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Aleppo — a wrenching epitaph for the failed foreign policy of Barack Obama

Developing See Marc Semo, “Alep-est livrée aux bombardements russo-syriens, dans l’indifférence des Occidentaux; La transition engagée aux Etats-Unis et les élections à venir dans plusieurs pays européens, dont la France, compliquent la donne pour la…

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Putin calls Trump, is reassured, and resumes bombing in Syria

Developing See Christina Hebel und Christoph Sydow (Moskau und Berlin), “Putins Botschaft an Trump;  Sie haben sich Zusammenarbeit zugesagt, doch während Donald Trump sich auf sein Amt vorbereitet, schafft Wladimir Putin in Syrien mit einer…


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President-elect Trump, foreign policy, and the defense of core American values

Developing Given Donald Trump’s inexperience in foreign policy, he may not understand or appreciate certain fundamental principles and realities that are essential for the maintenance of international peace and security, on the one hand, and…


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REPRISE: Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”

Originally published November 11, 2011 My uncle died in a field in northern France with a German bullet in his head. To him, and all the other veterans of America’s wars, I am immensely grateful…



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Donald Trump, Russian stooge: Putin’s Trojan horse within striking distance of victory over NATO, the EU, and the Atlantic Alliance

Developing This article has not been indexed by Google. See “Not indexed by Google: Trenchant Observer article with text of Security Council Resolution 2118; the unregulated power of a totalitarian instrument of thought control,” The…


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Europe’s shame: EU response to Russian war crimes in Aleppo and Syria

Developing The leaders of the EU have reached their decision on how to respond to Russian war crimes in Aleppo and northern Syria. They are adopting additional economic sanction against … Syria. The sanctions? Placing…


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War news from Syria

While President Obama and other Western leaders look away from the horror, the terror of Russian and Syrian war crimes in Syria contnues, every day. It is so “everyday” that many newspapers in the West…


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Watch the ball move: Obama moves attention to Mosul, distracting from abject appeasement by Merkel, EU, and U.S. in response to ongoing Russian war crimes in Aleppo and Syria

Developing Appeasement has many colors and takes many forms. In the last few days, it has taken the form in Europe of shifting the focus of the push for sanctions from Russia to Syria. Just…


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Personal Takes: Russian war crimes in Syria, appeasement, and disgust

Developing PERSONAL TAKES Once in a while, The Observer reflects on his own personal involvement in world events. Today’s news triggered such a reflection. The news this morning is that the U.S. will resume negotiations…