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Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?

"The demise of the Soviet Union was the greatest geopolitical catastrophe of the century," said Russia’s new ruler Vladimir Putin in his 2005 state of the nation address. "As for the Russian people," Putin went on, "it became a genuine tragedy. Tens of millions of our fellow citizens and countrymen found themselves beyond the fringes … Continue reading "Quo Vadis, Mother Russia?"

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US Military Clears Itself of Blame in Syria Strike That Killed ‘Piles’ of Women and Children

No U.S. personnel will be held accountable for a March 2019 airstrike that killed scores of Syrian civilians including women and children, the Pentagon said Tuesday in announcing that an internal investigation into the massacre found that no laws of war were broken and that there was no cover-up of the incident as alleged in … Continue reading "US Military Clears Itself of Blame in Syria Strike That Killed ‘Piles’ of Women and Children"

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Turkey, NATO, and Peace in Ukraine

I am in Turkey because, if there is to be movement in ending the war in Ukraine, it will happen here. President Erdogan’s firm stance on a potential veto of Swedish and Finnish NATO membership is framed in public only in relation to perceived support by those countries for Kurdish resistance groups. But of course … Continue reading "Turkey, NATO, and Peace in Ukraine"

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The Washington GOP: War-Besotted Sucklers on the Public Teat

What’s wrong with these people?! We are referring, of course, to Mitch McConnell & Co’s ostentatious visit to Kiev this weekend. With the sad-sack Senate Republican leadership in tow, the bejowled political hack who leads the ostensible "opposition" party provided still another unwarranted boost to the dangerous megalomaniac pictured at the center of the photo … Continue reading "The Washington GOP: War-Besotted Sucklers on the Public Teat"

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Ukraine: An Antiwar Dilemma

Originally posted at TomDispatch. As we think about the nightmarish war in Ukraine, let me just offer you a few figures: almost a million dead, nearly 400,000 of them civilians; at least 38 million people turned into war refugees or internally displaced; and perhaps $8 trillion in money squandered on that hell on Earth. Oh … Continue reading "Ukraine: An Antiwar Dilemma"

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Who Misread Whom in Ukraine War Debacle?

Henry Kissinger made his first public remarks on the Ukraine war in an interview with the Financial Times of London in Washington on May 11th. In this appearance, he identified the miscalculation that turned the long simmering hostilities between the now warring parties in this conflict into a catastrophe affecting the entire world. This error … Continue reading "Who Misread Whom in Ukraine War Debacle?"

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US and Latin America: Trouble in the Backyard

While the US is expanding into Russia’s sphere of influence, it seems to be having trouble consolidating and controlling its own sphere of influence. There may be trouble in America’s backyard. The Biden administration has been so distracted by expansion and so asleep at diplomacy that the very fundamentals of diplomacy have been neglected in … Continue reading "US and Latin America: Trouble in the Backyard"

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For Biden’s Summit of the Americas, Obama’s Handshake With Raúl Castro Shows the Way

On May 16, the Biden administration announced new measures to "increase support for the Cuban people." They included easing travel restrictions and helping Cuban-Americans support and connect with their families. They mark a step forward but a baby step, given that most U.S. sanctions on Cuba remain in place. Also in place is a ridiculous … Continue reading "For Biden’s Summit of the Americas, Obama’s Handshake With Raúl Castro Shows the Way"

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No More NATO Expansion

Finland and Sweden have broken with their longstanding traditions of neutrality to seek NATO membership, and the U.S. and most other allies are eager to accept them. Like previous rounds of NATO expansion, this one is proceeding without any serious consideration of the possible costs that come from adding new allies. The last thing that … Continue reading "No More NATO Expansion"

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Demagoguery Won’t Stop Moscow’s Aggression: West Should Stop Sacrificing Principles in Ukraine’s Name

Chris Bryant, the British MP who chairs the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Russia, appears to be either a fool or knave. He confuses banning Russian tennis players from Wimbledon with defeating Moscow in war. And demagogues anyone who questions punishing people who have done nothing other than be born in Russia. Russia’s attack on Ukraine … Continue reading "Demagoguery Won’t Stop Moscow’s Aggression: West Should Stop Sacrificing Principles in Ukraine’s Name"

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Why Would US Give a War Guarantee – to Finland?

Seeing Russia invade Ukraine, historically neutral Finland has undergone a late conversion and decided to join NATO immediately. Why? Because NATO membership means the world’s strongest power, the United States, under Article 5 of NATO, would go to war against Russia, should it cross Finland’s border. Nervous about Russian President Vladimir Putin’s intentions, Finland wants … Continue reading "Why Would US Give a War Guarantee – to Finland?"

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The News Media’s Ukraine Whitewash Grows Worse

The U.S. news media’s treatment of the Ukraine issue has long been characterized by flagrant favoritism. Reports from organizations such as Human Rights Watch, Transparency International, and Freedom House showing that Ukraine’s actual conduct differed markedly from its carefully crafted image as a dedicated young democracy received little coverage in the mainstream press. That willingness … Continue reading "The News Media’s Ukraine Whitewash Grows Worse"

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Why Did Rand Paul Delay Washington’s $40 Billion Ukraine Giveaway?

Even by Washington standards, the Biden Administration’s recent request for $33 billion for military aid to Ukraine was shocking. Surely a coalition of antiwar progressives and budget-hawk Republicans would oppose the dangerous and expensive involvement of the US in the Russia/Ukraine conflict? No! Not only did Congress not object: they added nearly seven billion MORE … Continue reading "Why Did Rand Paul Delay Washington’s $40 Billion Ukraine Giveaway?"

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Neo-Conservatism is Alive and Well in the GOP Post-Trump

The Russian invasion of Ukraine has been yet another polarizing event in the news cycle. It seems like other topics being covered by the mainstream media that if you do not have the correct opinion then you are some sort of villain, in this case you are a pro-Russian propagandist. So, what is the establishment … Continue reading "Neo-Conservatism is Alive and Well in the GOP Post-Trump"

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While Ukraine Dominates the News, North Korea Could Become the Next Great Crisis

The war between Russia and Ukraine continues to dominate media headlines and Washington’s attention. But an even bigger black swan event could be occurring. COVID-19 has breached North Korea’s border defenses, forcing every city in the country into lockdown. Although the Omicron variant is more infectious, it also is milder, which has allowed the US … Continue reading "While Ukraine Dominates the News, North Korea Could Become the Next Great Crisis"

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$40 Billion More the Ukraine War: A Wakeup Call for Those Who Still Believe in Lesser-Evilism

The US House of Representatives just approved another massive military "aid" package for the Ukraine War. The Biden administration had initially requested $33 billion in new money for the war, but leaders of both parties in Congress, eager to support the war, quickly said this was not enough, and raised the total for this package … Continue reading "$40 Billion More the Ukraine War: A Wakeup Call for Those Who Still Believe in Lesser-Evilism"

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NY Times Shifts Pro-War Narrative, Documents Failure of US in Ukraine

The New York Times has a job to do – and it has done that job spectacularly well over the past few months. The Times is a leader, in the opinion of this writer, the leader in spelling out the US narrative on the war in Ukraine, a tale designed to keep up morale, give … Continue reading "NY Times Shifts Pro-War Narrative, Documents Failure of US in Ukraine"

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Washington Needs To Play Better With Others: Relearning the Art of Diplomacy

Originally appeared at the American Institute for Economic Research. Perhaps the most persistent foreign policy mantra in Washington, voiced by Republicans and Democrats alike, is the importance of American “leadership.” Without US “leadership” the rest of the world is lost. But with Washington’s taking the lead, the rest of the world, friends and foes alike, … Continue reading "Washington Needs To Play Better With Others: Relearning the Art of Diplomacy"

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