On September 23, one week from tomorrow, the Palestinian Authority will lead an effort to be recognized as an independent state at the United Nations. With serious peace talks stalled for years and with the Palestinians having little alternatives or leverage to force a return to negotiations, they decided that going to the UN was the best course of action. And while the US can veto the effort at the Security Council, a General Assembly petition for “observer status” is more likely to succeed.
|By: David Dayen Thursday September 15, 2011 2:25 pm|
|By: Zaid Jilani Sunday September 11, 2011 1:59 pm|
As U.S. drones continue to take flight over Pakistani soil and that country’s restive population becomes more and more resentful of what it views as excessive foreign meddling in its affairs by various actors – the West, Al Qaeda-inspired terrorists, and its old rival India – I think the topic of empire is more relevant than ever to the two countries that I consider my own.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Saturday August 27, 2011 7:00 pm|
One could make the argument that the fact people are rediscovering these “revelations” is giving the cache a second-life. The major news media organizations that had access to the entire cache had their chance to sift through the cables, now it’s time for citizens of the world to have a turn. Additionally, regional news organizations had access to cables relevant to their region. They wrote about the cables in their newspapers for the people of their country. Those stories did not always make international news. So, for the first time, people are seeing the cables that made big news in various countries, which perhaps even had the effect of creating a massive political crisis in the country.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Sunday August 14, 2011 6:00 pm|
Rania Khalek, a blogger and independent journalist who writes for AlterNet, published two major WikiLeaks stories that garnered a lot of attention—”5 WikiLeaks Hits of 2011 That are Turning the World on Its Head—And That the Media are Ignoring” and “5 WikiLeaks Revelations Exposing the Rapidly Growing Corporatism Dominating American Diplomacy Abroad.” She’s recently been writing about the militarization of police and the ever-expanding surveillance state in America. [*Follow her on Twitter at @rania_ak.]
|By: David Dayen Friday June 24, 2011 3:22 pm|
You wouldn’t know it, but one of the most intense diplomatic efforts happening right now is the attempt by Western powers to try and get the Palestinians to abandon their effort to seek statehood from the UN General Assembly in September.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday May 17, 2011 9:10 am|
In a blockbuster deal announced just under the trade deadline, America will deal its war in Afghanistan for a war in Pakistan.
|By: David Dayen Friday May 13, 2011 4:03 pm|
The timing of this announcement, just as the President plans a major speech on the Arab world next week, and with Benjamin Netanyahu headed to the US for talks at the White House, is significant.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday April 6, 2011 7:35 am|
The Libyan opposition, feeling entitled to direct military operations despite assurances that the mission would not be used in that fashion, is angrily demanding more and better airstrikes on Gadhafi’s troops. In case you had any doubt that the opposition views NATO as their air force, read on. . . .
|By: David Dayen Monday April 4, 2011 1:15 pm|
Saudi Arabia gave up on Saleh two weeks ago. About a week later, the US tries to nudge him out the door. Period, end of story.
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 24, 2011 2:40 pm|
The idea that NATO command means that the US is relieved of duty in Libya is kind of silly. NATO members contribute to that command. The commander is likely to be an American general. We will still have a role to play.