Lawyer for Edward Snowden: Positive Developments in Switzerland But Issues Still Remain

By: Saturday September 13, 2014 8:05 am

The attorney general of Switzerland did a review of whether National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden would have to be extradited to the United States if he came to the country to testify as part of an inquiry into NSA surveillance. He concluded that Snowden would be safe from extradition, however, “upper-level government commitments” might [...]

 

Tomgram: Nick Turse: An East-West Showdown in the Heart of Africa?

By: Thursday July 31, 2014 7:14 pm

For the last two years, TomDispatch Managing Editor Nick Turse has been following the Pentagon and the latest U.S. global command, AFRICOM, as they oversaw the expanding operations of the American military across that continent: drones, a special ops surge, interventions, training missions, bases (even if not called bases), proxy wars. Short of a major conflict, you name it and it’s probably happening.

Washington’s move into Africa seems connected as well to the destabilization of parts of that continent and the rise of various terror groups across it, another subject Nick has been following. With rare exceptions, only recently have aspects of the Obama administration’s largely below-the-radar-screen “pivot” to Africa made it into the mainstream media. Even more recently, global chaos from Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria to Ukraine has driven it out again. As a result, most Americans have no sense of how their future and Africa’s are being entwined in possibly explosive ways.

The Case Against U.S.-Arms Sales (and Iraq)

By: Wednesday July 2, 2014 11:07 am

Professor of Economics at the Mercatus Center at George Mason University Chris Coyne and Abigail R. Hall, a second year Mercatus PhD Fellow, have come up with original research that shows the dangers of America’s unfettered global arms sales

Well, I suppose he’s had practice

By: Wednesday June 4, 2014 1:30 am

Francois Hollande, a man who cheated on his wife with a mistress and on his mistress with another mistress, is undoubtedly the world leader most prepared for this situation.

President Obama Gives Foreign Policy Address at West Point Commencement

By: Wednesday May 28, 2014 5:50 pm

Today President Barack Obama addressed graduating students at the United States Military Academy at West Point. The commencement address offered one of Obama’s most comprehensive views on American foreign policy in which he proclaimed that “America must always lead on the world stage, if we don’t no one else will.”

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Stephen Kinzer, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War

By: Saturday May 10, 2014 1:59 pm

Stephen Kinzer has many fine qualities as a chronicler of recent U.S. foreign relations: his first-hand experience of diverse regions gained from journalistic assignments around the world, his skill at making the past come alive in vivid, pithy prose, and his readiness to engage with the most challenging contemporary policy issues.

For me, though, his most admirable quality is his readiness to put the stories he tells in long-term historical perspective.

Plurality of Americans Want to See Country Less Involved in World Affairs

By: Wednesday April 30, 2014 11:00 am

According to a the new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll 47 percent of Americans want to see the United States become less active in world affairs. Another 30 percent want our foreign affair activities to remain at their current level and just 19 percent want to see the country become more active in world affairs.

US Media Thaws On Ukraine Conflict

By: Wednesday March 12, 2014 12:39 pm

Despite initially buying US government propaganda on the conflict on Ukraine wholesale, much from self-proclaimed experts, the US media may be slowly accepting that a good deal of the initial talking points on the conflict were false.

Podcast: The Iran Nuclear Deal, AIPAC Losses & the Charade Around Iran Being ‘Looming Threat’

By: Sunday February 16, 2014 8:07 am

An intensive effort by Israel and its backers has been underway to scuttle an international deal over Iran’s nuclear program. Yet, Israel and its major lobby in the United States, American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), has been suffering defeats as it tries to fight a deal, which it does not want because, if the issues over Iran’s nuclear program are resolved, focus will inevitably shift to the country’s treatment of Palestinians.

According to Nima Shirazi, an analyst of US foreign policy toward the Middle East who blogs at “Wide Asleep in America,” what the world has seen for the past thirty years of US and Israeli policy is what could be called a charade.

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