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Category: Foreign Policy


The Tortured History of Guantánamo

by Bonnie Tamres-Moore | Oct 13, 2015 | Foreign Policy, Legal Affairs, Politics

Photo: Joint Task Force Guantanamo In January 2002, the United States began sending prisoners to Guantánamo Bay. That same month, President Bush said that prisoners from the war in Afghanistan would not be afforded all protections of the Geneva Conventions. They would be treated “humanely,” he said, in the “spirit” of the Geneva Conventions. “We’re adhering to […]

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Dismissing Netanyahu, Obama Bets His Legacy on Diplomacy

by Helena Cobban | Sep 10, 2015 | Foreign Policy

  Will Benjamin Netanyahu go down in history as the Israeli prime minister who cried wolf once too often regarding Iran’s nuclear-technology program? It looks that way. Back in the mid-1980s, when I started studying and writing about nuclear proliferation issues in the Middle East, the anxious estimates of most Israeli and pro-Israeli “experts” concluded […]

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Of Dogs and People

by Marcel Ophüls | Jul 23, 2015 | Foreign Policy, Politics

  Switzerland is a great country, if you like mountains, lakes, secret bank accounts, especially at 2,100 meters altitude, with a view of Monte Rosa and the Matterhorn, which I once climbed as a college kid—ages ago in 1948. As it happens, as I write, it is the 150th anniversary in Zermatt of the day […]

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Sarin Gas Cover-Up Continues

by Barbara Koeppel | May 15, 2015 | Foreign Policy

  Editor’s Note: In April 2015, The Washington Spectator published investigative reporter Barbara Koeppel’s account of a cover-up in which Defense Department (DOD) officials refused to admit that veterans of the 1991 Gulf War were exposed to sarin gas when they blew up Saddam Hussein’s chemical weapons bunkers at Khamisiyah. Koeppel reported that despite veterans’ […]

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Accounting for the Pentagon

by Peter Certo | May 1, 2015 | Foreign Policy, Politics

  A battle is raging over how much money Americans will sink into the Pentagon next year. At least, that’s what it looks like. The Republican Party’s deficit hawks have clashed with its defense hawks over another hike in military spending. President Barack Obama, meanwhile, has vowed to veto any spending bill that underfunds his […]

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