changes of the American empire over its life span and focused especially on the significance of Barack Obama's election as President four years ago.

Lesson from the Cold War

The Western world and Japan has lived with the spectre of nuclear war for over 65 years now. Thankfully the once ever-present danger of annihilation has abated since the end of the Cold War. However, we must not become complacent and through negligence allow the risks to once more escalate. This film made in 1965 is a stark reminder as to why we must never take our eye of the nuclear ball as the stakes are just too high.....

The 21st century aircraft carrier race

The launch of HMS Dreadnought in 1906 ignited a naval arms race that fueled the route to world war in 1914.

Frankenstorm and Empire

The recent assault on New York by Frankenstorm is a stark and very costly reminder of the power of our planet's weather systems, even if its effects were compounded by a full moon and consequent high tides.

The Death of Great Britain?

The Kingdom of Great Britain resulted from the political union of the kingdoms of England and Scotland with the Acts of Union on 1 May 1707 under Queen Anne 305 years ago. Then in 1801, under a new Act of Union, this kingdom merged with the Kingdom of Ireland to create the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. In a final iteration after the Irish War of Independence (1919–1921) most of Ireland seceded from the Union, which then became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

BAE, EADS and the madness of the European unification

As I wrote in my previous post on Risks and riots - the European disaster zone, the madness of the European unification process has been demonstrated on a smaller fractal, by the potential BAE/EADS merger proposals. Why would a British political leader ever entertain losing BAE Systems to European control? To summarize, BAE Systems is half the size of EADS and makes the same profit, which suggests that it is a much better company.

Market reaction to recent geopolitical events

Despite the recent escalations in Geoploitical tensions globally the markets have risen over this period, as September was the month that Central Banks announced their capability and intention to intervene on a scale not seen before, firstly with Mario Draghi's ECB unlimited bond buying support program, followed soon after by the QE3 infinity program from Ben Bernanke specifically focused upon reducing US unemployment rates.

The African regional civil war

Africa is described in BREAKING THE CODE OF HISTORY as a continent in the stage of early regionalisation with some 53 nations. The book highlighted that Africa would bifurcate into two systems, north and south. To the north would be the Islamic nations, and to the south the tribal Christian nations.

The force behind the Islamic energy of expansion

5 September 2012 The force behind the Islamic energy of expansion and resilience is constantly underestimated by the old West. Indeed the front cover of Time magazine on 17th September showed a picture and the caption The End of Al Qaeda, a title born of US ignorance and hubris, motivated by the successful assassination of Bin Laden, and one that could not be further from the truth.

Iran’s challenge to Israel and the West

4 September 2012 Iran’s challenge to Israel and the West was manifested from a nation that was the first Islamic nation to revolt against the western power architecture back in 1977-79. That revolution resulted in the overthrow of the Shah and its replacement with Shia Islamic power. Having had its revolution it will not have another to overthrow the current regime unless the economy collapses completely.


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