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Obama Comic Strip

ObamaOpportunity to Be Superman… or Sad Sack

Recently I find myself in a high state of discomfort when by chance or design I’m looking at the POTUS adorning the TV screen addressing issues which should be of concern to all of us here in the United States and, at times, people around the globe. As I focus on his image and listen to Barack Obama, I cannot help but feel pity and disgust as I see before me an inglorious effigy of Sad Sack.

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Why the Peace Talks Collapsed—and Should Not be Resumed

abbasA week ago Israel suspended participation in the peace talks in response to news that the Palestinian Authority’s Fatah had for a third time concluded a unity agreement with the Hamas leadership of Gaza. Such a move toward intra-Palestinian reconciliation should have been welcomed by Israel as a tentative step in the right direction. Instead it was immediately denounced by Netanyahu as the end of the diplomatic road, contending that Israel will never be part of any political process that includes a terrorist organization pledged to its destruction.

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NY Times Declares the Peace Process Futile

In 1988 Yasser Arafat declared independence for PalestinePart I

In 1988 Yasser Arafat declared independence for Palestine based upon the notion of two states living in peace in historic Palestine. The border between those two states was to be set roughly at the armistice line established at the end of the 1948 Arab-Israeli war. The Palestinian state’s capital was to be located in East Jerusalem.

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US Foreign Policy on Ukraine

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrev Hubris Wrapped in Clumsiness

Yes, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrev is absolutely right when he states that Americans are running the show in Ukraine.  Well, in Kiev anyway!

And no, this is not unusual, for American foreign policy has not wavered to any great extent since the end of World War II after Japan surrendered her place in the Pacific rising sun – Hiroshima and Nagasaki in thermonuclear ashes sealing the deal –  and America saw itself as the world’s benign empire.  Never mind that it became less and less benign as the years have passed.

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The New Interventionists: Civil Society Activists

Civil Society ActivistsParticipating in the intervention debates that have raged periodically in the United States ever since the Vietnam War in the 1960’s, and of course earlier in less contested settings, and elsewhere, I have been struck by a defining encounter between those who are dogmatically opposed to intervention per se and those who rarely confront a call for intervention that they do not feel persuaded by. The traditional focus of policy discussion proceeds on the assumption that what is controversial concerns the forcible character of a proposed intervention by governmental actors to coerce some kind of major change in the regime or policies of a foreign sovereign state.

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