United States

Israel and Iran: A Response to James Petras

Benny Morris • Jul 31 2008 • Articles
Prof. James Petras's response to my article in the New York Times of 18 July 2008 (which, incidentally, was also published in the International Herald Tribune, Die Welt am Sonntag, and Corriere della Sera) is truly contemptible, and makes one wonder about the guidelines of admission to professorships. Practically every sentence in his piece contains an error or dishonesty.

The New York Times: Making Nuclear Extermination Respectable

James Petras • Jul 30 2008 • Articles
On July 18, 2008 The New York Times published an article by Israeli-Jewish historian, Professor Benny Morris, advocating an Israeli nuclear-genocidal attack on Iran with the likelihood of killing 70 million Iranians. What does this tell us about US politics and culture?

Freedom against Technology? The Prospects for US Missile Defence

Columba Peoples • Jul 28 2008 • Articles
July 8th 2008 marked a new chapter in the expansion of US plans for Ballistic Missile Defence with the signing of a framework agreement that allows for the placement of missile defence ‘X-Band’ radar in the Czech Republic. But what are the prospects for its success?

Endless War? Why winning is for losers.

David Keen • Jul 23 2008 • Articles
The magical thinking behind the 'war on terror' has allowed a radical disconnect between problem and solution - most glaringly, between 9/11 and attacking Iraq. Solutions offered by leaders with a degree of certainty often appeal to publics even if they are apparently illogical. But why pursue such policies at all?

Fixing War Powers and Constraining Presidential Power?

Seth Weinberger • Jul 18 2008 • Articles
Last week, the National War Powers Commission published its report on how to fix war powers. The Commission notes that the War Powers Resolution of 1973 has been monumentally ineffective at resolving fundamental questions -- both constitutional and political -- of war powers.

Can the World Position Itself for the Next President Before the Actual Election?

Joshua Putnam • Jul 14 2008 • Articles
For the first time since 1952, neither an incumbent president nor a vice president of the incumbent's party is running for the White House in the US presidential election of 2008. The 2008 election and its outcome thus represent something of an unknown quantity not only to the American electorate, but to the rest of the world as well.

President Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy: Change We Can Believe In?

John Dumbrell • Jul 14 2008 • Articles
The election of America’s first African-American president would excite enormous expectation in Europe, and, at least temporarily, reverse much of the hostility to US foreign policy which has been generated over the last six or so years. But how much change should we expect from Obama's foreign policy?

Is Iran Next? The Importance of Geopolitics

Simon Dalby • Jul 10 2008 • Articles
In many ways geopolitics is so obvious that it doesn’t need to be thought about; it’s the taken for granted arrangement of things that provides the context for policy making. Except that what it most obvious in how we understand the world isn’t necessarily the only way things can be understood. Given dominant geopolitical specifications in the White House then, what are the prospects for an attack on Iran?

U.S. Policy Toward Latin America: Is Mild the New Bold?

Gregory Weeks • Jul 1 2008 • Articles
In May 2008, U.S. Democratic Party presidential candidate Barack Obama released a set of prescriptions for U.S. policy toward Latin America. Senator Obama has no Latin America-related experience, and so we would not expect either profundity or much challenge to the status quo. However, his proposals sparked a debate that sums up the depths to which the U.S.-Latin American relationship under the Bush Administration has fallen.

John McCain Discovers Nuclear Arms Control and Disarmament

Lawrence Wittner • Jun 10 2008 • Articles
On May 27, John McCain took what appeared to be a strong stand in favor of nuclear arms control and disarmament. He argued that "it is our responsibility to build" a world in which there are "far fewer" nuclear weapons "than there are today." Therefore, he said, "the time has come to take further measures to reduce dramatically the number of nuclear weapons in the world's arsenals."

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