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Category: Foreign Policy

Inbox: The Leveretts’ Brave Book

by WS Editors | Mar 26, 2013 | Books, Foreign Policy

The authors of Going to Tehran: Why the United States Must Come to Terms with the Islamic Republic of Iran, Flynt Leverett and Hillary Mann Leverett, support the Islamic Republic of Iran, a fundamentalist totalitarian regime. Their book (reviewed by Chase Madar in “Obama in Tehran,” March 2013) is full of hypocrisy and blatant misrepresentation. […]

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Diplomatic Impunity: Trafficking Women to the United States

by Yuko Narushima | Mar 1, 2013 | Foreign Policy, Legal Affairs

New York City Three Filipina women crowd the kitchen of a New York City apartment, ribbing one another over a bubbling fish stew. The eldest, Dema Ramos, is an exceptional cook and has given up trying to suppress her laughter. This outwardly serious mother of five is forcing sweet dough into the funnel of a […]

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Clamping Down on Trafficking of Women

by WS Editors | Mar 1, 2013 | Foreign Policy, Politics

Since the Government Accountability Office identified weaknesses in the A3 and G5 visa system in 2008, the U.S. government has taken steps to strengthen the program. Consular personnel are required to screen diplomats more closely prior to issuing visas to household staff. When diplomats’ domestic workers apply for A3 and G5, U.S. consular personnel must […]

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Sequester the Pentagon

by WS Editors | Mar 1, 2013 | Economy, Foreign Policy

Winslow Wheeler described the $54 billion scheduled to be cut from defense spending by sequester as “puny.” The former congressional budget analyst who works for the Project on Government Oversight was not defending the cut. He was putting it in context. More than 45 percent of all money spent on defense by all nations last […]

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Learning to Love Torture

by Bonny Tamres-Moore | Feb 1, 2013 | Foreign Policy, National Security

“There can be no doubt that torture is illegal. There are no wartime exceptions for torture, nor is there an exception for prisoners or ‘enemy combatants,’ nor is there an exception for ‘enhanced methods,’” lawyer/journalist Scott Horton wrote in Harper’s in 2008. Prohibition of torture is jus cogens (compelling law), a principle of international law […]

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