Germany’s Confounding Foreign Policy: Conservatives Favor Peace, Greens Plan for War

Germany’s chancellor for the last 16 years, Angela Merkel, will retire after her country’s September election. Although the Greens enjoyed a temporary burst of popularity, Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union is back in the lead. If the CDU, which runs in tandem with the Christian Social Union, based only in Bavaria, gains a plurality it likely … Continue reading “Germany’s Confounding Foreign Policy: Conservatives Favor Peace, Greens Plan for War”

US Supports the People of Latin America: With Friends Like This…

With reports of protests in the streets of Cuba, the friend of those people, the US, has made its support clear. The people of Cuba join the people of Haiti and Venezuela in being able to count on friendly support from the US. Except for three things. The US has caused the problems they are … Continue reading “US Supports the People of Latin America: With Friends Like This…”

Ukrainian Tragedy. Who Is to Blame?

In view of the upcoming summit in Washington between President Biden and Ukrainian President Zelensky, it is important to analyze the U.S. geopolitical strategy toward that country and see if it serves the best interests of the American people – and, for that matter, of the Ukrainians. Here are some introductory points. As a result … Continue reading “Ukrainian Tragedy. Who Is to Blame?”

Taiwan Policy Incoherence From Both Washington and Tokyo

U.S. and Japanese leaders are busily making murky, often contradictory, policy statements about Taiwan. In the process, they have infuriated the People’s Republic of China (PRC) and increased the risks of a miscalculation that could culminate in a catastrophic war. Greater clarity – and far greater prudence – is urgently needed. Japan’s latest contribution to … Continue reading “Taiwan Policy Incoherence From Both Washington and Tokyo”

Iraq Daily Roundup: 35 Killed in ISIS Bombing

At least 35 people were killed, and 61 were wounded in recent violence: In Sadr City, an improvised explosive device blew-up at the Woheilat Market. At least 35 people were killed and over 60 were wounded. A number of shops burned down in the attack, which took place just ahead of the Eid al-Adha holiday … Continue readingIraq Daily Roundup: 35 Killed in ISIS Bombing”

The War Lobby Believes Washington Should Represent Everyone Except Americans

David Brooks, a onetime conservative editor at Forbes and the Wall Street Journal, long ago joined the Pretorian Guard for American progressive internationalism and backed its advance around the globe through war. "For most of the past century, human dignity had a friend – the United States of America," he argued last week. In his … Continue reading “The War Lobby Believes Washington Should Represent Everyone Except Americans”

Family Separation Law: Israel’s Demographic War on Palestine Intensifies

When the Israeli Knesset (parliament) failed to renew what is commonly referred to as the Family Reunification Law, news reports and analyses misrepresented the story altogether. The even split of 59 MKs voting in favor of the law and 59 against it gave the erroneous impression that Israeli lawmakers are equally divided over the right … Continue reading “Family Separation Law: Israel’s Demographic War on Palestine Intensifies”

Reckoning With the US-Caused Destruction of Afghanistan

Earlier this week, 100 Afghan families from Bamiyan, a rural province of central Afghanistan mainly populated by the Hazara ethnic minority, fled to Kabul. They feared Taliban militants would attack them in Bamiyan. Over the past decade, I’ve gotten to know a grandmother who recalls fleeing Talib fighters in the 1990s, just after learning that … Continue reading “Reckoning With the US-Caused Destruction of Afghanistan”

US Courts Central Asian Dictators in Pursuit of Post-Afghan War Objectives

As it did while attempting to build a natural gas pipeline through the region in the 1990s and during the early years of the so-called War on Terror, the U.S. government is once again courting Central Asian dictatorships in a bid to secure a military staging area from which it could launch strikes against resurgent … Continue reading “US Courts Central Asian Dictators in Pursuit of Post-Afghan War Objectives”