Liberia: Ending the Horror

As a Liberian living in Zimbabwe, I, like many of my expatriates, have been tying up Africa’s phone lines trying to reach my relatives in Monrovia. The reports of violence in the mainstream press have deep meaning for me, as I worry about the fate of my family,...

White House Hobbles International Criminal Court, World Security

The current U.S. administration has a near-religious aversion to the new, permanent International Criminal Court (ICC). The court, now with 90 member countries, was established to ensure that the rule of law prevails in places where the only alternative is impunity...

Road Map: Sharon & The Record

One thing to keep in mind about the current push for peace between Israelis and Palestinians is that Ariel Sharon is one of the most consistent political figures in the Middle East, and he keeps his word. It is a deeply chilling observation. Back in the early 1970s,...

Is U.S. Foreign Policy a Threat to U.S. Security?

The world is turning against the United States. Most people across the planet dislike U.S. President George W. Bush. Even in his own country he is not as popular, trusted, and admired as other leaders, such as British Prime Minister Tony Blair. Experts are in...

Bringing the War Home: Right Wing Think Tank Turns Wrath on NGOs

Having led the charge to war in Iraq, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI), an influential think tank close to the Bush administration, has added a new target: international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). AEI and its partner in the project, the Federalist...

Pentagon Moving Swiftly to Become “Globocop”

Much like its successful military campaign in Iraq, the Pentagon is moving at breakneck speed to redeploy U.S. forces and equipment around the world in ways that will permit Washington to play “Globocop,” according to a number of statements by top...

U.S. Weapons Aid Repression in Aceh

Far from the spotlight and far from Baghdad, another shock and awe campaign is underway. On May 19th, Indonesia launched a military campaign to “strike and paralyze” a small band of separatist rebels in the Aceh province. In a made-for-TV photo op, 458...

Departure of Key Aide Marks New Powell Setback

The announcement on June 5 that the State Department’s director for policy planning, Richard Haass, is leaving to become the next president of the New York-based Council on Foreign Relations (CFR), marks the latest sign of the eclipse of Secretary of State Colin...

Recycling Wars

Tell it to the troops on the ground, not to mention the indigenous population. They know that war can go on even after it has “ended.” On May 1, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld declared that major combat in Afghanistan had ended for the 8,000 U.S....