Washington Musical Chairs

It’s senior-level Musical Chairs time at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W., with the just-announced resignation of National Security Adviser Tom Donilon. In some enjoyable rubbing-salt-in-Republican-sore amusement, the White House is appointing embattled Benghazi piñata United Nations Ambassador Susan E. Rice to succeed Donilon. Experienced former White House human rights adviser, Prof. Samantha Power is the nominee-apparent to go to New Yawk City as Ambassador to world body to fill Dr.… [Read more]

Susan Rice as National Security Adviser

National Security Adviser director Tom Donilon is resigning. That may not be big news to some; the bigger news is that Pres. Obama is set to appoint Susan Rice to the position.

The Phoenix Rises…Susan Rice at the NSA

Last year Ms. Rice was expected to be nominated to become the next Secretary of State to replace outgoing Secretary Hillary Clinton, but Republicans vehemently blocked her prospective nomination after criticising her for presenting talking points — after the attack in Benghazi that resulted in the death of four Americans including a U.S.… [Read more]

Landmark Arms Treaty Signed by 60+ Nations

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry announced that the United States would sign the landmark global arms treaty later this year.  When he made the announcement it was particularly significant because the United States is the world’s largest arms dealer, and more than 60 other countries have already signed the treaty that regulates the multibillion-dollar global arms trade.… [Read more]

Syrian involvement—is it a good idea?

The first thing I want to do is list our foreign policy successes in the Middle East over the last 20 years.

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Our Constitution and Treaties (yes, even U.N. treaties)

This item on Sulia.com piqued my interest because it was so misleading. Actually it aggravated me a great deal. People who should know and understand our Constitution and laws write or broadcast erroneous information that other people then accept as the truth without attempting to verify the accuracy of what they read or heard. This is wrong, so wrong!… [Read more]

Strange bedfellows for “firearms freedom”

In the United Nations despised by many conservatives, a strange thing happened on the way to the General Assembly by Manhattan’s East River last week. The international treaty on reducing the unfettered flow of arms the National Rifle Association and its paid shills on the GOP side of the aisle in Congress are fighting tooth and nail found the gun lobby odd new allies in the international body.… [Read more]

American Exceptional Stupidity: Disowning Treaty Based on Americans with Disabilities Act

Ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities should have been a slam-dunk celebratory endorsement. Hell, the treaty, based on the Americans With Disabilities Act, was already ratified by 126 nations. This should have been a ceremonial gala of world society righting a fundamental wrong, had the hyperpartisan, Tea Bag ghost-fearing Right not imagined farcical “black helicopters” nefariously vectored in from U.… [Read more]

Will Anything Come of it This Time?

Just last week, on November 29th, 2012, the General Assembly of the United Nations voted overwhelmingly to recognize a Palestinian state and grant it non-member observer UN status.

This, of course, is not the first time that a Palestinian Arab state has been proposed and it probably won’t be the last, for the UN vote was largely symbolic, at least as things stand today.… [Read more]

Wrapping Up the Week: Give Peace a Chance

The end of another week means that we are that much closer to election day in the US. Based on the way the media covers the flood of campaign ads, the latest polls, voter suppression efforts and the power of Super PACs one could easily draw the conclusion that not much is else is going on in the world.… [Read more]

We Will Not Remain Silent

A gay rights protest in Moldova, in response to the United Nations removing gays from the protected minority list.… [Read more]

Turning Back the Clock

Guatemala, called, “The Land of Eternal Spring”, is a small, but incredibly beautiful country in Central America. There are lush tropical forests, active volcanoes, and Lake Atitlán, which Aldous Huxley remarked that it was “too much of a good thing”.

A 36-year long civil war systematically and deliberately exterminated the noble Mayan people of Guatemala. 200,000 were killed, in which about 83% were Mayan, according to a U.N.… [Read more]

The Right To Vote

Once again, what’s old is new again. Haven’t we as a nation been down this road before?  Why aren’t we tired of repeating the same old stuff; at this point in our nation’s history, shouldn’t we be moving forward and not looking backward to the days of dusty confederates and dirty tricks all the way up to the voting booth?… [Read more]