Please! Someone Set Biden Straight on China ‘Squeezing’ Russia

President Joe Biden’s words about China at the Geneva summit shows him to be woefully misinformed about the "world correlation of forces" (to borrow from an old Soviet term). He appears to be stuck in a decades-old paradigm of Sino-Russian hostility, which President Richard Nixon was able to leverage into key arms control agreements with … Continue reading “Please! Someone Set Biden Straight on China ‘Squeezing’ Russia”

The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

On June 15, 2021, Israeli far-right nationalists took part in a flag-waving march through occupied East Jerusalem. The so-called March of the Flags beats the drums of colonialism – it is an open celebration of the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern part. The Israeli government decided shortly after the end of … Continue reading “The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism”

US Should Close the Door to Ukrainian Membership in NATO

Last week President Joe Biden attended the latest NATO summit but achieved nothing of note, other than reaffirming America’s promise to defend Europe even if the Europeans won’t do so themselves. However, he did reject the attempt by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to force the alliance to admit Kyiv. Adding Ukraine as a defense dependent … Continue reading “US Should Close the Door to Ukrainian Membership in NATO”

Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?

At President Putin’s press conference right after yesterday’s summit meeting with President Biden, Euronews journalist Galina Polonskaya asked Putin if he had reached "a new level of trust with the U.S. president." In response, Putin quoted Leo Tolstoy: "Tolstoy once said, there is no happiness in life, only lightening flashes (зарницы) of it – cherish … Continue reading “Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?”

Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

On June 16, US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a Joint Statement on Strategic Stability, in which they “reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” and “seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.” With the extension of … Continue reading “Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words”

Students Fight the War Machine on College Campuses

It’s no secret that college campuses have always been one of the most steadfast bastions of antiwar sentiment throughout America. Indeed, student resistance to illegal, imperialist wars from Vietnam to Iraq has been well documented. Countless students participated in draft card burnings, building occupations, and protests against these wars and other acts of aggression. But … Continue reading “Students Fight the War Machine on College Campuses”

The NATO Summit: Front for Democracy or Return to the Cold War?

Last Monday, NATO held its yearly summit in Brussels, where heads of state and Foreign and Defense Ministers gathered to discuss the general outlines of the alliance’s common policy. Precisely on that morning, I crossed a digital poster in the metro station of Brussels-South. "NATO works to protect our future," the message read. A hula-hooping … Continue reading “The NATO Summit: Front for Democracy or Return to the Cold War?”

Trust Lacking at Blah Summit

Aside from establishing face-to-face contact between the the two presidents, the Biden-Putin summit today met only the most modest expectations of those hoping for improved ties between the U.S. and Russia. By the same token, weapons makers and others profiteering on tension with Russia, and living in fear of a thaw in bilateral relations, can … Continue reading “Trust Lacking at Blah Summit”