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The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Is Bashar Assad Winning the Diplomatic War? Syrian Rebels Fret (Video)

Syrian President Bashar Assad, widely regarded as a war criminal with tens of thousands of deaths on his hands, is nevertheless on a roll.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE

U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Republicans in Congress Vow to Fight Obama’s Nuclear Deal With Iran

Republican leaders vowed Tuesday to kill President Obama’s nuclear agreement with Iran, a deal set to become the president’s signature diplomatic achievement.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Open Embassy in Havana

Wednesday’s announcement by President Obama has been hailed as the most significant step so far in ending half a century of discord between the two countries.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. ‘Transactional Sex’ Scandal: More Than 225 Haitian Women Reported Abuse

Representatives of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Haiti have become embroiled in an international diplomatic incident after The Associated Press released information from a report detailing sexual abuse allegations involving U.N. workers and local women seeking their aid.

Posted on Jun 10, 2015 READ MORE

USA Relationship with Cuba

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GOP Diplomacy

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President of Venezuela Announces Diplomatic Sanctions Against U.S.

President Nicolas Maduro announced Saturday that fewer U.S. diplomats will be allowed to work in Venezuela and visas will be required for Americans traveling there, in what amounts to a sign of deteriorating relations between the two countries.

Posted on Mar 1, 2015 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

President Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader Have Been Writing Each Other Letters

Although the U.S. and Iran have no official diplomatic ties, the most powerful men in each country have apparently decided to cut out the middle men and women.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE


Sweden Will Recognize the State of Palestine

Sweden will become the first nation in Europe since the Cold War to recognize Palestine as a sovereign state.

Posted on Oct 3, 2014 READ MORE

Give Kerry a Break

Secretary of State John Kerry was right to push for an immediate cease-fire in Gaza earlier this week.

Posted on Aug 1, 2014 READ MORE

U.S., U.N. Try Diplomacy in Israel

Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Israel, where they are meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to urge an end to hostilities.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

Russia and U.S. Are Nowhere After 6 Hours of Talks

“Direct and candid” is how U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry described his conversation with Sergei Lavrov, Russia’s foreign minister, who used the word “constructive.”

Posted on Mar 14, 2014 READ MORE

Jon Stewart Explains Why Republicans Aren’t the Only Politicians Who Are Corrupt

Despite Nancy Pelosi, minority leader of the House of Representatives, personally telling the “Daily Show” host that only Republicans are swayed by money, Stewart has a few examples in the shape of ambassador nominees that prove otherwise.

Posted on Feb 13, 2014 READ MORE

(AP/ J. Scott Applewhite)

Obama and Hollande Stress Hope for Iran Breakthrough

In his news conference with French President Francois Hollande on Tuesday, President Obama outlined four areas of diplomatic progress.

Posted on Feb 12, 2014 READ MORE

AP Photo/Richard Vogel

Republican Fundraiser, Diplomat, Celebrity Cherub Shirley Temple Black Dies at 85

She had many lives, but before becoming the most famous and photographed American, child actor phenom Shirley Temple was locked in a box and forced to sit on a block of ice.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE


The Two Chinas Meet for the First Time Since 1949

The China that has its capital in Beijing has been at odds with the China that has its capital in Taipei since Mao Zedong and his Communist army chased the nationalist Kuomintang across the Taiwan Strait in 1949.

Posted on Feb 11, 2014 READ MORE

Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

Why Is the President Fighting for a War He Doesn’t Believe In?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: According to former Defense Secretary Robert Gates, the president didn’t buy into his own strategy. Also, what’s up with Dennis Rodman? Saving public art. And we remember Amiri Baraka.

Posted on Jan 10, 2014 READ MORE

AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Heroic Diplomacy: How Barack Obama Finally Earned That Peace Prize

The deal with Iran is potentially an international game changer comparable to Richard Nixon’s opening to Mao’s Red China and Ronald Reagan’s overtures to Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev.

Posted on Nov 25, 2013 READ MORE

U.S. May Push Germany to Move Faster on Art Stolen by Nazis

A source tells The Wall Street Journal that Germany’s handling of 1,400 works of art discovered in an apartment may be in violation of international protocol.

Posted on Nov 6, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Jason Reed

Pay No Attention to That Imperialist Behind the Curtain

What John Kerry did this week in Egypt and Saudi Arabia is nothing short of despicable.

Posted on Nov 4, 2013 READ MORE


Official Describes Iran Negotiations as ‘Intense, Detailed, Straightforward, Candid’

White House spokesman Jay Carney says negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program have had “a level of seriousness and substance that we had not seen before,” however “no one should expect a breakthrough overnight.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2013 READ MORE

White House/Pete Souza

Obama’s Most Important Diplomacy

President Obama’s foreign policy now seems to be defined by a series of ironies.

Posted on Sep 25, 2013 READ MORE

Obama’s Nuanced Path

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White House/Pete Souza

U.S. Decides to Talk to Russia Despite Massive Pouting

Sorry to take the hard news edge off the story, but this is so high school.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE

Mark Rain (CC-BY)

Ahmadinejad: I’ll Negotiate When You Pull the Gun Away From My Face

The Iranian president has offered to negotiate personally with the United States over his country’s nuclear program—with one proviso.

Posted on Feb 10, 2013 READ MORE

Flickr/CSIS: Center for Strategic & International Studies

‘Generalissima Clinton’ Expands the Empire

Behind the public relations sheen, the photo opportunities with groups of poor people in the developing world, an increasingly militarized State Department operated under Hillary Clinton’s leadership.

Posted on Feb 8, 2013 READ MORE

AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Welcome to the Club: Russia Joins the WTO

For motives that are not entirely clear, Vladimir Putin’s Russia has overcome stiff opposition at home and in the United States to take its place in the World Trade Organization.

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 READ MORE

The Diplomat

Posted on Jul 27, 2012 READ MORE

Diplomatic Immunity

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Pay Close Attention to China

China, for better or worse, is a serious country. The United States had better start acting like one.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE

‘Democracy Now!’: The Koreas of the Future

As Amy Goodman points out in this report from Tuesday’s edition of “Democracy Now!,” North Korean leader Kim Jong Il’s death came as a surprise to the U.S., which also underscores a more general lack of knowledge in America about either of the Koreas. Fortunately, she brings in some experts on the region to bring us up to speed.

Posted on Dec 20, 2011 READ MORE

U.S. Makes UNESCO Pay for Admitting Palestinians

Israeli Ambassador Nimrod Barkan huffed and puffed after his country’s Palestinian colony was admitted into the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Monday. Washington, bound by law, promised to cut off all U.S. funding for the organization, whose mission “is to contribute to the building of peace.” (more)

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE

Flickr / World Economic Forum (CC-BY-SA)

Turkish PM Plans First Visit to Egypt in 15 Years

The prime minister of Turkey will visit Egypt for the first time in 15 years Monday, potentially to forge an alliance between the two countries that could ultimately isolate neighboring Israel.

Posted on Sep 9, 2011 READ MORE

Road Kill

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U.N. Report Mostly Exonerates Israel in Flotilla Raid

Fifteen months ago Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound flotilla carrying aid, killing nine civilians in the process. A U.N. report, which acknowledges that its sources are limited and its conclusions are not definitive, has found that Israel’s blockade in international waters was legal. (more)

Posted on Sep 1, 2011 READ MORE

‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE

On His Way Out, Gates Talks About ‘Access’ to Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Robert Gates was in Kabul at the start of June talking about withdrawal—or non-withdrawal—from Afghanistan, but before he went home he stopped in Singapore to talk about an enlarged American military engagement in Asia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2011 READ MORE

Queen Comes Close to Apology in Ireland

Speaking at a historic dinner in the castle that once headquartered Ireland’s British overseers, Queen Elizabeth II expressed regret over the two islands’ violent history: “To all those who have suffered as a consequence of our troubled past, I extend my sincere thoughts and deep sympathy.”

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE

NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE

Yancho Sabev (own work) CC-BY-SA-3.0

Dalai Lama to Give Up Politics

Tibet’s exiled leader announced that after half a century of floating the idea, he is ready to hand over his political power to an elected official. The 14th Dalai Lama has led his government in exile since the Tibetan uprising of 1959 was put down, forcing him to flee the country.

Posted on Mar 10, 2011 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton
AP / Jose Luis Magana

Another Diplomatic Oops for the U.S., Courtesy of WikiLeaks

The U.S. and the U.K. have maintained a diplomatically symbiotic relationship, to all appearances, for decades, but yet another WikiLeaks cable cropped up to harsh that friendly mellow late this week. Let the official backpedaling commence.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

The Egyptian Army: Question Marks

In attempting to persuade Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak to leave the scene, Washington desperately wants to avoid further radicalization on the streets of Egypt and, above all, to ensure that the Egyptian army remains unscathed.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE

Hu Presents Obama With Counterfeit DVD

In a moving White House ceremony today, President Hu Jintao of China presented U.S. President Barack Obama with a counterfeit DVD of the Hollywood blockbuster “Toy Story 3.”

Posted on Jan 23, 2011 READ MORE

AP / Thibault Camus

Tunisian Revolution Shakes, Inspires Middle East

Every state and movement in the Middle East is reading into the events in Tunisia its own anxieties and aspirations.

Posted on Jan 18, 2011 READ MORE

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