The world is better off because the contents of the cables are known, but the United States policy is not. Its recoil and refusal to confront and apologize for the majority of what became known has put it on a path of further disgrace and shame. It remains committed to prosecuting accused whistleblower Pfc. Bradley Manning, even though he may have played a role in exposing Tunisians, Egyptians and others to details on corruption in their countries.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday November 28, 2011 2:45 pm|
|By: Michelle Chen Friday November 25, 2011 8:00 am|
Warning: Defending your rights may be hazardous to your health. Potential side effects can include rubber bullets, tear gas, and batons wielded with impunity.
|By: Michelle Chen Friday November 4, 2011 5:15 pm|
The Middle East’s two key exports these days seem terribly at odds with each other: oil, the lifeblood of the global economic order, and political unrest, in the form of protest movements rolling across the region. Occasionally, though, oil and dissent can mix, and workers may be channeling a bit of the Arab Spring into the petrol empires of Iraq and Iran.
|By: Eli Friday September 30, 2011 6:01 pm|
Obama must be stopped while we still have some tyrants left!
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday August 8, 2011 4:10 pm|
What continues to unfold in Syria is a massive crime against humanity. The UN Security Council has unanimously condemned the violations against human rights and use force against civilians by President Bashar al Assad’s regime. But sending a US envoy to open lines of communication with the Syrian people and the Syrian government could further aggravate the situation in Syria.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 6, 2011 10:00 am|
n the aftermath of a massacre in Hama, Syria state media broadcasted images of “burnt, buildings, makeshift barricades and deserted streets strewn with rubble,” according to the New York Times and claimed the revolt in Syria has ended. Meanwhile, The Guardian reports tens of thousands have taken to the streets all over the country and are continuing a five-months old uprising against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s regime.
|By: Glenn W. Smith Sunday May 29, 2011 9:30 am|
It’s a shocking historical juxtaposition. The pro-democracy movement known as the Arab Spring is in significant part a consequence of rising literacy and declining birth rates in the Mideast. Meanwhile, in the U.S., the Right is mounting a direct assault on education and a renewed war on contraception. This ought to tell us something.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday May 20, 2011 2:00 pm|
The core of Obama’s speech aims to highlight the value of ordinary citizens sparking movements for change. But this focus is deceitful on many levels.
|By: David Dayen Thursday May 19, 2011 8:46 am|
One thing will be key – whether Obama calls on Bashar al-Assad to step down. He also should press for continued reform in Egypt: an Amnesty International report shows that the interim government in Egypt is still abusing human rights, and the security agencies remain unfettered by such concerns. There will also be a nod to the Middle East peace process, and the need to restart stalled negotiations.
|By: emptywheel Sunday May 15, 2011 7:40 am|
Erik Prince’s latest scam–to hide from the trial lawyers–involves using retired US servicemen to train Colombian mercenaries to “defend” the United Arab Emirates.