The U.S. in Afghanistan: 18 Years and Still Counting

by Robert E. Hunter Always the man of surprises, President Donald Trump this past weekend sprang two: the first to schedule a “secret” meeting at Camp David to try settling the Afghanistan conflict; the second to cancel the meeting and… Continue Reading  

Why 2012 Will Shake Up Asia and the World

Can Washington Move from Pacific Power to Pacific Partner? Reposted by arrangement with Tom Dispatch By John Feffer The United States has long styled itself a Pacific power. It established the model of counterinsurgency in the Philippines in 1899 and… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia’s Zeal for Repression is Bad for Everyone

I’ve been saying for a while now that the Saudi role in suppressing Arab uprisings will have a far larger short- to medium-term negative impact on the region than any of Iran’s many machinations. Read Hossein Askari at the National… Continue Reading  

Russia: No New Iran Sanctions, No Attack

U.S. hawks insist at every turn on more and harsher sanctions against Iran. But the only means of pressure available to them may be either ineffective unilateral moves or aggressive extraterritorial sanctions that are likely to upset allies. According to the Associated Press, Russian foreign… Continue Reading  

And the Pharaoh Falls

By Emad Mekay From Cairo : Isn’t the Egyptian Army great? Well, so far. As far as I know, they refused to shoot at their own people. The country is happy. I am happy too. Mubarak is out after 18… Continue Reading