This is quite an article. It’s almost droll in evaluating the shift in the global energy equation. The basic assumptions are correct but the conclusion about superpower status is wrong for a very important reason, which I’ll comment on later. In the mean time, enjoy this well written article.
Rise of Saudi America will alter [...]
Thanksgiving week is historically a very dry period for blog writing, so I snooped around the Agonist archive to see if I could find anything worth reading around past Thanksgivings. Slim pickings indeed. But here’s one that got a lot of comments ~nymole
originally from Nov 22, 2009, by Michael Collins:
Has “nation building” [...]
Very fine work! An excellent use of our tax dollars. This is first rate reporting, exclusive, by the Middle East – Asia news site, Al Monitor and reporter Laura Rozen. The key diplomacy in the Iran deal was conducted by Deputy Secretary of State William J. Burns. “Deputy” appointments for the various cabinet [...]
Official announcement from Iranian media – Obama makes a deal with Iran and makes history at the same time VIDEO
President Barack Obama made history this weekend by turning around the relationship between the United States and Iran. The deal on Iranian nuclear production reverses a decades-long period of mutual hostility. The apogee of [...]
U.S. Secretary of State and Russian Foreign Minister head for Geneva
Let’s make a deal: U.S Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Larov head to Geneva negotiations Friday night
Earlier today, reports said that Secretary of state John Kerry would not be joining the Geneva talks on the Iran-United States, [...]
A bomb went off by the Iranian consulate in Beirut:
Two explosions, at least one caused by a suicide bomber, rocked Iran’s embassy in Lebanon on Tuesday, killing at least 23 people, including an Iranian cultural attaché, and hurling bodies, cars and debris across the street.
A Lebanese-based al Qaeda-linked group known as the Abdullah [...]
“Diplomatic heavyweights including US Secretary of State John Kerry have flown to Geneva for nuclear talks on Iran, in a sign that there could be an end to a decade-long deadlock. However, Israel has resolved to reject any proposal under discussion.” RT, Nov 8
Russian President Vladimir Putin scored a perfecta in September when he [...]
2013 is proving to be a hectic year for corporate lobbyists and free trade advocates, as they frantically flit, like busy bees pollinating succulent orchids, from one global free trade conference to another. And at long last, it seems that their hard work appears to be paying off.
In the last month alone world leaders [...]
There’s this whole foofaraw this week about the US intelligence community gathering 70 million private phone calls in a month. In France.
The attack on Syria by outside powers and their proxies has gone on for over two years. The rebels fighting to overturn the Assad regime are a mixed lot but we know one thing for sure. Were it not for outside aid and thousands of recruits from neighboring countries, the so-called civil war would have [...]
IPS, By Ramy Srour, October 17
On Tuesday, the largest deregulation in the history of U.S. arms exports took place as part of the Barack Obama administration’s export reform initiative.
But a day after the new reforms came into effect, former government officials and critics from the human rights community are warning of the serious [...]
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, Julie Tate & Barton Gellman, October 16
It was an innocuous e-mail, one of millions sent every day by spouses with updates on the situation at home. But this one was of particular interest to the National Security Agency and contained clues that put the sender’s husband in the crosshairs [...]
Los Angeles Times, By David S. Cloud, October 5
Washington – Navy SEALs carried out a predawn raid Saturday against a suspected Shabab leader in Somalia who is believed to have planned the group’s deadly attack last month on a shopping mall in Kenya, two U.S. officials said.
Also Saturday, a Libyan Al Qaeda leader [...]
Excellent analysis of the latest developments between the US and Iran, by Gary Sick.
The New York Review of Books.
Washington Post, By Greg Miller, October 2
The CIA is expanding a clandestine effort to train opposition fighters in Syria amid concern that moderate, U.S.-backed militias are rapidly losing ground in the country’s civil war, U.S. officials said.
But the CIA program is so minuscule that it is expected to produce only a few hundred [...]