– Posts in Chronological Order


“The Rule of Law, the propaganda bubble, and the removal of Donald Trump from office,” December 2, 2019.

“Apple bows to Russian pressure, shows Crimea as Russian territory,” November 27, 2019.

“A pro-Russian Republican conspiracy and cover-up?” November 25, 2019.

“Democrats need to sue Trump and Republican apologists for defamation,” November22, 2019.

“Democrats tear bricks out of Trump propaganda wall, but prepare to quit–and snatch defeat from the jaws of victory,” November 21, 2019.

“The scope of impeachment: Elizabeth Drew supports a broad inquiry,” November 16, 2019.

“House Democrats, stampeding like buffaloes, are heading toward a cliff,” November 15, 2019.

“OUR VALUES — Truth Integrity Decency Character Facts Science Law Freedom Democracy,” November 14, 2019.

“REPRISE (2019) — Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?” November 11, 2019.

“Who will make the case against Trump?” November 10, 2019.

“Without International Law, “anarchy is loosed upon the world.” October 27, 2019.

“To remove Trump, Democrats must speak to those operating outside a rational framework,” October 14, 2019.

“Is Turkey’s military operation in Syria justified under international law?” October 8, 2019.

“What’s behind Trump’s pressure on Zelensky to work things out with Putin,” October 6, 2019.

“Two factors that shield Trump,” October 2, 2019.

“Putin-Zelensky deal on Crimea and recognizing fruits of aggression in Donbas would be void under international law,” October 1, 2019.

“The goals of impeachment: Education or quick trial on Ukraine abuses?” September 27, 2019.

“Trump tells Zelensky to get together with Putin and work out their problem,” September 26, 2019.

“The Impeachment Inquiry as a tool for educating the American people and electorate,” September 24, 2019.

“U.S. attacks against Iran likely (Updated 9-20-19),” September 16, 2019.

“September 1, 1939: German-Soviet alliance launches World War II with German invasion of Poland,” September 1, 2019.

“The Great Buffoon’s lack of support of Article 2(4) of the U.N. Charter,” August 27, 2019.

“Foreign policy without International Law,” August 11, 2019.

“The Democrats have already lost the 2020 elections — Part II,” July 17, 2019.

“Democrats have already lost the 2020 elections,” June 13, 2019.

“Putin’s popularity and Russian polls,” June 9, 2019.

“New York Times adds to apparatus of a totalitarian state,” June 1, 2019.

“The “boiling frog” fable, and starting the Trump impeachment investigation,” May 29, 2019.

“The meaning of war crimes in Syria, as the U.S. and others look away,” May 10, 2019.

“Trump undercuts U.N. democratic efforts in Libya, siding with authoritarian dictatorships,” April 22, 2019.

“When and how did America lose her soul?” April 11, 2019

“TRUMP RESIGNS! Accounts differ as to reasons, April 1, 2019.

“What is going on in the world?” March 6, 2019.

“Impeach Trump, or read the impeachment clause out of the Constitution,” March 2, 2019.

“Stupid and Incompetent Foreign Policy Towards Venezuela — “Intervention to Protect Nationals” (Updated),”January 26, 2019.

“Trump Steers Dangerous Course in Venezuela,” January 25, 2019.

“International Law after Trump,” January 10, 2019.


“Keeping Track of Trump’s Foreign Policy: From the Kerch Strait to Russian sanctions, Khashoggi, Syria, and Afghanistan,” December 26, 2018.

“Putin’s puppet delivers, on Syria and sanctions—The foreign policy of a simpleton,” December 20, 2018.

“Ukraine, South China Sea: Donald Trump and the U.S. failure to defend international law,” December 18, 2018.

“Republicans’ white-knuckle tactics in limiting governors seal image as anti-democratic party,” December5, 2018.

“Russia continues aggression against Ukraine, now in Kerch Strait and Sea of Azov,” December 3, 2018.

“Jamal Khashoggi: The value and cost of one human life,” November 21,2018.

“American Policy: Khashoggi’s assassination, human rights, and international law,” November 19, 2018.

“News Reports: CIA concludes Saudi Crown Prince ordered Kashoggi assassination,” November 18, 2018.

“Khashoggi Affair: Murder most foul!” October 24, 2018.

“Khashoggi Affair: A Prince must go—or two,” October 19, 2018.

“Devil’s Bargain: The Kashoggi Charade,” October 15, 2018.

“Opinion: Lying Republican Senators confirm lying Supreme Court nominee (Kavanaugh) nominated by lying president (Trump),” October 7, 2018.

“U.S. attacks WTO judicial institutions,” September 29, 2018.

“Trump versus Obama — How the Democrats can lose the Mid-terms,” September 7, 2018.

“50 Years Ago: The Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, and its enduring significance,” August 21, 2018.

“Google helps suppress free speech in China, and other countries,” August 2, 2018.

“Humanity’s voice of reason: International Law and the United Nations Charter,” July 29, 2018.

“The Truth: A donkey or a Zebra?” July 27, 2018.

“Text of Crimea Declaration and Pompeo Testimony: U.S. finally states it will never recognize Russian annexation of Crimea,” July 25, 2018.

“Little Trumpy” stars as Putin’s trumpet, but the songs are off-key,” July 20, 2018.

“The Putin-Trump threat takes a menacing turn–Michael McFaul and Bill Browder,” July 18, 2018.

“Trump’s ‘Betrayal of Country’, or ‘Treason’,” July 17, 2018.

“Opinion: Leaked transcript of private two-hour conversation between Putin and Trump in Helsinki,” July 16, 2018.

“Americans’ knowledge of international law, the military conquest of the Crimea, and proper dental floss use,” July 14, 2018.

“Trump’s disdain for international law,” July 13, 2018.

“Cri du Coeur: Trump the Wrecking Ball and how friends can help,” July 4, 2018.

“New jargon and nonsense: “The old liberal international order” June 16, 2018.

“Trump promotes Putin at G-7: Payoff for intervention in U.S. elections,” June 8, 2018.

“Lost in the weeds, Trump critics fail to counter Trump propaganda,” June 2, 2018.

“Apparent Obstruction of Justice by Trump on an ongoing basis, and Congressmen who appear to be engaged in a conspiracy to obstruct justice,” May 26, 2018.

“A Primer on International Law for Mr. Trump, and other beginners,” May 25, 2018.

“America and the Rule of Law, today,” May 23, 2018.

“CIA nominee is presumptive war criminal; multiple reasons to reject Haspel nomination,” April 22, 2018.

“Roger Cohen “stands up”, speaks the truth about Trump,” April 16,, 2018.

“Syria out of control: Fruits of a monumental U.S. foreign policy failure (I),” February 20,, 2018.

“Samantha Power on Syria: Former Obama officials still downplay the use of force,” February 11, 2018.

“Americans Are Lost in the Weeds, and Google Doesn’t Help,” February 5, 2018.

“Republican smear campaign against FBI continues propaganda aimed at sowing confusion,” February 1, 2018.

“International Law? U.S. maintains 2,000 troops in Syria without legal justification,” January 18, 2018.

“REPRISE: Remembering Martin Luther King, Jr.,” January 15, 2018.

“The Question of Individual Responsibility for the Actions of One’s Nation,” January 6, 2018.






Trump supporters, in and out of Congress, are undermining democracy and the rule of law, July 26, 2017.

“It is an honor to be with you,” Trump and Putin at G-20 in Hamburg, July 7, 2017.

Trump’s attitude of appeasement toward Russia makes big inroads among Republican voters, June 28, 2017.

The Normalization of the Unforgivable: Trump and an America which is already half lost, May 24, 2017.

Donald Trump and international law, May 16, 2017.

High crimes and misdemeanors: Flynn, Comey, and Russians in the Oval Office, May 11, 2017.

“Le Pen peut gagner! — Le chagrin et la pitié: La France en 2017 et ses élections présidentielles,” April 29, 2017.

“Has Tillerson shown his cards? Exxon Mobil moves to dismantle Russian sanctions (revised April 21, 2017),” April 21, 2017.

“Unanswered questions about Russia’s U.N. Ambassador, Vitaly Churkin, and the U.S. role in suppressing the results of his autopsy,” April 13, 2017.

“After Tillerson’s trip to Moscow, will Trump lift sanctions against Russia, or ever criticize Putin?” April 12, 2017.

“April 7, 2017: Security Council Meets on Syria (7919th meeting, with link to video),” April 7, 2017.

“REPRISE: “A time to break silence”: Dr. King on the Vietnam war, and President Carter on America’s human rights violations,” April 5, 2017.

Trump’s tsunami of lies, February 7, 2017.









Personal Takes: Russian war crimes in Syria, appeasement, and disgust, October 12, 2016.

Cherif Bassiouni, top expert on war crimes, confirms Russians and Iranians, including Putin, responsible for war crimes in Syria if they were aware of operations, October 10, 2016.

REPRISE — Civilization falters: Aleppo Burns; Obama looks the other way; Putin threatens, Petraeus underlines feasability of military options; U.S. government paralyzed by Obama’s obstinancy (Updated October 8, 2016), October 8, 2016.

Vice-Presidential debate: Pence pushes Kaine and Clinton on military action in Syria, October 7, 2016.

Aleppo: Srebrenice on a massive scale, September 29, 2016.

Russian war crimes in Aleppo and Syria: Civilized nations must impose sectorial sanctions now, September 28, 2016.

REPRISE–Syria: Russia and Iran complicit under International Law in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity (updated September 26, 2016)

Syria: Russia’s military assault on Western civilization, September 26, 2016.

At last they speak the truth: U.S., U.K., and France accuse Russia of war crimes in Syria, September 25, 2016.

Aleppo and Syria: Obama’s legacy of ashes, September 23, 2016.

Reasoning from conclusions: Blind hope as the basis for U.S. foreign policy in Syria, September 22, 2016.

Appeasement and its consequences: German politicians visit Putin in Moscow, September 21, 2016.

BREAKING NEWS — U.S. says very high likelihood Russia bombed humanitarian aid convoy in Syria, September 20, 2016.

Separation of Powers in the White House: Obama works to block vote on war crimes and sanctions in Syria in House of Representatives, September 20, 2016.

Russian / Syrian attack on Red Crescent convoy in Syria is a Russian and Syrian war crime, September 20, 2016.

The hidden issue in the 2016 presidential election: How will voters explain their vote to their children and grandchildren?, September 18, 2016.

Government by assassination: President Rodrigo Duterte’s war on drugs in the Philippines, and the crumbling of civilization, September 14, 2016.

Herd journalists: The most deplorable in Trump’s “basket of deplorables” (Updated September 16, 2016), September 13, 2016.

What Trump has learned from Putin, September 10, 2016.

Obama’s response to Philippine President Duterte calling him a “son of a whore”: “He’s a colornful guy,” September 6, 2016.

The airplane stairway flap at G-20 meeting in Hangzhou, China: Did Obama lose face because of Chinese insults, or did Xi Jingping humiliate himself?, September 5, 2016.

Political opinion on Trump, from columnists on the right and the left, August 29, 2016 (updated September 9, 2016).

With Obama having checked out, U.S. foreign policy is on auto pilot—”Do nothing”, August 23, 2016.

Beyond Trump and the November elections: Is a coherent U.S. foreign policy possible? August 16, 2016.

Fethullah Gulen extradition request: Extradition Treaty between Turkey and the United States (full text in English and Turkish), August 5, 2016.

Bring on the Clowns! Aleppo and the ashes of Obama’s foreign policy, August 3, 2016.

Trump versus Clinton on foreign policy, July 29, 2016.


There are gaps in the following list, which will be filled in as time permits.


REPRISE: Russia seizes Crimea through use of military force, March 20, 2016 (originally published on February 28, 2014).

REPRISE: Putin’s seizure of the Crimea and Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland: The comparison is accurate, March 20, 2016 (originally published on April 1, 2014).

Syria: Aleppo and the shame of the world, February 10, 2016.

Eid e shoma mobarak, Nowruz mobarak: President Obama’s Nowruz (Persian New Year) greeting to Persians throughout the world, March 19, 2016.

After Romney’s anti-Trump speech on March 3, alarm spreads over Trump candidacy and potential presidency, March 7, 2016.

International Law and the Descent toward Barbarism: MSF —“Wars are being fought as in ‘barbarian times’, March 7, 2016.

The ugly face of America: Donald Trump and his supporters, March 6, 2016.

Syria–“Cessation of hostilities” and realities on the ground (Updated March 4, 2016), March 4, 2016.

REPRISE—- Ukraine: Russian military intervention underway or likely, as Putin follows Hitler’s playbook in the Crimes, March 2, 2016 (originally published February 27, 2014).

Silvesternacht in Koln / Revellon en Cologne / New Year’s Eve in Cologne: Kommentar und Meinung / Commentaire et Opinion / Commentary and Opinion, February 29, 2016.









Russian propaganda and Western reporters who can’t think: Putin’s great rise in popularity, as revealed by polls, March 14, 2015.

Nemtsov assassination represents a stark warning to the opposition: “Criticize Putin, especially on the Ukraine, and you may die,” (Updated March 6, 2015)

Putin’s triumph over the pacifists and appeasers of the West, and the ferocious opponents he may face in the future, (revised February 25, 2015).

Ukraine Update: Overview and signficance of the continuing Russan invasion, March 5, 2015.

Minsk II Agreement of February 12, 2015 (with full texts in English and Russian), February 12, 2015.

Russia’s utter and continuing violation of international law in the Ukraine: U.N. General Assembly Resolution A/RES/25/2625 (1970) on Principles of International Law and Friendly Relations Among States, February 8, 2015.

The virus of nationalism and military aggression: Adolf Hitler in Vienna, March, 1938; Vladimir Putin in Sevastopol, May 9, 2014,June 30, 2014.

“Steinmeier-Lavrov Meeting in Moscow: “Sergej Wiktorowitsch, Du, du liegst mir im Herzen, Du, Du machst mir viel Shmerzen, weisst nicht wie gut ich dir bin,” November 18, 2014.




Putin’s Larger Plan: The sobering facts of Russia’s assault on Europe and the West, December 1, 2014.

The Elephant in the Room: Reflections on the nuclear deterrent and the Ukraine
December 1, 2014

Hollande states Mistral delivery suspended until further notice
November 25, 2014

Mistral-class warship “The Vladilovstok” ready to sail; Hollande sets stage for a “mysterious” departure in the night
November 22, 2014

Russian military intervention in the Ukraine: THE FACTS
November 22, 2014

Human rights abuses by Putin’s puppets: The seventh report of the OHCHR on the human rights situation in the Ukraine (with link to full report)
November 21, 2014

Pacifism and appeasement towards Russia in Germany, Europe, and the United States
November 19, 2014

Steinmeier-Lavrov Meeting in Moscow: “Sergej Wiktorowitsch (Lawrow), Du, du liegst mir im Herzen, Du, Du machst mir viel Shmerzen, weisst nicht wie gut ich dir bin”
November 18, 2014

Mistral Warships: U.S. Congress should ban defense contracts with France until Hollande guarantees non-delivery to Russia
November 17, 2014

Putin at G-20 in Brisbane: Shun the Aggressor!
November 14, 2014

Go for Putin!
November 12, 2014

U.N. Security Council meets in emergency session (link to video); NATO confirms columns of Russian tanks, artillery and troops crossing border into eastern Ukraine; Kiev denounces imminent large-scale invasion
November 12, 2014

Ukrainian military expert and politician charges OSCE Observers with bias
November 11, 2014

REPRISE: Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”
November 11, 2014
First published, November 11, 2011

Putin approves of 1939 Hitler-Stalin non-aggression pact and partitioning of Poland
November 11, 2014

Russia poised for much larger military intervention in Ukraine
November 11, 2014

The Russia-Ukraine War: Minsk Protocol near collapse; What is at stake; Harsher sanctions against Russia needed
November 3, 2014

The meaningless “sham” elections in “separatist”-held areas of the Ukraine on November 2, 2014
November 2, 2014

REPRISE: If Putin invades Mariupol and seizes a land corridor to the Crimea, what will NATO, the U.S. and the EU do?
October 31, 2014

Private: Vladimir Putin’s spech and comments at the Valdai International Discussion Club on October 24, 2014
October 30, 2014.

Update on Delivery of Mistral-Class Warship “The Vladilovstok” to Russia: François Hollande’s unilateral “conditions” for delivery, and the high risk of a treacherous fait accompli
October 30, 2014

The End of NATO: France proceeds with plans to deliver the first of two Mistral-class warships to Russia
October 29, 2014





Is Putin like Hitler?
April 4, 2014

February 22, 2014: U.N. Security Council unanimously approves Resolution 2139 (2014) on humanitarian access in Syria (with full text of Resolution)
April 2, 2014

Appeasement, American-style: Kerry reportedly did not raise Crimea withdrawal in Paris talks with Lavrov on March 30
April 1, 2014

Putin’s seizure of the Crimea and Hitler’s seizure of the Sudetenland: The comparison is accurate
April 1, 2014

America’s shame: By-passing Europe to meet with Lavrov before European summit aimed at stiffening response to Russian aggression in Ukraine
March 30, 2014

Fear of Provoking the Aggressor: Obama, Putin, and the West
March 29, 2014

REPRISE—Appeasement in the West: Clueless Obama assures Russia the U.S. rules out the use of force in Ukraine
March 29, 2014

Thinking out loud: Obama’s war of words in the face of Russian aggression
March 27, 2014

Responding to military seizure and annexation of the Crimea: Stronger PERMANENT SANCTIONS against Russia urgently needed
March 26, 2014

Appeasement in the West: Clueless Obama assures Russia the U.S. rules out the use of force in Ukraine
March 20, 2014

Eid-e-shoma mobarak: President Obama’s 2014 Statement on Nowruz
March 20, 2014

Appeasing the Aggressor: (Hybrid-) Pacifists in U.S. and E.U. give Russia a slap on the wrist for aggression and military intervention in the Ukraine
March 18, 2014

To influence Putin: Strong action by the West is required—Analysis and further commentary on the Ukraine
March 14, 2014

Airlift of NATO troops to Ukraine should be considered; U.N. Security Council meets on March 13 (links to video and press statements)
March 13, 2014

The qualities that are needed in a new CIA Director, Part I (with video links to Feinstein Senate speech and Brennan rebuttal)
March 13, 2014

On floor of Senate, Senator Feinstein speaks of grave constitutional violations by CIA (with video link)
March 12, 2014

Washington looks to Angela Merkel for leadership on Ukraine
March 12, 2014

Russian aggression in Ukraine: Commentary from Europe and beyond
March 10, 2014

Western diplomats stumble in the Ukraine—-Stop telephone diplomacy, let Germany lead, and publish serious international law memoranda
March 7, 2014

Ban Ki-Moon’s Special envoy Robert Serry manhandled, blocked, and forced to abandon mission in the Crimea; Repercussions from the Ukraine in the East China Sea and beyond
March 5, 2014

Ukraine: latest news, opinion and analysis
March 5, 2014

Steinmeier warns of extremely dangerous situation in Ukraine; Monday dinner with Lavrov yields no results; OCSE observer mission headed to Ukraine Wednesday
March 4, 2014

More American commentary on the Ukraine
March 4, 2014

Vladimir Putin’s March 4, 2014 press conference (transcript—partial—developing); video links to March 3, 2014 Security Council meeting on Ukraine
March 4, 2014

The fruits of pacifist foreign policies: Aggression in Ukraine, atrocities in Syria; Merkel’s fact-finding mission—a last chance to avert disaster?
March 3, 2014

U.N. Security Council meets at request of Ukraine—with links to press statements following meetings
March 2, 2014

Russia seizes Crimea by force, threatens larger invasion of Ukraine: Putin gambles with Russia’s future in the powder keg of Europe
March 1, 2014

Russia seizes Crimea through use of military force
February 28, 2014

UKRAINE: Russia military intervention underway in Crimea, in flagrant violation of international law
February 28, 2014

Ukraine: Russian military intervention underway or likely, as Putin follows Hitler’s playbook in the Crimea
February 27, 2014

The language issue in Ukraine: The Estonian experience, February 25, 2014

U.S. should revoke MFN status and impose sanctions on Putin and Moscow if Russia intervenes in Ukraine
February 25, 2014

Russia’s Prime Minister Medvedev claims direct threat to Russian citizens, laying basis for Russian military intervention in Ukraine
February 24, 2014

EU-brokered agreement in Ukraine; Parliament acts decisively, restoring 2004 constitution and firing Interior minister; full text of agreement (in English and German)
February 21, 2014

Yanukovych special forces and snipers deliberately murder demonstrators at the Maidan
February 20, 2014

REPRISE: Anwar al-Aulaqi—Targeted Killings, Self-Defense, and War Crimes
February 13, 2014

Improvisational foreign policy on the fly: More commentary on Nuland’s Ukraine cell-phone call affair, February 9, 2014

“F… the EU!” — U.S. diplomat Victoria Nuland reveals—once again—the incompetence of the Obama administration
February 7, 2014

Obama’s incompetence, America’s isolationism, and foreign policy consequences in the world out there
February 6, 2014

Michael Young of The Daily Star (Beirut): “Give Syria’s dead a chance to speak out.”
January 31, 2014

Watch what he does, not what he says: Decoding President Obama’s “State of the Union” speech (including link to text)
January 28, 2014

Words do not make it so: John Kerry’s denial of America’s retreat from the world
January 24, 2014

Erdogan leads rolling, auto-coup d’etat in Turkey, key NATO ally
January 22, 2014

The Emperor and his vassals: Obama and the Surveillance State
January 20, 2014

183 dead in Syria on January 14—Western intelligence meetings with Syria, the moral universe, and Geneva II
January 15, 2014

REPRISE: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin (July 28, 2012); Geneva II and the urgency of a ceasefire NOW
January 12, 2014

U.S. National Intelligence Estimate points to dire future in Afghanistan
January 8, 2014

Outlook for 2014 and beyond: Technology and the creation of increasingly powerful instruments of totalitarian control
January 4, 2014

U.S. sends military assistance to Iraq as Iran, violating U.N. sanctions, sends arms to Syria through Iraq
December 29, 2013

Christmas reflections: What Obama has taught the American people about Syria
December 25, 2013

REPRISE: A prayer for the children of Syria (December 25, 2013)
December 25, 2013

The big picture in Egypt: The referendum on the draft constitution on January 14-15, and the government’s crackdown on demonstrators
December 23, 2013

Syria: As Christmas approaches, the assault on civilization continues
December 22, 2013

Torture and torture memos pose serious obstacle to confirmation of Carolyn Krass as CIA General Counsel
December 20, 2013

The Carolyn Krass nomination to be General Counsel at the CIA, secret legal justifications and memos, and democratic government under the rule of law
December 18, 2013

New York police arrest Indian consular official in apparent flagrant violation of international law (Updated December 19)
December 17, 2013

Not Indexed by Google: An Update (December 9, 2013)
December 9, 2013

U. N. Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2127 (2013) authorizing military action and AU-led, French-backed peacekeeping force in Central African Republic
December 9, 2013

Egypt: Final negotiations and votes in the “Committee of 50″, and its adoption of draft constitution
December 4, 2013

Text of draft Egyptian constitution in English and Arabic
December 4, 2013

Egypt’s new draft constitution
December 3, 2013

The real problem with U.S. policy toward Afghanistan: Hamid Karzai and the CIA
November 26, 2013

Russian economic pressures and actions to force Ukraine not to ratify EU treaty violate international law principle of non-intervention (Updated November 27, 2013)
November 26, 2013

Karzai moves to get U.S. to guarantee his hold on power after 2014 elections
November 22, 2013

“When societies cannot be bothered by mass murder occurring elsewhere, then a perilous threshold has been crossed.”
November 20, 2013

REPRISE: Veterans’ Day, 2011: “Where have all the flowers gone, long time passing?”
November 11, 2013

Iran, Syria, and the nuclear question
November 10, 2013

Obama’s foreign policy incompetence, and what to do about it
November 1, 2013

Demandas de los expertos de la ONU sobre desapariciones forzadas, la memoria historica, Baltasar Garzon, y la ombra de la injusticia en Espana
October 1, 2013

Not indexed by Google: Trenchant Observer article with text of Security Council Resolution 2118; the unregulated power of a totalitarian instrument of thought control (updated November 27, 2013)
September 28, 2013

U.N. Security Council unanimously adopts Resolution 2118 establishing regime for the elimination of chemical weapons in Syria
September 27, 2013

Disillisioned with Obama’s chemical weapons deal with the Russians, 12 Free Syrian Army groups form alliance with al-Nusra Front in Syria
September 26, 2013

Obama, Putin and Syria: Commentary on the fallout from Obama’s backdown
September 19, 2013

Details in U.N. inspectors’ report on chemical weapons massacre at Ghouta point ineluctably to al-Assad (with link to report); more commentary
September 18, 2013

We are a bunch of curious people, that’s for sure, who care about the commission of evil in this world
September 17, 2013

Obama, Putin and Syria: Commentary
September 15, 2013

The Leopard and the Impala: Putin astutely plays Obama for a chump
September 12, 2013

Syria’s two problems, and Russia’s “iffy” solution to only one of them
September 10, 2013

The Russian proposal to control and dismantle chemical weapons in Syria—How to test it without losing mommentum
September 9, 2013

CBS News and PBS: Network of Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite, and PBS, give al-Assad megaphone for propaganda to oppose Obama—ON MONDAY!
September 8, 2013

Commentary on Syria and the response of the West
September 7, 2013

Moral cowardice in Europe and elsewhere: Bad-faith arguments on Syria by Germany and other countries lacking the courage to act
September 6, 2013

Obama’s failure to justify military action against Syria under international law, and its pernicious impact
September 4, 2013

Europe’s cowardice, and the urgent need to build a coalition of NATO members for military action in Syria
September 3, 2013

Next Steps: Obama, like a deer caught in the headlights of an oncoming car, must now take steps to deal with the Syrian crisis—all of it!
August 29, 2013

U.K. publishes legal justification for taking military action in Syria (full text and link)
August 29, 2013

Who ordered the use of chemical weapons in Syria?
August 28, 2013

A strong but narrow legal justification for military action in Syria: The key to building a strong coalition
August 27, 2013

Fine intellectual distinctions involving the use of force are likely to fail in Syria
August 26, 2013

New strategy and accompanying military action needed in Syria; Justification under International Law
August 25, 2013

Extraordinary rendition in Italy: Inside details revealed in 2003 CIA Milan abduction of Osama Mustapha Hassan Nasr
July 28, 2013

“The Disposition Matrix”: Is Obama laying the foundations of a future totalitarian state?
July 18, 2013

The United States and Syria: Incoherent policy
July 18, 2013

Al-Qaeda “Emir of the Coastal Region of the Islamic State” reported to personally kill top Free Syrian Army Commander
July 12, 2013

Intelligence Matters: Not good at chess—the U.S. pursuit of Snowden pushes him inevitably into KGB’s arms (Update — July 12, 2013)
July 12, 2013

Decisiveness in Egypt: the Military, El-Baradei, and the al-Nour Party
July 7, 2013

REPRISE: Hommage à Homs (actualisé / updated)
July 7, 2013

Egyptian military reverses Morsi’s November 22 coup, restores nation to democratic path (with full text of Army’s July 3, 2013 statement)
July 3, 2013

Political Earthquake in Egypt: Military Takeover Imminent
July 1, 2013

Intelligence Matters: Not good at chess—the U.S. pursuit of Snowden pushes him inevitably into KGB’s arms
June 30, 2013

Egypt and the struggle for the rule of law: Background to Morsi’s legal coup, imposition of his draft constitution, and by-passing of the Constitutional Court
June 29, 2013

Europas “Menschen des Wortes”, ihres Schweigen, und die Verantwortung die Europa auch für Syrien trägt
June 28, 2013

Obama’s “blind rhetoric”: Making speeches instead of foreign policy
June 27, 2013

Obama’s “intellectual” approach and continuing indecision on no-fly zone and arms in Syria
June 22, 2013

Obama’s “intellectual” decision-making style and the covert supply of arms to the Free Syrian Army
June 17, 2013

Syria: Russia and Iran complicit under International Law in the commission of war crimes and crimes against humanity
June 16, 2013

Syrian Options: The White House’s sophomoric understanding of International Law
June 14, 2013

The only effective option in Syria: Humanitarian Intervention through the direct use of military force
June 12, 2013

The new game in Syria and the only effective option now: the direct use of military force
June 11, 2013

Susan Rice and Samantha Power: Can they change Obama’s thinking on Syria? (updated)
June 7, 2013

Vigilantism in Bolivia and the Rule of Law
June 7, 2013

U.N. security Council “Press Statement” on Syria on June 7–meaningless words, without legal force
June 7, 2013

The U.N. Commission’s Report on Syria, Obama, and the path ahead with Susan Rice and Samantha Power
June 6, 2013

Do search engines delay indexing of blog posts they don’t like?
June 5, 2013

U.N. Commission of Inquiry Report on Syria (Doc. A-HRC-23-58); Seizure of al-Qusair; Use of Chemical Weapons by al-Assad
June 4, 2013

International human rights in retreat, as Iran, al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Russia gain the upper hand
May 30, 2013

International human rights in retreat, as Iran, al-Assad, Hezbollah, and Russia gain the upper hand
May 30, 2013

REPRISE — Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945
May 30, 2013

REPRISE: Syrian military continues campaign to crush opposition in Saraqeb, Homs, al-Qusair and elsewhere—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #16 (March 24, updated March 25, 2012)
May 28, 2013

The risks of playing the Russians’ diplomatic game: Putin, al-Assad, and their willing dupe–Barack Obama
May 22, 2013

Personal relations, Kerry and Lavrov, facts on the ground, and the search for solutions in Syria
May 19, 2013

U.N. General Assembly Adopts New Resolution on Syria (Doc. A/67/L.63) (May 15)–with vote tally
May 17, 2013

Benghazi reactions: Commentary, opinion and analysis
May 16, 2013

Obama and…the AP phone records, Benghazi, the IRS, or Syria?
May 13, 2013

Benghazi and Beyond
May 10, 2013

Nibia Zabalsagaray and the long arc of justice
May 9, 2013

REPRISE: “Looney Toons” at the White House: New York Times article details Obama’s thinking on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #45 (May 27, 2012)
May 7, 2013

U.N. Security Council adopts resolution (SC Res. 2100) establishing peacekeeping force in Mali
April 27, 2013

Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic has begged for forgiveness for the Srebrenice massacre, in remarks to be broadcast on Bosnian television
April 25, 2013

Obama’s “red line” baby talk, and the Red Herring of whether it has been crossed
April 25, 2013

Obama’s distorted relationship with the truth: Al-Assad’s use of chemical weapons in Syria
April 24, 2013

Where are the State Department’s annual Country Reports on Human Rights?
April 17, 2013

Chavista seizure of power through fraudulent elections and control of electoral machinery apparently underway in Venezuela
April 16, 2013

U.N. Security Council should meet urgently to deal with North Korea’s nuclear threats
April 12, 2013

John Kerry, Barack Obama, and the future of U.S. foreign policy
April 9, 2013

President Obama’s handlers: Ben Rhodes
April 5, 2013

One small step for mankind: “The Arms Trade Treaty” (Press Statement, and link to full text of the treaty)
April 2, 2013

Venezuelan “Chavista” candidate Nicolas Maduro has encounter with “a little bird” embodying Chavez’ spirit, communicates by whistling with the bird
April 2, 2013

A Powerful Vision of International Peace: The United Nations Charter
March 28, 2013

President Obama’s 2013 “Statement on Nowruz” (with links to video and full texts in English, Persian and Arabic)
March 20, 2013

Smart drones, the goal of peace, and the future of mankind
March 17, 2013

Hamid Karzai’s Scurrilous Attacks on the U.S. in Afghanistan
March 14, 2013

Senate confirms John Brennan as CIA Director—with tally and breakdown of vote
March 8, 2013

UPDATE (MARCH 6) WITH LINKS TO SENATOR RAND PAUL FILIBUSTER; REPRISE: Secret Laws, the John Brennan vote, and the rule of law
March 3, 2013

The vote on John Brennan’s confirmation to be CIA Director: Opinion and Commentary
February 27, 2013

What difference does it make if John Brennan is confirmed?
February 27, 2013

Brennan’s wristbands, McCain’s hold, and assertions of legality under international law based on secret operations and secret legal memoranda (with links to Brennan confirmation hearing video and written questions and answers)
February 25, 2013

Secret Laws, the John Brennan vote, and the rule of law
February 24, 2013

Imagine: The Collapse of International Order, Syria, and Berlin in 1945
February 20, 2013

Brennan unclear in confirmation hearing as to whether “waterboarding” constitutes “torture” (with transcript)—The John Brennan File #2
February 14, 2013

Drone Killings, the Constitution, International Law, and the John Brennan File
February 7, 2013

Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and the foreign policy “successes” of our celebrity leaders
February 2, 2013

Obama’s grades for his first term
January 22, 2013

Instead of issuing statements with no legal force, the Security Council should act now to maintain international peace and security in Mali
January 19, 2013

More on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and President Barack Obama
January 18, 2

Reflections on the struggle for justice and the rule of law: Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Barack Obama, and President Jimmy Carter
January 18, 2013

Key CIA official involved in Bush torture program criticizes “Zero Dark Thirty” for inaccurate depiction of “enhanced interrogation techniques,” January 7, 2013

REPRISE: “A time to break silence”: Dr. King on the Vietnam war, and President Carter on America’s human rights violations
January 6, 2013

Evaluating Obama’s foreign policy in first term—Call for collaborators, comments and suggestions
January 5, 2012

60,000 killed in Syria—REPRISE II: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #91
January 2, 2013

European court of human rights condemns Macedonia for “extraordinary rendition” to cooperating CIA officials, in Khaled el-Masri case
December 28, 2012

“Zero Dark Thirty”–Movie reviews and comments
December 26, 2012

Syrian army reportedly uses deadly gas on Khaldiyeh-Bayada frontline
December 26, 2012

A prayer for the children of Syria
December 24, 2012

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Morsi’s coup in Egypt: Obama’s silence, America’s shame
December 7, 2012

Is Obama losing Egypt?
December 6, 2012
Petraeus, Allen, Benghazi potpourri
November 16, 2012

Morsi’s Putsch: Battle lines are drawn—Details in draft constitution reveal Muslim Brotherhood’s strategy to seize all power in Egypt, as democrats defend the rule of law December 2, 2012

Morsi’s Coup d’Etat and Rushed Draft Constiution for Egypt (with latest English translation)
December 1, 2012

The Muslim Brotherhood’s Coup d’Etat in Egypt; William Butler Yeats and “The Second Coming”
November 28, 2012

“L’État, c’est moi”—Mohamed Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood launch coup d’état in Egypt
November 27, 2012

Lies, Spies and Politics: The Incredible Evolution of the Benghazi “Talking Points” Narrative–Part II
November 27, 2012

SRI LANKA: United Nations reports on its own grave failure, government war crimes on wide scale in closing weeks of civil war; human rights under assault (with link to U.N. report)
November 20, 2012

Possible motives for forcing Petraeus resignation
November 19, 2012

Deliberate ambiguity: Talking points, and what Susan Rice said on September 16 talk shows
November 16, 2012

Petraeus, Allen, Benghazi potpourri
November 16, 2012

Benghazi machinations continue: CIA announces investigation of Petraeus on eve of his testimony to Congress
November 16, 2012

Chain-of-command failure? Benghazi and the ghost of “Black Hawk Down”; Obama’s credibility (Updated November 15)
November 14, 2012 (Updated November 15, 2012)

All Eyes on Benghazi: The Petraeus Affair, Allen’s e-mails, and other distractions
November 13, 2012

Collateral damage: Holly Petraeus, and other victims of the Petraeus affaire (II)
November 11, 2012

Collateral damage: Holly Petraeus, and other victims of the Petraeus affair
November 11, 2012

On eve of testimony to Congress on Benghazi, CIA Director David Petraeus forced out over an affair
November 9, 2012 (updated November 10, 2012)

Kofi Annan’s Ghost Arises: More Illusory Solutions from Brahimi and China—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #89 (November 8)
November 8 2012

Benghazi Update: New questions raised on intelligence, decision-making failures
November 5, 2012
(Updated November 6, 2012)

Strategy of Assassination: Israel’s “targeted prevention” operations including its admitted assassination of PLO’s Abu Dschihad in 1988
November 4, 2012

Israel attacks Sudan in flagrant violation of international law; U.S. does nothing
October 28, 2012

International law and foreign policy questions for third presidential debate
October 21, 2012

Obama’s Achilles’ Heel: Hubris and the Arrogance of Power
October 15, 2012

New details on Benghazi attack on consulate, American response
October 13, 2012

REPRISE: The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #88 (October 11)
October 11, 2012

Mitt Romney delivers important speech on foreign policy
October 9, 2012

Syria as “the tinderbox of the Middle East”; Security Council press statement condemns Syria for shelling Turkish town—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #87 (October 5)
October 5, 2012

No time for cowboys: U.S. preparation for reprisals against Libyan targets
October 3, 2012

The punishment of presumed innocents: From the Vatican, and Afghanistan, cautionary tales for our times
October 2, 2012

Words and Deeds: President Obama delivers eloquent defense of free speech and democracy at U.N. General Assembly (with text and video links)
September 29, 2012

“Muslim rage” and the West: The expression of regret for the protected speech of others
September 19, 2012

REPRISE: Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad, It’s About Us—Obama’s Debacle in Syria
— Update #86 (September 18)
September 18, 2012 (originally published March 6, 2012)

Xi Jinping, China’s presumed next president, re-emerges after two-week disappearing act
September 14, 2012

President Morsi and Muslim Brotherhood express condolences for American losses in Benghazi, offer reassurances concerning defense of U.S. embassy in Cairo; Vienna Conventions require effective defense in all cases
September 14, 2012

By publicly naming person behind anti-Muslim film, federal officials commit appalling abuse of power
September 14, 2012

Obama’s and Romney’s foreign policy teams and key appointments

September 11, 2012

Obama, the Warrior, accepts the Democratic nomination

September 7, 2012

Will France take the lead on Syria?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #85 (September 7)

September 7, 2012

In Washington, new voices urging no-fly zones; France reportedly supports “liberated zones”, moves towards supply of weapons—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #84 (September 5)

September 5, 2012

Archbishop Desmond Tutu calls for prosecution of Blair and Bush for Iraq invasion; Torture investigations end in U.S.,

September 3, 2012

The U.N. Charter, International Law, and Legal Justifications for Military Intervention in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #83 (September 1)

September 1, 2012

U.N. Securiy Council Meets: More “blah, blah, blah”, and no action—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #82 (August 30)

August 31, 2012

America as “Policeman of the World”:  U.S. marines deployed in Guatemala for anti-drug smuggling operations

August 29, 2012 (Updated August 31, 2012)

André Glucksmann, “The killing continues in Syria” (English translation)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #81 (August 28)

August 28, 2012

Washington Post editorial decries “moral bankruptcy” of Obama policy on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #80 (August 28)

August 28, 2012

Die Zeit (Berlin): Mlitary intervention in Syria is “absolutely essential”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #79 (August 27)

August 27, 2012

Continuing massacres in Syria, at Daraya and elsewhere; legal justification for military intervention — Obama’s Debacle in Syria

—Update #78 (August 26)

August 26, 2012

Will the raging fire in Syria reach the cedars of Lebanon?—Obama’s Debacle in Syira

— Update #77 (August 24)

August 24, 2012

Grave errors, repeated? The United States, France, the U.K. and Kofi Annan’s successor; Latest developments on UNSMIS, Joint Special Envoy—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #76 (August 16) Revised 20:00 GMT

August 16, 2012

André Glucksmann, “La tuerie continue en Syrie”—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #74 (August 13)

August 13, 2012

New authoritarian states in Latin America seek to weaken regional human rights commission and court; Venezuela gives notice of withdrawal from Inter-American Court of Human Rights

August 11, 2012

Ban Ki-Moon’s unceremonious dismissal of General Robert Hood; SG on verge of disastrous appointment of successor to Kofi Annan—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #73 (August 10)

August 10, 2012

U.N. General Assembly adopts resolution condemning Syria by vote of 133-12 with 31 abstentions (vote tally and full text)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #72 (August 3) Revised August 4, 2012

Syrian rebels reportedly commit war crimes; U.N. Security Council should refer crimes in Syria to the ICC—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #71 (August 1)

August 1, 2012

The Olympic Games, and the Battle for Aleppo, Begin—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #70 (July 28)

July 28, 2012

South Africa strays from Mandela’s vision, abstaining in Security Council vote on Syria

— Update #69

July 27, 2012

REPRISE: Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Without Security Council Authorization—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #68 (July 25)

July 25, 2012

Security Council adopts Resolution 2059 extending mandate of UNSMIS for 30 days (with text); fighting and risks intensify—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #67 (July 20)

July 20, 2012

Draft Security Council Resolution S/2012/538 vetoed by Russia and China (text of resolution and video link)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #66 (July 19)

July 19, 2012

REPRISE: “The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #65 (July 19)

July 19, 2012

If Russia vetoes a Security Council resolution on Syria, then what? — Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update # 64 (July 17)

July 17, 2012

Kofi Annan’s triumph—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #63 (July 14)

July 14, 2012

REPRISE: Goals to guide the international community in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #62 (July 11),

July 11, 2012 (originally published May 29, 2012)

What future for UNSMIS and for Kofi Annan? Russia pushes for more of the same, with an implied military threat to dissuade all from any other options—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #61 (July 11)

July 11, 2012

Next steps in Syria: End UNSMIS observer mission, and send Kofi Annan home. Also, begin prosecutions of war criminals, and prepare for possible military action—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #60 (July 10)

July 10, 2012

Kofi Annan proves Karl Marx right: “History repeats itself, first as tragedy, then as farce”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #59 (July 9)

July 9, 2012

The Obama Leaks: The issue is not the leaks, but whether the president lied to the American people

July 4, 2012

Oh, what a beautiful castle in the sky! Kofi Annan the Illusionist, the moral cowardice of the world, and the end of the United Nations dream—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #58 (July 2)

July 2, 2012

Border tensions with Turkey rise; 190 killed on Thursday, al-Assad defiant, P5 + 4 to meet in Geneva on Saturday—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #57

June 30, 2012

“A time to break silence”: Dr. King on the Vietnam war, and President Carter on America’s human rights violations (revised June 28)

June 27, 2012 (updated June 28, 2012)

Holder’s Investigations into Torture and Covert Operations Leaks–An Obama Coverup?

June 26 2012

Immunity or safe-conduct for al-Assad? Can Kofi Annan fail? Conference before cease-fire?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #56 (June 23)

June 23, 2012

Obama-Putin meeting at G-20 in Mexico (video of joint press conference and transcript of related news conference)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #55 (June 19)

June 19, 2012

General Mood of UNSMIS briefs Security Council— Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #54 (June 19) (with video links)

June 19, 2012

REPRISE: Hommage à Homs: Jacques Prévert, “Barbara” (with English translation); Paul Verlaine, “Ariette III” — Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #53 (June 19)

June 19, 2012

Islamabad, Kabul, Moscow, Damascus and Washington: The cumulative iimpact of “rookie” errors—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #52 (June 16)

June 16, 2012

Obama, the presidential elections, Syria and Iran—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #51 (June 12)

June 12, 2012

Did the White House authorize recent leaks on covert programs?

June 10, 2012

“The League of Authoritarian States”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #50 (June 9)

June 9, 2012

New massacre, some 140 killed in Syria; U.N. General Assembly meeting, Security Council consultations on Thursday—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #49 (June 7)

June 7, 2012

Foreign policy incompetence; further opinion on President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

June 6, 2012

U.N. Human Rights Council adopts June 1 resolution condemning Syria (41-3-2), orders inquiry into Houla (Houleh) massacre (with video links)—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #48 (June 5)

June 5, 2012

More news and opinion on President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

June 3, 2012 (Updated June 4, 2012)

President Obama as “Executioner in Chief”

June 1, 2012

Goals to guide the international community in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #47 (May 29)

May 29, 2012

Security Council Press Statement on Houla massacre: Empty words, without significance—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #46 (May 28)

May 28, 2012

“Looney Toons” at the White House: New York Times article details Obama’s thinking on Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #45

May 27, 2012

Chief of UN Observers confirms massacre at Houla; NGOs report 35 children and total of 110 killed—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #44 (May 26)

May 26, 2012

At least 70 killed nationwide; massacre of 50 in Houla; U.N. International Commission on Syria Update—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update # 43 (May 25)

May 25, 2012

U.S. State Department Releases “Country Reports on Human Rights Practices for 2011″

May 24, 2012

Syrian fighting spills over into Lebanon, threatening stability there—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #42 (May 24)

May 24, 2012

After G-8 “agreement on Syria”, the fighting continues—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #41 (May 23) REVISED

May 23, 2012

U.S. Covert Action in Syria?—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #40 (May 22)

May 22, 2012

Obama clueless on Syria? G-8 endorses UN 6-point peace plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #39 (May 21)

May 21, 2012

Reasoning from Conclusions in Afghanistan

May 18, 2012

Germany defaults on security responsibilities; sends 10 monitors to Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #38 (April 16)

May 17, 2012

Stop the UN farce!—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #37

May 15, 2012

EU “slaps” new sanctions on Syria—0bama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #36 (April 14)

May 14, 2012

Baltasar Garzón presenta recurso de amparo al Tribunal Constitucional contra su condena en el caso de las escuchas Gürtel

May 14, 2012

Failure of “last chance to avoid civil war” in Syria—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #35 (May 10)

May 10, 2012

U.N. says peace plan “on track” as up to 43 people killed on Friday—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #34 (May 4)

May 4, 2012

William Hague (March 22): “We will not forget the people of Syria for a single day.”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #33 (May 1)

May 1, 2012

Where are the State Department Country Reports on Human Rights? Are Clinton and Geithner visits to China at play? (Updated May 1)

April 30, 2012

Latest news reports—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #32

April 28, 2012

Developments on the ground—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Upadate #31 (April 26)

April 26, 2012

Syrian forces carry out revenge attacks and targeted reprisals against those meeting with U.N. observers—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #30 (April 25)

April 25, 2012

With al-Assad defiant, freeze on UNSMIS, military action required—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Upadate #29 (April 24)

April 24, 2012

Security Council establishes observer mission (UNSMIS) with 300 officials to monitor implementation of Kofi Annan plan—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #28 (April 22),

April 22, 2012

Stop the killing: Stop al-Assad, Putin, and Kofi Annan— Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #27 (April 21)

April 21, 2012

At last, the Security Council acts on Syria, adopting Resolution 2042

—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #26 (April 14)

April 14, 2012

“By all necessary means”: Syria is closer than you think, and the hour is late—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #25 (April 9)

April 9, 2012

Humanitarian Intervention in Syria Without Security Council Authorization—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #24 (April 8)

April 8, 2012

Putin’s victory: Another Security Council “presidential statement”, and ferocious attacks on the ground—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #23 (April 7)

April 7, 2012

A Future Foretold: On the ground, al-Assad continues attacks—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #22 (April 4)

April 4, 2012

Events on the Ground in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #21 (April 3)

April 3, 2012

Into the Abyss: Washington’s Fecklessness, Syria’s Fate—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #20 (March 30)

March 30, 2012

“The emperor has no clothes”: Foreign policy without a moral core—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #19 (March 29)

March 29, 2012

Limited military action to halt crimes against humanity: A new template to halt terror in Syria, and elsewhere—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #18 (March 28)

March 28, 2012

Syrian onslaught continues in Deraa, Hama, Kalidiya, Homs, Saraqueb, Qalit al-Madiq, and elsewhere—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #17

March 28, 2012

Garzón y el caso de las escuchas Gürtel: El Tribunal Supremo rechaza el recurso de nulidad, abriendo el camino al Tribunal Constitucional

el 26 de marzo de 2012

Syrian military continues campaign to crush opposition in Saraqeb, Homs, al-Qusair and elsewhere—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #16 (March 24, updated March 25)

March 24, 2012

Attorney General Eric Holder offers legal justification for targeted killings of U.S. citizens abroad

March 24, 2012

Kofi Annan is not God—Obama’s debacle in Syria

— Update #15

March 23, 2012

Security Council issues “presidential statement”; al-Assad’s military onslaught continues unabated—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #14 (March 22)

March 22, 2012

Putin plays hardball in Syria, uses Lavrov to distract gullible UN and international community—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #13 (March 20)

March 20, 2012

Obama sends 2012 Nowruz greetings to Persians (“eide shoma mobarak”), denounces “electronic curtain” in Iran

March 20, 2012

Beyond Despair: Obama’s Debacle in Syria

—Update #12 (March 16)

March 15, 2012

Annan fails in Damascus as Syrian army continues its onslaught—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #11 (March 11)

March 11, 2012

Tanks roll in Idlib as Kofi Annan is rebuffed—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #10 (March 10)

March 10, 2012

The Daily Star: “We procrastinate”—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #9 (March 9)

March 9, 2012

The “Rational Actor” Fallacy and Stopping Syria’s Atrocities—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #8 (March 9)

March 9, 2012

Lack of Moral Courage at the Highest Levels—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #7 (March 8)

March 8, 2012

Responding to Atrocities in Syria: It’s Not Just About Al-Assad—It’s About Us—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #6 (March 6)

March 6, 2012

The Nuremberg Principles and Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #5″

March 5, 2012, updated March 6, 2012

PNTR and MFN Status: Congress, Russia and Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #4 (March 5)

March 5, 2012

Republican Senator John McCain Urges U.S. Military Attacks to Halt Atrocities in Syria—Obama’s Debacle in Syria

— Update #3 (March 5)

March 5, 2012

Passivity in the Face of Terror in Syria, Threats of War in Iran — Obama’s Debacle in Syria—Update #2 (March 3, 2012)

March 3, 2012

Diplomats founder—military action, not “mediation” required NOW to halt crimes against humanity—Obama’s Debacle in Syria — Update #1 (February 29)

February 29, 2012, revised March 1, 2012

Garzón absuelto en el caso de la memoria histórica; ahora analicemos de cerca la sentencia en el caso Gürtel

28 de febrero de 2012

El acoso al Juez Garzón: Caso de los gastos para los cursos de la Universidad de Nueva York archivado por prescripción

27 de febrero de 2012

Hommage à Homs: Jacques Prévert, “Barbara”; Paul Verlaine, “Ariette”

le 25 Février, 2012

Military Intervention to establish “no-kill zones” and humanitarian corridors—Syria Update #9

February 24, 2012

U.N. Commission Report on Crimes Against Humanity in Syria; Military Action; Unilateral Humanitarian Intervention in Syria and International Law

February 24, 2012

Obama’s debacle in Syria

February 23, 2012

Guérnica, Hama, Srebrenice and now Homs—Terror Before a Leaderless and Helpless World–Syria Update #8

February 22, 2012

Military Action Now Required to Stop Al-Assad–Syria Update #7

February 21, 2012

Críticas a la sentencia del Tribunal Supremo contra Garzón en el caso Gürtel; decisión del Fiscal General de apelar o no

February 18, 2012

The Syrian Question:  Srebrenice Again?—Syria Update #3

February 17, 2012

U. N. General Assembly condemns Syria by by vote of 137 to 12, with 17 abstentions (text of reslution)

February 16, 2012

El Poder Judicial intenta limitar críticas de la sentencia contra Garzón en el caso Gürtel

February 14, 2012

China gets free ride on Security Council veto; questions for Xi Jinping; Nivi Pillay before General Assembly—Syria Update #5

February 13, 2012

Garzon convicted by Supreme Court in Gürtel wiretap case

February 9, 2012

Chinese and Russian Vetoes of Security Council Resolution on Syria–Details on February 4 Meeting, Including Video, Text of Resolution, and Transcript of Proceedings—Syria Update #4

February 8, 2012

China defends Syrian regime committing crimes against humanity, blocking Security Council action—Syria Update #2

February 5, 2012

Russia’s calculations, al-Assad and civil war: Syria Update #1

February 3, 2012

Monumental miscalculation? Russia’s strategic interests in Syria and its defense of the al-Assad regime

February 2, 2012

La Russie défend ses interêts stratégiques du XIXème siècle en Syrie, aveugle au XXIème

le 1 février, 2012

Obama’s foreign policy juggernaut, including Tom Donilon, and the risks of hubris

January 27, 2012

Los casos contra Garzón: Las cuestiones prévias en el caso de la memoria histórica

24 de enero de 2012

The legal essence of the cases of “prevaricación” against Baltasar Garzón

January 20, 2012

Complaint before U.N. Special Rapporteur alleges U.S. judicial interference in Garzón torture cases in Spain

January 19, 2012

Syria: The Human Cost of Delay

January 18, 2012

The Baltasar Garzón Case: In Spain, justice itself is on trial

January 17, 2012

¡Que pena para España! Los casos contra Garzón llegan al juicio

January 16, 2012

Qatar’s leader suggests sending troops to Syria

January 14, 2012

New NIE intelligence estimate on Afghanistan not optimistic

January 12, 2012

Obama’s New Year’s Resolutions for Foreign Policy in 2012

January 5, 2012

Government Terror in Syria—Putin, Al Assad, and Security Council Referral to the ICC

December 31, 2011

REPRISE (from 2009): Wanted in Oslo—President Obama’s Vision of Peace

December 9, 2011

Crisis in Lebanon: Hezbollah versus the United Nations, International Law, and the World Community

November 25, 2011

REPRISE: Syria and the Shame of the World

November 19, 2011

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

November 11th, 2011

The risk of uttering a scintilla of truth: Gen. Allen fires Maj. Gen. Fuller in Afghanistan

November 5, 2011

Drone Attacks and Other “Targeted Killings” — State Department Legal Adviser Invokes International Law Limits

September 24, 2011

Syria — and the shame of the world (developing)

August 20, 2011

August 20, 1968 — “Dubček, Svoboda!”

August 20, 2011

Afghanistan–A Hint of Future Collapse? Hand-off to Afghan Forces, as Taliban Seize Control around Mazar-e-Sharif

August 5, 2011

Words and Deeds: Obama’s Defense of Democracy in Africa, 2011

August 1, 2011


August 1, 2011

International Law and the Use of Force: Drones and Real Anarchy Unleashed Upon the World

July 17, 2011

Obama and Democracy in Africa, 2011

July 16, 2011

Der Spiegel on Nasrallah, Hezbollah, and the STL Indictments

July 12, 2011

Assassination of Syed Saleem Shahzad: Pakistan is the problem

July 9, 2011

Update: Torture, The STL in Lebanon, and Obama’s “Way Forward” in Afghanistan

July 1, 2011

Cristina Almeida: Casos contra Garzón “más grave que el intento de golpe de Estado de 1981″

28 de junio, 2011

Ratko Mladic to join Radovan Karadic in The Hague; Moammar Qaddafi and Bashar al-Assad await similar fates

May 28, 2011

REPRISE: Consorting with the Devil? The Debate Over the Efficacy of Torture

May 15, 2011

Repression in Syria, and the spread of universal ideals throughout the world

May 11, 2011

Bin Laden and the Debate Over Torture–Revived

May 7, 2011

Negotiating with War Criminals? Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #7 (May 4)

May 4, 2011

If Misrata falls…: Obama’s debacle in Libya– Update #6 (May 2)

May 2, 2011

Fierce Artillery Attacks on Misurata: Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #5 (May 1)

May 1, 2011

NATO Impotent: Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #4 (April 28)

April 29, 2011

The Human Cost: Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #3 (April 26)

April 26, 2011

Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #2 (April 23)

April 23, 2011

Obama’s Debacle in Libya — Update #1 (April 22)

April 22, 2011

Obama’s Debacle in Libya

April 21, 2011

Libya — “All necessary measures”

March 29, 2011

Current military actions in Libya

March 26, 2011

“Analyst-in-Chief” muddies waters; “Commander-in-Chief” cannot be found

March 22, 2011

Shooting Straight About Military Operations in Libya

March 21, 2011

Commitments Obama Needs from Brazil

March 15, 2011

While Carthage Burns, Obama Dithers

March 14, 2011

Zawiyah–Qaddafi’s victory, but stories will be told

March 10th, 2011

Libya—America Abdicates Global Leadership in Struggle for Democracy

March 10th, 2011

Zawiyah 2011 = Srebrenice 2005

March 8th, 2011

Libya and “The Audacity to Act”

March 6, 2011

The Struggle for Democracy in Bolivia, Spain, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, Lebanon, Ivory Coast, and Iran

March 3, 2011

Obama’s Foreign Policy Quagmires and Successes

January 4, 2011

Corrupt-istan Update: Karzai’s Brazen Defiance

November 11, 2010

Lebanon teeters on the brink

November 10, 2010

The smartest person in the room, and the Afghanistan policy review

October 24, 2010

Is Obama the smartest person in the room?

October 22, 2010

Complex political currents in Iran

October 21, 2010

“The Magician” draws eyes away from the ball in Afghanistan–again!

October 13, 2010

Strategic disarray in Afghanistan

October 2, 2010

Übersetzungen von Artikeln Über die Anreicherung in Brasilien, den Fall von Baltasar Garzón in Spanien, und die Unabhängigkeit der Gerichte in Bolivien

25 September 2010

English translations of articles on enrichment in Brazil, the case of Baltasar Garzón in Spain, and the independence of the judiciary in Bolivia

September 25, 2010

Ex-Presidente Jorge Quiroga, sentenciado por injurias, cuestiona democracia e justicia independiente en Bolivia

el 24 de setiembre de 2010

Tribunal Supremo de Justicia rechaza apelación de Garzón para ordenar pruebas; quedan pendientes otros recursos

21 de setiembre de 2010

O enriquecimento do urânio no Brasil avança

20 de setembro, 2010

Afghan National Assembly Elections and their Implications

September 19, 2010

NEWS TO NOTE: Pakistani sources report progress in back-channel talks with Taliban

September 18, 2010

Fighting corruption and other challenges in Dexter Filkins’ Corrupt-istan

September 18, 2010

The U.S., Iran, and Afghanistan; In Iran, attacks on home of Karroubi and offices of Moussavi

September 17, 2010

September 18 Afghan National Assembly Elections–Context

September 4, 2010

CIA Payments Undercut U.S. Efforts to Strengthen Governance in Afghanistan

September 2, 2010

August 20, 1969 — “Dubček, Svoboda!” (Personal Takes)

August 20, 2010

Senator Kerry’s Conflict of Interest in Afghanistan

August 19, 2010

“Houston, we have a problem” — Mexican Prison Director Allegedly Uses Inmates as Hit Squad

August 11, 2010

UPDATE: Anwar al-Aulaqi: Targeted Killings, Self-Defense, and War Crimes

August 7, 2010

REPRISE (from March 26, 2010): Afghanistan U.N. SRSG de Mistura Describes U.N. Electoral Role; What Are Allied Forces Fighting For?

July 29, 2010

(Originally published March 26, 2010)

Wikileaks’ Leaked Documents on Afghanistan: Massive U.S. Intelligence System Failure

July 27, 2010

“The Magician” enthralls donors once again, in Kabul

July 22, 2010

General Petraeus, the Haqqani network, and moral clarity in Afghanistan

July 14, 2010

Updated July 16, 2010

Afghanistan: Suicide Attack on Contractor DAI Compound in Kunduz / Selbstmord Anschlag auf US-Hilfsorganisation DAI in Kunduz

3 Juli 2010

Urgent Note to Obama and Petraeus: Reread the Eikenberry Cables, Avoid Reasoning from Conclusions, and Adjust Course

July 1, 2010

La defensa pide al Tribunal Supremo la absolución del juez Garzón

24 de junio de 2010

After McChrystal: Obama, Petraeus, and Fixing a Failed Strategy in Afghanistan

June 23, 2010

L’appel du General de Gaulle du 18 juin 1940, le president Obama, et le droit international

le 18 juin 2010

The New York Times’ Bob Herbert on dire Afghanistan situation and “the courage to leave”

June 11, 2010

Der Spiegel article: “Non-proliferation in Latin America: Is Brazil developing the bomb?

June 9, 2010

Der Spiegel publica artigo sobre “A não proliferação na América Latina: Está o Brasil desenvolvendo a bomba?”

June 8, 2010


Intelligence Matters: In Afghanistan, Karzai Ousts Interior Minister Hanif Atmar and Intelligence Chief Amrullah Saleh

June 7,2010

Targeted Killings: U.N. Special Rapporteur Alston Publishes Report to U.N. Human Rights Council

June 2, 2010

Intelligence Matters: U.S. Dependence on Intelligence From Wali Karzai Shapes Kandahar Strategy

May 27, 2010

Brazil and Turkey’s Nuclear Deal with Iran

May 25, 2010,

updated May 26, 2010

Obama Snubs Abdullah During Latter’s Trip to Washington

May 22, 2010

L’interdiction du niqab dans les espaces publiques en France / The ban on full-face veils in public spaces in France

May 20, 2010

Análisis profundizado de los errores de Varela en el “Caso Garzón”

20 de mayo de 2010

Targeted Killings by Drone Aircraft: A View From India, and Some Observations

May 20, 2010

Prix René Cassin; Auto de Varela de apertura de juicio contra Garzón; Intervenciones de parte de la Fiscalía

18 de mayo de 2010

Más reportajes y comentarios sobre el fondo jurídico del ‘Caso Garzón’

2 de mayo de 2010


April 21, 2010

Sobre el fondo jurídico del caso de prevaricación contra Baltasar Garzón

16 de abril de 2010

Se acusan a los acusadores de Garzón; el caso Garzón es una mancha en el Poder Judicial de España

14 de abril de 2010

Garzon’s Accusers are Accused: Abuse of Judicial Power in Garzón Case is Stain on Spanish Judiciary

April 13, 2010

Reportajes y Comentarios Sobre el Caso de Baltasar Garzón

12 de abril de 2010

In Spain, Judge Baltasar Garzón, Champion of Human Rights, is Prosecuted

April 11, 2010

En España, Enjuician al Juez Baltasar Garzón, Campeón de los Derechos Humanos

10 de abril de 2010

Anwar al-Aulaqi: Targeted Killings, Self-Defense, and War Crimes

April 7, 2010

Opera Buffa in Kabul — Karzai Threatens to Join the Taliban

April 5, 2010

José Goldemberg da USP Publica Crítica Detalhada à Postura do Brasil em Relação a Irã e a Não Proliferação de Armas Nucleares

April 2, 2010

News to Note: Lower House of Afghan National Assembly Rejects Karzai’s Electoral Coup

March 31, 2010

Thomas L. Friedman on Karzai; Hard Options

March 31, 2010

Afghanistan: Obama Begins to Grasp the Reality of Karzai

March 30, 2010

Afghanistan: U.N. SRSG de Mistura Describes U.N. Electoral Role; What Are Allied Forces Fighting For?

March 27, 2010

GoDaddy Follows Google, Refuses to Aid Censorship in China; Clinton on Internet Freedom

March 25, 2010

Obama: “eide shoma mobarak” — The President’s Nowruz (New Year’s) Greeting to Persians Throughout the World

March 24, 2010

Intelligence Matters: CIA Capabilities in Afghanistan

March 21, 2010

Intelligence Matters: Khost, The Flynn Report, and a Few Hypotheses

March 17, 2010

China’s Report on Human Rights in the United States

March 13, 2010

Update: Colbert Weighs In–-on Patrick Kennedy’s Charge News Coverage of Afghanistan Vote “despicable”

March 17, 2010

Original Post

Congressmen Patrick Kennedy (D-R.I.) Decries News Coverage of Afghanistan Vote

March 13, 2010

Afghanistan: Controversy Over Live TV Coverage of Attacks, Deafening Silence on Karzai’s Electoral Coup

March 13, 2010

NEWS TO NOTE: Former MI-5 Head Charges Americans Hid Torture from British

March 10th, 2010

Viagem de Clinton, Irã (Irão) e Armas Nucleares no Brasil

6 de Março de 2010

Clinton’s Visit, Iran, and Nuclear Weapons in Brazil

March 5th, 2010

More News and Commentary on Clinton Trip (II)– Más/Mais Notícias sobre Viaje / Viagem de Clinton

March 5th, 2010

News Reports on Clinton Trip / Notícias sobre Viaje/Viagem de Clinton

March 3rd, 2010

Onde está a América do Sul? O terramoto, Clinton, e o continente esquecido

3 de Março de 2010

¿Por dónde está la América del Sur? El terremoto, Clinton y el continente olvidado

2 de marzo de 2010

EL OBSERVADOR INCISIVO: Artículos en orden cronológico

1 de marzo de 2010

Where is South America? The Earthquake, Clinton, and the Forgotten Continent

February 27th, 2010

U.S.-Pak Military Deal: Quetta Shura Arrests, Karzai’s Electoral Coup, and the Rule of Law

February 24th, 2010

REVISED February 25, 2010

Karzai’s Electoral Coup, 1000 U.S. Military Deaths and… “What Is It, Again, That We Are Fighting for in Afghanistan?”

February 24th, 2010

The Clock is Ticking: U.S. Application of the Torture Convention

February 20th, 2010

Targeted Assassinations: Mahmoud al-Mabhouh, International Law, and Strategic Implications

February 17, 2010

Pakistan Desire to “Mediate” with Taliban Consistent with Earlier Reports of Deal to Support Karzai in Election Settlement

February 10th, 2010

February 11–The 20th Anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s Release; South Africa’s Support for Zimbabwe, Iran

February 10th, 2010

U.S. Targeted Assassinations Violate Citizen’s Right to Life and Due Process, Undercut International Law

February 3rd, 2010

Commentary on Eikenberry Cables, Intelligence on Afghanistan

January 28th, 2010

Afghanistan Donors Conference in London, Need to Address Past Failures

January 27th, 2010

Eikenberry Memos Place Spotlight on U.S. Dilemmas in Afghanistan

January 27th, 2010

Media Notes: Obama Needs a Non-Verbal Communication and Culture Coach

January 20th, 2010

NEWS TO NOTE: In Iran, Khamenei calls for non-interference by militias and for officials “to fully respect the law”

January 14th, 2010

MUST-READ ANALYSIS: Juan Cole on “Serial Catastrophes in Afghanistan”

January 7th, 2010

Our Dimming Vision of World Affairs

January 2nd, 2010

NEWS TO NOTE: “Dirty War” Prosecutions in Argentina

December 28th, 2009

Obama — “that spark of the divine that still stirs within each of our souls”

December 16th, 2009

Obama’s Nobel Lecture: Setting a Course for the American Ship of State

December 12th, 2009

Obama’s Pit Stop in Oslo

December 9th, 2009

Wanted in Oslo: President Obama’s Vision of Peace

December 5th, 2009

Background Reading for the Nobel Acceptance Speech in Oslo: The U.N. Convention Against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment

December 4th, 2009

Craig’s Departure, the Ban on Publication of Any Torture Photograph, and Reaffirmation of the Prohibition Against Torture

Update, December 2, 2009

Orignal Post, November 25, 2009

MEDIA WATCH—Frontline Episode on “A Death in Tehran”

November 18, 2009

Understanding Obama’s Dilemma: Key Articles on Taliban Advances, CIA Role, Karzai’s Brother, Magnitude of U.S. and U.N. Failures

November 13th, 2009

NEWS TO NOTE Deal by U.S. with Pakistan Military to Undercut Abdullah in Final Discussions?

November 11th, 2009

NEWS TO NOTE—Karzai discounts contribution of withdrawn U.N. staff

November 10th, 2009

WORDS FOR REFLECTION: White House Response to Karzai Being Named President; Iranian Demonstrators

November 5th, 2009


October 28th, 2009

LUTTE POUR LA SURVIE de Karzaï en Afghanistan: l’ampleur réelle de la fraude électorale, les chances d’Abdullah, et la réponse de Washington

le 24 octobre, 2010

Did the degree of transparency and fairness of the elections in Afghanistan have any impact in Iran?

October 24th, 2009


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October 1st, 2009

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