(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?
Sep22

(Updated) Will the Neocons Eat French Fries Once Again?

Update: More information on the French air strikes in Iraq, courtesy AP/Stars and Stripes: France is conducting the operations in Iraq from French Air Base 104 inside Al Dhafra base near Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates. French jets began flying reconnaissance missions Monday over Iraq. . The base, with about 750 French service personnel and six Rafales, is 1,700 kilometers (1,050 miles) from Mosul, meaning that the...

Read More
Why a UN Climate Agreement Cannot be Reached
Sep22

Why a UN Climate Agreement Cannot be Reached

This week the UN will convene a climate summit where Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will ask leaders to bring “bold announcements and actions that will reduce emissions, strengthen climate resilience, and mobilize political will for a meaningful legal agreement in 2015.” For those who have marched in cities around the world this weekend demanding change, the summit offers a new opportunity to finally set the world on a corrective path...

Read More
Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox
Sep22

Pondering The Obamalypse, What Hummingbirds Tells Us & Other Musings On The Autumnal Equinox

The eve of the first day of autumn at the mountain retreat began with a stroll to the road and our mailbox under a sunlit canopy of leaves just beginning to turn to the sublime reds, oranges, yellows and browns of the season. The mailbox disgorged a phone bill, the new issue of Vanity Fair (“Hell in the Ebola Hot Zone!”), several advertising circulars and some dragon smoke. Alas, as I walked back to the house, my mind was...

Read More
U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola:  What Does Victory Look Like?
Sep20

U.S. Military Mission to Fight Ebola: What Does Victory Look Like?

In an August 22 column on the Ebola crisis, we noted that the current outbreak of Ebola in West Africa — “the worst in recorded history” — had claimed 1,350 lives. Less than a month later the World Health Organization reports that the number of people in West Africa who have contracted and died from Ebola has doubled to 2,622. On Thursday, in an emergency session convened by the United States, 131 members of the United Nations...

Read More
Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)
Sep20

Russians Must Prepare for Lengthy Stand-Off with the United States (Izvestia, Russia)

Is there a solution to the Ukraine crisis short of all-out war in the heart of Europe? For Russia’s Izvestia, Sergei Karaganov, chairman of Russia’s Council for Foreign and Defense Policy, lays out the challenges for Moscow as it seeks to navigate difficult sanctions imposed by the United States and its allies, endure long enough to weaken the basis of U.S. power, and overcome what he perceives as Washington’s...

Read More
A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland (UPDATED Dionne column)
Sep19

A wistful ‘no’ in Scotland (UPDATED Dionne column)

WASHINGTON — Scotland’s referendum on independence was decided by voters whose hearts said yes but whose heads said no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history was with the “Yes” side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. This kept the polls close leading into Thursday’s vote, but...

Read More
Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?
Sep19

Do ‘Civilized’ Nations Have What It Takes to Defeat ISIS?

Does the “civilized” world have what it takes to defeat the self-declared Islamic State, otherwise known as ISIS? To be sure, the U.S. has launched air strikes on ISIS targets over Iraq, Congress and President Barack Obama finally seem in gear, and there are ongoing efforts to put together a coalition involving NATO and countries such as Saudi Arabia to combat the world’s leading producer of snuff videos. French...

Read More
United Kingdom remains united: Scotland votes “No” on independence
Sep19

United Kingdom remains united: Scotland votes “No” on independence

History and tradition have prevailed in Scotland. The United Kingdom remains united: Scotland has voted “No” to independence and you can almost hear and FEEL the sigh of relief from British Prime Minister David Cameron and from Washington, where a formally downsized U.K. could have had a slew of implications. Scotland has voted to stay in the United Kingdom after voters decisively rejected independence. With the results in...

Read More
President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation
Sep18

President Praises Congress for Anti-ISIL Legislation

Shortly after the U.S. Senate easily approved (78-22) a $1 trillion government-funding bill that gives President Obama new authority to battle ISIL — legislation that had been previously approved by the House in a 273-156 vote — President Obama spoke to the nation commending Congress for approving his plan to arm and train rebels in Syria to battle ISIL militants. The President emphasized once again that there will not be...

Read More
For the love of Scotland
Sep18

For the love of Scotland

WASHINGTON — Scotland’s referendum on independence will be decided by voters whose hearts say yes but whose heads say no. This is why the energy of the campaign in one of the most consequential democratic consultations in history has been with the Yes side. Passion, imagination and hope are always more inspiring than reason, calculation and doubt. That will make Thursday’s result close, but it’s also why...

Read More
Scottish Opponents of Independence Slightly Ahead In Polls
Sep17

Scottish Opponents of Independence Slightly Ahead In Polls

(Reuters) – Scottish supporters of staying in the United Kingdom are 4 percentage points ahead of secessionists with just a day to go before Scots vote in an independence referendum, three different opinion polls showed. The United Kingdom’s fate remains uncertain as the three surveys – from pollsters ICM, Opinium and Survation – showed support...

Read More
‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)
Sep17

‘Zionists Planned ISIS’: Justice Official’s Tweet Reflects Wider Problem (Het Parool, The Netherlands)

What should be done? We in the West have a right to free speech, but free speech can be a dangerous thing. It isn’t a new problem, but in the Netherlands they are dealing with a particularly acute case. Last month, Justice Ministry official Yasmina Haifi tweeted that the Islamic State was part of a ‘Zionist plot’ to blacken the name of Islam, and was promptly suspended from her job with … wait for it …...

Read More
Who Is Doing What to Fight ISIS
Sep17

Who Is Doing What to Fight ISIS

The U.S. on Monday launched new airstrikes over Iraq against fighters of the jihadist group Islamic State (IS), formerly known as ISIS. The bombing struck IS forces near Mount Sinjar in northwestern Iraq and, for the first time, near the Iraqi capital of Baghdad, reports NBC News. The same day, France began reconnaissance flights over Iraq… Who Is Doing What to Fight...

Read More
Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and the Middle East
Sep15

Mike Peters Guest Cartoon: Obama and the Middle East

OF RELATED INTEREST: –Reality impinges on Obama’s Middle East strategy [Commentary] –Barack Obama’s Iraq plan is sound but the Middle East is a graveyard for good intentions –Obama has a chance to reset American leadership –Arab Nations Offer to Fight ISIS From Air Mike Peters is recognized as one of our nation’s most prominent cartoon artists for his outstanding work as both a political and comic...

Read More
Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist
Sep15

Germany Bans Islamic State After Hundreds Of Residents Enlist

Germany on Friday banned the extremist militant group Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, as the country faces the challenge of stopping hundreds of Germans from joining the group. The move is just one step away from declaring the group a terrorist organization. The ban will come into effect from 10:00 a.m. GMT (6:00 am...

Read More
Are we a match for ISIS?
Sep14

Are we a match for ISIS?

Are we a match for ISIS? It’s quite possible we’re not. The numbers are daunting. The CIA estimates that ISIS has a fighting strength of 20,000 — at minimum. The high-end estimate is 31,500. Back in June, the Agency estimated that ISIS topped out at about 10,000 soldiers. But after its June 10 offensive that swept northern Iraq (explained in the above video), ISIS’ recruiting surged. Moreover, the group captured...

Read More
Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’
Sep14

Cameron: ‘The Murder Of David Haines Is An Act Of Pure Evil’

U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron condemned Saturday the apparent beheading of British aid worker David Haines by the Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS. The militant group released a video it claimed showed the execution of the 44-year-old father of two. “The murder of David Haines is an act of pure evil. My heart goes...

Read More
ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories
Sep13

ISIS, Obama And The Mother Of All Conspiracy Theories

Thirteen years ago, the U.S. was the victim of an attack that sparked numerous conspiracy theories. Al Qaeda’s assaults on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon led to all manner of weird and wacky theories, suggesting the American government abetted the terrorists who killed thousands of its citizens. In the 13 years since 9/11,...

Read More
The ISIL Debate:  There Are Virtually No Winners
Sep12

The ISIL Debate: There Are Virtually No Winners

The ongoing national debate on what to do, or not to do, about the ISIL threat — or whether it is even a threat — is probably the most intense and divergent debate since the one we had about the Iraq War and its legacy. There are those who do not believe ISIL poses a threat at all to Americans or America — and/or “is not our problem” — and, therefore, we should do nothing. There are those who agree with the...

Read More
As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)
Sep12

As Shown Again in Iraq, France Must Reject ‘Subjection’ to the United States (Le Figaro, France)

After France’s rejection of the Iraq War resolution at the U.N. Security Council, has France retreated from its independent course, only to march in lock step with the United States? For Le Figaro, senior international correspondent Renaud Girard reminds readers of how prescient the non-aligned France of General Charles de Gaulle and Dominique de Villepin have proven to be, and advises French leaders that for the good of France...

Read More
Page 1 of 27512345...101520...Last »