n.53 May/June 2014

The new issue of East Global Geopolitics will be on newsstands and in bookshops from May 2.

Our cover – “The Devil wears Putin” – is dedicated to the Russian President, one way or the other the man of the hour. The alternative to war in Ukraine – something no one wants nor can afford – is to end up “in bed with the devil”, according to the biting editorial by East’s publisher, Giuseppe Scognamiglio.

The editor, James Hansen, notes that the annexation of Crimea definitively disproves the “McDonald’s Theory of Peace”, which holds that no two countries where the fast food chain is present can enter into armed conflict with one another. In the meantime, business is business: McDonalds pulls out, Burger King moves in….

The First World War began just 100 years ago, bringing with it machine guns, chemical weapons, tanks and air strikes. We’ve come a long way since and now deploy killer drones, but they’re little use against the rats that are taking over our cities.

China expands in South America and North Africa; the Italian Mafias into Europe. Nigeria produces twice the films of Hollywood and China is cornering the market on mink, while Scotland is weighing a divorce from the Queen of England and Portugal is selling off its paintings to avoid going under.

Winston Churchill’s cat is immortal has now reached its sixth incarnation.

Austria leaps beyond euroscepticism to euroschizophrenia - and still hasn’t found a new Dr. Freud. Joschka Fischer, former German “superstar” Foreign Minister, explains to East what’s going on in Europe, the Ukraine and the World.

The policy wizardry called “internal devalution” will either kill our economies or revive them: we’ll find out which afterwards… Most “tweets” are written by evil robots and the Freemasons claim the Moon. Poland’s Winged Hussars, Europe’s first “universal soldiers,” once saved the West, repelling invaders with a pure heart, a smile on their lips and and feathered wings on their backs.

The French say that plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose. The Italians quote Tomasi di Lampedusa to remind us that “if we want everything to stay the same, then everything must change”. Geopolitics on the other hand shows that the past is here to stay, both ever-changing and unending.


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There is an attractive thesis in ‘pop’ geopolitics – the McDonald’s Theory of Peace – which holds that no two countries where the company’s hamburger restaurants are present have ever gone to war with one another.

The Ukrainian crisis should have been avoided. Now everyone is involved, but no one is making a difference.

Scotland will vote on possible independence this September.

Portugal tries to sell 85 Miró masterpieces to raise cash.

Have contributed to this issue:
Anne Allen
Lorenzo Bellettini
Danville Bothers
Mauro Broggi
Eugenio Buzzetti
Jean-Marc Caimi
Paolo Campana
Amo Carpentier
Chandrahas Choudhury
Jennifer Clark
Tomaso Clavarino
Emanuele Colombo
Pino Creanza
Francisco De Borja Lasheras
Diana Ferrero
James Fontanella Khan
Luis Foyle
Stefano Grassi
Francesco Guarascio
James Hansen
Emanuela Hernandez
Tom Highway
Timothy Hindle
Chris Jameson
Carmi Mazzucchi
Francesco Milan
Stella Morgana
Mana Neyestani
Francesco Pacifico
Jacopo Pasotti
Matteo Patrono
Maria-Paz Lòpez
Anna Piccarda Lazzarin
Alberto Piccinini
Valentina Piccinni
Christopher Prantner
Ana Gabriela Rojas
Elisabeth Roman
Giulia Sbarigia
Giancarlo Schirru
Giuseppe Scognamiglio
Natasha Senjanovic
Alessandra Spalletta
Antonio Storto
Eric Sylvers
Marie-Noelle Terrisse
Filippo Trotta
Alessandro Ursic
Boyd Van Hoeij
Massimo Zaurrini