Prof. Mihail Konstantinov (66)

  • China enters Syrian fray

    China enters Syrian fray

    At the end of September the Chinese aircraft-carrier Liaoning moored at Russia’s naval base in Syria, Tartus. The Liaoning is actually a relatively old Soviet warship of medium size. It arrived at Tartus with 36 aircraft and helicopters onboard, 24 of which fighter-bombers Shen­yang J-15, a carrier-based fighter modeled after the Russian Sukhoi Su-33 and of the same class as the famous US F-18 Super Hornet. This move is a clear signal for China’s intention to join the selected group of global players and, more specifically, to enter the fray in the Middle East.

  • The Syrian trap again

    The Syrian trap again

    Two years after we first wrote on this topic, our worst fears have come to pass. Now we are compelled to write about it again, hopefully for the last time, although most likely it won’t be. After first sinking into a painful mental stupor and then committing nearly every folly imaginable in response to the migrant tsunami that hit Europe, the world and especially European leaders are starting to exhibit some signs of common sense. We should probably attribute this improvement to them finally realising that if they remain inadequate, the situation could well have direct impact not only on their careers and bank accounts but on their personal safety too.

  • Sacrificing the truth

    Sacrificing the truth

    Europe is shaking under the force of the so-called migration of peoples, a phenomenon that was until very recently referred to as “the refugee crisis” but had to be relabeled. In other words, we have the same phenomenon; it is just that the politically correct claptrap is being made less verbose. It is not enough, though. If we do away with the idle mantras, what is left? Just a month ago, rights defenders in Bulgaria were vehemently condemning the barbed wire fence along the Turkish border. Today, they are less vocal, even though police officers in Europe are now using teargas and rubber bullets, while armoured vehicles equipped with submachine guns patrol Bulgaria’s borders.

  • When China sneezes, the world gets sick

    When China sneezes, the world gets sick

    China is the more important of the two existing Chinese countries. With a total area of 9.6mn km2 (approximately 6mn mi2), it is the world's fourth largest country behind Russia, Canada and the US. It is also the leader in terms of population with 1.38bn people, closely trailed by India with 1.26bn, the US occupying a distant third place with 325mn and Indonesia completing the Top 4 with 245mn.

  • How big and where is global wealth?

    How big and where is global wealth?

    Every episode of Greece’s financial saga, which seems to be playing out along the lines a comedy, has been covered in minute detail. For those who would argue that the story unfolding in Greece qualifies as drama, I will say that the two are actually the same thing, since drama can take the form of tragedy, comedy or satire. We are still in comedy territory, with some elements of satire, but the situation in Bulgaria’s southern neighbour could turn tragic very soon. And from there things, will be only one step away from global catastrophe. A lot has been written and said about Greece, but just as much was covered up. All players involved lied at some point, not just the Greeks.

  • Nuclear blackmail

    Nuclear blackmail

    In a few days only, the world rolled toward the red line of a global nuclear conflict. The events unfolded precipitously and reminded us of the Berlin Crisis of 1961 and the Caribbean Crisis of 1962. Back then the leaders of the USA and the USSR John Kennedy and Nikita Khrushchev managed to get hold of the situation literally at the last minute and by way of mutual concessions avoided a Third World War.

  • Opposing principles

    Opposing principles

    Many analyses and discussions have focused on the destructive influence of double standards. Unfortunately, it has not made us less prone to building our lives on the shaky ground of double and even triple standards. The situation becomes even more dangerous when said standards grow into principles.

  • Debt economy

    Debt economy

    The world is marching down the road to war fast and with surprising resignation. What was considered absolutely unthinkable just a year ago, namely a large-scale armed conflict in Europe, does not seem inconceivable anymore nor does it seem that far off. The French were the first to abandon the usual politically correct pretentious nonsense – none other than President Francois Hollande said that if Kiev and Moscow did not reach a peace agreement in Ukraine, war was inevitable. What kind of war exactly, he did not specify – a pretty important nuance since all concerned parties have different ideas of where things are headed.

  • News from the front line

    News from the front line

    The day is 27 January 2015, the place is the Brookings Institution, New York, and Ambassador Victoria Nuland is speaking at a meeting attended by politicians and journalists. Established in 1916, the Brookings Institution is the first private organisation in America dedicated to political analyses on national and supranational levels. Ms Nuland herself is not a newcomer to the world of US foreign affairs policy as she is the US assistant secretary of State for Europe and Eurasia (whatever the latter might denote these days).

  • The fight for universal currencies

    The fight for universal currencies

    Preoccupied with the escalating oil wars, experts pay little attention to the no less vicious and far more important gold wars. Of course, this latter term needs further definition. For the purposes of this article, “gold wars” denotes the fight for the price and acquisition of not only traditional precious metals (silver, gold and platinum) but also rare earth minerals (rhodium, californium, osmium and several others).