Battle of the Palates in the Middle East

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by James M. Dorsey Nothing in a swath of land stretching from the Atlantic coast of Africa to China is undisputed. Food is often emblematic of disputes over identity, history and political claims that underlie an arc of crisis wracked… Continue Reading  

The President Is a Ponzi

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by John Feffer In 1993, I arrived one fall evening in the Romanian city of Cluj. The railway station was mysteriously full of people, and the city outside was crowded and frenetic. I was mystified. Why did this rather obscure… Continue Reading  

Mafia Don’s Guide to Free Trade

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by John Feffer If you want to understand why Donald Trump has been changing his position on trade, one place to start is pork. I’m not talking about the pork that goes into congressional sausage making. I’m talking the real… Continue Reading  

Dismantling USAID

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PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti (Jan. 17, 2010) Pallets of food, water and supplies sit on the flight line at the airport as a MH-53E helicopter from Helicopter Mine Countermeasures Squadron 14 awaits to be on loaded with supplies. Carl Vinson and Carrier Air Wing 17 are conducting humanitarian and disaster relief operations as part of Operation Unified Response after a 7.0 magnitude earthquake caused severe damage in Haiti Jan. 12. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Candice Villarreal/Released)

by Diana Ohlbaum It comes as little surprise that the Trump Administration is preparing plans to eliminate the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), whose mission is to “end extreme poverty and promote resilient, democratic societies.” Trump’s xenophobic, “America First”… Continue Reading  

US Diplomacy and Development Aid: Death by a Thousand Cuts

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by Diana Ohlbaum When President Trump submitted his preliminary budget request for 2018, which outlined foreign aid and diplomacy cuts of nearly one-third, the rebuke was fast and furious. Members of Congress declared the president’s budget “dead on arrival.” Hearings… Continue Reading