Issues / Democracy & Governance
The past week has seen the United States effectively relinquish its role as the key negotiator of Middle East peace as the Palestinians, ignoring President Barack Obama's entreaties, announced their decision to pursue UN membership and be recognized as an independent state.
Until there is a change in the Obama administration's policies, the president has little credibility in preaching to the world about the importance of peace.
The Obama administration looks particularly bad, having spent so much diplomatic energy throughout the Arab Spring pledging to realign U.S. interests in the Middle East with American values of freedom, justice, and dignity.
WASHINGTON, Sep 21, 2011 (IPS) - As Somalia undergoes its worst famine in six decades and Yemen slides into civil war, the administration of President Barack Obama is expanding its network of bases to carry out drone strikes against suspected terrorists in both countries, according to reports published in two major U.S. newspapers Thursday.
WikiLeaks is a game changer. Whether you are an ardent supporter of the enigmatic organization, or are calling for the head of its leader, Julian Assange, or your feelings lie somewhere in between, you cannot deny that the organization's methods and activities have changed government interactions, media practices, corporate behavior, and instilled a sense of empowerment for the less powerful.
This is, of course, the week before the tenth anniversary of the day that "changed everything."
When the Cold War ended, many believed there would be a peace dividend, nuclear disarmament, and dismantling of the war machine with industrial conversion to peaceful technology. Instead, we've witnessed the aggressive expansion of NATO, to include the former Soviet Republics, right up to the Russian border, which should be a wake-up call to many living in the American Empire.
It took a little help from its friends for the United States to defeat Imperial Japan in World War II.
Today, like 70 years ago, the world teeters on the verge of calamity. It is important once again to face global threats as united nations.
It is official U.S. doctrine that defense, diplomacy and development are co-equal contributors to our security.