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William Pfaff

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  • A real risk of war

    Vladimir Putin's annexation of Crimea and threat to Ukraine are causing damage he perhaps did not anticipate: disorientation of the United States and profound division in Europe, especially in Germany, and in NATO. A real risk of war. American...
  • What Ukraine really needs

    The United States has a recent history of going to war for dubious reasons promoted by interested groups, for which afterwards Americans are sorry. I have in mind the controversial Tonkin Gulf incident that was used to justify large-scale U.S....
  • We need your prayers this season, Pope Francis

    Christmas this year seems more the occasion of religious war than of the peace to which the greeting cards routinely allude. Peace talks, such as the "5 plus 1" talks seeking reconciliation with Iran to eliminate the threat of war from or against that...
  • Isolationist instincts of Americans are sound ones

    The Washington Post and the International New York Times had the same front-page headlines today. Both had to do (as the Times put it) with the "Power Void" in the Mideast, deploring that America's decade of attempting to create a new order in the...
  • Why are governments not looking after themselves?

    What more than a decade ago was believed by Americans to be the omnipotence of the United States in the Middle East and Central Asia (the "Greater Middle East" as the Bush administration called it) is today being replaced by a fear that the United...
  • Postwar era has ended, but not appetite for war

    The supposed decline of the United States. The impending crisis of the European Union this year when it becomes 30 states, while Britain contemplates leaving and making it 29. It confronts promised referenda on continuing EU membership and Scottish...
  • Discredited economic theory holds Europe in deflationary thrall

    PARIS -- This week the notorious "troika" representing the three major lenders to severely indebted European Union nations -- officials from the IMF, the European Commission and the European Central Bank -- once again descended upon Athens to consider new...
  • NSA megalomania accomplishes little beyond alienating allies

    PARIS -- It is the nature of bureaucracies to expand and accumulate prerogatives. The National Security Agency, a dusty post-Second World War institution of routine habits and outdated technology, focused on the remnants of the Soviet Union and its East...
  • U.S. pushing new treaties at expense of national sovereignty

    PARIS -- The foreign reaction to the National Security Agency revelations that I have heard most has been not only how arrogant Washington has been in spying on its allies but, worse than that, how arrogant everyone in Washington and most of the...
  • Ukraine halts eastward expansion of NATO

    PARIS -- Russia's relations with the Western countries are troubled and dangerous in the Ukraine dispute, and an important opportunity may be lost. Russian President Vladimir Putin has recently made a spectacular return to great power politics in the...
  • U.S. determined to mend fences with Iran, critics notwithstanding

    PARIS -- It's not only most Israelis, led by their Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the policy-community hawks in Washington and acolytes of AIPAC in the Congress who hate the interim nuclear agreement signed by Iran in November with the United...