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William Pfaff

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  • Global domination and databases

    PARIS -- Global domination is a relatively recent ambition of nations. Wars of religion and ideology existed in Europe, notably the wars of religion, which ended with the Treaties of Westphalia and established the system of state sovereignty, and the...
  • Secret intelligence court a precursor to tyranny

    PARIS -- The current of awkward revelations concerning the clandestine or publicly misrepresented practices of the present and recent American administrations goes on. A long exposition in the New York Times and International Herald Tribune from July 8...
  • The path of hubris and war

    PARIS -- Great power rivalries created the conditions in which the First World War became possible, but the war itself was set off by an isolated and intrinsically unimportant act of terrorism by a Serbian nationalist. All that followed was driven by...
  • Campaigns touch briefly on the wars

    PARIS -- Politics tends to wring all seriousness out of speech. Sometimes this is a demonstration of unforgivable ignorance. Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan thinks that "Now is the time to lock in the success that is within reach" in...
  • Greece's Balkan inheritance is heavy

    PARIS -- The Balkans are historically apart from Europe for two reasons, one religious and the other political. This has everything to do with the present crisis of Greece and the future of Greece's membership in -- or perhaps its departure from -- the...
  • Shifting US foreign policy reflective of new world view

    PARIS -- Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in. A New York Times report on May 27 described the "existential debate" going on inside the faculty at West Point, the national military academy....
  • New century is off to a wobbly start

    PARIS -- This certainly is not the best of times, nor can it be called the worst of recent times, considering the years of totalitarianism, war and cold war the world lived through in the 20th century, recently closed. But the years since 2000 have...
  • Major European aerospace merger sends shockwaves around the globe

    PARIS -- The first of the presidential debates is supposed to be confined to domestic American issues, which is nearly all that the candidates have talked about during the campaign until now. Foreign affairs have forced their way into the campaign on a...
  • Any international Syrian solution is tangled up in Russia

    PARIS -- International sentiment favoring foreign intervention in Syria's crisis can only have been strengthened by recent evidence of how divorced Syrian President Bashar al-Assad seems now to be from the reality of what is taking place in his country....
  • Need for straight talk from US Defense Department

    PARIS -- Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak. At the end of 1941, following Pearl Harbor, the United States had a War Department,...
  • Jihadism in N. Africa gets US attention

    PARIS -- I watched some of the Washington Sunday political talk shows this week on international television. The participants' main foreign preoccupation seemed to be the potential threat to America of al-Qaida of the Islamic Maghreb and the other bands...