Hubris and Humanitarianism

Nation-building is a bloody affair. Just ask the Angles or the Visigoths. Oops, you can’t: they don’t exist any more. The Angles and Visigoths were early victims of nation-building, absorbed into the nations of England and Germany respectively. Their...

Islam’s Two Faces?

Welcome to the new e-zine format for Foreign Policy In Focus. The new name of our e-zine, World Beat, emphasizes that our “beat” is the world and that we feature voices from around the planet. We’ll be introducing some new features in the fall,...

The Lebanon War and the Failed UN Resolution

The draft resolution on the Lebanon crisis under discussion the UN Security Council this week is very much Washington’s resolution. And it appears that now Washington (likely with British support) stands largely alone, as even France, which backed the original...

Bush Offers Direct Talks with Iran

The Bush administration’s “offer” to join direct talks with Iran reflects Washington’s international isolation on the Iran issue; the offer itself is simultaneously very significant and entirely fake. The U.S. is still trying to ratchet up...

U.S. Faces Moment of Truth on Darfur

The Bush Administration will face a unique opportunity in February to end the genocide in Darfur when the United States takes over the presidency of the United Nations (UN) Security Council. With this responsibility comes a chance to take an action that can save...

Why the U.S. Occupation of Iraq Must End Now

The peace movement in the U.S. and globally has helped create the growing public consensus and rising demands to end the war and bring home the troops. The Bush administration is responding with escalating claims of Potemkin-style troop withdrawals. The withdrawal of...

Iraqi Elections: To Be Free and Unfair

Elections are often important indices and instruments of democracy, but elections held under conditions of military occupation are not legitimate. President Bush had one thing right when he said: “All [foreign] military forces and intelligence personnel must...

The Iraqi Constitution: A Referendum for Disaster

The constitutional process culminating in Saturday’s referendum is not a sign of Iraqi sovereignty and democracy taking hold, but rather a consolidation of U.S. influence and control. Whether Iraq’s draft constitution is approved or rejected, the decision...

A Declaration Of War

The Bush administration has declared war on the world. The 450 changes that Washington is demanding to the action agenda that will culminate at the September 2005 United Nations summit don’t represent U.N. reform. They are a clear onslaught against any move that...

Sham Sharm Talks

The Israeli goal of the Sharon-Abbas ceasefire talks was to normalize the occupation, not end it. The U.S. goal was to provide a new chance for Sharon and Abu Mazen to deliver a level of quiet on the Israel-Palestine front so it does not continue to undermine the Iraq...

Reading the Elections

The millions of Iraqis who came out for the elections were voting their hopes for an end to violence and occupation, and a better life; their hopes are not likely to be met. George Bush will be the major victor in this election, using it to claim legitimacy for his...

The Inauguration Speech: Consolidating the Empire

Bush’s speech demonstrated that the U.S. drive towards empire will be strengthened, focusing on “freedom” and “liberty” as the key rationale. The claim that U.S. foreign policy is based on support for freedom and liberty is a lie, and...

The Iraqi Elections

Do we support the planned Iraqi elections? We start from a position of principle. We support elections as one component of democratization. But not every election is a legitimate instrument of democracy. An election cannot be legitimate when it is conducted under...

Oil for Food "Scandals" and the UN Call for Reform

NOTE: Rumors are circulating regarding the possible replacement for Bush’s UN ambassador, John Danforth, who resigned last week. Selection of Nicholas Burns, current ambassador to NATO and a smart hold-over from the Clinton years, would likely signal a Colin...

Post-Election Disasters

Fallujah The U.S. Marines’ on-camera killing of an unarmed and wounded Iraqi prisoner inside a mosque has escalated the visibility of the humanitarian catastrophe and the crisis of international illegality inherent in the Fallujah assault. Whatever the...