Recently a friend emailed me the link to an article by a distinguished American historian, Emanuel Wallerstein, about an interview given by Hamid Karzai to the French paper Le Monde that laid out very clearly Karzai’s position on relations with the U.S. going forward, but which the New York Times only mentioned in passing. Among other things, it revealed that if Karzai continues to refuse to sign the Status of Forces Agreement to regulate the continued presence of American military after the official pullout, President Obama is considering the possibility that it could just as well be signed by another Afghan official! Evidently, the slide away from legality affects not only drone strikes.
|By: Deena Stryker Saturday December 7, 2013 6:17 pm|
The country that used to be the breadbasket of Europe is a new bone of contention between the European Union and Russia. Ukraine, the land of the southern Russians (as Yugoslavia was the land of the southern Slavs), sits on Russia’s Western frontier.
|By: Deena Stryker Thursday November 28, 2013 5:45 pm|
Next year’s date probably doesn’t remind most on-line readers of anything in particular, whether we’re talking about the millennial generation or the baby-boomers. But for someone who was a child during World War II, 2014 inevitably calls up 1914, when the presumptive heir to the Austro-Hungarian Empire was assassinated in Sarajevo, setting off World War I. Today, we associate that city in the former Yugoslavia with the mass killing of Muslim men and boys by Serbs, as the country invented after that war fell apart.
|By: Sara Haile-Mariam Monday September 23, 2013 6:30 pm|
The women of Pussy Riot have repeatedly made their intentions clear– as artists, they view “changing the world” as an extension of their jobs. Their actions, including this current hunger strike, confirm that they’re not fucking around. This isn’t a political endorsement or an appearance in a PSA – they’re intent on uprooting the system that they’re up against.
|By: CTuttle Saturday September 14, 2013 10:40 am|
Let’s remember that Putin submitted his own evidence to the UN, and, Assad has too.
|By: Barry Lando Thursday September 12, 2013 12:45 pm|
Just a hunch, but Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin may have another surprise chess move to play—one that may catch Israel and its U.S. ally completely off guard.
|By: DSWright Thursday September 12, 2013 6:40 am|
Surprise would probably be the best word to describe the reaction last night when the New York Times published an Op-Ed by Russian President Vladimir Putin titled “A Plea For Caution From Russia.” Both the content and the venue were largely unexpected even by seasoned political observers as Putin directly addressed the American people. The main point of Putin’s piece was his opposition to strikes in Syria.
|By: Eli Tuesday September 10, 2013 5:55 pm|
Should be eleventy-dimensional chess at its best. Or an incoherent mess – not that our poor three-dimensional brains would ever be able to tell the difference.
|By: CTuttle Friday September 6, 2013 2:25 pm|
I still want to know exactly How this ‘limited airstrike’ is truly in our ‘National Interest’…? Or even what our Objective is…
|By: Steve Horn Tuesday August 20, 2013 5:40 am|
Nearly two months ago, former National Security Agency (NSA) contractor-turned-whistleblower Edward Snowden handed smoking-gun documents on the international surveillance apparatus to The Guardian and The Washington Post in what’s become one of the most captivating stories in recent memory.
Lost in the excitement of this “White Bronco Moment,” many have missed the elephant in the room: the “Great Game”-style geopolitical standoff between the U.S. and Russia underlying it all, and which may have served as the impetus for Russia to grant Snowden asylum to begin with. What’s at stake? Natural gas.