John Kerry’s Doomed Peace Process Is Deja Vu All Over Again

Phyllis Bennis Mondoweiss http://mondoweiss.net/2013/08/john-kerrys-doomed-peace-process-is-deja-vu-all-over-again.html Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest foray into Middle East negotiations should be called the Einstein peace process.  Doing the same thing over and over again and still expecting different results is the great scientist’s definition of insanity. This time around, indications are that Kerry actually...

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Top Ten Ways Bradley Manning Changed the World

Juan Cole Informed Content http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/31-7 Bradley Manning will be sentenced today, having been found guilty of 20 counts on Tuesday, including espionage (despite the lack of evidence for intent to spy and the lack of evidence that his leaking ever did any real harm). Whatever one thinks of Manning’s actions,...

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Peace Talks: A New Chapter in An Old Book

Robert Jensen Common Dreams http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/27 New negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians may begin next week, with much talk of a “new chapter” in the seemingly intractable conflict. A new chapter, perhaps, but who is writing the book? Any public discussion about the “peace process” is tense, in part because there...

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A Brewing Storm in the Western Pacific

Walden Bello Foreign Policy In Focus http://fpif.org/a-brewing-storm-in-the-western-pacific/ China’s aggressive territorial claims, Washington’s “pivot” to Asia, and Japan’s hawkish bluster add up to a volatile brew in the Asia-Pacific.   A storm is brewing in the Western Pacific. As the Asia-Pacific region descends into a period of destabilizing conflict, the Philippines...

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The US Embarrasses Itself by Flailing Around Over Edward Snowden

Kevin Zeese and Margaret Flowers Popular Resistance http://www.truth-out.org/opinion/item/17710-the-us-embarrasses-itself-by-flailing-around-over-edward-snowden The US Security State seems to be in a panic over Edward Snowden’s leaks.  Secretary of State John Kerry, along with UN nominee Samantha Powers, is threatening acts of war with Venezuela. The US has already violated international law by forcing down...

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‘Signature Strikes’ and Obama’s Empty Rhetoric on Drones

Arianna Huffington Huffington Post http://www.alternet.org/news-amp-politics/signature-strikes-and-obamas-empty-rhetoric-drones?paging=off On March 17, 2011, four Hellfire missiles, fired from a U.S. drone, slammed into a bus depot in the town of Datta Khel in Pakistan’s Waziristan border region. An estimated 42 peoplewere killed. It was just another day in America’s so-called war on terror. To most...

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Israel’s ‘Indigenous Invaders’

Neve Gordon and Nicola Perugini Al Jazeera http://www.commondreams.org/view/2013/07/12-3 How Israel justifies the immanent relocation of thousands of Palestinian Bedouin by characterizing them as invaders.   On June 24th the “Prawer Plan for the Arrangement of Bedouin-Palestinian Settlement in the Negev” passed its first reading in the Israeli parliament. If implemented, the Plan...

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Bolivia Threatens Shutdown of US Embassy

Sarah Lazare Common Dreams South American leaders flank the Bolivian President as he rails against US air piracy in manhunt for Snowden Bolivian President Evo Morales Threatens Closure of U.S. Embassy (Photo: Zuma/Rex)Bolivian President Evo Morales Bolivian President Evo Morales threatened Thursday to shut down the U.S. embassy in his...

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