What’s Really Going On in Hong Kong?

For more than three months, people in Hong Kong massed in the streets to protest a proposed extradition law. Critics say it would allow China to extradite dissenting students, journalists, and business people to the mainland, where they could face prison for their views. Rallies and marches of tens of thousands grew to perhaps almost two … Continue reading “What’s Really Going On in Hong Kong?”

On Iran, the ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is Sinking Fast

Tehran resident Dariush is exactly the kind of person that the Trump Administration claims to be supporting. He is a middle-class businessman who hates the clerical regime. The White House thinks Iranians like Dariush would welcome the overthrow of their government. But when I talked to Dariush by phone, he was more angry at President … Continue reading “On Iran, the ‘Trump Doctrine’ Is Sinking Fast”

Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own

President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in Moscow during the height of the US-Iran crisis in May. They were right. To date, Trump has threatened military action against North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. But,  while he has caused tremendous damage to ordinary people … Continue reading “Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own”

Biden vs. Bernie – a Foreign Policy Faceoff

Supporters of former Vice President Joe Biden praise him as a man with extensive foreign policy experience. He’s living proof, however, that extensive doesn’t necessarily mean good. Biden reflects the mindset of the previous generation of mainstream Democratic leaders who are out of touch with the anti-interventionist sentiments of most Americans. "We don’t like his … Continue reading “Biden vs. Bernie – a Foreign Policy Faceoff”

Can WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Get a Fair Trial?

British police dragged WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange out of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London on April 11, witnessed by a scrum of international media. Authorities in the United Kingdom and US then tried to drag Assange’s reputation through the mud. The official story was that Assange wore out his welcome at the embassy. News stories … Continue reading “Can WikiLeaks’ Julian Assange Get a Fair Trial?”

Ukraine Elections, Putin, and Trump

Ukrainians can chose a crook or a clown as their new president. So far the clown is winning. Volodymyr Zelensky, a prominent comedian without political experience, received 30% of the vote in a multi-candidate election last Sunday. Incumbent President Petro Poroshenko, a corrupt oligarch, came in second with 16%. They face a runoff election later … Continue reading “Ukraine Elections, Putin, and Trump”

How the Media Distort News From Venezuela

Whenever officials in Washington, D.C. set out to overthrow a foreign government, mainstream US media outlets are there to give a helping hand. All pretense of fairness and balance disappear in favor of outrageous distortion. For the most recent example, let’s look at Venezuela. Both high-level Republicans and Democrats have decided it’s time for Venezuela, … Continue reading “How the Media Distort News From Venezuela”

What’s Really Going On in Kashmir?

On Feb. 14 a suicide bomber killed over 40 Indian soldiers in Kashmir in what India claimed was a terrorist attack. India retaliated by bombing a terrorist training camp, which turned out to be an uninhabited mountain top. The Pakistani air force shot down an Indian jet fighter, and India shot down a Pakistani plane. … Continue reading “What’s Really Going On in Kashmir?”

How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days

The murder of dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi has intensified Washington’s debate over the war in Yemen. On February 13, by a 248-177 vote, the House of Representatives passed a War Powers Act resolution to end U.S. participation in the war. But officials in Washington, D.C. don’t generally know that under terms of a little … Continue reading “How the War in Yemen Could End in a Matter of Days”

Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or US Coup?

Tens of thousands of angry people march in the streets to protest lack of democracy. Women bang on pots to raise alarm over the economic crisis brought on by a socialist president. The United States denounces the leftist government and promises to help bring democracy to the country. Venezuela in 2019? No, it was Chile … Continue reading “Venezuela: Democratic Uprising or US Coup?”