Aug 1, 2014

Deadly geopolitical games

by Brahma Chellaney

The destabilization of Ukraine, Syria and Libya is a result of the geopolitical games that big powers continue to play when they target specific regimes. This destabilization in turn contributes to the rise of dangerous extremists and terrorists.

Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Aug 1, 2014

Israel and Hamas agree to 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire

Israel and Hamas have agreed to a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire beginning Friday, during which time there will be negotiations on a more durable truce in the 24-day-old Gaza war, the United States and United Nations announced Thursday. The announcement came hours after Israeli Prime ...

Jul 29, 2014

U.S. reassurance, resolve in Asia

by James Steinberg

As territorial frictions involving China and its neighbors persist in the East and South China Seas, U.S. strategy needs to balance resolve with reassurance without tempting Chinese war planners to further develop their country's capabilities.

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

Jul 23, 2014

U.N. chief believes Gaza fighting will end soon

The U.N. secretary-general said Tuesday it is his “hope and belief” that his emergency mission to the Middle East will lead to an end to the fighting between Hamas and Israel “in the very near future.” Ban Ki-moon told the Security Council by videoconference ...

Jul 22, 2014

Geopolitics trumps economics

by Ramesh Thakur

Western countries' insensitivity toward others' voices, values and interests lies behind the creation and evolution of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), whose New Development Bank will give priority to loans for developing countries to finance infrastructure projects and industrialization.

Jul 21, 2014

Overuse weakens sanctions

by John Kemp

As the U.S. becomes more cautious about military intervention, financial sanctions are being seen as an increasingly attractive alternative in the pursuit of national security and foreign policy goals. But their overuse could spur a major effort to reroute financial transactions away from the ...

Jul 15, 2014

U.S. policy triggered latest border crisis

by Ted Rall

The U.S. does everything it can to screw up the Central American countries of Honduras, Guatemala and El Salvador, then acts surprised when desperate people from there, including thousands of children, show up at the U.S. border, trying to escape the carnage.

Jul 11, 2014

Cost of 'making' democracy

by William Pfaff

For most of the American electorate, the U.S. perseveres as the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn't earned it and probably doesn't deserve it. But consider what this proud effort in the Mideast, Afghanistan, Ukraine and elsewhere has done to ...

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Jul 11, 2014

Defense Ministry will seek funds to buy Ospreys next year

Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera said Thursday the ministry would request funds to buy the MV-22 Osprey tilt-rotor transport aircraft in the fiscal 2015 state budget. The government’s medium-term defense program, compiled in December, includes plans to acquire 17 of the aircraft for the Ground ...

Jul 9, 2014

Germans probe second spy case involving U.S.

German authorities are investigating a second spy case reportedly involving the U.S. Federal prosecutors said Wednesday that police raided properties in the Berlin area on “initial suspicion of activity for an intelligence agency.” Daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung reported the man worked in “the military field” ...