Tag Archives: foreign policy

The Arms Trade Is Intensifying Under Trump, by Peter Castagno

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.

Ann Wright | U.S. Experts Say North Korean Government is NOT Irrational and Call for Talks

In January 2016, as in many previous years, the North Korean government specifically stated that it would end its nuclear testing if the U.S. and South Korea would end military exercises and sign a peace treaty.

David Price | Rogue Elephant Rising: The CIA as Kingslayer

Price: I know no reason to trust the CIA and other intelligence agencies any more than we trust Trump.

Evergreene Digest |Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

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, […]

Linda Hoover | A Legacy of Resistance

U.S. decision-makers turned to soldiers for hire….Soldiers for hire are not a reliable military force. They fight not for a principle or belief, but for the highest bidder. In 2016, perhaps half of the troops fighting for the U.S. military are mercenaries from countries impoverished by U.S. foreign policies—countries such as Colombia, Ecuador, and Pakistan.

(Videos) Paul Jay interviews Henry Giroux on Donald Trump, neofascism, and an independent people’s struggle

I think that what you’re suggesting, and what I believe is actually quite true, is that Trump and the Democrats really represent two different elements of the same coin. I mean, what you have is a savage form of neoliberalism that now dominates most of the globe, in which questions of power and questions of justice are completely removed from any sense of accountability.

Chris Hedges: Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

Hedges: I will not support a politician who sells out the Palestinians and panders to the Israel lobby any more than I will support a politician who refuses to confront the bloated military and arms industry or white supremacy and racial injustice. The Palestinian issue is not a tangential issue. It is an integral part of Americans’ efforts to dismantle our war machine, the neoliberal policies that see austerity and violence as the primary language for speaking to the rest of the world, and the corroding influence of money in the U.S. political system.

Jenny Nordberg: Who’s Afraid of a Feminist Foreign Policy?

When a new, left coalition government came to power last fall, its Green Party members insisted that the relationship with Saudi Arabia conflicted with Sweden’s values, as well as with the image it wants to project abroad. Political commentators on both the left and right asked the obvious question: How did providing arms to a […]

David Swanson: So That’s Why They Kept the Drone Kill Memo Secret

Now that the U.S. government has released parts of its We-Can-Kill-People-With-Drones memo, it’s hard to miss why it was kept secret until now.  By davidswanson  WarIsACrime.org  23 June 2014 Liberal professors and human rights groups and the United Nations were claiming an inability to know whether drone murders were legal or not because they hadn’t seen the […]

William Blum on Edward Snowden

…I must make it clear that I have great admiration for the young Mr. Snowden, for what he did and for how he expresses himself. He may not be a radical, but he is a hero. His moral courage, nerve, composure, and technical genius are magnificent. The Anti-Empire Report #129 By William Blum   WilliamBlum.org […]

Will Shapira, Star Tribune: Letter of the Day (March 1): America’s leaders and war

They have their excuses, and they’re not afraid to use them. By Will Shapira StarTribune  Updated: February 28, 2014 – 5:48 PM Photo: Barrie Maguire • NewsArt The several wire stories in the Feb. 27 Star Tribune urging that the United States remain closely engaged in military affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan for one reason or […]

▶ Nuland Acknowledges US “Invested” $5 Billion in Ukranian Coup

Posted by Bruce K. Gagnon  Organizing Notes  March 2, 2014 Victoria Nuland [State Department] admits “we’ve invested $5 billion” in the Ukraine project . . . that part picks up at the 7:25 mark in the video. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from […]

(Cartoon) Washington Goes AWOL

As world powers gather for nuclear-disarmament talks, where is the United States? Khalil Bendib  Thursday 11 July 2013   Nation of Change ABOUT KHALIL BENDIB Award-winning Berkeley-based editorial cartoonist Khalil Bendib’s cartoons are regularly featured in dozens of small and mid-size newspapers across the country, and they can be viewed at www.bendib.com. They have also been […]

Two by Chomsky: Obama’s Policies Are Creating Terrorism Around the World & American Government and Corporations Are at War With the American People

 Video: NSA spying justified as preventing terrorism, when it is the administration’s policies that are ensuring terrorism. GRITtv / June 19, 2013  By Laura Flanders via alternet.org  If ever you accused Barack Obama of fearing to offend or suffering from lack of spine, you have to hand it to him now: President Obama is acting more and more like […]

U.S. Promises Smooth Transfer of Quagmire from Afghanistan to Syria

“Harland Dorrinson, executive director of the National Quagmire Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting the United States’ involvement in intractable conflicts around the globe, said . . .” POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ  JUNE 19, 2013  The New Yorker DAMASCUS (The Borowitz Report)—Supporters of the United States’ twelve-year quagmire in Afghanistan cheered the news today that the […]

Kathy Kelly> Tales in a Kabul Restaurant

The Afghan Atrocities Update by Kathy Kelly  May 21, 2013 Kabul–Since 2009, Voices for Creative Nonviolence has maintained a grim record we call the “The Afghan Atrocities Update” which gives the dates, locations, numbers and names of Afghan civilians killed by NATO forces.  Even with details culled from news reports, these data can’t help but […]

Ray McGovern> Boston Suspect’s Writing on the Wall

“Why do they hate us?” by Ray McGovern, May 18, 2013  antiwar.com Quick, somebody tell CIA Director John Brennan about the handwriting on the inside wall of the boat in which Dzhokhar Tsarnaev was hiding before Boston-area police riddled it and him with bullets. Tell Brennan that Tsarnaev’s note is in plain English and that it […]

[Video] Glenn Greenwald> Debating Bill Maher on Muslims, Islam and US foreign policy

The HBO host has become a leading advocate of the view that Islam is uniquely violent and threatening. Does that hold up under critical scrutiny? Glenn Greenwald  guardian.co.uk  Saturday 11 May 2013 09.25 EDT  [Video below] From l to r: Glenn Greenwald, Joy Reid, Charles Cooke, Bill Maher on HBO’s “Real Time”, May 11, 2013 Photograph: screen […]

Video> Professor Noam Chomsky speaking at Boğaziçi University in Turkey in January 2013

Professor Noam Chomsky speaking at Boğaziçi University in Turkey in January 2013 Malcolm Steinberg posted in CounterPunch Friends and Supporters WHY DOES THE U.S. SUPPORT ISRAEL? Noam Chomsky has the best explanation I’ve heard… load this video up, go to the 38min45sec spot and the tale begins —-> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MEYiGamLZSo This video is the full speech, […]

Tom Engelhardt> Forget Mitt Romney: The Real Show is Obama vs. the World

Forget Mitt Romney: The Real Show is Obama vs. the World Back in 2004, Egyptian diplomat Amr Moussa warned the Bush administration that its invasion of Iraq had opened “the gates of hell.”  Of course, Washington paid him no heed.  He was neither an autocrat nor a soldier, but the secretary-general of the meaningless Arab League, so […]