Category Archive: foreign policy

Give the Devil his Due: Putin is Right about Crimea being Russian Turf

Russian President Putin’s claim that, “Crimea has always been an inseparable part of Russia,” is an uncomfortable assertion (for some), but as pundit Eric Margolis points out, “President Putin keeps bringing up history to justify his assertive policies towards Ukraine and Crimea. This annoys Americans, who know little about history and refuse to accept Russia …

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Book Review: Middle East Mischief — Israel and Iran

Treacherous Alliances: The Secret Dealings of Israel, Iran, and the United States by Trita Parsi Yale University Press, 2007 HB; 361 pages; $28.00 Any book which receives plaudits ranging from the Arab Washingtonian 1 (“one of its kind in providing in-depth understanding and information”) to the Jewish Chronicle 2 (“a valuable and perhaps long overdue …

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Interview with Jamaican Prime Minister Edward Seaga (1981)

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  Edward P.G. Seaga became Prime Minister of Jamaica on October 30, 1980, after winning a landslide victory over the pro-Castro incumbent Michael J. Manley. Eight years of socialist rule had devastated Jamaica and Seaga was faced with the treasury that was literally empty. In fact, the Bank of Jamaica announced the day before the …

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Dan Smoot: the Man and his Message

If there ever was a real Horatio Alger story, the life and times of Dan Smoot certainly fit the bill. From farm boy, orphan, and hobo to the faculty at Harvard University, service as an FBI agent, and staff assistant to J. Edgar Hoover—that in and of itself makes for a fascinating story, with enough …

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A Conservative Defense Budget Should be A Conservative Cause

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Admiral Mike Mullen, the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, asserts that the “most significant threat to our national security is our debt.” The money we spend on weaponry — and the fingers that fire them — is staggering. For example, the 2012 Department of Defense budget (more than the annual defense budgets of the …

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Book Review: We Who Dared to Say No to War

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We Who Dared to Say No to War:  American Antiwar Writing from 1812 to Now  Murray Polner and Thomas E. Woods, Jr. Basic Books, 2007, PB; 352 pages; $16.95 What do Abraham Lincoln, Pat Buchanan, Helen Keller, John Quincy Adams, George McGovern, and Daniel Webster have in common? All were anti-war advocates (at least Lincoln was …

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Interview with Jerry White, Socialist Equality Party Nominee for President

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Michigan resident Jerry White is the Socialist Equality Party (SEP) candidate for President. He was the SEP’s first presidential candidate in 1996, and headed their national ticket in the 2008 and 2012 elections. The SEP holds that, “The Democratic Party, committed to militarism and austerity, is no less the political instrument of Wall Street and …

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Interview with Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, Socialist Party USA presidential nominee

One in a series of interviews with third party and independent presidential candidates Emidio “Mimi” Soltysik, a graduate of Troy University, was co-chair of the Socialist Party USA from 2013-2015 and served as chair of the Socialist Party of California. In 2014, he ran for California’s 62nd State Assembly district and earned 2.5 percent of …

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Political Kingmaker Sheldon Alderson: the Way His World Works Threatens Ours

What happened in Las Vegas last week wasn’t meant to stay in Las Vegas. Zionist billionaire casino mogul Sheldon Adelson and his Republican Jewish Coalition spent two days vetting some prospective Republican presidential candidates. The GOP politicians sold themselves to the assembled power elites as Israel-firsters. The event was a painful reminder that if you want …

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1993 USA Today Op/Ed: Let Arabs Handle Saddam

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George Washington, in his Farewell Address, wisely warned our young country to “beware of foreign entanglements.” And entangled is a nice word that comes to mind to describe U.S. policy toward Baghdad. Webster’s dictionary defines entangled as “involved in difficulties, embarrassments, and contradictions.” Before anyone spends more money or risks more lives, we should heed …

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