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CIA Torture: Nothing's Going to Happen

Barry Lando | Posted 12.17.2014 | Politics
Barry Lando

The fact is that the CIA under America's leaders -- Republican and Democrat -- has been implicated in torture around the globe for at least the past half century.

China's Challenge: Only Free Expression Can Make a One-Party System Work

Nathan Gardels | Posted 12.16.2014 | World
Nathan Gardels

China's leaders ought to recognize that the key to making a one-party political system function effectively in the information age is robust feedback from the public. Limiting open expression will weaken, not strengthen, the Communist Party's authority.

How Globalization Changed America in 2014, and What It Might Mean for 2015

Edward Goldberg | Posted 12.19.2014 | Politics
Edward Goldberg

It is the season of lists: best movies, best books, and so on. I thought I should continue a tradition I started several years ago of creating a different type of list: a geo-political-economic list -- a list of the globalization top five from an American perspective.

Kissinger: Putin Is Not Stalin

Peter Mellgard | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Peter Mellgard

"Putin feels deeply aggrieved by Western actions, and he reacts in a manner that Peter the Great would have understood. It's brutal. But I do not think we face the same phenomenon as the Cold War."

Why the GOP Hates U.S. History: Inconvenient Truths That Freak Out American Conservatives

Sean McElwee | Posted 12.13.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Conservative hero Ben Carson is worried about American teenagers joining ISIS. But it's not because of 'radical Islam.' It's because of new high school history standards. American's right wing, you see, is terrified of history, because it is always sentimentalizing it.

Henry Kissinger: Iran 'A Bigger Problem Than ISIS'

The Huffington Post | Alana Horowitz | Posted 09.06.2014 | Politics

Former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger said that Iran "is a bigger problem than ISIS." In an interview with NPR that was released on Saturday, K...

Stumbling to Tehran: A Deeply Flawed Argument for a Very Good Idea

Danny Postel | Posted 10.05.2013 | World
Danny Postel

The Leveretts are ideally positioned to champion the case for normalizing relations between the United States and Iran -- a case that desperately needs to be both made and heard in Washington. Lamentably, their ideological contortions get in the way and derail the effort.

Reappearing Lost Argentinians

Howard Hinterthuer | Posted 07.26.2013 | World
Howard Hinterthuer

Brian Carlson, a Wisconsin-based painter and college professor, has been "re-appearing" victims of Argentina's Dirty War one portrait at a time, relying upon online photo archives as-well-as photos sent to him by loved ones and family members of the missing.

Iran, the U.S. and Israel: Blind Man's Buff

Barry Lando | Posted 03.17.2012 | World
Barry Lando

Travelling back and forward between Tehran and the U.S. in 1980, I was struck by the total inability of Americans, even at the highest level, to understand the history that drove the hatred of all things American that had exploded in Iran.

'I'm Not Supposed To Know Anything About Foreign Policy'

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 11.16.2011 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain defended his foreign policy knowledge following a disastrous editorial board interview where he struggle...

Henry Kissinger Sounds Off On Herman Cain 'Smoking' Ad

The Huffington Post | Luke Johnson | Posted 01.04.2012 | Politics

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain met with former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger Thursday in New York to discuss foreign policy, but t...

The Mathematics of Military Balance

Fred Teng | Posted 06.19.2011 | World
Fred Teng

Many experts have always claimed that China has the largest army in the world. But while in China, there is only one solider to protect every 585 citizens, in the United States, there is one solider for every 198 citizens.

We Don't Need an "Obama Doctrine"

Hoyt Hilsman | Posted 06.04.2011 | World
Hoyt Hilsman

If the Obama presidency stands for anything, it is that an ideological or doctrinaire approach to difficult problems, whether internationally or domestically, will not work.

Turning Failure Into Success? Obama's "Change" Narrative on the Mideast

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

The downfall of pro-American autocrats, and the growing threat to regimes that either allied with Washington or doing business with it makes obvious that the age of U.S. hegemony in the Middle East is over.

Remembering John Lennon at Dharamshala

Jamyang Norbu | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jamyang Norbu

I remember the exact night, thirty years ago, when I heard John Lennon had been murdered. I was in the hall of the kashag (the Tibetan cabinet) buildi...

Nobel Peace Prize Winners' Books

Posted 05.25.2011 | Books

The 2010 Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to "Liu Xiaobo for his long and non-violent struggle for fundamental human rights in China," according to ...

Henry Kissinger: Vietnam Failures 'We Did To Ourselves'

AP | ROBERT BURNS | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

WASHINGTON — Henry Kissinger, who helped steer Vietnam policy during the war's darkest years, said Wednesday he is convinced that "most of what ...

Obama Muddling Through in the Mideast

Leon T. Hadar | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Leon T. Hadar

While there is no doubt that Obama has been successful in improving the American brand name in the Middle East, he has yet to draw the outlines of coherent and realistic policy objectives in Iran and Israel/Palestine.

Can $1.4 Million Buy the President of the United States?

Beau Friedlander | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Beau Friedlander

The prize came at a crucial juncture in the war in Afghanistan, and it seems clear why Obama was selected to be the next Nobel Peace Prize laureate. The folks in Oslo wanted to force him to make the "right" choice.

Kissinger: Obama Is Handling The Situation In Iran Well

Think Progress | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

In an interview with CNN yesterday, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) criticized President Obama's approach to the turmoil in Iran, saying that he shouldn't be ...

Iranian Snub? Not Quite

Nathan Gonzalez | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Nathan Gonzalez

There is a very important reason for Iran's reluctance to change its tone overnight. It is due to a political trend I call the "cult of anti-Americanism."

So, Who Would Joseph Heller Vote For Next Tuesday?

Erica Heller | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Erica Heller

Most people would automatically assume it to be the brilliant kid from Harvard rather than the spooky, disingenuous, creaky-wheel from yesteryear. They would be wrong.

Happy U.N. Day!

Patrick Barry | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Patrick Barry

On this, the 60th celebration of U.N. day and the 63rd anniversary of the establishment of the U.N. Charter, it is time to jettison the League of Democracies.

Who is Randy Scheunemann?

The Real News | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
The Real News

Basically he is a neo-conservative which in the context of American politics means he belongs to a very small group of intellectuals who think that America should basically take over the running of the world and spread democracy through ideas first and military power second."

Nukes, Nukes, and (Maybe) Fewer Nukes?

Conn Hallinan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Conn Hallinan

The threat of nuclear proliferation will not end until all nations have given them up. And the danger of nuclear weapons will not disappear until the weak need no longer fear the strong.