Tag Archives: cold war
The global arms trade is experiencing its greatest boom since the Cold War, fueled by horrific wars in the Middle East and revitalized power rivalries among China, Russia and the United States.
The New York Times loves NATO, but should you?
Creating a capacity for violence greater than the world has ever seen is costly — and remunerative.
… logical thinking no longer applies to what’s going on in Washington.
Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016. Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post 12/30/2016 | One of the most alarming developments in U.S. foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back at U.S. foreign policy in this last year of Barack Obama’s presidential tenure, […]
Bruce Gagnon | U.S./NATO: Surrounding Russia and China with First Strike Missiles. Could This Provoke a Global War?
Nuclear disarmament negotiations have ground to a halt due to these U.S. missile defense deployments.
“The blockade not only violates the human rights of the Cuban people, but also the sovereign right of all countries of the world to have relations with Cuba without fear of reprisals…”
A few years ago, I attended a popular exhibition called “The Price of Freedom” at the venerable Smithsonian Institution in Washington. The lines of ordinary people, mostly children shuffling through a Santa’s grotto of revisionism, were dispensed a variety of lies: the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki saved “a million lives”; Iraq was “liberated [by] air strikes of unprecedented precision”. The theme was unerringly heroic: only Americans pay the price of freedom.
…no less crucial for being obvious: in most of these countries, where Islam is the dominant religion, … al-Qaeda, and the Taliban are essentially the only available vehicles for protest and rebellion. By now, they have completely replaced the socialist and nationalist movements that predominated in the twentieth century; these years have, that is, seen a remarkable reversion to religious, ethnic, and tribal identity, to movements that seek to establish their own exclusive territory by the persecution and expulsion of minorities.
Since the early 1980s, polls in the US have shown that most people believe that the government is run by a few big interests looking out for themselves… I do not know of earlier polls, or polls in other countries, but it would not be surprising if the results are similar. The important question is: are people motivated to do something about it?
Evergreene Digest: |Uri Avnery, Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Bomb? and Gareth Porter, The Good Adversary
Let’s assume that (Iran) did develop nuclear weapons, (Avnery) says, so what? It’s an important thought experiment. –Rabbi Michael Lerner America’s 30-year Cold War with Iran: Manufacturing A Good Adversary Uri Avnery, Network of Spiritual Progressives April 4, 2015 | I must start with a shocking confession: I am not afraid of the Iranian nuclear […]
From the article: The unresolved Korean conflict gives governments in the region justification to further militarize and prepare for war, using funds that could be used instead for schools, hospitals and the welfare of the people and the environment.
In retrospect, Russia-bashing was the main media event of the Sochi Olympics since the U.S. “lost” in the medal count. The Ukraine crisis has put the Olympics in the past tense and presented an opportunity for the old Cold War team to field a new crisis. Pres. Obama is following the Clinton policy of pushing […]
Missing in Action . . . What Happened to War and the Imperial Drive to Organize the Planet? By Tom Engelhardt TomDispatch.com March 2, 2014 There is, it seems, something new under the sun. Geopolitically speaking, when it comes to war and the imperial principle, we may be in uncharted territory. Take a look around and […]
From the start it has been difficult to interpret foreign policy as Barack Obama envisages it. The reason, so far as I can see, is that he has always been a man of American domestic affairs and of law, his profession. By William Pfaff truthdig.com Feb 25, 2014 White House/Pete Souza The Obama government has taken a Cold […]
What’s needed in Syria is not military intervention, but a global peace offensive. By Rob Prince Foreign Policy in Focus February 14, 2014 (Note: Rob Prince teaches at the Korbel School of International Studies. Although tangentially, he has been associated with the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies and has participated in a number of […]