Confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran: Give Peace a Chance

As President Donald Trump prepares to leave office, Iran is leading the news after the assassination of a top Iranian nuclear engineer, likely by Israel with U.S. knowledge if not assistance. The Obama administration criticized a similar Israeli hit in 2012, but Trump lauded the latest murder. He has been fixated on Iran since taking … Continue reading “Confronting the Islamic Republic of Iran: Give Peace a Chance”

Biden Proclaims ‘America Is Back’ as the US Makes Provocations on Russia’s Borders

"America is back" hailed Joe Biden on Twitter this week. The world tried to work out exactly what that meant. For different parts of the world, of course, it means different things. As many liberal Americans breathe a sigh of relief, the people of Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq may shudder. For democratic, progressive values at … Continue reading “Biden Proclaims ‘America Is Back’ as the US Makes Provocations on Russia’s Borders”

Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office

In a few words, a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, summed up the logic behind the ongoing frenzy to expand illegal Jewish settlements in Israel. "These days are an irreplaceable opportunity to establish our hold on the Land of Israel, and I’m sure that our friend, President (Donald) Trump and Prime Minister … Continue reading “Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office”

Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer’s relatives. Everyone inside was killed. On November 24, word arrived of two bomb blasts in the marketplace city of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, killing at least … Continue reading “Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan”

Will Antony Blinken’s Past Catch Up With Him?

When last week Antony Blinken emerged as the candidate likely to be tapped by Joe Biden to be his nominee for either National Security Advisor or Secretary of State, those of us in the camp dissenting from the ‘bash Russia’ policies on Capitol Hill during the Trump years groaned at the thought of the same … Continue reading “Will Antony Blinken’s Past Catch Up With Him?”

Peace Groups Blast Biden’s DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance

Peace activists on Monday sounded the alarm over President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, citing her role in drone strike policy during Barack Obama’s presidency and covering up torture perpetrated by members of the George W. Bush administration. Haines, as former deputy national security adviser and former deputy CIA director, … Continue reading “Peace Groups Blast Biden’s DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance”

Nagorno-Karabakh is Tragic but Not America’s Problem

In Washington foreign conflicts are to policymakers what lights are to moths. The desire to take the U.S. into every political dispute, social collapse, civil war, foreign conflict, and full-scale war seems to only get stronger as America’s failures accumulate. There may be no better example than the battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the … Continue reading “Nagorno-Karabakh is Tragic but Not America’s Problem”