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The Ukraine From The Centrist Point of View

This is the centrist viewpoint (from the Nelson Report) in DC regarding the Ukraine:

SUMMARY: the only unambiguously good news we can report on Ukraine is that US Embassy dependents and “non-essential” staff seem to be safely evacuated, many to Warsaw, where by all accounts US Emb Warsaw has done a fabulous job setting up [...]

VoltaireNet – Truth as an Issue on Syria – View from the resistance

Interesting presentation of the history of the Syrian conflict. Meyssan reports from Damascus

Truth as an Issuez by Thierry Meyssan VoltaireNet Nov 21, Creative Commons

French President Francois Hollande and President Barack Obama full of themselves

What has been happening in Syria for the past three years? According to NATO and GCC media reports, [...]

Hurricane Sandy and Climate Change Perceptions in the U.S. (VIDEO)

Via New Security Beat:

Did Hurricane Sandy change the discussion about climate change in the United States? In this latest episode of the Wilson Center’s Dialogue program, Senior Wilson Center Advisor and Ohio University Professor Geoff Dabelko joins host John Milewski to discuss the potential impact of Sandy on climate policy and dialogue in the [...]

Hugh White: “When Major Powers Clash, The Small Issues Can Become The Sparks For Big Conflicts”

Lowy Institute Visiting Fellow Hugh White, author of The China Choice: Why America Should Share Power, talks Asian-Pacific geopolitics with Anatol Lieven:

Chinese Navy “on track for a future role as a maritime power capable to pose a threat to the U.S. naval forces in the Asia-Pacific theatre”: Cenciotti

David Cenciotti on “the first successful arrested landing on the Liaoning, China’s first Aircraft Carrier by a made-in-China Shenyang J-15, a multi-role Gen.4.5 plane“:

Purchased in 1998, the Kutznesov Class 60,000 ton aircraft carrier, previously named “Varyag”, will be used to test qualify Chinese pilots flying with the navalised J-15 as well as to [...]

de Bellaigue: Sanctions On Iran Cause Economic Strife But Are Not Working

Christopher de Bellaigue on why sanctions on Iran have thus far been, and will likely continue to be, a failure:

The assumption is that the more Iranians suffer, the more their leaders will feel the pressure and either change course or be overthrown in a popular uprising. And yet, there is no evidence to suggest [...]

Mittens Compounded Initial Benghazi Fail Because NEOCONS

WaPo on the internal response to Mittens’ hasty, ill-conceived late night Libya presser:

By sunrise the next day, it was clear to Romney that they had acted too quickly. The campaign learned that four Americans had been killed in an attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya, including Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Even to [...]

Sandy Brings Inequality to the Surface

David Rohde with your Hurricane Sandy must-read of the morning:

Divides between the rich and the poor are nothing new in New York, but the storm brought them vividly to the surface. There were residents like me who could invest all of their time and energy into protecting their families. And there were New [...]

A Message From The Greatest Generation (NSFW)

Oh em gee:

Missing in Action

David A. Graham outlines 8 key issues missing from the debates so far (butbutbut LAUGHING JOE BIDEN!11).

Code Pink, the Taliban and Malala Yousafzai

by Meredith Tax

(Originally posted by openDemocracy, republished under a Creative Commons license)

The US antiwar group Code Pink, which describes itself as “a women-initiated grassroots peace and social justice movement working to end US funded wars and occupations,” recently sent a delegation to Pakistsan to campaign against drones with Imran Khan. On October 9th, [...]

GOP Facepalm in 3, 2…

Just when you thought the Romney-Ryan campaign couldn’t get anymore vicariously embarrassing…