Issues / Democracy & Governance
Martin McGuiness, now running for the presidency in the Republic of Ireland, is an admitted former member of the IRA.
Few Americans actually fear UFOs, but the U.S. government treats them like an existential threat.
With vast oil reserves but a deeply divided country, Libya is vulnerable to outside powers after Gaddafi's death.
The foundations of the tightly interconnected world we live in now were laid in the early days of World War II by leaders hoping to prevent the next great war.
Our plane was one hour away from landing when the pilot announced, "There's been a major earthquake in Japan and Narita is shut down." It was March 11th, 2011. I was en route to Japan to teach my film, ANPO: Art X War in art, film and history classes at the American School in Tokyo the following week. Or so I thought. I could never have imagined I would arrive to witness Japan's greatest postwar disaster. Or the resonances my film would assume in its wake.
When we build those bases on that global field of screams, when we send our armadas of drones out to kill, don't be surprised if the rest of the world doesn't see us as the good guys or the heroes, but as terminators.
After World II, nations agreed that simply attacking the international peace by launching an aggressive war was a crime.
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.