Shaken But Not Dead

Shaken But Not Dead

Please join IPS and the International Labor Rights Forum for a roundtable discussion with Debra Efroymson, author of Beyond Apologies; Defining and Achieving an Economics of Wellbeing, on the flawed assumptions in development programming today. Debra will share some...
Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

In a move that elicited a collective groan from virtually all of progressive America, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans reached a deal on April 16 on so-called “fast track” trade authority. This is the legislation needed to ram new trade...
Kerry’s Cuba Sanity

Kerry’s Cuba Sanity

One would have to go back to John Quincy Adams, who served in the U.S. diplomatic service from the age of 17, to find a predecessor better pedigreed than John Kerry to lead the U.S. State Department. The son of a diplomat, Kerry is a war veteran, senior senator, and...
Raising the Stakes in Asia

Raising the Stakes in Asia

This article is part of a weekly FPIF series on the Obama administration’s “Pacific Pivot,” which examines the implications of the U.S. military buildup in the Asia-Pacific—both for regional politics and for the so-called “host”...
Frenemies

Frenemies

We won our independence from the British in a hard-fought revolutionary battle. Today, no hard feelings: the Anglo-American alliance is strong, we all love Downton Abbey, and our skirmishes are largely confined to disputes over which version of The Office is funnier...
Shifting Winds in the South China Sea

Shifting Winds in the South China Sea

The South China Sea, although far from tranquil, has yet to revert to the volatility and violence witnessed in the late 1980s. However, current efforts to maintain stability and implement confidence-building measures could soon be overtaken by environmental changes in...
Book Excerpt, ‘The Will to Resist’

Book Excerpt, ‘The Will to Resist’

Editor’s Note: This is an excerpt from Dahr Jamail’s The Will To Resist: Soldiers who Refuse to Fight in Iraq and Afghanistan (Haymarket Books). The testimonies below were collected at a national conference, “Winter Soldier: Iraq and...

Robert McNamara’s Second Vietnam

The conventional view of Robert McNamara, who passed away a few days ago, is that after serving as the chief engineer of the disastrous U.S. war in Vietnam, he went on in 1968, to serve as president of the World Bank. In this way, he sought to salve his troubled...

Life After Fidel

Fidel Castro’s official resignation as head of the Cuban state, although expected, was a turning point that has raised major questions concerning Cuba’s future. His younger brother Raúl, who now officially assumed the highest position in the...
Basra: Echoes of Vietnam

Basra: Echoes of Vietnam

One battle rarely wins or loses a war, at least in the moment. Gettysburg crippled Lee’s army in 1863, but the Confederates fought on until 1865. Stalingrad broke the back of the German 6th Army, but it would be two-and-a-half years before the Russians took...

Winter Soldier Hearings

Get ready for the horrible, honest reality of the American occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan like you haven’t heard it before. For four days, from March 13 through March 16, hundreds of U.S. veterans of the two wars will descend on Washington and testify in...

American Ghazals

1. Three men who look like Bedouin, but are not, pause with their camels in the snow— Photo shot through a bus window, twenty-nine years ago on the Khyber Pass. On the radio I thought they said: ‘The way the war is disinfected,’ So I turned the page...

Chomsky on World Ownership

Noam Chomsky is a noted linguist, author, and foreign policy expert. On January 15, Michael Shank interviewed him on the latest developments in U.S. policy toward Iraq, Iran, and Pakistan. In the first part of this two-part interview, Chomsky also discussed how the...

The End of Supreme Command

George W. Bush has degraded many important American concepts and values, such as the rule of law, human rights, and just government. Civilian control of the military is his next victim. America’s founding fathers were justifiably concerned about the possibility...

Bring Em Home, Bring Em Home

I first heard it while driving home from work on a college FM station. It was a song I had forgotten about but had known, with slightly different opening lyrics, in my childhood: If you love this land of the freeBring ’em home, bring ’em homeBring them...