Nearly a week has passed since President Obama at last announced his tardy strategy for dealing with Isis, the jihadist organization Obama now calls a huge threat only months after dismissing it as the "junior varsity" of jihadism. There's been no shortage of activity, as distinguished from action, from the Obama administration.
For now it looks as though increased domestic oil and gas production has saved the recovery. Were it not for this impressive rise in output, the current mess in Iraq and Syria would likely have driven global oil prices up to $130-140 a barrel.
Here are five things to consider as we discuss this latest insertion of US military personnel, money, and weaponry into, potentially, another Mideast quagmire -- this one being pitched as the "good" or "justified" Iraq War.
After thousands of years of bloody wars among contending tribes, regions, and nations, is it finally possible to dispense with the chauvinist ideas of the past? To judge by President Barack Obama's televised address on the evening of Sept. 10, it is not.
Here's hoping Pussy Riot makes up its mind and refocuses its energies on the Putin regime. Otherwise, their two years behind bars will translate into the proverbial 15 minutes of fame, and their courage and sacrifice will be written not in history books but in the wind.
It is not unusual for people to believe the propaganda that their side spews out non-stop with swaggering bravado. That's why propaganda exists. It works time after time, in every part of the world. In viewing the crisis in Ukraine, it is important to first examine our own propaganda.
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.
Germany's position as Europe's leading economic and political power put Chancellor Merkel in an awkward position vis-a-vis how to address Vladimir Putin's extra-territorial activities.
Looking above at recent temperature anomalies, the jet stream has once again wobbled down into the US, bringing unusually cool but refreshing weather to much of the US as California and Alaska bake.
"Sucking Strelkov" reminds us that pornography has its roots in satire, particularly political satire. What better way to humiliate an opponent than to portray him in an embarrassing sexual encounter?
Despite being an animated series (perhaps encouraged by that fact), Archer and his team at the International Secret Intelligence Service often travel to various high-flying locations around the world to practice spycraft.
Despite many pressures on the body to take some sort of decisive action to counter the Russian threat to Ukraine -- beyond sanctions already instituted -- the 28 NATO countries agreed to make only a few limited measures on Ukraine, but mainly focused on strengthening their own security interests.
Let's stop talking about the Cold War's revival as if Vladimir Putin is the one who raised the dead. We are the vampire hunters who failed to drive a stake through its heart. So we shouldn't be surprised, when we go out for a stroll one day to survey our domain, to hear the click of sharp teeth poised to tear into its latest victim.
Crimea, once part of Ukraine, is now part of Russia (at least according to Putin). Yet so far, this dramatic move is being met with relatively weak responses from the United States and Europe.
U.S.-Russia relations -- already soured by the animus between their presidents -- have worsened. A new cold war seems to be underway. But some specialists, fearful of where events may be headed, are breaking from the standard narrative.
As the subject of constantly contested media narratives, the war in Ukraine has had a local reality that has somehow failed to take on a global scope.