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In an astonishing turn, Soros and Charles Koch team up to end US ‘forever war’ policy

BESIDES BEING BILLIONAIRES and spending much of their fortunes to promote pet causes, the leftist financier George Soros and the right-wing Koch brothers have little in common. They could be seen as polar opposites. Soros is an old-fashioned New Deal liberal. The Koch brothers are fire-breathing right-wingers who dream of cutting taxes and dismantling government. […]

Who’s responsible for the border crisis? The United States

Who’s responsible for the border crisis? The United States

For decades since the US destabilized central American governments, thousands of people, including this woman and her children photographed in April, have fled for the US in search of work or to escape drug-related violence.

America's Legacy of Regime Change

America’s Legacy of Regime Change

Covert Regime Change: America’s Secret Cold War by Lindsey A. O’Rourke (Cornell University Press, 2018); 330 pages. For most of history, seizing another country or territory was a straightforward proposition. You assembled an army and ordered it to invade. Combat determined the victor. The toll in death and suffering was usually horrific, but it was all […]

Invitation to an arms race

INTIMIDATING WEAKER COUNTRIES is normal behavior for great powers. For most of the 20th century, the United States was strong enough to keep allies in line and rivals at bay. Today, however, other countries are not so easily intimidated. Many have lost confidence in the US. At the same time, competing powers have emerged. This […]