Category Archives: Diplomacy

Obama, Manning, and Crowley

This is despicable. On Friday, State Department spokesman P.J. Crowley denounced the conditions of Bradley Manning’s detention as “ridiculous, counterproductive and stupid,” forcing President Obama to address those comments in a Press Conference and defend the treatment of Manning. Today, CNN reports, … Continue reading

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The Lack of Libyan Oil May Force NATO to Move

Hey NATO! No oil or no fly: choose. The world is skating on the edge of petroleum prices so high that they could push the global economy back into recession. Will NATO governments really risk taking a bath in their … Continue reading

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Silence Implies Consent: Obama Quiet on Repression in Iraq

We saw it with Yemen, and now we’re seeing it again with Iraq: the Obama administration is conspicuously quiet when friendly Middle East regimes use ugly tactics — including violence and imprisoning peaceful demonstrators — to quell growing protest movements in … Continue reading

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Slapping Down the Waves…

… Does Not Calm the Water As usual, Juan Cole sees and says it best. The LAT reports that the rebellion against Muammar Qaddafi’s 41-year dictatorship in Libya headed toward an end-game on Wednesday, as Misurata, the country’s third-largest city … Continue reading

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Innocent Pleasures

Lee Siegel, author of “Against the Machine” A recent study published by AVG, an Internet security company, found that 92 percent of American children have an online presence by the time they are 2. One third of mothers in the United … Continue reading

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Bush Trimmed, Continued

I noted in a post yesterday, Bush Trimmed, that G. W. Bush canceled a trip to Geneva because he was threatened with arrest and indictment. Scott Horton, at Harper’s, elaborates on why the former president has to be circumspect in his travel … Continue reading

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“An Open Prison”

from BigThink, boldface emphasis added: Israel is watching the fast moving events in the Maghreb with a sense of real trepidation. The old order is breaking like the Arctic ice under the thawing rays of the first Spring Sun. Whether … Continue reading

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