Art as metaphor. Whither the UN?

I wonder if outgoing UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay who gave her final speech this week to the UN Security Council would have made more impact if she had held James’ head in front of them. I’ll return to Ms Pillay below. I find I grieve for James and his family [...]

“An Orgy Of Public Preening”

From Gregory Djerejian, the last remaining realist in foreign policy circles:

 

In an orgy of public preening, the Iraq ‘Class of ’03’ flooded print and television media post Mosul’s capture by ISIS forces in Iraq last week. If one had hoped for the merest dose of humility given the calamitous missteps this hearty band [...]

Americans for Prosperity announces the Neo-Libertarian Platform

Following The Koch Supremes’ (The Koch Enterprise’s Band) latest decision on campaign funding, Americans for Prosperity have announced a new neo-libertarian platform for their new acquisition, The House of Representatives.

The announcement includes recognition by America for Prosperity that based on Modern Monetary Theory, Government is the true source of wealth, and taxes are social [...]

The Great Expectancy

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Pax Americana continues to crumble before our eyes. The belief that the United States has a divinely-inspired obligation to police the entire world has always been most strongly held among Americans themselves; some of the beneficiaries of this largesse, such as the Vietnamese and most recently the Iraqis, never quite showed the gratitude America felt [...]

Makings of a Deal?

It seems I was wrong: Obama (and Putin) apparently do want a deal:

Top diplomats meeting here on the Ukraine crisis Thursday agreed that all parties, including separatists and their Russian backers, would stop violent and provocative acts, and that all illegal groups would be disarmed.

Secretary of State John [...]

The Absurdity of the Terrorism Excuse

Today’s Nelson Report lays bare the utter absurdity of the word “terrorism.” It is now virtually meaningless, but still powerful enough to conjure up atavistic emotions in people. We live in a bizarre world.

SUMMARY: The Ukraine crisis is bubbling along with what looks like the US still trying the threat of really deep economic [...]

The Ukraine, Crimea, Russia Ad Nauseam

Stunning hackery and hypocrisy on Russia and the Ukraine extant in FP http://t.co/dPrlgOfxPq and Fresh Air: http://t.co/wKuWybEsRG Unreal.

— Sean Paul Kelley (@seanpaulkelley) April 9, 2014

I just don’t even know what to say or where to begin any more on this issue. It’s like an alternate universe any semblance of foreign policy prudence no [...]

Has Putin blinked?

Returning weapons according to RT.com and Putin calling Obama. It’s all about sanctions and credit cards.

The times have changed – Pew Report

hattip Julian.

For the first time in American history, non-whites will make up half or more of the next generation, likely pushing Washington toward a bigger government — and the GOP better tone down their anti-government rhetoric if they want to win them, according to a top polling outfit.

At a briefing for congressional aides [...]

Iranian Ship, in Plain View but Shrouded in Mystery, Looks Very Familiar to U.S.

NYT – Iran is building a nonworking mock-up of an American nuclear-powered aircraft carrier that United States officials say may be intended to be blown up for propaganda value.

Intelligence analysts studying satellite photos of Iranian military installations first noticed the vessel rising from the Gachin shipyard, near Bandar Abbas on the Persian Gulf, last [...]

USA kicks out Syrian diplomats

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The State Department on Tuesday announced the official closing of the Syrian Embassy in Washington and said that Syrian diplomats there and in consulates elsewhere in the United States must leave by the end of this month.

Daniel Rubinstein, the Obama administration’s special envoy for Syria, tied the decision to this week’s three-year [...]

Population Wars

What country has a lower birthrate than London or Paris? Answer after the break.

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Levers of Power

What levers of power will Washington and the EU agree to in punishing Russia for formally annexing the Crimea? Will they induce real pain? Or will they enact face saving measures and then go on with business as usual? Is this the end game for Putin and the West? Or is this just the opening [...]

When Is It Okay To Partition A Country?

It’s a serious question. When is it okay to partition a nation? Was it right for the US and NATO to shave Kosovo off of Serbia? Was it right for Russia to shave off Ossetia and Abkhazia? It is right for Israel to flout international law and steal the West Bank? Was it right for [...]

NATO to Offer Membership to Russia

In a surprise move, Secretary of State John Kerry was heard to offer Russia membership of NATO in order to defuse the Ukraine situation. In an aside to the Russian Ambassador he was heard to say:

If Russia were a member of NATO then there would be no encirclement of Russia from sea to shining [...]