Austin Bay

Posted November 25, 2015

Less provocative and deadly incidents than the latest Paris terror massacre and the November 24 Turkey-Russia aerial incident have ignited very large and destructive wars.

Posted November 18, 2015

Last week's attack on Paris is the latest act of mass homicide and media grandstanding in the Islamist terrorists' long war for the terms of modernity.

Posted November 11, 2015

On Nov. 10, a so-called anti-austerity alliance led by the Portuguese Social Democratic Party toppled the governing center-right coalition.

Posted November 04, 2015

Turkey's democracy is the legacy of Kemal Ataturk, founder of the Turkish Republic, and the only man to successfully modernize a nation of Muslim culture. That democracy is Turkey's greatest domestic asset and most valuable foreign policy tool.

Posted October 28, 2015

On Oct. 26 East Asia watched with great interest as a U.S. Navy guided missile destroyer, USS Lassen, patrolled disputed waters in the South China Sea.

Posted October 21, 2015

Bomb a factory; attract 24/7 media attention. Build a factory brick by brick? That rates a yawn, not a headline.

Posted October 14, 2015

Will Portugal once again succumb to the ravages of Big Debt?

Posted October 07, 2015

The Pentagon insists it isn't reviving the Strategic Air Command. The Cold War is over -- supposedly. SAC and its workhorse B-52 became uncomfortable symbols of that long, weary struggle waged on the edge of thermonuclear destruction.

Posted September 30, 2015

On September 19, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's government succeeded in passing legislation revising pacifist interpretations of his nation's post-WW 2 constitution.

Posted September 23, 2015

The latest Greek crisis election produced a telling statistic: Only 55 percent of the electorate bothered to vote. The figure represents a sharp decline from 64 percent in January 2015's election. That election brought the radical-left Syriza party to power.

Posted September 16, 2015

Eight of the dead and six of the wounded were Mexican citizens. Mexico's Foreign Ministry condemned the massacre. President Enrique Pena Nieto expressed personal outrage. He wrote this post on Twitter: "Mexico condemns these acts against our citizens and has demanded that the Egyptian government conduct an exhaustive investigation of what happened."

Posted September 09, 2015

Poverty, oppression, persecution and war are persistent evils. Refugees fleeing these terrible afflictions are -- usually -- a persistent trickling crisis.

Posted September 02, 2015

For some two weeks, last month's Korean confrontation followed the usual script. North Korea committed an ugly act of war. A military face-off began. Pyongyang spewed vitriol and threatened nuclear war.

Posted August 26, 2015

Terrorists rely on concealment in order to launch surprise attacks.

Posted August 19, 2015

Russian dictator and shameless propagandist Vladimir Putin has accused Ukraine of escalating warfare in eastern Ukraine's Donbas region. "I hope there won't be full-scale direct clashes," Putin said while visiting the Russian-occupied Crimean peninsula.

Posted August 12, 2015

Atom bombs destroying Hiroshima and Nagasaki end the Hollywood version of WW2. It's stunning cinema: a fireball, a cloud, and the curtain drops.

Posted August 05, 2015

Twenty-five years have passed since Aug. 2, 1990, the day Saddam Hussein's forces invaded Kuwait.

Posted July 29, 2015

After suffering two recent attacks by terrorists based in Syria, Turkey has ordered its military forces to prepare to enter Syria en masse and establish a "buffer zone." Turkey, seeking NATO-wide diplomatic affirmation for this risk-ridden decision, then demanded a NATO Article 4 consultation.

Posted July 22, 2015

Six state governors have done what the White House and Department of Defense should have done years ago. In the wake of the deadly July 16 terror attacks in Chattanooga, Tenn., governors in Arkansas, Florida, Indiana, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas have authorized their respective National Guards to bear weapons in order to better protect themselves and their installations.

Posted July 08, 2015

The great East Asian naval arms race has definitely begun. It is and will be quite costly.