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The Ukraine War: Cracks in Unexpected Places

As the war in Ukraine grinds on, cracks are forming in unexpected places. The US is mad at Ukraine, Europe is mad at the US and Europeans are mad at each other. The cracks are neither wide nor structural. But they are there, and they are unexpected. The first crack in the US relationship with … Continue reading "The Ukraine War: Cracks in Unexpected Places"

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Stoltenberg’s Provocative Pledge on Ukraine’s NATO Membership

At the NATO foreign ministers’ summit in Bucharest on November 29, both the foreign ministers of the member states and the Secretary-General of NATO, General Jens Stoltenberg, renewed NATO’s 2008 pledge to welcome Ukraine into NATO. But Stoltenberg’s comments were provocative and insincere in at least three ways. In a “doorstep statement” ahead of the … Continue reading "Stoltenberg’s Provocative Pledge on Ukraine’s NATO Membership"

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Eight Reasons Why Now Is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks

As the war in Ukraine has dragged on for nine months and a cold winter is setting in, people all over the world are calling for a Christmas truce, harkening back to the inspirational Christmas Truce of 1914. In the midst of World War I, warring soldiers put down their guns and celebrated the holiday … Continue reading "Eight Reasons Why Now Is a Good Time for a Ukraine Ceasefire and Peace Talks"

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Is the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Still in Use?

It’s been over five years since the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) “Black Identity Extremist” (BIE) report was leaked to Foreign Policy magazine in early October 2017. The August 3, 2017, report – which alleged that “perceptions of police brutality against African Americans spurred an increase in premeditated, retaliatory lethal violence against law enforcement” – … Continue reading "Is the FBI’s ‘Black Identity Extremist’ Label Still in Use?"

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Failed Coup: Is the U.S. Ready to Abandon Guaidó and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community?

In February 2019, the election in Venezuela did not go the way the U.S. had scripted it. So, the U.S. stuck with the script and ignored the election. Though Hugo Chávez’ successor, Nicolás Maduro, easily won re-election to a second term, the U.S. ignored the result and recognized their choice as the legitimate leader of … Continue reading "Failed Coup: Is the U.S. Ready to Abandon Guaidó and Reintegrate Venezuela into the Global Community?"

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Symbolic but Significant: Why the Decision to Investigate Abu Akleh’s Murder Is Unprecedented

 The recent decision by the United States Department of Justice to open an investigation into the killing, last May, of Palestinian-American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh is not a game-changer, but important and worthy of reflection, nonetheless.  Based on the long trajectory of US military and political support of Israel, and Washington’s constant shielding of Tel … Continue reading "Symbolic but Significant: Why the Decision to Investigate Abu Akleh’s Murder Is Unprecedented"

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The Biden Zelensky Relationship: Who to Trust?

US President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky speak often on the phone. But on a phone call in June, the conversation went very differently. Biden told Zelensky that he had just authorized $1 billion for more military assistance. Instead of thanking Biden, Zelensky complained about what he wasn’t getting and began listing the … Continue reading "The Biden Zelensky Relationship: Who to Trust?"

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Western Attempts to Isolate Russia at G20 Summit Failed

From November 15 to 16, the G20 Summit took place in Indonesia, and contrary to Western attempts, Russia was an active and welcomed participant. On the eve of the Summit, the US called for Russia to be isolated, however, what transpired in Bali instead did not live up to Washington’s expectations – the Russian delegation, … Continue reading "Western Attempts to Isolate Russia at G20 Summit Failed"

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It Was Never About Ukraine

In his March 21 press briefing, State Department spokesman Ned Price told the gathered reporters that “President Zelenskyy has also made it very clear that he is open to a diplomatic solution that does not compromise the core principles at the heart of the Kremlin’s war against Ukraine.” A reporter asked Price, “What are you saying … Continue reading "It Was Never About Ukraine"

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Putin’s ‘Winter War’ on Ukraine

Winter has often proven an indispensable ally of Mother Russia. The impending winter of 1812-13 forced Napoleon's withdrawal from Moscow, a retreat from which his Grande Armee never recovered. The winter of 1941-42 sealed the ultimate fate of the invading armies of Adolf Hitler's Third Reich. Vladimir Putin's new strategy in the war he launched … Continue reading "Putin’s ‘Winter War’ on Ukraine"

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Is Washington’s Dangerous Ukraine Boondoggle Starting to Unravel?

Last week the world stood on the very edge of a nuclear war, as Ukraine’s US-funded president, Vladimir Zelensky, urged NATO military action over a missile that landed on Polish soil. "This is a Russian missile attack on collective security! This is a really significant escalation. Action is needed," said Zelensky immediately after the missile … Continue reading "Is Washington’s Dangerous Ukraine Boondoggle Starting to Unravel?"

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Dutch Genuflect to US, Convict Russians for Downing MH17

On Nov. 17 a Dutch Court sentenced two Russians and one Ukrainian (all three in absentia) to life in prison. They were accused of playing supporting roles in the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17, killing all 298 aboard. MH17 was flying from Amsterdam to Kuala Lumpur when it was downed over eastern Ukraine on … Continue reading "Dutch Genuflect to US, Convict Russians for Downing MH17"

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The Cuba Embargo: Isolating America

Once a year, Cuba raises its head above the fence around America’s backyard and calls out to the world to condemn its imprisonment. And, once a year, the US, despite all its lofty rhetoric of international order and democracy, ignores the voice of the United Nations General Assembly and goes on starving the people of … Continue reading "The Cuba Embargo: Isolating America"

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Why Is AP Still Protecting the Source Behind its False Russia-Bombed-Poland Story?

On Tuesday, the Associated Press reported that a “senior U.S. intelligence official says Russian missiles crossed into NATO member Poland, killing two people.” This story ripped through big media outlets which blared “BREAKING NEWS” – see from CBS: It tore through Twitter. There would be a series of followups, see how the story morphed on … Continue reading "Why Is AP Still Protecting the Source Behind its False Russia-Bombed-Poland Story?"

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Signs of Diplomacy in Ukraine? Finding a Faint Pulse.

As the intense combat and missile strikes show, peace is still a distant hope in Ukraine. But, for the first time in a long time, a faint diplomatic pulse has been found. In early November, National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky and privately pushed him to "signal an openness to … Continue reading "Signs of Diplomacy in Ukraine? Finding a Faint Pulse."

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