Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)
Jul20

Obama’s Sanctions on Russia are the ‘Only Real Sanctions’ (Gazeta Wyborcza, Poland)

If President Obama is ‘weak,’ than everyone else is weaker. For Poland’s Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki reminds Obama’s ever-expanding number of critics that the president has not only been the most consistent leader since the Ukraine crisis began, but that the sanctions he has imposed on Russia have been the toughest in the world, and what’s more, they work. For the Gazeta Wyborcza, Mariusz Zawadzki...

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MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)
Jul19

MH17: The Death Knell of Ukraine’s Pro-Russia Separatists (de Volkskrant, The Netherlands)

Can Moscow’s support for seperatists in Ukraine survive an atrocity the scale of the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17? For de Volkskrant of the Netherlands, the country that suffered the greatest loss of life in yesterday’s attack, columnist Bert Lanting writes that if it is proven that the crime was committed by pro-Russia rebels in Ukraine, Vladimir Putin will have to choose from two decidedly unpleasant options:...

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Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)
Jul18

Abandoning Pro-Russia Separatists Would Be ‘Unforgivable’ (Izvestia, Russia)

Should Russia continue to back seperatists in eastern Ukraine, particulary after they appear to have shot down a civilian aircraft killing all 298 people aboard? For Russia’s Izvestia, columnist Kiril Benediktov insists that the rebel war in Ukraine is Russia’s war as well, and criticizes Russian ‘elites’ who consider the rebels a nuisance who undermine Russian interests. After taking a fellow columnist to task...

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The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)
Jul17

The Mass Migration of Children Mexican Authorities ‘Missed’ (El Universal and Excelsior, Mexico)

Today we have three columns on the immigration crises from Mexican newspapers El Universal and Excelsior, and from La Prensa of Honduras. All three reflect frustration with the handling of the crisis by the governments in Mexico and Central America, and notably, none expresses any real consternation with the United States. First, as the flow of child migrants traveling through Mexico to the U.S. border continues to build, this...

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ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)
Jul14

ISIL Hoists Saudi Royals By Their Own Petards (Le Quotidien d’Oran, Algeria)

How much responsibility does Saudi Arabia have for the chaos cause to Syria, Iraq and the entire region by the now-infamous Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant? For Algeria’s Le Quotidien d’Oran, noted columnist Kharroubi Habib writes that in an effort to displace al-Qaeda, which seeks the overthrow of the Saudi monarchy, Saudi ‘strategists’ decided to back a new group – ISIL. The only trouble is that...

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Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)
Jul12

Mideast Turmoil Could Rally Neocons to Hillary (Le Figaro, France)

Is Hillary Clinton positioning herself to win the ‘Dick Cheney’ vote? For France’s Le Figaro, world affairs columnist Pierre Rousselin writes that the turmoil in Iraq and Syria, if Republicans nominate a candidate with more isolationist tendencies like Rand Paul, is likely to result in significant neocon-Republican support for the former first lady. For Le Figaro, Pierre Rousselin begins by examining the devisive...

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America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)
Jul10

America’s Growing ‘Hostility’ Toward German Democracy (Frankfurter Rundschau, Germany)

Germans are now having a conversation among themselves that, unless Washington tactically retreats on its policy of unrestrained mass surveillance, is sure to end badly for both countries. For the Frankfurter Rundschau, columnist Christian Schluter argues that Germans must begin putting relations with American into a completely different context which features prominently the word: ‘hostility.’ He also calls for asylum for...

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ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)
Jul09

ISIL Fighters as ‘Mad as the Nazis or the Reds’ (Le Figaro, France)

How are we to judge the plans and motivations of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant, aka/the Islamic State led by ‘Caliph’ Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi? In this interview, Le Figaro’s senior international reporter Renaud Girard puts the group into context and compares its movement with previous political manias like the Third Reich and Communism. For Le Figaro, in an interview conducted by reporter Alexandre Devecchio,...

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The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)
Jul07

The Mysteries of ISIL and the ‘American Hand’ (L’Orient Le Jour, Lebanon)

Ironically, the widely held belief that America is manipulating events in the Middle East appears to be making the region’s political leaders complacent about the threat posed by ISIS [aka/ISIL]. For Lebanon’s L’Orient Le Jour, columnist Scarlett Haddad writes that political authorities in Lebanon, Jordan, and other countries, are so certain that ISIL is a tool of the United States and that it will ‘leave the...

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Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)
Jul07

Bundestag’s NSA Investigators Blast Music – Just to be Safe! (Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Germany)

How paranoid are German lawmakers about NSA spying? According to this news item from the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, after news broke that a German intelligence officer was arrested for spying on the Bundestag’s NSA Committee of Inquiry, committee chairman Patrick Sensburg took to playng Edvard Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor during secret sessions. For the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, reporters John Goetz, Hans Leyendecker, Georg...

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Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)
Jul05

Aided by America and Europe, ISIS Poses Mortal Threat to Iran (De Morgan, Belgium)

How much of a threat does ISIS pose to Iran – and is that part of the agenda of Washington and its Western allies? In another twist on the theory that the United States has not only fostered ISIS, but is using it as a foreign policy tool to alter the map of the Middle East, columnist Kader Abdolah of Belgium’s De Morgen starts with a visceral history of why Shiites hate Sunnis: Omar, the second caliph and successor to the...

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Jihadi MANPADS: History Teaches ‘Precisely Nothing’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)
Jun28

Jihadi MANPADS: History Teaches ‘Precisely Nothing’ (Komsomolskaya Pravda, Russia)

Syria’s ‘moderate’ opposition leader has told Washington that without MANPADS, some of the most lethal weapons on the battlefield today, the rebels will be unable to defeat Syrian tyrant Bashar al-Assad. But with Assad battling the terrorists of ISIS, Komsomolskaya Pravda columnist Georgy Bovt writes that Washington has been seized with hesitation. After all, U.S.-supplied MANPADS, aka/man-portable air-defense...

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Has Putin Orchestrated Poland’s Eavesdropping Scandal? (Newsweek Polska, Poland)
Jun27

Has Putin Orchestrated Poland’s Eavesdropping Scandal? (Newsweek Polska, Poland)

Is Vladimir Putin plotting to bring down the Polish government to gain in Ukraine? Newsweek Polska columnist Jakub Korejba writes that recently leaked recordings of Polish leaders making disparaging remarks about the United States are likely an attempt by the Kremlin to remove the biggest obstacle to its plans to restore the Russian Empire. With Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk warning that the scandal may result in early elections,...

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VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)
Jun17

VIDEO: Escalating Violence in Iraq (C-SPAN, U.S.)

If you want to know the thinking and plans about what to do with Iraq thrashing about America’s national security establishment, this is the program to watch. It is very eggheady and very interesting. At the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, panelists discuss militant activity in northern Iraq and how the U.S. government should respond. The presence of James Jeffrey, Obama’s ambassador to Iraq until 2012,...

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REPORT: ISIS Revives Saddam’s Baath Party to Win Sunni Support (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)
Jun16

REPORT: ISIS Revives Saddam’s Baath Party to Win Sunni Support (Sotal Iraq, Iraq)

With Iraq’s political system in tatters, is Saddam Hussein’s Baath Party making a comeback, or is it just a tool in the designs of the now dreaded Islamic State in Iraq and Syria [ISIS]? This news item from the Sotal Iraq reports that the last remaining member of Saddam’s regime yet to be apprehended, Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, has been seen in Mosul amid posters of Saddam, and is claiming the Iraqi presidency for...

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To Save Iraq and Itself, West Must Drop War on Assad (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)
Jun14

To Save Iraq and Itself, West Must Drop War on Assad (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Germany)

With ISIS terrorists battling both Bashar al-Assad’s Syria and Nouri al-Maliki’s Iraq, does it make any sense at all to pursue the toppling of Syria’s odious dictator? For Germany’s Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, columnist Rainer Hermann urges an immediate reconsideration of Western policy toward Syria, and suggests it might be a good idea to think anew about Iranian involvement as well. He also highlights the...

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The ‘Nazi Stench’ and U.S. ‘Fascism’ (La Jornada, Mexico)
Jun12

The ‘Nazi Stench’ and U.S. ‘Fascism’ (La Jornada, Mexico)

When your government carries out untold numbers of coups and military interventions abroad without the consent of the people, often based on false allegations, when the law allows the military to capture and indefinitely detain citizens without due process of law, and well-connected multinational firms effectively own your elected representatives, what do you call it? For Mexico’s La Jornada, columnist and researcher John...

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‘Not Since Slavery’ Has U.S. Treated People Worse than Undocumented (La Jornada, Mexico)
Jun10

‘Not Since Slavery’ Has U.S. Treated People Worse than Undocumented (La Jornada, Mexico)

With controversy swirling about underage immigrants streaming across the border without adult supervision, the perceptions on the other side of the frontier couldn’t be more different. This editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada complains that the U.S. is either unwilling or unable to accept that migration is an inherent element of human society, and that the global economic policies Washington champions, ‘which...

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NATO Badly Divided on Stationing Troops in East Europe; Facing Moscow (Die Welt, Germany)
Jun06

NATO Badly Divided on Stationing Troops in East Europe; Facing Moscow (Die Welt, Germany)

Seventy Years after the D-Day landings in Normandy, members of the alliance forged in the aftermath of WWII are bickering over what to do about Russia and Ukraine. According to Die Welt columnist Christoph B. Schultz, Southern Europeans and Germans don’t like Poland’s idea of permenently stationing additional troops and equipment in Eastern Europe, as that would violate NATO’s basic treaty with Russia, which banned...

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In Defeating the ‘Russian Disease,’ Will Ukraine Lose its Soul? (Ukrayinska Pravda, Ukraine)
Jun06

In Defeating the ‘Russian Disease,’ Will Ukraine Lose its Soul? (Ukrayinska Pravda, Ukraine)

Can you defeat an enemy without scruples without losing your own? That is Ukraine’s dilemma as outlined by columnist Michael Dubinyansky of Ukraine’s Ukrayinska Pravda newpaper, who writes that while turning back the Russian tide may be possible, in the process Ukraine is likely to end up a lot like its ruthless, and for many detestable, northern neighbor. For Ukrayinska Pravda, Michael Dubinyansky starts with a bit of...

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