Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China

PHNOM PENH – Limits placed on a United Nations-backed war-crimes tribunal in prosecuting surviving leaders of the genocidal Khmer Rouge regime may not prevent revelations about international actors linked to Cambodia’s dark period. It ranges from the period of Khmer Rouge history that the court will consider, a geographic limit to account for only atrocities … Continue reading “Khmer Rouge Trials May Expose US, China”

ACLU: Let Spy Laws Fade Into the Sunset

One of the nation’s leading legal rights groups is calling on the U.S. Congress to make major changes in the USA PATRIOT Act to reverse parts of the hurriedly passed law that have been found unconstitutional or have been abused to collect information on innocent people. On Dec. 31, 2009, three provisions of the PATRIOT … Continue reading “ACLU: Let Spy Laws Fade Into the Sunset”

Monday: 15 Iraqis Killed, 19 Wounded

Updated at 8:55 p.m. EDT, Mar. 30, 2009 Calm may have returned to central Baghdad, but violence continued over much of Iraq. At least 15 Iraqis were killed and 19 more were wounded in various attacks. No Coalition deaths were reported, but a U.S. soldier was convicted of murdering four Iraqis in his care, and sentenced to 35 years in prison. Also, the British will hand over their base at the Basra airport to U.S. forces tomorrow.

The Great Afghan Bailout

Let’s start by stopping. It’s time, as a start, to stop calling our expanding war in Central and South Asia “the Afghan War” or “the Afghanistan War.” If Obama’s special representative to Afghanistan and Pakistan Richard Holbrooke doesn’t want to, why should we? Recently, in a BBC interview, he insisted that “the ‘number one problem’ … Continue reading “The Great Afghan Bailout”

Af-Pak Fever

The idea that anything has really changed, at least in the realm of foreign policy, with the ascension of Barack Obama to the White House, is now completely debunked by the administration’s latest pronouncement on the "Af-Pak" war, and I quote from the "white paper" that accompanied the President’s spiel: "The ability of extremists in … Continue reading “Af-Pak Fever”