Resignation Letter from US Foreign Service Officer Matthew P. Hoh

US Foreign Service Officer Matthew P. Hoh, Senior Civilian Representative, Afghanistan September 10, 2009 Ambassador Nancy J. Powell Director General of the Foreign Service and Director of Human Resources U.S. Department of State 2201 C Street NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Ambassador Powell, It is with great regret and disappointment I submit my resignation from … Continue reading “Resignation Letter from US Foreign Service Officer Matthew P. Hoh”

The Folly of Attacking Iran: Lessons From History

Just Foreign Policy has prepared this brief but excellent video about recent Western intervention in Iran. Most Americans are unaware that the U.S. and UK orchestrated a coup against a democratically elected Iranian government in the 1950s. urges everyone to go to the Iran action page at Just Foreign Policy to support friendship and … Continue reading “The Folly of Attacking Iran: Lessons From History”

Waltz With Bashir

As a 19-year-old Israeli soldier, Ari Folman took part in the 1982 invasion of Lebanon and was on duty in Beirut during the notorious massacres in the Palestinian refugee camps of Sabra and Shatila. Just a week ago, Waltz With Bashir, the animated documentary film Folman directed in which he explores his own nightmarish, half-suppressed … Continue readingWaltz With Bashir

The President Is Not a King

At 76, Daniel Ellsberg is still vocal. The man who leaked the Pentagon Papers in 1969, leading to the fall of President Richard Nixon, is speaking out this time on the 2008 presidential election. IPS correspondent Bankole Thompson caught up with Ellsberg in downtown Detroit, where he keynoted the opening of the 2008 National Lawyers … Continue reading “The President Is Not a King”

Iran’s Islamic Revolution Had Western Blessing

In his new book on the covert history of Iran’s 1979 Islamic Revolution, award-winning journalist Roozbeh Mirebrahimi says that Western powers, including the United States, accelerated events by recognizing and supporting religious revolutionary forces, forcing the shah to leave the country and averting a coup by Iran’s army. In 1953, the United States had deposed … Continue reading “Iran’s Islamic Revolution Had Western Blessing”

Colombia Okays Chávez’s Hostage Release Plan

CARACAS – The day after Christmas was a time of agonizing waiting for the families of hostages held by Colombia’s FARC guerrillas, who promised to release three of the captives within the next few days. A bold international operation presented by Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez to ensure the safe release of Colombian politicians Consuelo González … Continue reading “Colombia Okays Chávez’s Hostage Release Plan”

Thursday: 73 Killed, 58 Wounded Across Iraq

Updated at 11:00 p.m. EDT, Oct. 5, 2006 In the last day, at least 73 Iraqis have been reported killed and another 58 wounded, including the discovery of at least 30 bodies throughout the capital. There are also reports that Abu Ayyub al-Masri was among four killed in an air strike in Haditha earlier this … Continue reading “Thursday: 73 Killed, 58 Wounded Across Iraq”

Wednesday: 68 Killed, 202 Injured Across Iraq

Updated at 11:30 p.m. EDT, Oct. 4, 2006 Violence in Iraq took the lives of at least 68 and injured 202 Wednesday. Four US soldiers were killed by “indirect and small arms fire” in northwestern Baghdad. Earlier, two more American soldiers were reported to have died, one in Baghdad and one near Kirkuk, from small … Continue reading “Wednesday: 68 Killed, 202 Injured Across Iraq”