After 8 Years in Office, Obama Signs Off

January 20, 2017

Obama has his faults, but he will go down as a president who impacted everyone around the world. As the US president leaves office, journalists, publications and prominent figures are assessing Barack Obama’s legacy and achievements over the past eight years. We cling on to the values and...

The 2016 “Are You Serious?” Awards

January 03, 2017

Last year’s lowlights from world politics, the culture wars and the military-industrial complex. Each year, Conn Hallinan gives awards to individuals, companies and governments that make reading the news a daily adventure. Here are the awards for 2016. The Golden Lemon Award The Golden Lemon...

Africa This Month: The Season of Elections, Hope and Change

December 31, 2016

Even as economic turmoil buffets the continent, elections are the flavor of the season as big men start to tumble from their thrones. Twelve fateful months ago, the authors decided they would tell a new “story of Africa with its multitudinous cadences and intricate plots.” Over the last 11...

Two Prospective Legacies of Brexit

December 29, 2016

The UK has to build its own engine from scratch, and decide in which direction it wants the new car to go. A recent article by Andrew Duff, a former member of the European Parliament (MEP), draws on the House of Lords reports on the United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union (EU) to...

Now is the Time for Obama to Recognize Palestine

December 27, 2016

Just as he established diplomatic ties with Cuba, Obama should do the same with Palestine. I’d like to return today to an argument I made two years ago in The Nation, which is that President Barack Obama should recognize Palestine before he leaves office. For different but related...

UN Resolution on Israel Changes Nothing

December 26, 2016

The UN Security Council resolution is just one more fruitless international effort to address a conflict that refuses to end. The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) vote on December 23 is a fitting end to the Obama administration and, of a different sort, to the term of Secretary General Ban...

Diplomacy With China is Not That Easy

December 21, 2016

President Trump’s China policy cannot be based on deal making alone. Despite all the anti-Chinese remarks he made, Donald Trump was a surprising hero among Chinese nationalists during the presidential campaign. The former reality TV star drew his support from Chinese netizens either privately...

Donald Trump’s Bomb Squad

December 16, 2016

One or two bomb throwers can blow up the international community. Donald Trump is appointing a whole cabinet of them. Shortly after the November election, a friend sent me a photo via Facebook. It was a sandwich board outside a bookstore in Massachusetts. It read: “Post-apocalyptic fiction...

How a British Court Ruling Could Delay Brexit Negotiations

November 12, 2016

Consult with Parliament before acting on Brexit, a court tells Prime Minister May. Experts delve into the implications. Fresh uncertainty clouds British Prime Minister Theresa May’s plan to begin negotiations on the United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union (EU). The British High Court...

The World This Week: High Court Throws a Googly at Brexit

November 06, 2016

Brexit was always going to be tricky, but the High Court has made it trickier with a judgment that forces the British Parliament to decide on the issue. Just when the pound was plummeting and Brexit was in the air, the wise judges of the High Court threw a googly at British Prime Minister...

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