Issues / War & Peace
The IAEAand the United Nations as a wholecan be useful if its findings and policies support U.S. policy and can be ignored or rejected when they do not. Unless and until that changes, this noble effort by the Nobel committee in honoring El-Baradei and the IAEA will end up meaning very little.
In 1954 and 1968, respected arbiters of truth--Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, respectively--cut through public fear to open the way for a change in public discourse and accountability from leaders who had exploited public trust. In 2005, Representative Murtha may be the decisive voice for the truth that restores the most fundamental necessity of democracy: a well-informed public.
The White House took the wrong lessons from Libyas decision to renounce weapons of mass destruction and rejoin the international community. The Libya model may yet provide a path through the Syrian imbroglio but only if applied correctly.
Arguments against torture are not based on alarmism, moral absolutism, or rhetoric. Torture irreparably damages human dignity, devalues human life, and corrupts the institutions of our democracy.
Bush calls Iraq the central front in the war on terror. Nowhere does he acknowledge that before March 20, 2003, no al-Qaida or other non-Iraqis were fighting in Iraq.
Four experts from across the political spectrum debate the meaning of the results of the elections and the future of Iraq and U.S. military involvement there.
War crimes as the fulcrum of an alliance between the peace movement and the human rights movement.
Assessing the Dayton Peace Accord a decade later.
Renewed U.S. military presence in Latin America.
A one-stop shop for understanding the current crisis over Iran's nuclear ambitions: the international players, the fuel cycle and major proposals for regulating it, and a policy to steer us to "calmer waters."