The Age of Unintended Consequences


by Tom Engelhardt You want to see “blowback” in action? That’s easy enough. All you need is a vague sense of how Google Search works. Then type into it phrases like “warmest years,” “rising sea levels,” “melting ice,” “lengthening wildfire… Continue Reading  

Senators Push for Vote on Yemen War

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by Derek Davison and Jim Lobe In a press conference Wednesday afternoon, U.S. Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Mike Lee (R-UT) announced that they—along with Senator Chris Murphy (D-CT), who was not present for the press conference—will introduce a privileged… Continue Reading  

Ceasefire in Syria—Now What?


by Robert E. Hunter The United Nation Security Council has agreed to a ceasefire in Syria, “a durable humanitarian pause for at least 30 consecutive days throughout [the country].” Like all such agreements, it contains a lot of “ifs” and… Continue Reading  

The Privatization of U.S. Foreign Policy


by Paul R. Pillar The unethical blurring of private interests and public business is a hallmark of Donald Trump’s presidency. That blurring has increasingly involved U.S. foreign policy. The possible effects on U.S. foreign relations may be subtle and largely… Continue Reading  

The Security Hole in the White House


by Paul R. Pillar As anyone who has not been in a sensory deprivation tank for the past two years knows, quite a big deal was made of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while she was secretary… Continue Reading