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Russia ramped up its military effort in Syria today, targeting ISIS militants with airstrikes. The U.S. and several other countries are also fighting ISIS in Syria, conducting airstrikes against the militants. This week at the United Nations, President Obama said the bottom line is that Syrian President Bashar Assad has to go. Is that the […]
REAL ENEMIES ARE a threat to any country, but imagined enemies can be even more dangerous. They sap resources, provoke needless conflicts, and divert attention from true challenges. The United States has constructed such a fantasy by turning Russia into an enemy. Our current campaign against Russia was set off by what some in Washington call […]
We should be more deeply involved in peacemaking efforts. Whenever war or upheaval shakes the Middle East, the U.S. feels compelled to intervene. The pattern is familiar: We see a force we dislike, we intervene to crush it, and then it returns in another form, more radical and more violent. Only if we break this […]
Few countries have suffered as much as Guatemala. The resignation of President Otto Perez Molina on Thursday, followed by his arrest on corruption charges, seems like just the latest episode in the long cascade of crimes, coups, revolutions, interventions, and massacres that shape Guatemalan history. In fact, it reflects something new. Political and social consciousness […]