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How Could the US Bring Peace to Ukraine?

On April 21, US President Joe Biden announced new shipments of weapons to Ukraine. These would cost US taxpayers $800 million. On April 25, Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin announced over $300 million of...

The Taliban-Occupied Afghanistan Threatens Global Security

As Ukraine dominates headlines, Afghanistan has receded into the background. This has happened before. After the mujahideen wore out the Soviet Red Army, the US forgot about Afghanistan. To be fair, there was a lot going on. The Berlin Wall fell in 1989 and the Soviet Union itself collapsed in 1991. Washington was worrying about thousands of nukes that could go missing instead of the caves of Tora Bora. In...

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The New York Times’ Anti-Russian Inquisition Cancels History (again)

For at least the past five years, The New York Times has put on display its total commitment to highlighting and exaggerating any story that appears, in any way, to implicate Russia in real or imaginary crimes against the United States, the Democratic party, CIA staff, members of prominent American political families or chosen strategic allies the State Department finds it convenient to influence, if not manipulate. Russia’s very real...

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Fly on the Wall: Managing War News

The latest in Fair Observer’s series of fictional dialogues intended to make sense of the underside of the news. FADE IN: INT. NEW YORK SENTINELS’S NEWS BUREAU — EVENING  Shot from behind the editor’s desk. Door opens. HARVEY MANNERS, journalist, enters and walks towards the desk of AVERELL GRAHAM, executive editor. HARVEY MANNERS Averell, this is getting out of hand. Remember Yulia, that Ukrainian woman in North Carolina I interviewed....

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The Taliban Target Tajiks Yet Again

On August 15 last year,  Ashraf Ghani, the then president of  Afghanistan fled the country. Ironically, Ghani had promised that he would “die defending” his country only three months before he fled. By fleeing, Ghani facilitated the takeover of Afghanistan by the Taliban who are led by Pashtuns like him. Foreign observers described the events of August 15th as “a bloodless coup.” However, for millions in Afghanistan, particularly Tajiks, Uzbeks,...

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The MADness of the Resurgent US Cold War With Russia

The war in Ukraine has placed US and NATO policy toward Russia under a spotlight, highlighting how the US and its allies have expanded NATO right up to Russia’s borders, backed a coup and now a proxy war in Ukraine, imposed waves of economic sanctions, and launched a debilitating trillion-dollar arms race. The explicit goal is to pressure, weaken and ultimately eliminate Russia, or a Russia-China partnership, as a strategic...

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Making Sense of the Tigray War in Ethiopia

FO° Insights is a new feature where our contributors make sense of issues in the news. Even as the focus has been on Ukraine, a bloody and brutal conflict has raged in Tigray for 17 months but hardly attracted global attention. On March 25, rebel Tigrayan forces declared that they would respect a ceasefire proposed by Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed as long as sufficient aid was delivered to their...

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Making Sense of Ukraine’s Call for a No-Fly Zone

In this episode, we have a Ukrainian-American guest and you can read what she has to say below. FO° Insights is a new feature where our contributors make sense of issues in the news. Katerina Manoff on the No-Fly Zone Issue and More Hi, I'm Katerina Manoff and I'm a Ukrainian-American nonprofit leader and writer and I am also a volunteer in the war effort focusing on media work and...

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