Mel Gurtov: The truth is that the US and other nuclear-weapon states have failed to reduce nuclear arsenals to a bare minimum, reach agreement to confine and reduce the roughly 2,000 pounds of fissile materials now held worldwide, or find meaningful common ground on nuclear security issues.
Mel Gurtov: They have no principles, no scruples, only a skewed sense of party loyalty that communist party apparatchiks would surely appreciate.
Mel Gurtov: Amidst the economic downturn in China, two developments that are not “in the human interest” stand out: rising unemployment among workers in state-owned enterprises, and repression of criticism of the party-state leadership.
Mel Gurtov: We’re all in a bitter struggle to preserve our freedom of thought and movement against the rising tide of security-firsters who will forever contend that sacrificing our privacy is necessary. Apple Encryption
Mel Gurtov: People with a long involvement in US-Saudi relations naturally deplore the evolving gulf between the US and Saudi Arabia but insist that the Saudis are too valuable an ally to desert.
Mel Gurtov: Domestic terrorism is becoming a serious national security threat, greatly helped by the provocative rhetoric of the leading Republican presidential candidates.
Mel Gurtov: There is no end in sight to the US at war, both because the Pentagon has found the perfect enemy and because no one in Congress is willing to stand up to it.
Mel Gurtov: You thought the battle over the Iran nuclear deal was a tough slog for Obama? Wait ‘til you see this one over climate-change policy.
Mel Gurtov: There was a time not long ago when the Syrian situation was all about getting rid of Assad by supporting the armed resistance. That possibility is dead.