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abc.net.au

Musharraf Fires Back

Pakistani President Gen. Pervez Musharraf has criticized the tough talk coming out of Washington and the presidential campaign as counterproductive. President Bush and Barack Obama, among others, have recently raised the possibility of attacking targets in Pakistan without necessarily consulting that nation’s government.

Posted on Aug 7, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and UK Want U.N. Back in Iraq

The United Nations hasn’t had much of a presence in Iraq since a car bomb blew up its headquarters back in 2003, but that could soon change. The U.S. and Britain have begun pushing a Security Council resolution that would expand the U.N.‘s mandate in Iraq, with a focus on diplomacy and human rights.

Posted on Aug 2, 2007 READ MORE


New British PM Cozies Up to Bush

Gordon Brown has made an effort to keep alive the long-distance love affair between Downing Street and the White House, saying on Sunday that the world owes the U.S. a debt “for its leadership in this fight against international terrorism.” It should be noted that one of Brown’s ministers recently said Anglo-American foreign policy would not be “joined at the hip.”

Posted on Jul 29, 2007 READ MORE


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Russia Claims Much of Arctic

Russia is launching an underwater expedition to the North Pole in order to back up its claim to a massive section of the Arctic, which may contain vast energy reserves. “The Arctic is ours and we should demonstrate our presence,” said a Russian parliamentarian and explorer who will participate in the flag-planting expedition.

Posted on Jul 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Downplays Progress in Korea

For the first time in a long time, encouraging news is emerging from North Korea. Yet the Bush administration so far has drawn little attention to this happy achievement by its own diplomats.

Posted on Jul 18, 2007 READ MORE


Abbas and Olmert
cbc.ca

Israelis Want Peace, but Aren’t Holding Their Breath

A new poll shows that 70 percent of Israelis favor peace with the Palestinians along the lines of a two-state solution, but only 39 percent think peace will be achieved in the near future. Meanwhile, a majority of Israelis favor strengthening ties with Mahmoud Abbas’ (above left) Fatah regime in the West Bank.

Posted on Jul 3, 2007 READ MORE


Putin and Bush
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Gone Fishin’: Bush and Putin Try to Patch Things Up

President Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin once gazed into each other’s eyes and each found a friend, but developments with a proposed missile defense shield, Iran and Kosovo have strained the relationship. So the two have scheduled some male-bonding time at the Bush family resort in Kennebunkport, Maine, where they’ll try to relieve some of their tension by fishing.

Posted on Jul 1, 2007 READ MORE


Blair
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Blair Takes Mideast Job

According to the Irish prime minister, Tony Blair has agreed to serve the quartet—the U.S., the U.N., the EU and Russia—as a special envoy to the Mideast. Earlier reports suggested that Blair bristled at the limited scope of the position, but an aide says the outgoing British prime minister was eager to take the job and continue to work on the world stage.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bush’s Career Plans for Tony Blair

The U.S. and Israel are pressuring Tony Blair to become the “quartet’s” (that would be the U.S., the EU, the U.N. and Russia) Mideast envoy, because he’s already done such a bang-up job soothing tensions in the Arab world.  But Blair might not be interested since President Bush and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert would want to limit his scope to setting up a functioning Palestinian state.

Posted on Jun 20, 2007 READ MORE


G-8 Cools on Bush’s Global Warming Plan

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Bush Breaks Neocon Taboo

For a brief moment on Memorial Day, the U.S. and Iran set aside decades of hostility to meet and talk. That short rendezvous, although upsetting to neoconservative warmongers and their nefarious plans, holds real promise for American security and prosperity.

Posted on May 30, 2007 READ MORE


The Myth of Moral Superiority

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AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite

Carter Disses Blair and Bush

Former President Jimmy Carter is not a fan of the Bush administration’s approach to international relations, calling it “the worst in history” in a recent interview.  While he was at it, Carter took aim at British Prime Minister Tony Blair (above, with Bush), calling his compliance with Bush’s policies “a major tragedy for the world.” 

Posted on May 20, 2007 READ MORE


Tony Blair
dailymail.co.uk

We’ll Always Have Baghdad

Tony Blair is getting one last glimpse of the mess he helped make before stepping down. The outgoing prime minister’s staff says the purpose of Blair’s Baghdad visit is to highlight the connection between security and political stability, but we can’t help but notice an emerging trend. Remember Donald Rumsfeld’s farewell tour of Iraq?

Posted on May 19, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Agree to Iraq Meeting

Washington and Tehran have agreed to temporarily set aside their differences and meet in Baghdad for limited talks on the security of Iraq. The surprise move comes amid rising tensions between the two nations, which have been publicly taunting each other in recent days.

Posted on May 13, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Iran Vie for Gulf Allies

The Gulf nations of the Mideast have long been allies of the U.S. and Vice President Dick Cheney has been dispatched to make sure that doesn’t change, but Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is also visiting the region in an attempt to win over disgruntled governments. Mustafa Alani, a regional analyst, sums up how the Gulf is handling all the attention: “We have a deep mistrust of both sides.”

Posted on May 10, 2007 READ MORE


The Queen Gets Her Revenge

Queen Elizabeth began a toast on Tuesday by teasing the president: “I wondered whether I should start this toast saying I was here in 1776, but I don’t think I will.” Though she has since departed our shores, the British monarch is not done teaching Americans a lesson—her carbon footprint for the trip will be calculated and matched with a donation to an environmental charity.

Posted on May 9, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and the Queen

God Save the Queen From George W. Bush

Here the president’s Freudian slip is caught on tape in all its awkwardness. Also, it turns out Bush had to be prodded by Condoleezza Rice and wife Laura into making the state dinner a “white tie” affair. Apparently the idea that dinner with the queen should be a formal occasion escaped the man.

Posted on May 8, 2007 READ MORE


Rice Meets With Syrian Counterpart

A senior State Department official has confirmed that Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice met with her Syrian counterpart at an ongoing conference in Egypt. The two were expected to discuss Iraq’s security. Iran, too, has expressed interest in such a meeting, but when asked about that possibility earlier this week President Bush said simply that his top diplomat would not be rude to Iran’s foreign minister.

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE


The Truce

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Putting Our Worst Foot Forward

By appointing corrupt and incompetent cronies to represent the United States, the Bush administration has damaged more than America’s reputation, weakening the international organizations the world depends on now more than ever.

Posted on Apr 26, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Gives Sudan Ultimatum

Deputy Secretary of State John Negroponte has told the Sudanese government it must either cooperate with a U.N. peacekeeping plan or face sanctions. However, the U.S. has agreed to give U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon time to work with Khartoum before pressing the issue.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Russia Won’t Budge on Missile Defense

Defense Secretary Robert Gates was dispatched to Russia on Monday to smooth over relations with Vladimir Putin, who is upset over U.S. plans to locate missile defense sites in Europe. Russia has repeatedly voiced its opposition to such plans, and Monday’s meeting between Gates and his counterpart was no exception.

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE


Yahoo Sued for Collaborating With China

A human rights organization is suing Yahoo for assisting the Chinese government in arresting dissidents by providing information on its users. Like Google and Microsoft, Yahoo has defended the practice of handing over data to China as a necessary evil mitigated by the benefits of the Internet, crippled and corrupt though it may be.

Posted on Apr 20, 2007 READ MORE


Arab States Create Israel ‘Contact Group’

A number of Arab foreign ministers have appointed Egypt and Jordan to meet with Israel over a peace proposal that would normalize relations between the Jewish state and the Arab world in exchange for a long list of concessions, some very unlikely to be met.

Posted on Apr 19, 2007 READ MORE


Turkish planes
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Another Iraq War

The Bush administration finds itself in a difficult position as tensions between two regional allies threaten to escalate to war. The Turkish military is fed up with Kurdish rebels it says have safe harbor in northern Iraq, and now wants to mount an assault across the border. One of Iraq’s Kurdish leaders has said such an attack would trigger retaliation.

Posted on Apr 13, 2007 READ MORE


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Lieberman Bashes Pelosi

For a guy who says he’s a Democrat, Joe Lieberman doesn’t show much party loyalty. The senator took a break from defending Bush and his war on Sunday to pile on the criticism of Nancy Pelosi’s trip to Syria. Luckily Arlen Specter, a Republican no less, was on hand to defend the logic of diplomacy.

Posted on Apr 8, 2007 READ MORE


The Enemy of My Enemy…

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Competitive Diplomacy

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Pelosi
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush Still Fuming Over Pelosi Diplomacy

The White House has continued to criticize House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for visiting Syria, while ignoring an earlier trip by a Republican congressional delegation. The speaker’s office maintains that it is worth meeting with “every country that has an interest in avoiding a chaotic Iraq.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2007 READ MORE


Olmert
latimes.com

Israel Warms to Peace Initiative

Responding to a Saudi peace proposal, Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert has invited all Arab heads of state to meet in Jerusalem for talks. Israel had rejected similar proposals, but Olmert now takes a different view, saying a multilateral meeting would be “worth the effort.”

Posted on Apr 2, 2007 READ MORE


King Abdullah
news.bbc.co.uk

Saudi Arabia Calls American Occupation ‘Illegitimate’

One of Bush’s biggest buddies in the Mideast, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, described the Iraq war as an “illegitimate foreign occupation” while pleading for Arab unity. His remarks came during a summit of the Arab League, which plans to approach Israel with a renewed diplomatic effort.

Posted on Mar 29, 2007 READ MORE


CIA: North Korea Blew Nuke Test

A South Korean newspaper has quoted CIA Director Michael Hayden as saying “the United States does not recognize North Korea as a nuclear weapons state. ...  It’s because the nuclear test last year was a failure.” Hayden reportedly made the comment while speaking with a South Korean defense official. The administration has said in the past it was uncertain of the test’s success.

Posted on Mar 27, 2007 READ MORE


Israel Says No Dice to Palestinian Government

Israeli officials say they will not work with a newly formed Palestinian coalition, calling the power-sharing regime “a leap backward.” Despite a tentative pledge from Hamas to “respect” past agreements, Israel feels the new government does not meet the requirements set out by the so-called quartet of Western nations.

Posted on Mar 16, 2007 READ MORE


China to U.S.: You Should Talk

The State Department recently released its regular report of human rights abuses around the world and, as expected, listed China as one of the worst offenders. But Beijing fired back with its own report and a long list U.S. violations, including everything from disregard for civilian casualties to treating racial minorities as an underclass.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Calls for End of Communism in Cuba

While preparing for his Latin American tour, the president suggested that Cuban communism should die with Fidel Castro. Bush also took a shot at his nemesis in the region, Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez, for his recent decision to nationalize some private industry: “I strongly believe that government-run industry is inefficient and will lead to more poverty.” Before passing judgment, remember that our president is, in fact, an expert on government inefficiency.

Posted on Mar 7, 2007 READ MORE


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news.bbc.co.uk

Poll: Israel and Iran Have Mostly Negative Influence

Most people believe Israel and Iran have a substantially negative impact on the world, according to a BBC poll of 28,000 people in 27 countries. Canada and Japan rated highest among nations that were seen to have a largely positive influence.

Posted on Mar 6, 2007 READ MORE


The Not So Silent Majority

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U.S. Will Protect Alleged Kidnappers

A State Department official said the U.S. will not extradite 26 suspected CIA agents to Italy, where they are accused of carrying out “extraordinary rendition.” Legal adviser John Bellinger added a veiled threat, saying further legal action in Europe would hamper “intelligence cooperation.”

Posted on Feb 28, 2007 READ MORE


Kim Kye Gwan
AP Photo / Greg Baker

Going Back to North Korea, Hat in Hand

There is nothing wrong with negotiating with our enemies rather than weakly blustering at cartoon images of them—I wish we would do the same in our dealings with Iran—but it would be nice if we would stop shooting ourselves in the foot first.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Castro and Chavez
news.bbc.co.uk

Castro Pokes His Head Out

Fidel Castro has finally made a public appearance—the first since surgery prompted speculation about his health and rule. Appearing on his buddy Hugo Chavez’s radio show, Castro said, “I feel good and I’m happy.”

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. Will Attend Meeting With Iran and Syria

Despite ramping up its verbal attacks on Iran and Syria, the U.S. will participate in a conference in Iraq next month that will include the two regional powers. A State Department spokesman said he would not “exclude any particular interaction” with the diplomatic foes.

Posted on Feb 27, 2007 READ MORE


Missile
wikipedia.org

Pact Seeks to Ease Risk of Accidental Nuclear War in S. Asia

India and Pakistan have agreed to a deal meant to limit the possibility of inadvertent nuclear war. The two nuclear states have gone to war several times and frequently rattle sabers at each other.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Iran Info From Top to Bottom

The Project on Defense Alternatives has collected more than 120 articles on Iran that offer “critical perspectives on the current crisis, its origins, and implications.” For information about U.S. foreign policy, oil geopolitics, war plans for Iran and much more, check it out.

Posted on Feb 21, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad Demands ‘Equal Conditions’ for Talks

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad said Tuesday that his nation is willing to shut down its nuclear enrichment program in order to hold talks, but first the West must do likewise: “We say how is it that your [nuclear fuel] production facilities work 24 hours a day, but you feel threatened by our newly established complex and we need to shut it down for talks?”

Posted on Feb 20, 2007 READ MORE


U.S. and Israel Set Conditions for Palestinian Government

The U.S. and Israel have agreed not to recognize or support a new Palestinian unity government unless it first recognizes Israel. Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas will have to do some political tightrope-walking in the days ahead as he attempts to make peace with Hamas at home and improve relations with Israel and its allies abroad.

Posted on Feb 18, 2007 READ MORE


Former Aide Accuses Condi of ‘Misleading’ Congress

Flynt Leverett, a former aide to Condoleezza Rice, has essentially accused the secretary of state of lying to Congress and the American people when she denied seeing a 2003 proposal from Iran. Tehran had offered a deal similar to what the U.S. wants now, but the Bush administration had no interest at the time. Leverett said former Secretary of State Colin Powell told him he “couldn’t sell it at the White House.”

Posted on Feb 14, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Deal a ‘Template’ for Iran

The Bush administration hopes its deal with North Korea will serve as a “template” for Iran, but convincing Tehran to abandon its nuclear program won’t be a walk in the park. Unlike North Korea, Iran has no use for energy aid and has managed to outmaneuver the U.S. in several regional conflicts.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


North Korea Agrees to Disarmament Deal

North Korea has agreed to shut down its main nuclear reactor within 60 days in exchange for either energy or economic aid. The U.S. has also promised to drop North Korea from a list of terrorist states and normalize relations.

Posted on Feb 13, 2007 READ MORE


Deal on North Korea Nuclear Disarmament Is Near

The U.S. envoy to the six-party North Korea talks says all parties have reached tentative agreement on a deal, which would, according to previous reports, provide North Korea with energy assistance in exchange for an end to its nuclear program. A final text of the proposal has been distributed for review, and the delegates will meet again Tuesday to consider approving the agreement.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 READ MORE


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