Mel Gurtov: You can’t flatter a dictator, interject comments about another country’s domestic affairs, praise one country at the expense of another, or bring family into high-level meetings without consequences.
Mel Gurtov: While the paralysis in Seoul might be thought of as an opportunity for North Korea, the opposite is more likely going to hold.
Mel Gurtov: US and Canadian yields are no greater than comparable yields in Europe, where GMOs are banned; yet US and Canadian farmers apply far more herbicides than do Europeans.
Mel Gurtov: Americans’ concern is rising again: the percentage of Americans polled by Gallup in 2016 who believe climate change is a worrisome problem stands at 64 percent.
Mel Gurtov: The Russians hope not merely to embarrass the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign by leaking tens of thousands of private emails, but also to elevate the candidacy of their new friend in the Trump Tower.
Mel Gutov: In short, Hillary is an armchair warrior, to the right of Trump when it comes to international entanglements.
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.