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Putin and the West

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 05.19.2014 | Politics
Joe Peyronnin

Crimea is gone. Increased sanctions and criticism from the West will not stop Russia's annexation of this largely ethnic-Russian peninsula. As Ukraine now withdraws its troops from Crimea, America and its allies should instead focus their diplomacy on the preservation of a democratic Ukraine.

Lessons From Ukraine's Crisis

Rajan Menon | Posted 05.17.2014 | World
Rajan Menon

There are several lessons to be learned from the Crimean crisis. One is that President Vladimir Putin is not Homo economicus. For Putin, this crisis is about power and prestige, not economic balance sheets.

Hillary Clinton Right About Putin and Hitler

Brent Budowsky | Posted 05.10.2014 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Certain Republicans in Congress should stop taking political shots at President Obama or Clinton about the current crisis. By playing politics they help Putin and hurt America.

Russian Indifference

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.03.2014 | Politics
Chris Weigant

After the Cold War, the American self-image became that of the "sole superpower." We were the only 800-pound gorilla in the world, and therefore we could do what we pleased without having to worry about any other country's ability to stop us. Russia, under Putin, is reasserting itself as the second weighty gorilla in the room.

North Korea Abuses Human Rights: Tell Us Something We Don't Already Know

Ivan Eland | Posted 04.20.2014 | Politics
Ivan Eland

Public criticism of its human rights record by international bodies, such as the United Nations, and individual states, such as the Unite States, usually causes North Korea to deny it, then fume, and then continue or escalate the abusive practices just to spite the international community.

Don't Let Hardliners Undermine Iran Nuclear Negotiations -- and Drag America Into Another Mid-East War

Robert Creamer | Posted 02.11.2014 | Politics
Robert Creamer

If Congress takes matters into its own hands, and violates both the letter and spirit of the agreement, in order to score political points with hard-liners in the United States, they will also be breaking an agreement negotiated with the international community.

Full of Sound and Fury: Unmasking Hassan Rouhani's True Intentions

Jared Feldschreiber | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jared Feldschreiber

For all the hope expressed that Iranian President Hassan Rouhani may be a "moderate leader" and the antidote to his predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, many remain leery as to the true intentions of the Islamic republic's leader.

The Folly of Sanctions

Stanley Weiss | Posted 06.05.2013 | World
Stanley Weiss

America's greatest tool to force change is not sanctions, but economic engagement

Gangnam Style: What North Korea Really Wants

Sanjay Sanghoee | Posted 06.05.2013 | Comedy
Sanjay Sanghoee

As the North Korean security crisis escalates and the nuclear threat to America mounts, the whole thing is beginning to look like a horror version of a Will Ferrell movie. I mean, what is Kim Jong-un thinking?

U.N. Nuclear Inspectors Arrive In Iran

Reuters | Posted 02.11.2013 | World

DUBAI, Dec 13 (Reuters) - Inspectors from the U.N. nuclear watchdog arrived in Tehran on Thursday, Iran's Students' News Agency (ISNA) reported, in ...

Getting Past the Symbolism of Aung San Suu Kyi

Stanley Weiss | Posted 05.07.2012 | World
Stanley Weiss

Before we turn the page, it is important to see past Aung San Suu Kyi as a symbol of moral courage to evaluate the substance of her positions -- and by extension, U.S. policy -- the past two decades.

David Wood

War-Hardened U.S. Military Cautious About War With Iran

HuffingtonPost.com | David Wood | Posted 02.16.2012 | World

WASHINGTON -- The threat of punishing U.S. military strikes underlies Washington's campaign to halt Iran's nuclear weapons program. But there is no e...

"Preoccupy" the Atomic Ayatollahs

Amb. Marc Ginsberg | Posted 02.08.2012 | World
Amb. Marc Ginsberg

The atomic ayatollahs are about to reach the end of the road in their showdown with the west. This moment of reckoning has come far more quickly than anyone had contemplated.

Libya: Oil and Water Mix?

Peter Neill | Posted 05.27.2011 | World
Peter Neill

One of the less well known projects undertaken by Gaddafi is "The Great Man-Made River Scheme," a huge technological plan to shift fresh water from ancient underground aquifers.

Cuba and the Rhetoric of Human Rights (1 of 2)

Salim Lamrani | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Salim Lamrani

One must ask why there is such stigmatization by Western media, the U.S. and the European Union. Does Cuba in fact represents a special situation with respect to human rights? Is it worse than the rest of the continent?

The Chinese are in my Laptop!

Rory Fitzgerald | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Rory Fitzgerald

Yesterday I posted a piece about Tibet, criticizing China and saying the West should stand up for Tibetans. Within an hour of the piece going online, my normally reliable laptop began to play up.

Iran Policy: What Price Failure?

David Harris | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
David Harris

Iran could trigger a nuclear arms race in an already volatile region. Would Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey simply sit by while Iran achieves nuclear-weapons capability? Hardly.

North Korea U.N. Resolution: The Good, the Bad, the Ugly

Evelyn Leopold | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Evelyn Leopold

The U.S.-drafted measure adopted in the U.N. is tougher than most against any one country and has the approval of China and Russia.

The Uselessness of Sanctions

Simon Jenkins | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Simon Jenkins

Economic sanctions are coward's war. Their champions can find hardly a shred of evidence in their favour; they are the last refuge of stupidity in foreign policy.