Conn Hallinan is a columnist for Foreign Policy In Focus.
Allegations of sarin use by the Syrian government are bedeviled by chain-of-custody issues.
Obama's decision to arm the Syrian rebels will likely escalate the conflict and torpedo any possibility for a political solution.
There is no reason to continue the bloodshed in Afghanistan, which all the parties recognize will not alter the final outcome a whit.
In the current crisis on the Korean peninsula, the Obama administration is virtually repeating the 2004 Bush playbook.
Establishing a pro-Western government in Damascus and inflicting damage on Iran is an illusion.
President Morsi is caught between the IMF, with its demand for austerity measures, and protestors.
Comparing Hugo Chavez's accomplishments to his U.S. obits was like taking a trip through Alice's looking glass.
After years of brutal austerity, collapsing economies, widespread unemployment, and shredding of the social safety net, Italians said "basta!" Enough!
The implosion of the Irish real estate bubble, as well as gutted inspection regimes, begat the Great Horsemeat Crisis.
There is no evidence that Israel's attack on Syria was designed to, as claimed, prevent the transfer of anti-aircraft missiles to Hezbollah.
Why is the Obama administration pressing Europeans to increase military spending? And what should it matter to Washington if Britain remains in the EU?
As in: come home to roost.
Washington should recognize that Latin America is experimenting with new political and economic models to reduce the region's traditional poverty and inequality.
Each year Conn Hallinan awards news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of "Are you serious?"
The Pacific is no one's "lake," but an ocean vast enough for all.
Just because the cliche that Afghanistan is the graveyard of empires is repeated ad nauseam doesn't mean it's not true.
Africa is wealthy in oil, gas, iron, aluminum and rare metals.
To begin with, the United States should drop the demand for regime change in Syria.
Set to be a regional leader just two years ago, Turkey is now beset by problems with neighbors and other regional powers. What happened?
Some among Japan's ruling elite seek to rid the country of its "nuclear allergy."