Hillary Clinton Knew Saudis Were Funding Extremists. Surprise!

The leaked Hillary Clinton emails include a memo written on September 17, 2014 that discusses the U.S. response to ISIS. The key line in the memo is point 4 that says that based on "western intelligence, US intelligence and sources in the region," she knows that "the governments of Qatar and Saudi Arabia . . … Continue reading “Hillary Clinton Knew Saudis Were Funding Extremists. Surprise!”

Broken Promises That Still Shape the World

The recipe for the Cold War read, "Simmer. Bring to a boil occasionally: do not boil over." Decades later, the surprising line "return to boil" was added. The table for both servings of the Cold War was set by broken American promises. Perhaps the most ironic event in post-World War Two history is that it … Continue reading “Broken Promises That Still Shape the World”

Is the US Behind the Brazilian Coup?

There can no longer be a defense of the removal of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff from office. The political maneuvering by the opposition PSDB has been uncloaked and revealed for what it clearly was all along: a quiet coup dressed in the disguise of democracy. The recent release of a recording of a phone call … Continue reading “Is the US Behind the Brazilian Coup?”

Historical Amnesia and the Destruction of the Senate Torture Report

When Winston Smith thinks he has finally made contact with the underground movement he has always hoped existed, in George Orwell’s 1984, he drinks a toast, not to the hoped-for future, but to the past, because "he who controls the past controls the future." With the "erasure of the past," current events can look like … Continue reading “Historical Amnesia and the Destruction of the Senate Torture Report”

Is a Silent Coup in Democratic Disguise Taking Place in Brazil?

After the first phase of overt military regime changes in Latin America, the 1954 CIA overthrow of Guatemala’s Jacobo Arbenz ushered in the era of covert coups. The list is well known: Arbenz in Guatemala, Allende in Chile. Much less well known is the 1964 coup that removed Brazil’s Joao Goulart from power, which was … Continue reading “Is a Silent Coup in Democratic Disguise Taking Place in Brazil?”

How New Sanctions Will Be Perceived in Iran

The moment the United States removed their nuclear sanctions on Iran, they slapped new sanctions on Iran, claiming that two Iranian tests of ballistic missiles that are capable of delivering nuclear warheads violates Security Council resolutions. The Iranians had no sooner learned that nuclear sanctions had been removed following the International Atomic Energy Association (IAEA) … Continue reading “How New Sanctions Will Be Perceived in Iran”

What We Knew: A Recent History of Deception

If democracy is a transparent system of government by the people, in which elected officials represent their constituents, then America is failing the test of democracy in its foreign policy. Because, far from governing on behalf of the people they represent, the people are being deceived by their representatives. This failure is especially egregious and … Continue reading “What We Knew: A Recent History of Deception”

The Knot At the Heart of the Ukraine Crisis

The origin of the Ukraine crisis is consistently reported in the West as an unfortunate and unpopular choice by President Viktor Yanukovych to go with an economic alliance with Russia over the economic alliance offered by the European Union. The package offered by the European Union is portrayed as benign and Yanukovych’s rejection of it … Continue reading “The Knot At the Heart of the Ukraine Crisis”

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Response to the Iranian Nuclear Deal

Going back at least as early as the 1989 Presidential election of Hashemi Rafsanjani, Iran has been attempting to end its international isolation by improving relations with the United States. And at least since the election of Iran’s next President, Seyyed Mohammad Khatami, in 1997, it has been the hope of the Iranian leadership that, … Continue reading “Hillary Clinton’s Hawkish Response to the Iranian Nuclear Deal”