The World Is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status

The outdated notion that China "just wants to do business" should be completely erased from our understanding of the rising global power’s political outlook. Simply put, Beijing has long realized that, in order for it to sustain its economic growth unhindered, it has to develop the necessary tools to protect itself, its allies and their … Continue reading “The World Is Changing: China Launches Campaign for Superpower Status”

America’s Imperial Expenditures and Escapades Are Stranger Than Fiction

Who needs dystopian novelists or absurd satirists when otherwise banal bureaucrats of the U.S. national security state do the job for them? It’s an old story with a new tech-savvy twist. The late great Joseph Heller knew a thing or two about war’s foundational farce. He joined the army air corps at age 19 and … Continue reading “America’s Imperial Expenditures and Escapades Are Stranger Than Fiction”

‘Iraq War Diaries’ at Ten Years: Truth Is Treason

The purpose of journalism is to uncover truth – especially uncomfortable truth – and to publish it for the benefit of society. In a free society, we must be informed of the criminal acts carried out by governments in the name of the people. Throughout history, journalists have uncovered the many ways governments lie, cheat, … Continue reading “‘Iraq War Diaries’ at Ten Years: Truth Is Treason”

The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Donald Trump Confronts the World

How time passes when you are having fun. Four years ago the most unusual presidential campaign of recent times was nearing its close. On foreign policy, at least, it was evident that Donald Trump was not just another Washington apparatchik bewitched by the conventional wisdom. He would not spend his free time asking members of … Continue reading “The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly: Donald Trump Confronts the World”

Sudan Enters the Outside-In Accords

President Donald J. Trump’s peace deal between countries-not-at-war added another buyer when he announced the opening of normalized relations between Israel and Sudan. On its face, it’s a good thing. Sudan got de-listed as a “state sponsor” of terrorism and the US agreed to lift its sanctions on the economically challenged nation. Israel moved a … Continue reading “Sudan Enters the Outside-In Accords”

Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?

Desperately chasing a single foreign policy accomplishment in the dying days before the election, Donald Trump is frantically pursuing a Middle East peace plan. Not the Israel/Palestine one he promised – in four years in office, that never came close – but the illusory peace plan between countries who were already at peace. How far … Continue reading “Trump’s Peace Plan: How Far Would He Go?”

European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel

In theory, Europe and the United States stand on completely opposite sides when it comes to the Israeli occupation of Palestine. While the US government has fully embraced the tragic status quo created by 53 years of Israeli military occupation, the EU continues to advocate a negotiated settlement that is predicated on respect for international … Continue reading “European Hypocrisy: Empty Words for Palestine, Deadly Weapons for Israel”