Category Archives: International issues

Cartoon: Yemen

If you enjoy these cartoons, please help me make more by supporting my Patreon! A $1 pledge really matters. My favorite foreign policy writer, these days, is Daniel Larison, who writes for The American Conservative. Larison’s beat is American foreign … Continue reading

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It’s Gross to Use Otto Warmbier’s Tragedy to talk about White Male Privilege

Otto Warmbier was a 22-year-old American who, early in 2016 was convicted by a North Korean court of stealing a poster. He was put in a North Korean prison, until he was returned to the US in a coma on … Continue reading

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Everyone Who Reads Rumi in English Should Read This New Yorker Article

Written by Rozina Ali, the article is called “The Erasure of Islam from the Poetry of Rumi,” and it says something that Iranians I know have been saying for a very long time—something that I learned from them, in fact. … Continue reading

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The Absolute Basics of the US-China-Taiwan Relationship

(A post by Ben Lehman, who many of you will recognize from “Alas” comments. Reprinted from Ben’s facebook, with Ben’s kind permission. The illustration, an 1985 1865 map of China and Taiwan, was chosen by Amp.) PREAMBLE: I’m going to … Continue reading

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Let’s Not Pretend Benghazi Was The Only Objection To Clinton’s Libya Policy

Issac Saul, a Bernie supporter who has learned to love Hillary Clinton, writes: Perhaps Clinton’s greatest blemish on her record is the destabilizing of Libya, which led to the Benghazi diplomatic compound attack. Certainly, it was one of the career … Continue reading

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Clinton’s Role in the Honduras Coup

Postmarxed writes: Q: What did Hillary to do Honduras? As secretary of state in 2009, she helped orchestrate a coup against a center-left president there, which resulted in a wave of political killings.  LGBT activists and peasant activists in particular … Continue reading

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Should We Regret The American Revolution?

Happy 4th of July! Dylan Matthews brings us 3 reasons the American Revolution was a mistake. In a nutshell (although click through for the longer arguments): 1) The Southern States would have had much less power as part of the … Continue reading

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One Reason It’s Important to Pay Attention to the Elections in Iran

  This is important to pay attention to not because it means women are suddenly free of discrimination and oppression in Iran, but because it demonstrates that Iranian women are not the helpless, powerless victims they are often portrayed as in … Continue reading

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Obama and Clinton’s Libya Policy Has Been Disastrous And Is The Major Reason For Being Unhappy That Clinton Could Be The Next President

In an earlier thread, responding to me calling US policy in Libya under Obama and Clinton disastrous, Crissa wrote: What ‘disastrous’ Libya policies? Honestly, are we counting as a disaster that thousands of people weren’t murdered by an army? There’s … Continue reading

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Greece and Democracy

I’ve been following the news from Greece with horrified fascination. A few quick thoughts: 1) I don’t think there’s any legitimate argument in favor of austerity anymore – even the IMF admits that austerity is incredibly harmful. 2) And yet, … Continue reading

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