Kerry Gaffe on Syria Takes on Life of its Own

Kerry And Hagel Testify At Senate Hearing On Use Of Force Against Syria

by Jasmin Ramsey You’re no doubt aware by now of a proposal by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov for Syria to hand over its (still only accidentally acknowledged) chemical weapons to international control, which his Syrian counterpart Walid al-Moualem said Syria “welcomes”. Syrian… Continue Reading  

The Hill to the Rescue on Syria?

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Don’t Hold Your Breath by Andrew J. Bacevich via Tom Dispatch Sometimes history happens at the moment when no one is looking.  On weekends in late August, the president of the United States ought to be playing golf or loafing… Continue Reading  

Smoke and Mirrors: The “New” Israeli-Palestinian Peace Talks

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by Mitchell Plitnick The so-called “renewed” Israel-Palestine peace process is turning out to be nothing more than an illusion, as many observers from across the political spectrum expected. But the United States is apparently intent on blowing more smoke to… Continue Reading  

The Pivot to Africa

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The Startling Size, Scope, and Growth of U.S. Military Operations on the African Continent  by Nick Turse via Tom Dispatch They’re involved in Algeria and Angola, Benin and Botswana, Burkina Faso and Burundi, Cameroon and the Cape Verde Islands.  And that’s just the… Continue Reading  

Obama Increasingly Isolated on Syria Military Action

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by Jim Lobe via IPS News With a week of intense lobbying behind him, U.S. President Barack Obama looks increasingly beleaguered – both at home and abroad – in his effort to rally support for a military strike against Syria… Continue Reading