If you weren’t able to attend Tuesday’s PAM Annual Meeting with Keynote speaker Dr. Bennis about Syria and ISIS, here are links that include most of her talk.
Also included: the award acceptance speech delivered by 2015 Peacemaker Jessica Moore, wrapping up so much in just a few short sentences.
One day before the horrific Paris attacks, some 40 people were killed and more than 180 wounded in twin suicide attacks in a crowded suburb of Beirut. The coordinated blasts struck a Shi'ite community center and a nearby bakery in the commercial and residential district of Borj al-Barajneh. The attacks were claimed in the name of ISIS. (Al Arabiya News, Nov. 12) Less than 24 hours later, the Parisian terror began to unfold—leaving at least 120 dead as a concert hall, sports stadium and restaurants were targeted with bombs and bullets. Eight of the attackers are dead in what appear to have been France's first suicide attacks. (BBC News,France24) In Europe and America, ugly responses are already in witness...
The recent Summit of the Americas has come and gone but the next few months and year will show whether it was a turning point in hemispheric relations, or whether the signs of a thaw were just prematurely warm spring weather. The international media highlighted the historic meeting between the presidents of the United States and Cuba. This was convenient for the Obama administration, which wanted to avoid the impression of yet another disastrous summit by showing progress on an initiative that will be President Obama’s only positive achievement in this hemisphere – if U.S.-Cuban relations are actually normalized.
The U.S. military is the face of our country’s foreign policy in many parts of the world. It is visible in the nearly 800 military bases that the U.S. operates outside its borders and in the drone and armed attacks it carries out in Yemen, Pakistan and elsewhere:
It’s not just that a militarized approach to preventing extremism isn’t working. It’s that it can’t work.
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. foreign policy, but his moves in response to this dire threat remain hesitant and indecisive.
To placate their pique at his effort to get a non-proliferation agreement with Iran, Barack Obama met last Thursday at Camp David with Saudi royals and leaders of the other five feudal dictatorships of the Persian Gulf. He reaffirmed the United States "ironclad" commitment to their security and promised even more military aid and cooperation. After the personal dust-up between Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu settles, we can expect the Administration and Congress to add even more steel to our commitment to protect and subsidize Israel by adding more to its already vast store of sophisticated weapons.