The prime concern of the US government is the security of state power and the corporate sector, but not the security of the American people, states Noam Chomsky, the prominent American political commentator, Institute Professor emeritus in the Department of Linguistics and Philosophy at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. According to the professor, security "in the normal sense" should not be a basic factor in policy formation.
The United States must launch a "real war of ideas" with Russia according to Ilan Berman, the Vice President of the American Foreign Policy Council in Washington. The US international broadcasting capacity should be improved and a new public diplomacy strategy ought to be developed by the White House.
The current crisis in US-Russian relations, bolstered recently by the Ukrainian turmoil, is caused predominantly by the Russian leadership's unjustified anti-American stance, according to the US ex-Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul. He believes that there are no other reasons for confrontation between Moscow and Washington. Does Mr. McFaul present a compelling argument?
Russia has neither the right to protect its national interests nor the right to be different. A regional power, enclosed in its rigid bounds, Russia is unable to establish viable alliances with leading global players. It should give up its vain hopes of some mythical Eurasian Union development. Its only alternative is to take the role of the Western civilization humble satellite. So thinks an old US hawk Zbigniew Brzezinski, a former National Security Adviser and a prominent geostrategist.
The United States' days as the global hegemon are coming to an end, according to certain foreign policy experts but, which country is most likely to replace it?
The US is steadily transforming into a police state with a powerful standing army – the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) – claims John W. Whitehead, a constitutional attorney and the President of The Rutherford Institute. According to Mr. Whitehead, the establishment of a national police force has served as a fundamental and final building block for every totalitarian regime, from Hitler's Nazi Germany to George Orwell's fictional Oceania.
The US mass media is misrepresenting the facts while claiming that working toward a nuclear agreement between the US and Iran has been a constant progression in which events and policies of a few years ago built a foundation for the diplomacy of today, notes Paul R. Pillar, a CIA veteran and a Nonresident Senior Fellow at the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.
The Ukrainian crisis was created artificially, preplanned months in advance by NATO leaders and prominent Ukrainian tycoons to reconstruct an Iron Curtain between Russia and the West, thinks Diana Johnstone, an American political writer. The United States and the European Union undertook an aggressive provocation in Ukraine that they knew would force Russia to react defensively, one way or another.
Washington needs to articulate a clear and concise set of its core foreign policy principles. So thinks William C. Martel, an Associate Professor of International Security Studies at The Fletcher School, Tufts University. The professor believes that the US is able to implement a "grand strategy," that he defines as a fundamental awareness and articulation of what a nation seeks to achieve through its foreign policy.
The West should not underestimate the role of the Eurasian Union in international affairs, says Nikolas K. Gvosdev, professor of national-security studies at the US Naval War College and a contributing editor at The National Interest.
Yesterday, on June 5, the question: "Where did Jen Psaki go?" stirred up Russia's blogosphere. Jen's disappearance sparked a heated debate on whether the State Department's spokesperson had resigned from her post or just gone on vacation.
A bill designed to counter non-existent “Russian aggression” envisages allocation of hundreds of millions of dollars on military needs. But the military are not its only beneficiary: US fracking firms, facing enormous criticism in the West, are to start expansion to the Eastern Europe under the guise of making post-Soviet states independent of Russian gas supplies. Some critics have already labeled the bill, sponsored by neocon senators, a “personal enrichment law”.
Iran and the so-called P5+1 keep on trying to draft a historic nuclear deal by July 20. However, the latest round of talks in mid-May ended without tangible results. Experts claim that Iran and six world powers are unlikely to meet their July 20 deadline to sign a long term agreement.
Depression, a mental disorder that presents with loss of interest or pleasure, decreased energy, feelings of guilt or low self-worth is on the rise globally. According to the World Health Organization, depression is affecting about 350 million people in the world. However, experts note that the rate of antidepressant usage is rising even faster that the rate of depression with prescription levels "through the roof" as people struggle to deal with the challenges of modern living.
New anti-smoking restrictions, banning all forms of tobacco advertising and smoking in restaurants, cafes and hotels, as well as on trains and vessels, are to come into force on June, 1 in Russia. The legislation will become the second stage of the "anti-tobacco law" signed by Russian President Putin in February 2013.
The dream of replacing the nation-state concept with the ephemeral idea of a supranational EU formation "has proved incapable of capturing the hearts of European peoples," as no one wants to "die for the Brussels bureaucracy," notes Patrick J. Buchanan, an American conservative political commentator, syndicated columnist and broadcaster, in his article "The Specter Haunting Europe" for The American Conservative.
Jennifer Psaki has already become a symbol of Obama's cabinet weak foreign policy. Thus, unsurprisingly, some bloggers compare her dialogs with an AP writer Matthew Lee to live performances on Jon Stewart's satirical show. Indeed, Jen Psaki's ludicrous notions regarding Victoria Nuland's bad habit of using foul language, or the mysterious 'carousel voting' in eastern Ukraine, or her embarrassing 'selfie' with #UnitedForUkraine hashtag, put into question the State Department spokesperson's professional competency and political sanity as well as of those who hired her.
The US Air Force has notified Congress that it intends to shut down the infamous HAARP project, blamed by conspiracy theorists for every global natural disaster from a landslide in 2006 in the Philippines to the 2010 devastating floods in Pakistan and the earthquake in Japan in 2011.
While Alex Salmond encourages his compatriots to vote "Yes" for Scottish independence, painting a picture of the bright prospects of "sustainable prosperity" across the whole country, skeptics have several questions for the First Minister. They want to know about the future nation's currency, pensions, and funding for schools and hospitals if Scotland was to leave the UK.
Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a new foreign policy agenda, focused on accelerating maritime aid to Vietnam amid its growing confrontation with China and a forthcoming visit by Russian President, Vladimir Putin to Tokyo. Mr. Abe's broader strategy aims to rearrange the region's power balance and reinforce Japan's status quo.