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Lost Chances for Peace in Syria

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 10.23.2015 | World
Jonathan Marshall

Pursuing peace remains a worthy -- indeed, the only sensible -- goal of U.S. foreign policy in Syria. No one should be surprised, however, if Washington's embrace of that goal comes too late.

How Olivia Pope's Closet Sometimes Gets In Kerry Washington's Way

The Huffington Post | Jamie Feldman | Posted 10.06.2015 | Style

When Kerry Washington isn't diffusing crises and tugging at our heart strings as Olivia Pope on "Scandal," she's busy doing even more important w...

Senators Press Kerry On Slavery About-Face

The Huffington Post | Zach Carter | Posted 07.15.2015 | Politics

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Deconstructing Netanyahu

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 05.27.2015 | World
Daoud Kuttab

The truth is coming out and Netanyahu's attempts to correct his errors will do little to change what the world has now finally come to understand, namely that Israel is neither a democracy nor that its five-decades old occupation of four million Palestinians is the fault of the occupied rather than the occupier.

Syria's Assad Dismisses John Kerry's Remarks On Negotiations

Reuters | Posted 05.16.2015 | World

BEIRUT, March 16 (Reuters) - Syrian President Bashar al-Assad dismissed on Monday remarks made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry that Assad shou...

Iran Says Nuclear Deal Hinges On U.S. Will To Lift Sanctions

Reuters | Posted 05.02.2015 | World

(Adds quotes) GENEVA, March 2 (Reuters) - A deal on Iran's nuclear program could be concluded this week if the United States and othe...

U.S. Leaders Ditch 'Charlie Hebdo' Rally

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Amanda Botfeld

Following a week of deadly shootings, nearly 4 million people took a stand and marched against terrorism on Sunday, the largest public gathering in France's history. Over 40 of the world's top leaders marched together in solidarity. We should've been there.

How to Lose to the Islamic State: Obama Administration Considers Deploying Troops to Iraq, Focusing on Assad in Syria

Doug Bandow | Posted 01.30.2015 | Politics
Doug Bandow

The administration appears to have lost its collective mind. The president has added ground forces to the battle in Iraq and the military has suggested introducing thousands more. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel might be lucky having been left at the curb.

High-Level Talks Are Underway On Iran's Nuclear Program

AP | LARA JAKES | Posted 01.09.2015 | World

MUSCAT, Oman (AP) — The Obama administration is facing its last best chance to curb Iran's nuclear program — not just to meet an end-of-the-month ...

Kerry Blusters Again

Amanda Botfeld | Posted 03.02.2015 | College
Amanda Botfeld

John Kerry isn't doing himself any favors. When it comes to Israel, the Secretary of State may be remembered more for his gaffes than his accomplishme...

Hearts, Minds and Dead Sunnis in Iraq

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

A critical part of America's plan to resolve all issues left unresolved after nine years of war and occupation is to divide the indigenous Sunnis from the "foreign" Sunnis, i.e., ISIS, and "unite" Iraq.

ISIL and the World's Policeman

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Politics
Hoyt Hilsman

So goes the political dance in America between reality and rhetoric. However, most Americans see past the rhetoric. They understand the reality that the Middle East is a mess and that American military action is not going to do much.

Iraq: How Many Turning Points and Milestones Until We Win?

Peter Van Buren | Posted 11.09.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Secretary of State John Kerry said on September 8 that the formation of a new Iraqi government was "a major milestone" for the country.

German Spies

Jeff Danziger | Posted 10.18.2014 | World
Jeff Danziger


Why Airstrikes in Iraq Are a Mistake

Peter Van Buren | Posted 10.08.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

You cannot bomb away a political movement. You cannot kill an idea that motivates millions of people with a Hellfire missile.

State Department Condemns 'Disgraceful' Shelling Of U.N. School In Gaza

AP/The Huffington Post | Posted 08.03.2014 | Politics

The State Department issued a statement Sunday condemning Israel's "disgraceful" shelling of a United Nations school sheltering civilians in Gaza, say...

The Gaza War: Concerted Efforts for a Ceasefire or a Humanitarian Truce

Raghida Dergham | Posted 10.01.2014 | World
Raghida Dergham

In parallel, the hurdles impeding a ceasefire are growing not only because of Hamas's rejection of a permanent ceasefire if not accompanied by an end to the blockade, but also because Israel is determined to continue the war on Gaza.

Deconstructing Israeli Claims

Daoud Kuttab | Posted 09.22.2014 | World
Daoud Kuttab

War is ugly and truth is certainly the first casualty of war. But the fact is that this war on Gaza, which began with a lie, has continued with Israelis and their apologists hoodwinking the world that they had little choice but to go into this war to protect their own people.

John Kerry Accidentally Sanctions Self

Peter Van Buren | Posted 09.21.2014 | Comedy
Peter Van Buren

"I'm still not sure exactly what happened," said gaffe-prone, beleaguered Secretary of State John Kerry, "but I'm told I agreed to sanctions on myself."

Kerry Checked By Security Before Meeting Egypt's President

Reuters | Posted 09.21.2014 | World

CAIRO, July 22 (Reuters) - Egyptian security officers checked U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his top aides with a metal detector as they arr...

Yellowcake and Eat It Too: Why An Extension of Nuclear Talks with Iran Is Good for America

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

A diplomatic resolution will not only bring stability and security for us and our allies, but it could prove the beginning of broader efforts to curtail Iran's more destructive activities in the region.

A Cold War Lesson for Iran

Nicholas Burns | Posted 09.16.2014 | World
Nicholas Burns

Diplomacy in war and peace negotiations requires strategy and patience, not an illusory quick fix. Diplomacy is messy, often involving difficult compromises with unseemly governments. But it is also how the vast majority of international crises are actually resolved -- through negotiation rather than through the barrel of a gun. Those are worthy lessons to remember after the Iraq and Afghan wars.

Kerry Tries To Save Iran Nuclear Talks Days Before Deadline

AP | By BRADLEY KLAPPER and GEORGE JAHN | Posted 09.13.2014 | World

VIENNA (AP) — The top U.S. and Iranian diplomats searched Monday for a breakthrough in nuclear talks, their efforts complicated by crises across the...

Palestine's Right to Defend Itself

Ibrahim Fraihat | Posted 09.10.2014 | World
Ibrahim Fraihat

Recent statements from Israeli officials indicate that this is war, and that it will not end soon. Yet wars of "self-defense" against the Gaza strip to weaken Hamas -- in 2008 and again in 2012 -- have proven futile again and again.

Kurdish Leader Warns Of A 'New Reality' In Iraq

AP | LARA JAKES and HAMZA HENDAWI | Posted 08.24.2014 | World

IRBIL, Iraq (AP) — Iraq's top Kurdish leader warned visiting Secretary of State John Kerry on Tuesday that a rapid Sunni insurgent advance has alrea...