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Historic Belgium Treaty Could Save Afghanistan

Wahab Raofi | Posted 07.07.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

World leaders and NATO allies at the 2016 Warsaw Summit can pledge their "long-term commitment to Afghanistan through the Enduring Partnership," but it won't change a thing.

Globalization for the 99%

The Alternative Banking Group of OWS | Posted 05.03.2016 | World
The Alternative Banking Group of OWS

As the hard fight over the Trans Pacific Partnership ("TPP") proceeds, it is important not to confuse the foulness of the TPP's proposed rules with th...

Treaty Proposal Could Save Afghanistan and Give the U.S. a Face-saving Withdrawal

Wahab Raofi | Posted 04.08.2016 | World
Wahab Raofi

As an interpreter for the U.S. Army and NATO during the last eight years in Afghanistan, I recognize that the Afghan government, despite receiving billions of dollars in U.S. assistance, is now a failed state.

Divorce Confidential: Parental Child Abduction in Divorce

Caroline Choi | Posted 02.05.2016 | Divorce
Caroline Choi

Divorce rates are on the rise across the world. Here in the U.S., the divorce rate is higher than 50%, with Spain, Portugal and Belgium almost 20% hi...

A Great Achievement in Economic Diplomacy

Matt Gold | Posted 02.03.2016 | Politics
Matt Gold

A free trade agreement (FTA) expands economic opportunity in foreign markets for American workers and businesses, while doing the same for their foreign counterparts in our market. The increased trade improves the overall economy of each country. But, in order to avoid unwanted side effects, modern FTAs do more.

On Iran and Israel: Does God So Love the World?

Kelly James Clark | Posted 08.11.2015 | Religion
Kelly James Clark

As the US faces a vote to restore full diplomatic relations with Iran, I fear that my Christian brothers and sisters will oppose these decisive and historic steps toward peace out of devotion to Israel.

Treaties, Trade and Government By the People

David Morris | Posted 06.16.2016 | Politics
David Morris

Representative Ryan is correct that Congress is not voting on TPP. But he's wrong that if fast track fails Congress will be unable to "even consider a trade agreement." Of course it can.

Time for a History Lesson for Our 47 Iran-Letter Senators

John A. Tures | Posted 05.17.2015 | Politics
John A. Tures

The Founding Fathers wrote an important role for Congress in foreign policymaking. I just wish some of them would read what their job responsibilities are, and, you know, be constitutional.

WITH MALICE TOWARD NONE?

Justin Frank | Posted 05.04.2015 | Politics
Justin Frank

March 4th - the day after Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu's historic belligerent address urging both Houses of Congress to force President Obama away...

As Keystone XL Dominoes Fall, Time to Arrest Tar Sands Industry

Tom Weis | Posted 07.31.2014 | Green
Tom Weis

As it becomes increasingly clear that Keystone XL's northern leg is not going through, it is time to set our sights on ending all tar sands exploitation.

Understanding the Iranian Perspective in Nuclear Negotiations

William O. Beeman | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
William O. Beeman

Briefly stated in Iran's position everything is based on the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) to which Iran is a signatory and from which Iran derives its "inalienable right" to peaceful nuclear development.

The MPAA, Disney and Blind People: Data Point for Campaign Finance Reform and the Weakness of Human Character

James Love | Posted 06.24.2013 | Politics
James Love

On Monday, I published a 4300-word account of efforts by the MPAA and its members to undermine negotiations for a new UN treaty on copyright exception...

Disney, Viacom and Other MPAA Members Join Book Publishers to Weaken a Treaty for the Blind

James Love | Posted 06.23.2013 | Politics
James Love

The World Blind Union and its members and supporters in the negotiation are now concerned that that Obama Administration and the European Commission are making demands that will render the treaty far less useful, or even derail the negotiations entirely.

Race Against Time for an Arms Trade Treaty

Louis Belanger | Posted 09.18.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

As the final date of the Arms Trade Treaty Conference gets ever closer, there is an increasing willingness by States to aim at compromise to achieve a treaty. What is certain, though, is that States must not use the 'spectre' of consensus to conclude the conference with a weak treaty.

What Does a Gun Mean to You? (Video)

Louis Belanger | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Louis Belanger

Ahead of the history-making decision on the Arms Trade Treaty less than two weeks from now -- starting July 2 in New York at the United Nations -- the Control Arms Coalition set up a series of exclusive interviews with four high-profile personalities.

Christie's Absurd Claims

Paul Abrams | Posted 11.28.2011 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Governor Chris Christie claimed President Obama came into office in a crisis, and did not lead. Moreover, he suggested the president did not recognize problems and push to solve them. He must not understand the meanings of two words: "filibuster" and "abuse."

Time for a Different Way

Doug Noll | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Doug Noll

What do the stalled Middle East peace talks and just completed climate change negotiations in Cancun have in common? Essentially, both problems are di...

Friday Talking Points [149] -- Making Holiday Sausage

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

The holidays are just around the corner, and the preparatory legislative sausage-making on Capitol Hill is in full swing. What a happy, happy time of...

Friday Talking Points [148] -- Aliens Landing?

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

So the good news this week was apparently that giant mutant space monsters are not, in fact, about to arrive and (assumably) enslave humankind and eat...

Obama's Busy Week Ahead

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Everyone in Washington has a few busy weeks ahead, until the 111th Congress wraps up business and heads off into the sunset, but President Obama will be at the center of this whirlwind.

Giving Treaties the Short Shrift

Diane Marie Amann | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Diane Marie Amann

What to make of James P. Rubin 's blithe "Farewell to the Age of the Treaty"? In a New York Times op-ed yesterday Rubin, a State Department spokesper...

Friday Talking Points [147] -- Democrats Fighting The Good Fight

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Well, I don't know about anyone else, but I thought that was a pretty good week for Democrats. Maybe it's just the subject matter I've been tackling t...

Friday Talking Points [146] -- Clowning Around

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

Send in the clowns! No, that's not a statement on Congress returning to Washington next week. Although if you choose to read it that way, I certainly...

Laos: the World's Most Bombed Country

Louis Belanger | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Louis Belanger

We walked around a field where the ground was literally littered with small holes and flags, marking the dangerous bomblets buried inches beneath the surface. There must have been 50 munitions scattered across a field the size of a basketball court.

Obama's Next Steps

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

We'll have lots of time to examine Obama's new course before he actually formally announces it next year. In the meantime, Obama has two short months remaining to convince the Senate to get something done to bolster his legacy.