UN Vote Buying: A Bad Idea That Never Dies

by Diana Ohlbaum The Trump administration is agitating for a “sweeping reassessment” of the way foreign aid is distributed. Rather than making decisions based on where it is needed most or how it can be put to best use, U.S.… Continue Reading  

Iraq’s Oil Union Defends Protesters

by David Bacon As uncertainty continues over the results of Iraq’s May 12 election, the deterioration in social services that brought about the victory of the Sairoon coalition has impelled thousands of people to take to the streets to protest… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Dirty Money

by John Feffer Marty Byrde has a problem. His partner at the financial services firm has been skimming off the top of the money-laundering service they’re providing a Mexican narcotrafficker. The drug dealer responds by killing Marty’s partner. He’s just… Continue Reading  

Pompeo and Iran: A Bizarre Mentality

by John Limbert “The angry Mojahed lies in ambush in the alley, American, come out. Your blood will flow on the ground.” Thus sang the militants of the Iranian opposition group MEK (Mojahedin-e-Khalq) to a catchy Kurdish folk tune. Now… Continue Reading  

Pakistan’s Financial Crisis Puts China’s Belt and Road On The Spot

by James M. Dorsey Increased Pakistani dependence on China to help it avert resorting to the International Monetary Fund (IMF) to avoid a financial and economic crisis spotlights fears that the terms of Chinese investment in massive Belt and Road-related… Continue Reading