The Nonintervention Principle

Anyone old enough to think about "America’s" role in the world ought to be able to walk and chew gum at the same time. For example, one ought to be able to argue firmly against U.S. intervention in other countries without feeling obliged to downplay or deny the real crimes that the tyrant du jour … Continue reading “The Nonintervention Principle”

What We’re Not Allowed To Know About the Afghan War

Tune in to Episode#46 of the SIGAR (Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction) show, folks – at least those (few) who still care about America’s longest, ongoing, war. The latest installment just dropped, and I promise it’s a gem: replete with the all the dramatic suspense of “Homeland,” the dark comedy of a rebooted "Curb … Continue reading “What We’re Not Allowed To Know About the Afghan War”

Intelligence Officials Sow Discord By Stoking Fear of Russian Election Meddling

Another presidential election year is upon us, and the intelligence agencies are hard at work stoking fears of Russian meddling. This time it looks like the Russians do not only like the incumbent president but also favor who appears to be the Democratic front-runner, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. On Thursday, The New York Times ran … Continue reading “Intelligence Officials Sow Discord By Stoking Fear of Russian Election Meddling”

Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: The Fight for the Free Press Is Now On

WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange’s US extradition hearing opens Monday. Finally, his legal team can argue in a court over the offenses listed in the indictment against the journalist who published government documents exposing US war crimes in Iraq and Afghanistan. The prosecution of Assange threatens press freedom. This is the first time that the US … Continue reading “Assange’s US Extradition Hearing Opens Monday: The Fight for the Free Press Is Now On”

Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics

A precious moment has been squandered, as Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, had the chance to right a historical wrong, by reinstating Palestinian national priorities at the United Nations Security Council on February 11, through a political discourse that is completely independent from Washington and its allies. For a long time, Abbas has been a … Continue reading “Abbas’ UN Speech and the Breakdown of Palestinian Politics”

The Long Shadow of World War I and America’s War on Dissent

Part 1 “War is the health of the state.” So said the eerily prescient and uncompromising antiwar radical Randolph Bourne in the very midst of what Europeans called the Great War, a nihilistic conflict that eventually consumed the lives of at least 9 million soldiers, including some 50,000 Americans. He meant, ultimately, that wars – … Continue reading “The Long Shadow of World War I and America’s War on Dissent”

Duterte Does the Right Thing for a Change

Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte’s termination of a key military pact with the United States, the Visiting Forces Agreement (VFA), which governed the deployment of US troops in the country, has evoked varied responses. In some liberal and progressive circles, the move provoked trepidation owing to Duterte’s perceived closeness to Chinese President Xi Jinping. Others were … Continue reading “Duterte Does the Right Thing for a Change”

UN List of Firms Aiding Israel’s Settlements Was Dead on Arrival

After lengthy delays, the United Nations finally published a database last week of businesses that have been profiting from Israel’s illegal settlement activity in the West Bank. The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Michelle Bachelet, announced that 112 major companies had been identified as operating in Israeli settlements in ways that violate human rights. … Continue reading “UN List of Firms Aiding Israel’s Settlements Was Dead on Arrival”