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  • Fallout of fear

    Fallout of fear
    Half a century ago, the unthinkable became all too thinkable as the Soviet Union and the United States engaged in a game of chicken, played with nuclear bombs. On Oct. 22, 1962, President John F. Kennedy went on television to announce that the Soviet...
  • Mitt Scissorhands

     
    John Cassidy at the New Yorker: Romney says that he’s sticking with his plan to cap overall federal spending at twenty per cent of G.D.P. and balance the budget whilst boosting the Pentagon budget and slashing tax rates—a pledge to......
  • Defense bill includes provision for space contractors

    Defense bill includes provision for space contractors
    A little-noticed provision in a massive, $633 billion military spending bill approved by Congress last week will end a decade-old battle over whether to ease export restrictions on U.S. satellite technology. If signed by President Barack Obama, the...
  • Drone warfare foretells an ever-expanding and illegal war

    PARIS -- The disclosure that current American drone warfare operations are directed from the presidential office in the White House, with the president himself selecting persons to be assassinated by unmanned American drone aircraft in the Muslim...
  • Romney and Ryan project vague foreign policy

    PARIS -- Mitt Romney's selection of Paul Ryan as his running mate for the American presidency confirms that this campaign is going to be mainly about domestic issues -- barring a not-impossible Israeli attack on Iran between here and there. It is likely...
  • 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...
  • 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....
  • CIA officer killed in Afghanistan suicide bombing, sources say

     
    A CIA officer was among those killed by a suicide bomber in southern Afghanistan Saturday, sources familiar with the incident say, in the latest of a series of fatal insider attacks that have undermined American efforts to turn security over to Afghan...
  • Swiss freeze $1 billion tied to leaders targeted in Arab Spring

     
    Switzerland has frozen more than $1 billion connected to leaders who were toppled or are still being battled in Arab Spring uprisings, Swiss official Valentin Zellweger told reporters....
  • U.S., allies girding for worst-case scenario with Syria's WMD

     
    Global Focus: During a week that witnessed deadly artillery exchanges between Syria and Turkey and a tense showdown over a plane purportedly ferrying munitions from Russia, the arrival of 150 U.S. troops in Jordan was likely to be viewed as token...
  • Guantanamo terrorism convictions proving vulnerable on appeal

     
    Global Focus: Salim Hamdan has been home in his native Yemen for nearly four years since completing his sentence at Guantanamo Bay for providing "material support to terrorism" -- six years of domestic service to Osama bin Laden as gardener, bodyguard and...