Arab League Observer Leaves Syria Mission, Calls It “Farce”

By: Thursday January 12, 2012 6:30 pm

Anwar Malek, an Algerian member of the monitoring team, told Al Jazeera he resigned because of what he saw, and said that the mission was falling apart.

“What I saw was a humanitarian disaster. The regime is not just committing one war crime, but a series of crimes against its people,” he said.

 

US Ambassador to Spain Made Threats to Force Spanish Government to Pass Anti-Piracy Legislation

By: Friday January 6, 2012 11:35 am

The Internet censorship bills, SOPA and PIPA, bouncing around Congress don’t really work unless you apply them globally. If other countries do not vigorously protect their entertainment and high-tech industry’s copyrights in the same way as the United States, those industries will lose market share domestically. So the US has taken to pressuring other countries to pass anti-piracy laws through their legislatures. And this pressure rose to the level of threats, we have now learned from leaked letters.

Taliban Strikes Deal to Open Office in Qatar, to Negotiate Peace in Afghanistan

By: Tuesday January 3, 2012 1:30 pm

The Taliban has agreed to open an office in Qatar, seen as a precursor to peace talks in Afghanistan. The Taliban want release of their prisoners from Guantanamo as part of a goodwill gesture preparatory to peace talks. Congress is going ballistic, and because of the NDAA and other bills, the process for getting clearance to release Guantanamo detainees is almost impossibly complex.

US Was About to Announce Food Aid for North Koreans, Before Kim Jong-Il’s Death

By: Monday December 19, 2011 7:46 am

The death of Kim Jong-il comes just as the United States was about to re-engage with North Korea, a plan now thrown into doubt because of the succession to Kim Jong-un. Hours before Kim’s death, news leaked about an imminent large grain shipment to North Korea, seen as an olive branch to restart talks on the country’s nuclear program.

Biden Enters Iraq to Negotiate “Continued American Presence”

By: Tuesday November 29, 2011 11:40 am

We knew that Joe Biden was scheduled to visit Turkey and Greece this week, but while he was in the region, he swung over to Iraq, apparently to renew discussions about a “continued American presence in the country.”

Hillary Clinton to Visit Burma, in a Sign of Diplomatic Progress

By: Friday November 18, 2011 9:35 am

Getting Burma out of the cold would mean that millions of Burmese citizens will be able to live with a modicum of freedom and dignity. The reconciliation process is moving forward there, and deploying smart power – the initial premise of the Clinton State Department – to support those efforts, not with sticks but carrots, not with bombs but words, should be the model going forward.

The New American Way of War

By: Saturday October 22, 2011 10:14 am

In some sense, the Obama Administration has taken the Pentagon strategy of “transformation” put forth by Donald Rumsfeld to its logical conclusion. Rumsfeld sought a light footprint in warmaking, a small, agile force that could quickly move through regions with superior firepower. The innovation from Obama’s Administration has been to get rid of the footprint altogether. Instead of standing armies occupying foreign countries, the move is toward shadow wars, and unmanned flying robots, and special operations forces. That is the new American way of war.

US Ambassador Robert Ford Attacked in Syria

By: Thursday September 29, 2011 5:13 pm

The movie of the life of US Ambassador to Syria Robert Ford is going to be great. I just hope it ends well.

Western Leaders Push Plan for Abbas to Drop Palestinian UN Statehood Bid

By: Wednesday September 21, 2011 11:30 am

The Obama Administration is frantic about stopping the Palestinian effort to secure a vote on statehood at the UN. Today the President meets with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to try and dissuade him from introducing the statehood resolution at the UN Security Council.

Israeli-Palestinian Talks At UN Seek to Defuse Statehood Effort

By: Monday September 19, 2011 9:50 am

US officials are scrambling to broker a deal that avoids a Palestinian statehood bid at the United Nations.

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