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John Brennan’s Police State USA – OpEd Saturday, October 21st, 2017

Did the United States warn Russia to stay out of Syria? Yes, they did. Did they tell the Russians that if they joined the war against ISIS and helped Bashar al Assad the US would make them pay a heavy price? Yes. Did US agents and diplomats warn their Russian counterparts that Russian troops..

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Managing A Nuclear North Korea: More Is Not Better – Analysis Friday, October 20th, 2017

If we accept that North Korea’s nuclear ambitions will continue, and that the reclusive state will eventually possess a working nuclear weapon that can be delivered by the ballistic and cruise missiles that it is also developing, the question is how a nuclear-armed North Korea can be managed such..

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China: Towards The 19th Party Congress – Analysis Wednesday, October 18th, 2017

The 19th Congress of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) is scheduled to start on October 18. The date was announced well in advance, indicating everything has been set, including personnel changes in the Politburo (PB) of the Central Committee, as well as its Standing Committee (PBSC). This suggests..

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President Trump Beats War Drums For Iran – OpEd

President Trump has been notoriously inconsistent in his foreign policy. He campaigned on and won the presidency with promises to repair relations with Russia, pull out of no-win wars like Afghanistan, and end the failed US policy of nation-building overseas. Once in office he pursued policies..

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My letter to Larry Flynt on Trump Impeachment Sunday, October 15th, 2017

Larry Flynt, Your grounds for impeachment #s 2 through 6 (plus that of the paragraph that follows them) are already documented by overwhelming, incontrovertible evidence. What is required is to recognize that and to remove from the list the impediment of the ground you have placed as #1 which..

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Dirty Ties: The University of New Haven and Saudi Arabia Saturday, October 14th, 2017

It’s a relationship of dirty toxicity, but these abound when universities establish ties with regimes and certain entities. These might take the form of investments. Or they can become matters, somewhat euphemistically, of intellectual exchange. Certainly, for some figures such as the president..

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The Long Game In North Korea – Analysis Friday, October 13th, 2017

North Korea is once again vying to hold the top spot among the most pressing and nerve-wracking global security crises of the moment. Although it is entirely reasonable to be concerned about how to respond to an aggressive and erratic state developing ever more powerful nuclear weapons and..

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PBS’s Vietnam Acknowledges Nixon’s Treason Thursday, October 12th, 2017

After reading and hearing wildly contradictory accounts of Ken Burns & Lynn Novick’s Vietnam War documentary on PBS, I decided I had to watch the thing. I agree with some of the criticism and some of the praise. The documentary begins with the ludicrous idea that the U.S. government had good..

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The Missing T-Word – OpEd Monday, October 9th, 2017

Last week, Stephen Paddock killed 58 people at a country music festival and then shot himself dead in Las Vegas, the gambling-capital in the USA. Since he was a 64-old white American retiree who lived in a retirement community in Mesquite, Nevada, many Americans are highly perturbed by the mere..

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Nuclear Weapons, ICAN and the Nobel Prize Sunday, October 8th, 2017

“There are no right hands for the wrong weapons.”-Beatrice Fihn, ICAN Executive Director, Oct 6, 2017 Few times in history show the remarkable gulf between international civic action and international political constipation. The will of approaching a world without nuclear weapons has been..

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Is the Nobel Committee Finally Abiding by Nobel’s Will? Saturday, October 7th, 2017

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded Friday to the International Campaign for the Abolition of Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) — listen to my radio show with one of ICAN’s leaders two years ago here. It’s conceivable that some Americans will now learn, because of this award, about the new treaty that..

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Biggest Impediment To Saudi Women Was Never Driving Ban – OpEd Friday, October 6th, 2017

It looks like 27 years of protesting, along with international pressure and government recognition that it needs more Saudi women in the workforce, has finally paid off. In a royal decree, Saudi King Salman announced on September 26 that Saudi women, who have long been the only women in the world..

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PRESIDENT XI JINPING’S CONFUSION AND DILEMMA Monday, October 23rd, 2017

In his marathon opening address during the conference of the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese President Xi Jinping has spoken about “principal contradiction”..