The Biden Administration Is Committed to Human Rights: Except When It Isn’t

President Joe Biden recently met with Russian President Vladimir Putin, causing some complaint in Washington. After all, the latter runs an authoritarian state. To highlight his public commitment to democracy, Biden told the press: "I made it clear to him that I believe the consequences of [opposition leader Alexei Navalny dying in prison] would be … Continue reading “The Biden Administration Is Committed to Human Rights: Except When It Isn’t”

The Economic War on Iran Needs To End

The U.S. economic war on Iran hasn’t ended, and one of the costs of that war has been the increasing authoritarianism of the Iranian government. The "maximum pressure" campaign is not solely responsible for empowering Iranian hard-liners and contributing to the rigged victory of Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran’s judiciary, but it has significantly … Continue reading “The Economic War on Iran Needs To End”

Daniel Ortega Is an Autocratic Thug, but Washington Should Leave Him Alone

Recent news reports coming out of Nicaragua confirm that Daniel Ortega’s autocratic, left-wing regime is tightening its already repressive rule over the country’s population. Nicaragua’s November presidential election is fast shaping up to be a farce. During just the first two weeks of June, authorities went after four of Ortega’s principal challengers in that election. … Continue reading “Daniel Ortega Is an Autocratic Thug, but Washington Should Leave Him Alone”

Please! Someone Set Biden Straight on China ‘Squeezing’ Russia

President Joe Biden’s words about China at the Geneva summit shows him to be woefully misinformed about the "world correlation of forces" (to borrow from an old Soviet term). He appears to be stuck in a decades-old paradigm of Sino-Russian hostility, which President Richard Nixon was able to leverage into key arms control agreements with … Continue reading “Please! Someone Set Biden Straight on China ‘Squeezing’ Russia”

The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism

On June 15, 2021, Israeli far-right nationalists took part in a flag-waving march through occupied East Jerusalem. The so-called March of the Flags beats the drums of colonialism – it is an open celebration of the anniversary of Israel’s 1967 occupation of the city’s eastern part. The Israeli government decided shortly after the end of … Continue reading “The Inhumanity of Israeli Settler-Colonialism”

US Should Close the Door to Ukrainian Membership in NATO

Last week President Joe Biden attended the latest NATO summit but achieved nothing of note, other than reaffirming America’s promise to defend Europe even if the Europeans won’t do so themselves. However, he did reject the attempt by Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelensky to force the alliance to admit Kyiv. Adding Ukraine as a defense dependent … Continue reading “US Should Close the Door to Ukrainian Membership in NATO”

Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?

At President Putin’s press conference right after yesterday’s summit meeting with President Biden, Euronews journalist Galina Polonskaya asked Putin if he had reached "a new level of trust with the U.S. president." In response, Putin quoted Leo Tolstoy: "Tolstoy once said, there is no happiness in life, only lightening flashes (зарницы) of it – cherish … Continue reading “Will the MICIMATT Douse ‘Lightening Flashes of Trust’?”

Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words

On June 16, US president Joe Biden and Russian president Vladimir Putin issued a Joint Statement on Strategic Stability, in which they “reaffirm the principle that a nuclear war cannot be won and must never be fought” and “seek to lay the groundwork for future arms control and risk reduction measures.” With the extension of … Continue reading “Nuclear Arms Reduction: Actions Speak Louder Than Words”