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Obama And Syria: Learning the Lessons of Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan

Richard Brodsky | Posted 09.03.2013 | Politics
Richard Brodsky

The real world tends to expose flaws in the best theories. Syria has done just that. However we come out on this debate, Obama's decision to delay action until Congress acts matters. His deferral to Congress builds a wall against cowboy military adventures in the future.

While Cameron Defers to Parliament, Obama Locks Into Warfare State of Mind

Norman Solomon | Posted 10.30.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The British Parliament's rejection of an attack on Syria is a direct contrast -- and implicit challenge -- to the political war system of the United States. Now all eyes turn to Congress, where the bar has suddenly been raised.

The Spread of Tolerance

John Feffer | Posted 10.14.2013 | World
John Feffer

If it bleeds, it leads. That's the slogan in the newspaper business. War, crime, disaster: these are big sellers. But the spread of tolerance is, for the most part, not newsworthy.

Yugoslavia Could Have Been a Leader

John Feffer | Posted 07.01.2013 | World
John Feffer

It's not surprising, given its relative material wealth and relative freedom, that Yugoslavia was first in line of all the Communist states for consideration as a member of the European Community.

We Were So Close to Preventing Genocide

John Feffer | Posted 08.26.2013 | World
John Feffer

Yugoslavia. The very word conjures up images of war, fratricide, and genocide. But imagine if the tensions that escalated between Serbs and Croats in 1990 were somehow addressed and war averted.

Women Against Nationalism

John Feffer | Posted 08.12.2013 | World
John Feffer

Militant nationalism is not an exclusively male enterprise. But a principal fuel that keeps the enterprise going is high-octane testosterone.

As Power of Media Rises, the Deadliest Year for Journalists

David Hoffman | Posted 07.01.2013 | Media
David Hoffman

May 3rd marks World Press Freedom Day. While we pause to honor those journalists who have been killed or imprisoned, it is important to realize the growing role media play in global politics and the changes that are redefining what it means to be a journalist.

Serbia And Kosovo Reach Historic Deal

Reuters | Posted 06.19.2013 | World

By Aleksandar Vasovic and Justyna Pawlak BRUSSELS, April 19 (Reuters) - Serbia agreed to cede its last remaining foothold in the count...

The Orwellian Warfare State of Carnage and Doublethink

Norman Solomon | Posted 06.17.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

The same U.S. news media that are conveying the preciousness of children so terribly harmed in Boston are scarcely interested in children like Guljumma.

Life Under Sanctions

John Feffer | Posted 06.17.2013 | World
John Feffer

If you want the people of Iran to rise up against their leaders, why give the leadership an easy target to blame for the economic conditions that adversely affect the standard of living of average people?

The Secret History of Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 06.08.2013 | Books
John Feffer

The Secret History is a compelling account of the court intrigues of a treacherous emperor in a crumbling empire.

Democracy Is Not Enough

John Feffer | Posted 05.29.2013 | World
John Feffer

It has not been easy for the countries of East-Central Europe to establish stable, functioning democracies. Strong-arm leaders -- like Victor Orban in Hungary or, until recently, Vaclav Klaus in the Czech Republic -- have persistent appeal.

A Tale of Two Reforms

John Feffer | Posted 05.18.2013 | World
John Feffer

Slovenia and Bulgaria are, respectively, the best-case scenario and the cautionary example of "transition" states. Both have struggled to transform communist-era economic and political structures. Both are now members of the European Union and NATO.

Erased and Forgotten

John Feffer | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
John Feffer

One of the most remarkable and disturbing aspects of the Erasure in Slovenia was that it took nearly a decade before it became a public issue.

Becoming Erased

John Feffer | Posted 05.11.2013 | World
John Feffer

When Yugoslavia fell apart in the early 1990s, most people simply became citizens of what had once been constituent republics: Croatia, Bosnia, and so on. But for some, it was not a simple process at all.

High Times in Yugoslavia

John Feffer | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
John Feffer

In 1968, protests erupted around the world. The protestors, most of them part of a new generation, demanded an end to war and dictatorships. Yugoslavia experienced youth protests in 1968 as well, though they too proceeded along a different trajectory.

The Oracle of Belgrade

John Feffer | Posted 02.16.2013 | World
John Feffer

When I sat down with Sonja Licht in Belgrade in 1990, it was like visiting the Oracle at Delphi. And her predictions of the future were not bright at all.

Reconnecting the Balkans

John Feffer | Posted 02.12.2013 | World
John Feffer

In this interview, Vojko Volk talked about the challenges that Slovenia currently faces, particularly in the economic realm. On this issue in particular, he has had some second thoughts over the years.

Serbia's Future: Back to the Past?

John Feffer | Posted 02.05.2013 | World
John Feffer

Sonja Biserko does not mince words about what Serbia must do to change course. We were talking on a warm Saturday afternoon in late September in one of the many cafes of the Terazije, the pedestrian concourse that runs through the middle of Belgrade.

Following the ICTY Verdict, What Does the Future Hold for Those Working Towards Reconciliation in the Balkans?

Julie Biro | Posted 01.28.2013 | World
Julie Biro

Reconciliation in the Balkans will only be possible through work being carried out by the region's civil society on the ground. Time will be needed in order to overcome the shock and to rediscover the energy necessary in building a shared memory of this painful past.

Reasons to Stay Together

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic

Where is the good in the atomization of the world? In building walls, constructing differences, implementing ideologies, confronting religions, imposing control through language? We have plenty of experience of that.

What's Not at the Museum of Broken Relationships

John Feffer | Posted 12.22.2012 | World
John Feffer

Maybe the end of Yugoslavia was just too obvious a broken relationship to memorialize. Maybe it was too controversial. Or maybe it would have generated enough items to necessitate another entire museum space.

Revisiting the Clinton Doctrine

Robert Hardaway | Posted 08.19.2012 | Politics
Robert Hardaway

However one might feel about the Clinton presidency as a whole, one salient fact highlights his two four year terms in office -- namely that he never sent massive contingents of ground troops to deal with a perceived foreign threat.

Who Profits From Acts of Design?

Jasmina Tesanovic | Posted 09.25.2012 | World
Jasmina Tesanovic


Fit To Be Tried For Genocide

Reuters | Posted 09.12.2012 | World

AMSTERDAM, July 13 (Reuters) - The war crimes trial of former Bosnian Serb general Ratko Mladic will resume on Monday after doctors determined that ...