Are Purported ‘Sonic Attacks’ at Embassies in Havana an Elaborate Intelligence Operation?
The Canadian government pulled families of diplomats from its embassy in Cuba on April 16, 2018 after 10 Canadians reported symptoms similar to those afflicting Americans on the island. In 2017, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson alleged that a “targeted attack” sickened 24 people at the U.S. embassy... Read more
Tales of American Hubris
The lessons of history? Who needs them? Certainly not Washington’s present cast of characters, a crew in flight from history, the past, or knowledge of more or less any sort. Still, just for the Hell of it, let’s take a few moments to think about what some of the... Read more
La Honda y el Escudo de David
Fue un ciudadano británico el que al principio modelaría como nadie la forma de hacer la guerra de Israel. En la década de 1930, cuando la tensión entre el pueblo árabe y la comunidad judío-sionista se convirtió en una guerra civil en toda regla en Palestina ─que había estado... Read more
Donald Trump Would Be Right to Strike Syria
In apparently launching a chemical attack on the rebel-held town of Douma in western Syria on April 7, 2018, Syrian leader Bashar Al Assad seems to be deliberately testing, even daring, U.S. president Donald Trump to strike back. In April 2017, Trump retaliated against a previous regime gas attack... Read more
What Happens When a Few Volunteer and the Rest … Just Watch
The purpose of all wars, is peace. So observed St. Augustine early in the first millennium, A.D. Far be it from me to disagree with the esteemed Bishop of Hippo, but his crisply formulated aphorism just might require a bit of updating. I’m not a saint or even a... Read more
Wiretap Law Complicates Philippine Drug War
Wiretapping is a central tactic for law enforcement officers pursuing drug dealers and traffickers. In 2016 alone, various U.S. law enforcement agencies were authorized to use wiretaps 3,168 times. 82 percent of these wiretaps were authorized for investigations involving narcotics—a trend that has largely held since 2006. In total,... Read more
War Hawks and Chickenhawks
Sometimes I get sick of saying it, but just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse … Donald Trump’s continual cabinet reshuffling — otherwise the stuff of reality-T.V. drama — has become genuinely frightening. Like so many Russian matryoshki, or nesting dolls, the president has been removing one... Read more
The Pentagon Plans for a Perpetual Three-Front ‘Long War’ Against China and Russia
Think of it as the most momentous military planning on Earth right now. Who’s even paying attention, given the eternal changing of the guard at the White House, as well as the latest in tweets, sexual revelations and investigations of every sort? And yet it increasingly looks as if,... Read more
Donald Trump and the Art of the Arms Deal
It’s one of those stories of the century that somehow never gets treated that way. For an astounding 25 of the past 26 years, the United States has been the leading arms-dealer on the planet, at some moments in near monopolistic fashion. Its major weapons-producers, including Boeing, Raytheon and... Read more
Making Atrocities Great Again
A barely noticed anniversary slid by on March 20, 2018. It’s been 15 years since the United States committed the greatest war crime of the 21st century — the unprovoked, aggressive invasion of Iraq. The New York Times, which didn’t exactly cover itself in glory in the run-up to... Read more
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