Russia Has Lost Ukraine

Russia Lost Ukraine

Steve Hochstadt: It turns out that Republicans anxious to score partisan points against the President, the same Republicans who cheered President Bush on when he invaded Iraq, offer only dangerous foreign policy ideas.

US Empire Reaches Breaking Point

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: Is the US Empire spread so thin at a time of a struggling economy that this is a moment where people can come together and build a movement to end Empire?

Learning from the Past: KAL 007 and Malaysia Airlines 17

Malaysia Airliner Shot Down

Walter Moss: Gorbachev and Reagan found a way to end the Cold War. Presidents Putin and Obama need to follow their example.

Resolving Conflicts in Artificial States

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Ivan Eland: Talk of inclusive governments or power sharing arrangements in these nations is as naïve as Rodney King’s heartfelt statement, “Why can’t we all just get along?”

What the Present Chaos in Iraq Should Teach Us

What Iraq Should Teach Us

Walter Moss: Trying to figure out exactly what the United States should do in international situations is often complex and difficult, and we average citizens without expertise need to be sufficiently humble.

What New US-Russia Relationship Could Look Like

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Walter Moss: A new Russia policy is necessary not only because of the present tensions surrounding Russian-Ukrainian relations—important as they are—and because our adversarial relationship is hurting us in many ways , but also because our relations with Russia remains vital to our global interests.

How We Got It Wrong with Russia

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Walter Moss: Is it not now time for the USA, a country that prides itself on innovation, to come up with its own new-thinking foreign policy, at least in regard to Russia?

Hillary Clinton: Weaponizing the State Department

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JP Sotille: Because terrorism is a tactic—not a political system or a regime—the shadowy, State Department-assisted Special Ops industry that fights them will, unlike the sullen enthusiasts of the Cold War, never be bereft of an enemy.

What’s Next? The Ukrainian Crisis 2.0

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Walter Moss: The top priority for many Ukrainians, west and east, is overcoming economic misery and political corruption and unresponsiveness to their problems. And Poroshenko has recognized that unemployment and poverty have exacerbated discontent in the east and elsewhere.

Russia and the U.S.: The Limits of Partnership

U.S. Relations with Russia

Walter Moss: The main stumbling block preventing closer ties has not been any bad personal chemistry, but the legacy of Cold-War and 1990s suspicions and resentments.

Whose Advice Should You Trust on Ukraine?

Who to Trust on Ukraine

Walter Moss: As with judging any foreign policy action, we citizens first need to know what’s going on. But as Shakespeare’s Hamlet said, “ay, there’s the rub!”

“The Russians Are Coming … Again … and They’re Still Ten Feet Tall!”

Russians Are Coming

Bill Blum: The bad news is that in Ukraine the United States is on the same side as the neo-Nazi types, who – taking time off from parading around with their swastika-like symbols and calling for the death of Jews, Russians and Communists – on May 2 burned down a trade-union building in Odessa, killing scores of people.

Why Conservatives Fear We’re “Losing America”

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Tom Hayden: In the absence of any American public opinion hungering for blood, one has to wonder at the sanity of the superpower syndrome driving so many of our policies.

Politics and the Water’s Edge

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Lance Simmens: With the blunt force obstructionism of ultra-right conservative politics and a nearly total breakdown in comity and civility comes a disturbing brand of hubris from the right that sounds more like sour grapes than sober analysis.

Ukraine: A Feast of Fallacies

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John Peeler: The world is messy and complicated. It’s easy to miscalculate, and when multiple actors pile one miscalculation on another, the consequences are always un intended, and usually unpleasant.

Crimea and the Dark Side of Self-Determination

Crimean Self-Determination

Walter Moss: If we are to avoid in our present century much of the bloodshed characteristic of the previous one, any such slogans, including self-determination, have to be constrained by a hierarchy of other values. Among them peace, empathy, and tolerance are not the least important.

Ukraine Without Crimea?

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Ukraine Without Crimea: If the loss of Crimea is the price for Ukrainian independence from Russia, that would be well worth paying.

America and France Rekindle Their Foreign Affair

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America and France Allied: Although Americans’ favorability toward France has finally recovered to the norm established throughout the 90s.

Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement: Not So Fast

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Trans-Pacific Trade Agreement would produce income inequality at the bottom of the business pyramid with an ever-greater concentration of wealth at the top.

Is People Pressure Making Fast Tracking the TPP Politically Toxic?

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Stopping TPP Fast Track — The social movement against corporate trade is coming across loud and clear.

Taking America Back(wards)

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TPP Negotiations — We are staring at a repeat of a failed and flawed economic experiment that will result in further loss of jobs,.

TPP Nightmare Looming

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TPP Nightmare. Millions of jobs have already been lost through WTO, NAFTA, CAFTA and trade agreements with China and Korea.

Democracy’s Global Dilemmas in 2014

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Global Dilemmas — It was a great gift when Karzai refused to allow American troops to remain. We should take that gift.

Another Missed TPP Deadline Calls Pact’s Agenda into Question

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TPP Deadline: Activists and Congressional leaders called the U.S. Trade Representative’s agenda for the pact into question.

Stop Reckless Air Defense Zones!

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East China Sea Dispute — The UN General Assembly should immediately bring up the matter, which demands international attention now.

Turkey Purchases Arms from China

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Ivan Eland: The U.S. quest to be “Big Man on Campus” and retain “influence” in Europe after the Cold War has allowed its NATO allies to get away with even more than they did back then.

The Trans-Pacific Partnership: We Won’t Be Fooled by Rigged Corporate Trade Agreements

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Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers: It is time to end the era of rigged corporate trade and begin fair trade that respects all people and the planet; and that is developed in an open and transparent manner.

Terrorist Attack on Kenyan Shopping Mall Should Cause Americans to Pause

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Ivan Eland: Americans have been especially oblivious to their government’s rampant and needless intervention into the affairs of other countries and the fact that it causes heinous blowback terrorism—not only against American facilities, businesses, and people overseas but right here at home.

Protesters Take Over US Trade Rep Building Expose Secret Negotiations

Anti-TPP activists pose after their successful protest drapped the US Trade Representative with four massive banners.

Kevin Zeese: The Obama administration has kept the TPP classified, making it the first-ever classification of a trade agreement.

Obama, Putin, and Assad: It Just Gets Weirder

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John Peeler: Obama faces the likelihood of a defeat in Congress (and in public opinion), after which he would have to choose between acting anyway, in total political isolation, or backing off and looking weak. Either way he would look foolish.

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