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Archives: September 2013

Ghoul’s Glossary: Shutdown

Shutdown: n. A maneuver whereby persons elected and paid by the public to do little but pass budgets refuse to do so unless they are permitted to prevent poor children from seeing…

Why US Clout in the Middle East is Gone (Hiro)

Why US Clout in the Middle East is Gone (Hiro)

Dilip Hiro writes at Tomdispatch.com: What if the sole superpower on the planet makes its will known — repeatedly — and finds that no one is listening?  Barely a decade ago, that…

US, UN Sanctions on Iran Hurt Most Vulnerable

US, UN Sanctions on Iran Hurt Most Vulnerable

In smug Washington-speak, US ‘sanctions’ on Iran have forced it to the negotiating table, making it possible to ‘stop’ the Iranian ‘nuclear weapons program.’ Even President Obama has started talking this way.…

Top Five Wind Energy Successes Today

Top Five Wind Energy Successes Today

Wind energy at the moment is by the apparent numbers less expensive than solar, and huge wind farms are being opened throughout the world. There is good news on this front from…

The Hubris of the Syria Interventionists

The Hubris of the Syria Interventionists

The hawks who are deeply disappointed that diplomacy has likely forestalled a US military intervention in Syria in the foreseeable future often attempt to tug at our heart strings by pointing to…

The World after the Kerry-Lavrov accord on Syria

The World after the Kerry-Lavrov accord on Syria

The agreement reached by Russian foreign minister Sergei Lavrov and US Secretary of State John Kerry at Geneva on Saturday regarding the sequester of Syria’s chemical weapons is a little unlikely to…

Arguing with President Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin published an opinion piece in the New York Times on Wednesday. Here is my attempt at refutation of some of the things he said. Putin begins by emphasizing…

Can you Pass the Qatar Quiz? (Rudolph)

CAN YOU PASS THE QATAR QUIZ? By Jeffrey Rudolph Qatar, once one of the poorest Persian Gulf states, has become one of the region’s wealthiest countries and also one of the most…

When Syria was a US Ally (or at Least Helpful)

One of George Orwell’s keenest insights in 1984 is the kaleidoscopic character of modern state-to-state relations, wherein countries go from being allies to enemies and back again, and government spokesmen and the…

On Obama’s attack on Syria:  Donohue/ Bacevich

On Obama’s attack on Syria: Donohue/ Bacevich

At Bill Moyers’ site, Phil Donohue interviews military historian Andrew Bacevich about President Obama’s plans to attack Syria: From the transcript: “PHIL DONAHUE: Welcome. I’m Phil Donahue. Bill Moyers is away this…

A US attack on Syria will Prolong the War

The struggle in Syria began peacefully in spring of 2011, but after about half a year it turned violent when the regime deployed tanks and other heavy munitions against the protesters. Some…

Syria: The US is no Lone Ranger (Cole @ Truthdig)

My essay, “The US is no Lone Ranger,” on Syria, is out at Truthdig Excerpt: “The odd discourse in Washington around President Barack Obama’s determination to bomb Syria over the country’s use…

Gulf Arab Press divided on Syria Strike (OSC)

The USG Open Source Center paraphrases items in the Gulf Arab press regarding the US strike on Syria Gulf Press Carries Mixed Reactions to Potential US Military Attack on Syria OSC Summary…