Breaking Up That Old Gang of Mine

George Bush’s most steadfast backer in the March 2003 preventive war invasion and occupation of Iraq has been British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The Bush-Blair “dynamic duo” act is, however, about to end. Blair is soon to resign his post in favor of...

Oil or Atoms?

The outcome of the November midterm elections in the United States may well hinge on oil and atoms. The issue of atoms, namely Iran’s nuclear ambitions, is potentially more explosive. But the price of gas, since it hits consumers in the pocketbooks, may have the...

Bush at the UN: Annotated

President George W. Bush’s address before the United Nations General Assembly on September 19 appeared to be designed for the domestic U.S. audience. Indeed, few of the foreign delegations or international journalists present could take seriously his rhetoric...

No Surprise in Bush’s ‘Emergencies’

President Bush has yet another supposed “emergency” on his hands. This time it’s illegal immigration. His response is to deploy thousands of National Guard troops along the Mexican border. The tactic is eerily familiar: send soldiers on a murky...

Reclaiming the City on the Hill

The nation’s—and the world’s—final farewells to Coretta Scott King were celebrated in Atlanta on February 7. Three former presidents attended Mrs. King’s funeral, as did President Bush. The day before, he had submitted to Congress a $2.77...

Bush Again Resorts to Fear-Mongering to Justify Iraq Policy

President George W. Bush’s October 6 address at the National Endowment for Democracy illustrated his administration’s increasingly desperate effort to justify the increasingly unpopular U.S. war in Iraq. The speech focused upon the Bush...

Redefining Security: A Budget for a New Generation

Key Points President Bush seeks to fulfill his father’s dream of creating a free trade zone of the Americas, and the timetable may be accelerated to complete negotiations by 2003. The economic crisis in Mexico and sustained citizens’ protests have dampened...

Drug Trafficking & Money Laundering

Key Points Drug traffickers need to convert the proceeds from their criminal activity into revenue with an apparently legal source. Drug profits moving through the U.S. financial system are estimated to be as high as $100 billion a year. Virtually all countries have...

Libya: More Balance Needed

Key Points The U.S. has maintained a hostile relationship toward the Libyan regime of Muammar Qaddafi for over two decades, including a series of military confrontations in the 1980s. Qaddafi’s repression at home, anti-Western foreign policy, and support for...

Ratifying Global Toxics Treaties: The U.S. Must Provide Leadership

Key Points A new global treaty, the Stockholm Convention, aims to eliminate a class of chemicals that the international community has agreed is extremely dangerous to human health and the environment. A complementary treaty, the Rotterdam Convention, offers important...

U.S.-Russia Nuclear Reductions

Key Points The U.S. and Russia possess more nuclear weapons than they want or need. Deep weapons reductions from cold war peaks have been made, but even more remains to be done. Successful reductions require close cooperation, assistance, and transparency between the...

Multilateral Debt: The Unbearable Burden

Key Points World Bank figures for 1999 show that $128 million is transferred daily from the 62 most impoverished countries to wealthy countries, and that for every dollar countries receive in grant aid, they repay $13 on old debts. The IMF and the World Bank are...

Bush’s State of the Union Address

Bush’s speech was about politics not policies, driven by electoral concerns. It reflected a far-right agenda designed to appeal to the wealthy and social conservatives with “faith-based initiatives,” gay marriage, drugs in sports, abstinence....

Africa Policy Outlook 2004

In 2004, despite the fact that two African-Americans occupy both of the major foreign policy posts in the U.S. government, Washington will not give Africa the attention it deserves and requires. The U.S.’ Africa policy will continue to be characterized by a...