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Entries by John Feffer from 06/2012

E-War

| Posted 06.05.2012 | World

Listen to Washington and you'd think the U.S. was simply a healthy body under attack by foreign microbes in league with traitorous parasites within. But several major news stories paint a very different picture of the government's approach to cyber war.

The Frenemy of Our Frenemy

| Posted 06.12.2012 | World

Both China and Vietnam belong to that peculiar foreign policy category of "frenemy" -- they're not our enemies, but they're not alliance partners either. We trade, we flirt, we conduct mil-to-mil relations, we complain about them behind their backs. We can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em.

The Tyranny of Big Meetings

| Posted 06.19.2012 | World

Will the UN confront powerful interests in Wall Street and the military-industrial complex? Its record, of late, is not encouraging, notwithstanding all the off-gassing of Big Conservatives. Still, if the UN were to muster some gumption, its latest Big Meeting would qualify as a big deal.

Assad and His Droogs

| Posted 06.26.2012 | World

Anthony Burgess' warning about the dangers of intervention holds an important lesson: There are unintended consequences.