Nearly unique among nations, the U.S. broadly imposes extraterritoriality– in the case, the enforcement of U.S. laws in other, sovereign nations.
|By: Peter Van Buren Monday August 4, 2014 7:56 am|
|By: DSWright Monday June 23, 2014 2:57 pm|
Radoslaw Sikorski, Poland’s Foreign Minister, in an unguarded, candid, and theoretically private conversation revealed he thinks the Polish-American alliance is “bullshit.” A secret recording of Minister Sikorski talking to Polish Finance Minister Jacek Rostowski reportedly contains audio of Sikorski saying “The Polish-American alliance is worthless, even harmful, as it gives Poland a false sense of security. It’s bullshit.”
|By: yellowsnapdragon Tuesday June 10, 2014 6:45 am|
Four major pipelines pass through Ukraine transferring gas from Russia’s Great North to the European market. At the crossroads of the pipelines, Ukraine has benefitted from cheap, plentiful Russian gas that has helped fuel the prosperous industrial provinces of ethnic Russian east Ukraine.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday May 28, 2014 1:30 am|
I guess being affiliated with the kind of politics that led to the two biggest wars in history and mass genocide only takes a few generations to have the stench fade away.
|By: danps Friday May 23, 2014 1:56 pm|
One of the more memorable turns of phrase I’ve heard in the past few years came during the effort to unionize an Ikea plant in Virginia. In the same way that Mexico became an attractive location for American capitalists because of lower wages and less stringent environmental standards, some European employers began finding America more to their liking.
|By: Peterr Saturday November 16, 2013 9:13 am|
Last June, President Obama was blunt at a press conference in Berlin: “We do not use Germany as a launching point for unmanned drones to go after, as a part of our anti-terrorism activities.” The Süddeutsche Zeitung (South German Newspaper) and Norddeutsche Rundfunk (North German Radio, which despite the name, is also a television operation) have teamed up to look into this claim, and they beg to differ. A lot.
They ask a lot of tough questions, and turn the cameras on the spies themselves.
|By: Robert Kuttner Sunday August 18, 2013 1:59 pm|
By now, it’s been thoroughly proven by events that austerity policies backfire. Cut public spending in a deep downturn, and you only worsen the slump. Europe is the more extreme version of the proof, but even the United States, which is technically out of recession, faces a needlessly slow recovery. We’ve reduced deficits by slashing spending, raising taxes, and making sequester deals, but the supposed reward in the form of restored business confidence never arrives. Austerity, as Mark Blyth writes, neither restores growth not reduces the debt ratio, because slow growth (and in some cases negative growth) makes the debt loom that much larger.
|By: DSWright Monday July 1, 2013 1:05 pm|
Bonesmen? All here! In a mark of bipartisanship, former 2004 presidential rivals George W. Bush and John Kerry made the media rounds celebrating the NSA’s spying program on American citizens and European allies.
|By: Michelle Chen Saturday June 22, 2013 4:00 pm|
One evening in May, a modest Scandinavian suburb caught on fire. Images streaming out of Husby, just outside Stockholm, overlaid the Nordic socialist wonderland with a scene straight out of Watts circa 1965 – sidewalks strewn with charred cars, shattered glass and angry kids. For days, the riots bled across the region and jarred international observers who tend to associate Sweden with modular furniture rather than youth mobs. But the most shocked might have been Husby’s own neighbors, who had been resolutely ignoring the social fissures roiling next door before they exploded in the headlines.
The “disturbance” was sparked by a police confrontation on May 14 that led to the shooting death of a 69-year old immigrant man, reportedly armed with a knife.
|By: Oxdown Diaries Tuesday June 11, 2013 6:40 am|
It’s been about a week since Istanbul’s Taksim Square rose up, and the “Occupy Gezi” movement has since exploded across several Turkish cities, taking various forms: environmentalist sit-in, pro-democracy rally, street festival, and urban riot. [Last] week, it went on strike. Several unions are leading a work stoppage affecting some 240,000 workers. What shape the movement will take next is an open question.