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By donar | Related entries in Cartoons, Iran, Political Graffiti, United Nations

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September 24th, 2009 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Tensions With North Korea Increase

By Alan Stewart Carl | Related entries in North Korea, United Nations, United States

North Korea seems very insistent on testing President Obama. Apparently, the U.S. government is tracking a North Korean freighter suspected of carrying illicit arms. Government officials say they will act within the bounds of a recent UN Security Council resolution which permits international navies to request the inspection of North Korean cargo vessels but does […]

June 18th, 2009 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Russia Elevates Georgia Crisis

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Georgia, Russia, The World, United Nations, United States

Reports today that Russian forces have left South Ossetia and are moving toward Georgia’s capital of Tbilisi are troubling to say the very least. If Russia does indeed try to take the entire country by force and overthrow the government, we’re looking at a brand new geo-political ball game. Now, there’s no indication that permanently […]

August 13th, 2008 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Bush’s War

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Bush, Cheney, Democrats, Disasters, Iraq, Islam, Military, Republicans, The War On Terrorism, The World, United Nations, Video, War

If you haven’t seen Frontline’s documentary about how we got into Iraq and how it all went wrong, you need to. It’s probably the most well researched piece I’ve seen so far, and the interviews with insiders are simply stunning. Many saw this train wreck coming, but Bush and Cheney and Rumsfeld just didn’t listen. […]

April 3rd, 2008 | Permalink| No Comments »

Who will replace Wolfowitz?

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Foreign Policy, General Politics, News, The World, United Nations

With Paul Wolfowitz leaving the World Bank at the end of June, President Bush has promised to move quickly on naming a successor. But who? Among those mentioned as a possible replacement for Wolfowitz were former Deputy Secretary of State Robert Zoellick, who was Bush’s former trade chief; Robert Kimmitt, the No. 2 at the […]

May 18th, 2007 | Permalink| No Comments »

Nuclear Power Backed By U.N.

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Energy, The World, United Nations

I’ve been posting about the benefits of nuclear power for some time now, and today I read a story about U.N. scientists proposing that we embrace nuclear power as a way to combat global warming. Not only that, we’re talking about cleaner air and cheaper energy for all. From the Daily Mail: More than 2,000 […]

April 30th, 2007 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

IAEA: Iran in Breach

By Marc Schulman | Related entries in Iran, News, United Nations

Today, the IAEA reported that Iran, in open defiance of the UN, is steadily expanding â€â€? rather than freezing â€â€? its efforts to enrich uranium. Worse still, according to David Albright (a former inspector who is now president of the Institute for Science and International Security), they are installing centrifuges “faster than was commonly expected.â€Â? […]

February 22nd, 2007 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

How much should you give?

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Ideas, Money, News, The World, United Nations, Welfare

Ethicist Peter Singer has an interesting article in the New York Times magazine on charitable giving. It’s largely a discussion of “how much should one give?” and makes the argument that it is perfectly defensible, on moral grounds, to tax the rich more heavily than the poor and to expect them to donate more. I’ve […]

December 19th, 2006 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

What civil war looks like

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Foreign Policy, History, Military, News, The War On Terrorism, The World, United Nations, War

James Traub, one of my favorite writers, has a piece in this Sunday’s New York Times on Iraq and civil wars in general. He quotes James Fearon, a Stanford University expert on civil conflicts, who ticks off the death toll, the massive refugee flows, the major players, and says “by any reasonable definition, Iraq is […]

December 11th, 2006 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

The “Sink or Swim” strategy

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Foreign Policy, General Politics, Ideas, Israel, Military, News, The War On Terrorism, The World, United Nations, War

It took me awhile, but I’ve read the entire ISG report. My detailed thoughts are over at Midtopia. Here at Donklephant I’ll do the executive summary. There’s nothing earth-shattering in their analysis of the current situation, and nothing paradigm-shifting in their proposed solutions. But both are very solid, very reasonable. I came away with two […]

December 6th, 2006 | Permalink| 4 Comments »