Saturday, March 23, 2019

Hillary Clinton: Failure to Help Syrian Rebels Led to the Rise of ISIS

The former secretary of state, and probable candidate for president, outlines her foreign-policy doctrine. She says this about President Obama's: "Great nations need organizing principles, and 'Don't do stupid stuff' is not an organizing principle." President Obama has long ridiculed the idea that the U.S., early in the Syrian civil...

Japan’s cabinet approves bills to loosen post-war military restrictions

TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister declared Thursday that his country would “never become entangled in a war being fought by the United States” as his cabinet approved legislation to loosen restrictions on Japan’s ­self-defense forces. Even as he vowed that the changes would make technically pacifist Japan more peaceful, Prime...

Senate Democrats gang up to delay fast-track trade bill TPP

U.S. Senate Democrats delivered a major blow to President Barack Obama's trade agenda on Tuesday, blocking debate on a bill that would have smoothed the path for a Pacific trade pact. The stunning outcome cast doubt on legislation key to the Obama administration's ability to complete the 12-nation Trans-Pacific Partnership,...

Cash Flowed to Clinton Foundation Amid Russian Uranium Deal

The headline on the website Pravda trumpeted President Vladimir V. Putin’s latest coup, its nationalistic fervor recalling an era when its precursor served as the official mouthpiece of the Kremlin: “Russian Nuclear Energy Conquers the World.” The article, in January 2013, detailed how the Russian atomic energy agency, Rosatom, had...
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Obama Compares Iran Deal To A House Under Contract, Awaiting Appraisal

Transcript: President Obama's Full NPR Interview On Iran Nuclear Deal NPR's interview with President Obama focuses on the pact the U.S. and allied nations recently negotiated with Iran. The framework requires the nation to reduce its nuclear capacity in exchange for the lifting of some international sanctions. STEVE INSKEEP: So many of...

Obama orders US to draw up overseas target list for cyber-attacks

Top-secret directive steps up offensive cyber capabilities to 'advance US objectives around the world'. Barack Obama has ordered his senior national security and intelligence officials to draw up a list of potential overseas targets for US cyber-attacks, a top secret presidential directive obtained by the Guardian reveals. The 18-page Presidential Policy...

The New World Disorder

Three decades ago, with the end of the Cold War and the dismantling of the South American dictatorships, many hoped that the much talked about ‘peace dividend’ promised by Bush senior and Thatcher would actually materialise. No such luck. Instead, we have experienced continuous wars, upheavals, intolerance and fundamentalisms...

Meet Executive Order 12333: The Reagan rule that lets the NSA spy on Americans

In March I received a call from the White House counsel’s office regarding a speech I had prepared for my boss at the State Department. The speech was about the impact that the disclosure of National Security Agency surveillance practices would have on U.S. Internet freedom policies. The draft...

Congress Moves Again to Block Investigation of Congressional Insider Trading

Lawyers for the House of Representatives have escalated their legal fight to block the first-ever congressional insider trading investigation. The case revolves around allegations that Brian Sutter, a former senior staff member of the Ways and Means Committee, passed along nonpublic information concerning a Medicare reimbursement rate change to a lobbyist...

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