All Blog Posts Tagged 'US' (71)

No 'Golden Bridge', $200 MILLION Wasted

In William Ury’s popular book Getting Past No, there is an important section titled “Building  A Golden Bridge” for the other negotiating party.  In essence, having an offer available that the other side will love to agree with.  There are four key elements to creating this win-win situation that I detailed in a previous blog post [here]. 


Added by Jeff Thompson on July 30, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments


Dear friends

Here is 19 constructive proposals in the direction of war-prevention and long-term peace.

It contrasts sharply the present discourse which is dominated by intellectually lazy and anachronistic talk about war as an option. War on Iran is not an option!

It's been published by IPS - the Inte Press Service. You are welcome to use it but you must print the © of IPS and myself as author.

I look forward to your comments here on…


Added by Jan Oberg on April 23, 2012 at 6:53am — 2 Comments

Kony 2012 and the Failed Fantasy of Firepower in Libya, Syria, Uganda...

Here's an article I wrote in response to the argument of needing to fight fire with fire in Syria, Uganda, etc. Appealing as firepower may be, history shows that approach fails to ease civilian suffering most of the time.... often causing greater violence, prolonged instability and lessening chances for democracy.…


Added by LisaSchirch on March 12, 2012 at 9:30am — 4 Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Cuba Sets a Global Example for the Achievements of Socialism



By Prof. Peter Phillips


In an all day conference, February 10, 2012, some 120 authors, professors, and journalists, from dozens of Caribbean, American and African countries, met with Fidel Castro. Those attending were invited participants for the Intellectual Encounters for Peace and the…


Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on February 26, 2012 at 10:24pm — No Comments

Iran, the EU and what we should have learned by now

New on TFF's new blog...

I'm pleased to alert you to a new comment on what increasingly looks to me as a build-up to yet another terrible unnecessary war. I argue that the Iran issue is not about nuclear weapons, that is only stage-setting. There is a larger drama in the theatre that is about to take fire - and it is the giant global change of forces and the…


Added by Jan Oberg on February 2, 2012 at 8:35am — No Comments

US Congress and Palestinian Sesame Street (my new op-ed in the Christian Science Monitor)

Congress makes Elmo cry by defunding Palestinian 'Sesame Street'

Christian Science Monitor

Jan. 31. 2012


In protest of the Palestinian statehood bid at the UN, Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen froze $192 million in funding for USAID programs, including a Palestinian version of 'Sesame Street.' The move has not only jeopardized the show, but US Mideast policy.


Ibrahim Sharqieh




Added by Ibrahim Sharqieh on February 1, 2012 at 1:54pm — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - The Globalization of War: The "Military Roadmap" to World War III


The Globalization of War

The "Military Roadmap" to World War III

Michel Chossudovsky and Finian Cunningham (Editors)



Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on January 18, 2012 at 8:14pm — No Comments

Save the life of Tariq Aziz in Iraq now !

By Jan Oberg

If we do not care for single individuals, we care for nobody. I have met Aziz twice, 5 hours conversation in 2002 and 2003 during TFF's fact-finding missions.

He came across as a decent, very knowledgeable man. No matter what he may also have done, killing him will be a barbarian act shaming us all.

It is my firm belief that the US colonial "legal" process against him is nothing but revenge of the most inhuman, cruel type.…


Added by Jan Oberg on January 15, 2012 at 8:30am — No Comments

Nonprofit Leaders: Apply for a Paid, Overseas Fellowship with Atlas Corps (U.S. and Latin America)

Exciting news – Atlas Corps is expanding in Latin America! In addition to our Fellowship opportunities in Colombia, we also now offer placements in Chile. We encourage applicants to be keep an open mind about serving in either country. Since placements are dependent on …


Added by Vinod on December 3, 2011 at 10:08am — No Comments

The US Consideration of Military Action Against Iran-Dangerous to the Future of America

Military force shouldn’t be ruled out as a response to an Iranian assassination plot on U.S. soil, the top House Republican on intelligence issues said on ABC’s “This Week.”

“I don’t think you should take it off the table,” said Representative Mike Rogers, the chairman of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rogers said other options would include rallying the international community against Iran or taking action against Iranian operatives in Iraq. Noticeably…


Added by Doug Noll on October 17, 2011 at 4:00am — No Comments

seeded by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji - Washington's "Long War" against Africa - Prof. James Petras


Washington's "Long War" against Africa




Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on September 1, 2011 at 3:03am — No Comments

Tightening noose leaves Assad substantial room to fight on

Saturday, August 20, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Mark Twain’s warning that “the reports of my death are greatly exaggerated" must be on Syrian president Syrian president Bashar al Assad’s mind as his country braces itself for European sanctions on his country’s oil exports.

Despite the tightening noose with Western nations this week calling for him to resign and seeking to increase the pain, Mr. Assad has substantial political life left in him and is unlikely to halt his…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 19, 2011 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Bahrain: A headache for Obama and Blatter

Friday, August 12, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

US president Barak Obama and Sepp Blatter, the head of world soccer body FIFA, share the same headache: what to do about Bahrain?

So far, Messrs. Obama and Blatter have essentially shied away from confronting the issue of a ruler who employs mercenaries to violently suppress pro-democracy demonstrators, including some of the country's most prominent soccer players.

The protests in February and March that started with…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 12, 2011 at 9:01am — No Comments

Syrian president unites international community in condemnation of his violence

Monday, August 8, 2011

By James M. Dorsey

Syrian president Bashar al Assad has succeeded where US and European diplomacy failed: five months into anti-government demonstrations demanding his resignation, Mr. Assad has united the international community in decrying the brutality of his failed effort to crush the protests.

Increasingly cornered, Mr. Assad failed in the past week to read the writing on the wall. His ferocious attack on Hama, Syria’s…


Added by James M Dorsey on August 8, 2011 at 2:24am — No Comments

seeded by Shaheeen Sultan Dhanji - Somalia: the Real Causes of Famine

Somalia: the Real Causes of Famine



Added by Shaheen Sultan Dhanji on July 29, 2011 at 5:56pm — No Comments

A Wind Of Change-50-Years After The Freedom Rides

By Search For Common Ground


(May 14, 1961. The first group of Freedom Riders (conceived of by the…

Added by MasterPeace on July 20, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Wikileak: US military Aid to Colombia Enriches Defense Companies; Columbia Reports 3/31/11

The United States spent more than $7 billion in military aid to Colombia since the year 2000.

"There are several powerful companies and lobbies in Washington such as Lockheed Martin, say Raytheon, Northrop Grumman; military intelligence contractors who lobby Congress and their contacts within the Pentagon and the CIA to engage in special programs in Colombia with provisos written to make sure that the money actually cycles back to the United States," the WikiLeaks founder…


Added by Susmita Barua on March 31, 2011 at 9:43pm — No Comments

Call for Applications, US, Rabbis without Borders Fellowship


To help rabbis to lead the way in bringing Jewish ideas to the widest possible audiences, RWB invites applications for its Fellowship Program. The Fellowship Program will bring together rabbis from across the country and across the ideological spectrum to study with leading thinkers, authors, and influential people working in the fields of media, politics, public policy, American religion, and contemporary…


Added by Craig Zelizer on March 16, 2011 at 7:55pm — No Comments

Japan’s new national defense program – shaping up for the 21st century?


Japan announced its defense program in mid-December foreseeing a more dynamic, proactive and flexible military approach in the next decade. This policy shift could be simply described as rebalancing and adjusting Japan’s threat assessment and priorities from the Cold War era to the rising power of China. In fact, it has even wider implications: the new Japanese blueprint offers an insight into future strategic developments in the Asia Pacific region where,…


Added by Donatello Osti on January 17, 2011 at 1:19pm — No Comments

At the death of Richard Holbrooke

At the death of U.S. diplomat Richard Holbrooke, there is no end to the praise. Obama, CNN and Wesley Clarke are out of all proportions. Tiny fact like these are left aside:

1) Holbrooke gave the green light for the Kwangju massacre on South Korean students 1980.

2) He undermined non-violent Dr. Rugova in Kosovo by helping the murky US -defined terrorists of the Kosovo Liberation Army to take over.

3) He was a prime mover in the expansion of NATO after the Cold…


Added by Jan Oberg on December 14, 2010 at 8:30am — 1 Comment

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