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Obama’s Strategic Shift

May 21, 2015-- Exclusive: President Obama has belatedly detected the looming catastrophe in Syria and Iraq as Sunni terrorists gain ground. He also grasps the need for Russian and Iranian help. But his administration remains infested with neocons and liberal war hawks who could sabotage the needed deals, reports Robert Parry. *** It’s finally dawning on President Barack Obama the grave dangers that have been created for the American Republic by decades of neoconservative dominance of U.S.

The Yemen model’s collapse extends far beyond Yemen

The Hill -- April 03, 2015 -- By Sean Langberg

Venezuela - Cuba - United States

Obama’s Treatment of Venezuela May Indicate How Serious He is About Normalizing Relations with Cuba
By Mark Weisbrot
This article was published bu Al Jazeera America on May 7, 2015. It was published in Spanish on May 3 by Últimas Noticias, Venezuela's largest circulation newspaper.

Willliam Pfaff

My old Notre Dame fellow English major and friend, Bill Pfaff, died Thursday. I hope you have appreciated his work (I have passed on) as I have. Bill Slavick

William Pfaff, Critic of American Foreign Policy, Dies at 86

PARIS — William Pfaff, an international affairs columnist and author who was a prominent critic of American foreign policy, finding Washington’s intervention in world affairs often misguided, died on Thursday in a hospital here. He was 86.


The Yanks have landed in Ukraine, 300 of them. This can only increase tensions.
By M. K. Bhadrakumar

The deployment of 300 U.S. paratroopers in Ukraine, alongside contingents from the UK and Canada, can only be seen as the beginning of so-called "mission creep." The mission claims to aim at training Ukrainian national guards, but then, such missions invariably lead to deeper military engagements. In this case, the commencement of American weapon supplies to Ukraine now seems inevitable once the Ukrainian soldiers have been trained to use them.

Summit of the Americas and A message on Cuba from Global Exchange

As leaders from across the continent meet in Panama City for the Summit of the Americas this weekend, it is clear that the momentum for change in the region is increasing.

It is not just that Cuba is attending for the first time. At this Summit, President Obama is moving the ball on normalization of relations by indicating he will finally take Cuba off the list of so-called “state sponsors of terrorism." But beneath the smiles and handshakes lies a reality of a new assertive independence in Latin America that reverses decades of unilateral U.S. control.

Where Do These Warships Go?

Guided-missile destroyer USS Jason Dunham launched from Bath, Maine in 2009 is currently on its provocative mission into the Black Sea.

The US Navy guided-missile destroyer Jason Dunham entered the Black Sea on Friday in support of Operation Atlantic Resolve, the US 6th Fleet has announced.
Some 750 US Army tanks and thousands of its troops were deployed to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia for Atlantic Resolve activities, in a move described as a means "to deter Russian aggression."

Behind the White House's Sanctions Against Venezuela

By Mark Weisbrot This article was published US News & World Report on March 18, 2015. Since the Obama administration decided last week to impose new sanctions on Venezuela, many people, including journalists, have inquired as to what motivated them to do this. Some are curious as to the apparent incongruity between this move and the White House decision in December to begin the process of normalizing relations with Cuba. Others are wondering why the administration would do something that so obviously hurts the opposition in Venezuela, at least in the short run.

Are You Trying to Understand the Ukraine situation?

Breedlove's Bellicosity, Berlin Alarmed by Aggressive NATO Stance on Ukraine (Breedlove is NATO top commander in Europe....what is going on?)
March 6, 2015, By SPIEGEL Staff

US President Obama supports Chancellor Merkel's efforts at finding a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis. But hawks in Washington seem determined to torpedo Berlin's approach. And NATO's top commander in Europe hasn't been helping either.

War is always a crime

BY MARY BETH SULLIVAN -- March 3, 2015

I was struck to see David Brooks wax so eloquently about “the moral injury” — his recent description of post- traumatic stress disorder specific to “those who’ve endured the depraved world of combat experience.” It is an article well worth reading, if we are to understand the plight of combat veterans.


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