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Kerry Reaffirms 'Ambitious Agenda' of U.S. Engagement in Asia and the Pacific

East-West Center | Posted 08.16.2014 | World
East-West Center

In terms of economic growth, Kerry focused on negotiations over the sweeping, 12-nation Tans-Pacific Partnership free trade agreement, or TPP. Negotiators had hoped to conclude a TPP agreement a number of months ago, but progress on the complex pact has slowed since then.

What Would Clausewitz Do?

James A. Nathan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
James A. Nathan

A fair-minded review of the last 40 or 50 years reveals a painfully meager inventory of successes. Grenada, Panama, Bosnia, Kosovo, and Afghanistan (we can hope) are arguable exceptions.

The Fourth Branch

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 08.05.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Generally speaking, its powers and prerogatives remain beyond constraint by that third branch of government, the non-secret judiciary. It is deferred to with remarkable frequency by the executive branch and, with the rarest of exceptions, it has been supported handsomely with much obeisance and few doubts by Congress.

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.

Aspen Security Forum Highlights: ISIS, US Drone Strikes, and Transparency

Keosha Varela | Posted 07.29.2014 | World
Keosha Varela

The 2014 Aspen Security Forum brought together top military brass, intelligence officials, and ambassadors to discuss hot button issues in international affairs, and possible solutions for more peaceful relations between nations. Below are highlights from these conversations.

7 Ways That You (Yes, You) Could End Up On A Terrorist Watch List

The Huffington Post | Nick Wing | Posted 07.25.2014 | Politics

Are you *sure* it couldn't happen to you?

Living in a Photographically Redacted Post-9/11 World

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Thanks to smartphones, iPads, and the like, everyone is now a photographer, but it turns out that, in the public landscape, there's ever less to photograph. So here are a few tips for living more comfortably in a photographically redacted version of our post-9/11 world.

Dead Is Dead: Drone-Killing the Fifth Amendment

Peter Van Buren | Posted 07.24.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Looking back on the violations of justice that characterized British rule in pre-Constitutional America, it is easy to see the Founders' intent in creating the Fifth Amendment. A government's ability to inflict harm on its people, whether by taking their lives, imprisoning them, or confiscating their property, was to be checked by due process.

Gaza's Deadliest Day May Be a Good Chance for Peace

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 07.21.2014 | World
Daniel R. DePetris

Bloodshed can produce more bloodshed and retribution, but if seized properly, it can also increase the pressure on the international community to take a second look at a sustainable and effective plan for deescalation.

U.S. Military May Be The Strongest Force In Battle Against Climate Change

Ryan Rafaty | Posted 07.17.2014 | Politics
Ryan Rafaty

The most technologically advanced military in the world cannot afford to abandon scientific rationality when its fundamental power and interests are at stake.

An Exceptional Decline for the Exceptional Country?

Tom Engelhardt | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
Tom Engelhardt

Today, the U.S. looks less like a functioning and effective empire than an imperial basket case, unable to bring its massive power to bear effectively from Germany to Syria, Iraq to Afghanistan, Libya to the South China Sea, the Crimea to Africa.

Why Legalizing Marijuana Should Be A Top National Security Objective

H. A. Goodman | Posted 07.14.2014 | Politics
H. A. Goodman

The havoc wreaked by drug gangs in Central America could be mitigated to a great degree by legalizing marijuana as well, which would alleviate the current border crisis of desperate children seeking refuge in the U.S.

Feel-Good (and Feel-Bad) Moments, Brought to You by Facebook

Bea Edwards | Posted 07.09.2014 | Technology
Bea Edwards

Whatever the terms of use included, no users agreed that their moods belonged to Facebook. If controlling your data means controlling your mood, then we need to take a step back.

Celebrating the Fourth of July with Airport Profiling

Narinder Singh | Posted 07.04.2014 | Politics
Narinder Singh

Instead of spending the morning thinking about the barbecue I was going to, or how thankful I was that my father immigrated to the only country i've ever called home -- I thought about how I was going to get profiled at Newark airport.

Whose Security?

Noam Chomsky | Posted 07.01.2014 | Politics
Noam Chomsky

As we are all surely aware, we now face the most ominous decisions in human history. There are many problems that must be addressed, but two are overwhelming in their significance: environmental destruction and nuclear war. For the first time in history, we face the possibility of destroying the prospects for decent existence -- and not in the distant future. For this reason alone, it is imperative to sweep away the ideological clouds and face honestly and realistically the question of how policy decisions are made, and what we can do to alter them before it is too late.

Texting Without Context

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 06.26.2014 | Technology
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

Personal conversations -- either direct or over the phone -- are the most effective way to obtain important information and connect with other people. We are losing something vital.

Why We Need to Keep Yuri's Legacy Alive

Christopher Punongbayan | Posted 06.23.2014 | San Francisco
Christopher Punongbayan

We need to remember what Yuri Kochiyama taught us about building multi-racial alliances, about true democracy, about conviction, and about racial progress. We owe it to ourselves to never forget.

Former Vice President Dick Cheney Is Joking, Isn't He?

Justin Constantine | Posted 08.22.2014 | Politics
Justin Constantine

At first blush Vice President Dick Cheney's recent op-ed reads like the script of a Saturday Night Live script, the kind where the character's statements are so absurd that they cannot help but make you laugh.

The Long Con: How Conservative Ideology Became a Con

Lisa Longo | Posted 08.16.2014 | Politics
Lisa Longo

Does anyone actually still believe the words "trickle-down theory" have any valid meaning? Is anyone buying into this fiction that increasing the minimum wage would ruin our economy but multi-million dollar executive salaries don't increase prices at all?

What We've Lost Since 9/11

Peter Van Buren | Posted 08.15.2014 | Politics
Peter Van Buren

Almost 13 years after the 9/11 attacks, it remains "wartime." For the war on terror, the driver, excuse, and raison d'être for the tattering of the Bill of Rights, there is no end in sight.

Global Climate Change Is Worsening Instability And Making It Harder To Keep The Peace

Lach Litwer | Posted 08.12.2014 | Green
Lach Litwer

What is clear is that global climate change is worsening instability and expanding the frequency of events and number of locales in which we count on our military keep the peace.

Obama Pushing Local Cops To Stay Mum On Surveillance

AP | JACK GILLUM and EILEEN SULLIVAN | Posted 06.12.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has been quietly advising local police not to disclose details about surveillance technology they are usi...

Colombia's Peace Talks with FARC: A Political Conspiracy?

Stephanie Rudat | Posted 08.12.2014 | World
Stephanie Rudat

The future of Colombia had never been so dark and uncertain. Two years ago, President Juan Manuel Santos embarked the country into a negotiation process with the terrorist organization FARC in Habana, Cuba.

Court Rules Warrantless Cell Tracking Unconstitutional

AP | CURT ANDERSON | Posted 06.11.2014 | Politics

MIAMI (AP) — Investigators must obtain a search warrant from a judge in order to obtain cellphone tower tracking data that is widely used as evidenc...

In Quest of a Strategy

Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr. | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Lt. Gen. Clarence E. McKnight Jr.

According to ancient legend, the Roman emperor Nero placidly played his fiddle while the great city burned down. I have the uneasy feeling our leader in the White House is engaging in a similar bout of escapism.