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Consequences: Foreign Policy or Foreign Fantasy

Bhutto was key to US plan

Benazir Bhutto was central to American hopes of broadening out Pakistan‘s government from the figure of General Musharraf. Washington helped engineer the political deal that saw her return and now it has seen that lead to disaster, with the loss of one of […]

Historical Revisionism – United States Genocide vs Ottomans

Why does the US think that disrespecting Turkey’s historical image related to the Ottoman/Armenian era, then ordering it to lay off the Kurds, is acceptable? Turkey’s military chief has said US-Turkish ties will never be the same again if US lawmakers brand the Ottoman Empire’s massacre of Armenians a genocide

Don’t Dis The Cossacks … Russia Sees Putin As Next Tsar

President Vladimir Putin’s decision to suspend Russia‘s participation in the Conventional Forces in Europe, or CFE, treaty is a potent political signal.

It is yet another sign of the worsening relationship between Moscow and the West.

…this relationship was not improved in any substantial way by the […]

Whistleblowers Beware – They’re Out To Get All of Us

State Dept. Agents Say Jobs Were Threatened Investigators in IG Office Were Told Not to Cooperate With Probe of Their Boss, House Panel Alleges By Glenn Kessler and Karen DeYoung Washington PostTwo career investigators in the office of State Department Inspector General Howard J. Krongard have charged that they were threatened with firing […]

The Terror Presidency – Presents Cheney In All His Gory

New Book Details Cheney Lawyer’s Efforts to Expand Executive Power

By Dan Eggen and Peter Baker Washington Post Staff Writers

Vice President Cheney‘s top lawyer pushed relentlessly to expand the powers of the executive branch and repeatedly derailed efforts to obtain congressional approval for aggressive anti-terrorism policies […]

3000 Centrifuges Later – Give Bush Another Excuse, Please

Iran is running 3,000 atomic centrifuges

TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said on Sunday Iran had met a planned target of installing and running 3,000 atomic centrifuges used in enriching uranium, Iranian news agencies reported.

Iran had said it aimed to have that many centrifuges, which are set up in […]

Who is Taslima Nasreen, Why Should We Care

Taslima Nasreen should leave or die: Muslim clerics

MLA vows to ‘behead’ Taslima Nasreen

Aug 17: Muslim clerics in West Bengal Friday issued a “death warrant” against Bangladeshi writer Taslima Nasreen if she did not pack her bags and leave India.

“Anybody eliminating her would be given Rs 100,000 and […]

Japan And India, Arc Of Freedom, A Second Eastern Empire

India-Japan reach agreement on bilateral currency swap

New Delhi, Aug. 22 (PTI): India and Japan have agreed to sign a basic bilateral agreement on currency swap, which will add to a regional network of such accords designed to provide emergency financial liquidity to either or both parties in times of […]