In the United States, a welfare program for the poor was dismantled in 1996 by the Republican congress and President Bill Clinton, with the (highly fallacious) motive that it encouraged “fraud, wasteful spending and misuse.” Thirteen years later, the reform proposed by Barack Obama will not fundamentally alter a [Read more]
Today at the 64th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the Russian Federation’s President Dmitry Medvedev will hold a meeting with his American colleague Barack Obama. This will be their first meeting since the U.S. made its decision to cancel plans to station anti-ballistic missile systems [Read more]
America's extreme right is as vocal and irrational as it was in the 1990s and the U.S. media is too spineless to stop it.
The pressure and challenges Obama faces in this summit cannot be readily resolved, and thus the summit will be a disappointment to Americans and the rest of the world.
During Prime Minister Yukio Hatoyama and President Obama’s first meeting together, they agreed to maintain and strengthen their alliance. Avoiding a discussion of their respective pending issues, the two leaders created a mood amenable to cooperation. However, one has to wonder whether this is really a good start [Read more]
It's impossible for any political or social scientist to interpret a phenomenon without referring to where it started to take shape. Based upon this principal, it's necessary for anyone who follows American policy in the Middle East to dive into learning its political structure and know the elements of its [Read more]
<b>The G8 nations reach agreement on some new rules for financial markets. The police react to demonstrations with brutality.</b>
In the matter of the economic summit of industrialized and important developing nations, the new formula is: make 20 out of eight. The Pittsburgh G20 summit may be said to be showing [Read more]
It’s not surprising that George Mitchell will fail in his latest tour aimed at bringing Israeli and Palestinian back to negotiations. The invitation from Obama for a tripartite meeting at the U.N General Assembly is not strange. Anybody who is familiar with the American strategy and the decision-making mechanism in [Read more]
Arabs are not going to normalize their relationships with Israel before recognizing an independent Palestinian state. That is what should be perceived by Netanyahu and supported by President Obama!