World to Refugees: Go to Hell

Afghan refugees (Hashoo Foundation via Flickr)

by John Feffer It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well… Continue Reading  

The US Quits on Human Rights

Nikki Haley addresses the UN Human Rights Council (US Mission Geneva via Flickr)

by Mitchell Plitnick In a move that seemed very likely when Donald Trump was elected president and was cemented when he appointed Nikki Haley as ambassador to the United Nations, the United States withdrew from the United Nations Human Rights… Continue Reading  

Doctrine and Trump’s Foreign Policy

Official White House Photo by D. Myles Cullen

by Paul R. Pillar The urge within the commentariat to describe every president’s foreign policy in terms of some clearly defined doctrine is as strong as ever, but Donald Trump presents would-be doctrine-definers with perhaps their toughest challenge yet. This… Continue Reading  

Is a War with China on the Horizon?

Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis (DOD photo by Air Force Tech. Sgt. Brigitte N. Brantley)

by Michael T. Klare On May 30th, Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced a momentous shift in American global strategic policy. From now on, he decreed, the U.S. Pacific Command (PACOM), which oversees all U.S. military forces in Asia, will be… Continue Reading  

The War in Afghanistan is Killing More People Than Ever

Aftermath of a suicide bombing in Jalalabad

by Edward Hunt Seventeen years into the war in Afghanistan, the longest war in U.S. history, violence has never been worse. In 2017, more than 20,000 Afghans died, a new record. The dead include an estimated 10,000 Afghan security forces,… Continue Reading