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.


Palestine to Seek Statehood at UN Security Council Next Week

By: Thursday September 15, 2011 2:25 pm

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.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Glain, State vs. Defense: The Battle to Define America’s Empire

By: 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.

The Significance of WikiLeaks’ Recent Release of Diplomatic Cables

By: 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.

Rania Khalek Discusses the Corporate Influence on US Diplomacy

By: 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.]

Western Powers Try to Restart Middle East Peace Talks, Short-Circuit Palestinian Drive for UN Membership

By: 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.

As Afghan Reconciliation Talks Escalate, So Does the Undeclared War in Pakistan

By: 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.

George Mitchell Resigns as UN Envoy

By: 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.

Libyan Rebels Demanding More NATO, US Support

By: 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. . . .

US Jumps Aboard Saudi Endgame on Yemen

By: 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.

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