Sunday, March 26, 2017

Foreign Policy

Lessons from North Korea’s nuclear program

In a successful test earlier this month, North Korea fired four missiles into the Sea of Japan, heightening concerns about its nuclear weapons program. As Victor Cha, a former Bush administration adviser, recently said...

Left and Right, US Lawmakers Unite Against Escalating War in Syria

Bipartisan Bills Aim to Stop Escalation of War, Arming of Islamists While the Pentagon provides plans for the Trump Administration for a major escalation of the US involvement in the war in Syria, new bipartisan...

Paul Lewis, Former Envoy for Guantánamo Closure Under Obama, Urges Donald Trump to Close...

On closing Guantánamo, Paul Lewis, the former Special Envoy for Guantánamo Detention Closure at the Department of Defense under President Obama, recently had an article published on Lawfare, in which he explained why Guantánamo...

Meet the New Waste. Worse than the Old Waste?

Jim Bovard writes: "Trump proposes to devote almost all of the savings from cutting domestic programs into the Pentagon, whose budget would rise by $52 billion, roughly 10%. Since 9/11, the Defense Department has been...

How much is an Afghan life worth? That depends

In March 2014, the U.S. military paid an Afghan man just over $1,000 to compensate for killing his civilian son in an operation near the border with Iran, according to U.S. military records released...

US Launching Soaring Number of Airstrikes Against ISIS in Iraq, Syria

Over 7,000 Strikes Carried Out in Just the Last Two Months With the fighting against ISIS increasingly confined to densely populated cities like Mosul and Raqqa, the US air war against them continues to escalate...

A US veteran reflects on protesting alongside Palestinian human rights activists in Hebron

I hadn’t been shot at in seven and a half years. In the week prior, some tear gas cans were fired by the Israeli army at my fellow Veterans For Peace members and me...

Trump’s Making His Contribution To Middle East Madness

We really could have skipped all the arduous debate on Iraq during the last presidential campaign. First, Trump was against the Iraq war from the very beginning ... Then supposedly he was for the...

US Soldiers Wounded in ‘Insider Attack’ in Kandahar, Afghanistan, Base

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (AP) — An Afghan soldier opened fire Sunday inside a base in the southern Helmand province, wounding three U.S. soldiers before being shot dead. Navy Cpt. Bill Salvin, a U.S. military spokesman, said...

Tillerson: Pre-emptive force an option with North Korea

SEOUL, South Korea (AP) — The United States signaled a tougher strategy toward North Korea on Friday that leaves open the possibility of pre-emptive military action and rejects talks with the communist nation until...