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Not Ready for Richard Holbrooke to Go

Steve Clemons | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Steve Clemons

Richard Holbrooke can be a son of a bitch in all of the right ways -- a real fighter and a brilliant policy intellectual and practitioner -- and I'm hoping that he is fighting as hard as he can not to leave us.

Richard Holbrooke, Af-Pak Diplomat For U.S. State Dept., Hospitalized

The Huffington Post/AP | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Ambassador Richard Holbrooke, the top U.S. State Dept. diplomat for Afghanistan and Pakistan, has been rushed to GW Hospital in D.C., MSNBC reports. ...

WikiLeaks and the Disconnectivity of the Web

Indra Adnan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Indra Adnan

I am ambivalent about WikiLeaks. While I go with the undisputed righteousness of principles like freedom of speech, I feel I am being dragged into a fight that is not my own.

Israel: Obama's Other Capitulation

Andrew Levine | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Andrew Levine

You have to give the Israeli government credit: they realized Obama was a total pushover even before the Republicans did. By now, they're so good at it that even Mitch McConnell doesn't hold a candle.

WikiLeaks: The Three Faces of Uncle Sam

Michael Brenner | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Brenner

The WikiLeaks reveal a singular feature of how the U.S. sees itself. It is the extraordinary sense of entitlement. An entitlement endowed by 9/11. It hallows all those other characteristic American traits with a robe of righteousness.

Wikileaks... a Book of Revelation for our generation!

Faisal J. Abbas | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Faisal J. Abbas

I think many of us are just missing the point when it comes to the outrage the recent Wikileaks revelations has caused. I mean, don't we already kno...

Santa Claus' "Naughty/Nice" List Released by Wikileaks

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Comedy
MP Nunan

The "Naughty vs Nice" files maintained by Santa Claus ahead of his annual Christmas gift-giving flight around the globe are the latest documents relea...

Santa Claus' "Naughty/Nice" List Released by Wikileaks

MP Nunan | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
MP Nunan

The "Naughty vs Nice" files maintained by Santa Claus ahead of his annual Christmas gift-giving flight around the globe are the latest documents relea...

Julian Assange And Pfc Bradley Manning Have Done A Huge Public Service

The Atlantic | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

Julian Assange and Pfc Bradley Manning have done a huge public service by making hundreds of thousands of classified U.S. government documents availab...

Wikileaks: Leak Me Something I Didn't Know

Dan Pashman | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dan Pashman

The real WikiLeaks revelation is that we're paying diplomats to tell us things we already know. And to come up with bad nicknames for European leaders. Come on, guys, "Ineffective Berlusconi?"

The End of Diplomacy As We Know It

Carne Ross | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Carne Ross

There is only one enduring solution to the WikiLeaks problem and it is perhaps the goal of WikiLeaks, though this is sometimes hard to discern. Governments must close the divide between what they say, and what they do.

Jack Shafer: How Dare You Call for the Resignation of Secretary Clinton

David Helfenbein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
David Helfenbein

Jack Shafer of Slate Magazine recently called for the resignation of Secretary Clinton. I have something to say to you, Jack: how dare you. Secret...

Wiki Wondering: Is It Still the Season to Rely on Reason?

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

It's another WikiLeaks week: thousands of meant-to-be-secret diplomatic cables have been made available to a handful of news organizations. And the first conclusion? This stuff is complicated.

WikiLeaks Blowback in the Era of Zuckerberg

Taylor Marsh | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Taylor Marsh

We have 20th-century minds running the government who are still shocked that Zuckerberg's hacker culture has turned itself on the U.S. government. The unprepared idiocy boggles the mind.

WATCH: Arianna Talks WikiLeaks' Cablegate

Huff TV | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Huff TV

Arianna appeared on "George Stromboulopoulos Tonight" Monday and called WikiLeaks' "cablegate" a "really good" thing. Arianna told the Canadian tal...

WikiLeaks: Why They Help American Diplomacy

John Brown | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
John Brown

The WikiLeaks episode is not a disaster for America from a public diplomacy or "behind closed-doors" diplomacy perspective -- so long as diplomats are not silenced by a State Department overly concerned about future leaks.

What Wikileaks and Cablegate Mean for Open Government

Alexander Howard | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Alexander Howard

Aeschylus wrote nearly 2,500 years ago that in war, "truth is the first casualty." His words are no doubt known to another wise man, whose strategic "...

The Truth About Transparency - Why Wikileaks Is Bad for All of Us

Derrick Ashong | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Derrick Ashong

With this release I am questioning both the value and motives of WikiLeaks itself. Is there a genuine public good in publishing the internal communiques of diplomats and world leaders?

Standing Up to China, the Obama Way

Tom Doctoroff | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Tom Doctoroff

As the senior leader of one Chinese state-owned enterprise said to me, "I used to think [Obama] was nice. Then I realized he was intelligent. Now I know he's shrewd, just like Hu Jintao. Your leader is a strategist."

Secretary Clinton, Social Media and the State Department 2.0

Alex Becker | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology
Alex Becker

Without an innovative, inclusive and media driven approach to American diplomacy through messaging, we have little hope of truly reaching the world's crucial populations.

12 Core Policy Domains

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

For those seeing this Blog for the first time, this is the 12th in a 24-part series appointing a Virtual Cabinet and creating a balanced sane intellig...

A Ray of Light in China? EPA Administrator Attempts to Defuse Climate Standoff

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The climate talks in Tianjin last week did very little to improve the prospects for a binding international treaty, which would reduce the greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that are warming the globe.

Strategic Analytic Model for Creating a Prosperous World at Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Whole Earth Whole Systems The Earth is a self-contained system in which all elements interact in ways that we humans simply do not understand--witnes...

Tianjin Climate Talks Recap: Little Progress on the Policies

Corbin Hiar | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green
Corbin Hiar

The six-day Tianjin climate talks, which concluded this weekend, made so little progress that some diplomats openly wondered whether continuing the UNFCCC process was even politically worthwhile.

Newt Gingrich, Vice-President for Global Engagement--Waging Peace

Robert David Steele | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Robert David Steele

Below, as a memory aid, are the elements and proposed leaders within the Vice Presidency for the Commonwealth, each linked to more information about t...