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Military Support for Diplomacy and Development

By David Cortright Amidst the darkness of Washington politics, a recent bright spot was the letter to Congress signed by more than 120 former senior military officers urging support for diplomacy and development. The letter is an encouraging sign of the growing recognition within the military of the need for greater civilian efforts to achieve international security. […]

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Trumpcare: An International Embarrassment

by Mel Gurtov, Paul Ryan justifies the current Trumpcare bill as promoting freedom—the right not to have to buy health insurance and thus be “free” to be unhealthy.  It’s a revolting position to take, not to mention inhumane and short-sighted, reminiscent of Marie Antoinette’s infamous advice to the starving French masses: “let them eat cake.”  […]

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While Our Attention is Elsewhere, Climate Change Worsens

by Mel Gurtov, Donald Trump’s presidency has gotten so much attention that the latest threats to climate stability have received only passing notice. To be sure, Trump’s belief that climate change is a Chinese “hoax”, and his appointment of climate change deniers to head major agencies, have been widely publicized. Even so, the news of […]

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Switching Sides: America and Russia in US Public Opinion

by Mel Gurtov, Once upon a time in the US you could fairly predict what Americans believe about Russia. Their beliefs would parallel their views of the USSR during the Cold War, with Democrats being relatively more optimistic and uncritical of Russia than their Republican counterparts.  As one example, take the spring 2015 poll by […]

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2 ½ Minutes to Midnight – Our World in Peril

by Robert F. Dodge, M.D., The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists announced Thursday its latest nuclear Doomsday Clock. In doing so they moved the symbolic minute hand ahead 30 seconds to two and one-half minutes till midnight.  Midnight represents the nuclear apocalypse. The decision to move the minute hand is made by the Bulletin’s Board of Directors […]

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How to Make Enemies

By Mel Gurtov, About two weeks ago I wrote a commentary, “Unfit to Command,” which argues that Donald Trump lacks the temperament, intelligence, and leadership qualities to be in charge of US foreign policy. He makes a habit of shooting from the lip (i.e., tweeting), lying, and making policy proclamations without consultation. He also seems […]

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Men’s Letter to the President: Support Gender Equality

By Rob Okun Will Donald Trump change his attitude toward women? After the release of the 2005 Access Hollywood video caught him admitting to sexually assaulting women, many citizens couldn’t believe he could receive enough Electoral College votes to become president. I was one of them. On January 31, I was a signatory to an open letter to […]

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Bannon’s Coup

by Mel Gurtov Stephen K. Bannon, Donald Trump’s chief strategist, has been elevated to the Principals Committee of the National Security Council, the top tier of national-security policymakers.*  It is the first time a political affairs official has been made a regular participant in the NSC’s work.  The appointment is the most important piece in […]

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Donald Trump’s Fake News Conference

by Mel Gurtov The media waited with bated breath for Donald Trump’s first news conference in 167 days.  But I’m sure many journalists knew what was coming: a show, orchestrated by The Apprentice executive director so as to reveal precisely nothing but used instead to revile his critics.  Vladimir Putin couldn’t have done better. Trump […]

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Healthcare is a basic human right not a political football

By Wim Laven On May 4, 2013 I delivered the eulogy for my 33-year-old brother. I’m not sure that our political representatives understand what this feels like when they make decisions to take healthcare away from people. When innocent civilians are killed for political reasons we usually consider it an act of terrorism or a crime […]

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