The Superpower Conundrum

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by Tom Engelhardt The rise and fall of great powers and their imperial domains has been a central fact of history for centuries.  It’s been a sensible, repeatedly validated framework for thinking about the fate of the planet.  So it’s… Continue Reading  

Shinzo Abe and the Apology Olympics

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by John Feffer Imagine an international event sometime in the near future known as the Apology Games. It is held every four years and features teams of professional diplomats, politicians, and conflict resolution specialists (with a few actors thrown into… Continue Reading  

“When is a cyberattack an act of war?”

The Washington Post’s Ellen Nakashima examines the question of what constitutes war if the trigger point originates in cyberspace: Deciding what amounts to an act of war is more a political judgment than a military or legal one. International law avoids the phrase… Continue Reading