Ellen Brown: Negotiating the TPP in secret and fast-tracking it through Congress is considered necessary to secure its passage, since if the public had time to review its onerous provisions, opposition would mount and defeat it.
Lisa Goldwag Kassner: TPP is being negotiated in secrecy among the U.S. and 11 other countries, representing roughly 40% of the global economy. As a trade agreement, TPP’s terms would be binding on all 12 countries, and TPP would override U.S. federal, state, and local laws.
Walter Moss: Those in the West who see Putin as essentially the same man he was when he served in the Soviet KGB fail to recognize that, like many other Russians, he has been struggling for almost a quarter of a century to redefine “the Russian Idea,” what Russia is and should be.
Larry Wines: The old fear, that a single nuclear detonation could cascade into the end of the world, is too simplistic. Now we see that a single attack aimed at crippling the nuclear capability of an aspiring nation could bring apocalypse.
Steve Hochstadt: The only hint we get in Senator Cotton’s letter about what Republicans would do about foreign policy if they had executive power is this: all they care about is temporary domestic political advantage.
Ted Vaill: If the agreement with Iran fails because of the interference of the 47 Traitors, and the sanctions against Iran evaporate because of this failure to reach agreement, Iran will be free to proceed with its nuclear weapons program without penalty.
K.J. Noh: Passions run high, gashes run deep on the Korean peninsula, as the friendly, approachable, former-intelligence-officer-turned-ambassador discovered at the breakfast meeting for reunification where he was to be a speaker.
Walter Moss: Increasing U.S.-Russian tensions over Ukraine would hinder cooperation and reduce U.S. abilities to deal with other important matters such as climate change, nuclear arms reductions, terrorism, ISIS, and Iran’s nuclear ambitions.
Murray Polner: There’s a permanent taste for war among the Imperial City’s hawks, now ready to fight with your kids (never theirs) to teach that bastard Vladimir Putin a lesson and show him who’s boss.
Larry Wines: This remarkable young woman taught songs and origami to her captor’s guards. She taught them to fold paper cranes, the symbol of peace in Japan, where origami originated. And, in secret, she wrote an incredible letter.
Gareth Porter: The current tensions over the Netanyahu speech is just the latest chapter in a long-running drama involving an Israeli strategy to use its political power in the US Congress to tilt US Iran policy in the direction Israel desires.
Medea Benjamin: While McCain called us disgraceful, what is really disgraceful is the Senate calling in a tired old war criminal to testify about “Global Challenges and the U.S. National Security Strategy.”
Carole Bartolotto: The problem with concluding that GMOs are safe is that the argument for their safety rests solely on animal studies. These studies are offered as evidence that the debate over GMOs is over. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Mary Beth Fielder: Replacing your lawn with natives is a win-win-win-win. Restore the eco-system and bring back the native birds, bees and insects, save water, save money and create something beautiful in the process.