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Regime Change

The Election That Changed Everything And Could Prove History's Deal-Breaker

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 12.01.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

In the strangest election of our lifetimes, have we just seen something like a slow-motion democratic coup d'état or some form of domestic regime change?

Hillary Clinton's Enthusiasm for Regime Change Wars

Bruce Fein | Posted 09.18.2016 | Politics
Bruce Fein

Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton champions wars to effectuate regime change. Their immorality, illegality, and stupidity do not diminis...

U.S. Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

Marjorie Cohn | Posted 06.23.2016 | Politics
Marjorie Cohn

In an internal "dissent channel cable," 51 State Department officers called for "targeted military strikes" against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted.

Anti-Venezuela Initiative Defeated at OAS

Mark Weisbrot | Posted 06.05.2016 | Home
Mark Weisbrot

The U.S. and one of its principal allies, OAS (Organization of American States) Secretary General Luís Almagro, suffered an unambiguous defeat this week at the OAS, when Almagro's attempt to use the hemispheric organization against Venezuela was rejected unanimously by the hemisphere.

Debunked: Bernie's Second Big Myth About Hillary's Foreign Policy Record

Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman | Posted 04.20.2016 | Politics
Jeffrey Marburg-Goodman

Unfortunately, Hillary's primary opponent has built another falsehood on top of his earlier one, and he took it for a spin at last week's Democratic debate. It goes something like this.

Looking for Peace in All the Wrong Places: Stabilizing the Middle East

Joseph V. Micallef | Posted 04.09.2016 | Home
Joseph V. Micallef

Can the Middle East be stabilized and if so what role should the United States and its allies play in doing so?

Dangers of U.S. Addiction to Regime Change

Adil E. Shamoo | Posted 12.16.2016 | Politics
Adil E. Shamoo

Policy implementation in the Middle East, especially in fighting the burgeoning threat of ISIS, depends on the trust of the citizens of these nations. Iraq and Libya may have taught our policy makers to be more cautious, but regime change in Syria continues to be our policy.

Regime Change in America

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 06.09.2016 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

They say that imperial wars come home in all sorts of ways. It now seems that a version of regime change, Iraqi-style, has come home to roost in parts of Michigan -- but with a curious twist.

Regime Change in Sri Lanka

Asoka Bandarage | Posted 06.09.2015 | Home
Asoka Bandarage

Local and international print media continue to bring charges against the former Rajapaksa government, but overlook the dangers posed by the current Sri Lankan regime to the rule of law, democracy and freedom of expression.

Breathless in North Korea

Christine Ahn | Posted 06.04.2014 | Politics
Christine Ahn

While repression in North Korea is widely recognized, less understood is why North Korea is such a militarized nation.


John Feffer | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
John Feffer

When small children want something to go away, they close their eyes. Poof! The monster disappears. The spoonful of spinach vanishes. The spilled milk evaporates. Except that they don't. U.S policymakers indulge in a similar variety of child's play called collapsism.

Don't Trust -- Verify -- Syrian Chemical Weapons Allegations

Jonathan Marshall | Posted 11.05.2013 | Home
Jonathan Marshall

Obama is no Bush, but his administration squandered public trust by insisting on the need for an immediate, aggressive response to the Damascus regime before United Nations inspectors had any chance to gather evidence from the scene of the chemical attack.

With No Perfect Option on Syria, President Obama's Call for Congressional Action Is a Win-Win

Bradford Kane | Posted 11.05.2013 | Politics
Bradford Kane

If Congress approves the proposal, then President Obama's ability to conduct effective military action will be strengthened. Even if Congress rejects the president's proposal, he still benefits.

Regime Change, EU Style

Charles Heck | Posted 07.16.2013 | Home
Charles Heck

Think of the eventual incorporation of ten former Communist countries in the years after the end of the Cold War. Think of the incorporation of Portugal, Spain, and Greece growing out of an earlier "Europe"-inspired round of regime change.

The Regime Changer

John Feffer | Posted 06.02.2013 | Home
John Feffer

After 1989, some of the dissidents of East-Central Europe went back to their original job. Others threw themselves into politics, as Vaclav Havel somewhat reluctantly did. And then there was the smallest category of them all: the dissidents who turned professional.

Keep Calm and Carry Forward

Christopher Holshek | Posted 11.21.2012 | Home
Christopher Holshek

The violent riots that have been going on at U.S. embassies and other places in the "Arab Spring" countries in particular are certainly cause for alarm, but what's really going on here?

The Syrian Regime and the Opposition

American Anthropological Association | Posted 06.02.2012 | Home
American Anthropological Association

In other parts of the Arab world there was unity between classes and sects, at least for the duration of the protests in public squares, but this is not the case in Syria.

Mark Gongloff

What's Roiling The Oil Market Now? | Mark Gongloff | Posted 02.01.2012 | Business

Another falling dictator might soon make a splash in the oil market. The latest domino set to drop in the Middle East appears to be Bashar Assad of...

Assad's Demise, Iranian Shadows

Alon Ben-Meir | Posted 01.22.2012 | Home
Alon Ben-Meir

A general look at the scene suggests six major elements that characterize the current situation in Syria which make it unlikely for Syria's President Assad to stay in power.

UN Security Council: Don't Let the Syrian Failure Become an Arab Failure

Dr. Peter Wittig | Posted 12.14.2011 | Home
Dr. Peter Wittig

Since spring, a wind of change has been blowing through the Arab world. Last week it again reached the shores of Turtle Bay. But this time it turned into a sudden chill.

Business Must Consider the Political Risk from Unknown Unknowns

Brad Reid | Posted 09.24.2011 | Business
Brad Reid

What and where is the next political risk? A few months ago it seemed almost impossible to predict that a political battle over raising the U.S. feder...

Conyers: Congress Should Bar U.S. Ground Troops From Libya

Robert Naiman | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Robert Naiman

It's far from inconceivable that we could find ourselves at a fork in the road in the future, as many do not believe the goal of forced regime change in Libya can be accomplished without ground troops.

Is Obama Really George W. Bush?

Aaron David Miller | Posted 06.04.2011 | Home
Aaron David Miller

Has Barack Obama become George W. Bush on foreign policy? If the President doesn't catch a break on Libya, he may well be on a glide path to regime change.

What Makes A War 'Dumb'?

Ryan McDermott | Posted 05.31.2011 | Politics
Ryan McDermott

Eight years later, we are still in Iraq. Nine years later, we are still in Afghanistan. And now we are promoting regime change in Libya? Needless to say, I am disillusioned.

Iran Is the Wild Card in the Arab Awakening, but What About Turkey?

Tulin Daloglu | Posted 05.29.2011 | Home
Tulin Daloglu

It will be a real problem if Assad's regime survives the threat to its power, and if Turkey continues to do business with them -- as usual.