User Profile: Jane Dorwart
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Recently, 16 states have passed or are working on legislation that would restrict abortion. [Read more]
Brazil gains much more if it ... navigates between the two giants without becoming a vassal to one or the other. [Read more]
If it is a mistake to reduce the Global Gag Rule to the question of abortion, it is not a mistake to describe that as one of many faces of U.S. imperialism that targets women and children. [Read more]
We will have to inspect the narratives of disinformation and also check the attempts of the big platforms to stop them. [Read more]
[O]pposition like this could create difficulties for the relationship between Brazil’s government and Washington.
It is not difficult to conclude that the defense of Venezuelan democracy is not at stake. What is at stake is Venezuela’s oil. [Read more]
The U.S. president is known to require absolute loyalty and offer nothing in return. [Read more]
The United States is incapable of changing the sovereign policy of Russia, despite all of its economic power, said Kremlin spokesman Dmitri Peskov, in an interview yesterday published in the weekly Argumenty i Fakti.
“Although it is the largest economy in the world, the U.S. does not have the instruments that can [Read more]
Will those that currently defend blocking tweets continue supporting these blocks if they themselves are affected? [Read more]
Just like Trump, Bolsonaro had an election campaign in which he presented himself as an anti-establishment candidate that would not replicate the worn-out practices of traditional politics. [Read more]
Araújo positioned himself ... as a “Trumpist,” as a party to the highly nationalistic − and anti-globalist − vision that the president of the United States embodies.
<i>The American filmmaker who presented “BlacKkKlansman” at the Los Cabos International Film Festival, asserts that the extreme right is taking advantage of fear.</i>
Spike Lee avoids mentioning the name of Donald Trump; he prefers to call him “Agent Orange,” or sometimes “son of a bitch.” “In my head, [Read more]
If the polls are really right, here or there, the ides of November promise to be dark. [Read more]
It was a year ago, when he first attended the annual session of the General Assembly at the United Nations, and made it crystal clear: Only the United States matters to him. [Read more]
If the real objective of the Trump administration is to accelerate a regime change in Iran ... there are those who advise caution. [Read more]
<i>The preliminary proof of Facebook’s influence on the manipulation of democracy is there. The prophecy of “Brave New World” is about to materialize.</i>
Last weekend, the first results of an official inquiry into digital political manipulation in electoral processes became known. A committee of the British [Read more]
As the United States increasingly stares at its navel, other global actors ... are left to ensure that globalization continues without the country that once was its major defender. [Read more]
This is the doctrine of all or nothing. Negotiating with a pistol in hand. [Read more]
If it were a military budget just by itself, the increase in U.S. defense spending predicted by Donald Trump for 2019 would be the third highest, only behind America’s own and the Chinese. We are speaking about the addition of $90 billion to the $610 billion revealed yesterday in the annual SIPRI report [of 2017 [Read more]
<i>Activism, which in its folkloric cyclothymia has come to be an extension of a fashion show, is, in its intolerance, the continuation of a totalitarianism that has suffocated us since the 20th century.</i>
They laugh. They photograph. Others write about the glamour of the “drag kid.” Yes, the model in the [Read more]
Take away from the equation the media follies of Donald Trump, such as the Mexican border wall or the splashes of childishness in the dispute with North Korea. Omit substantive suspicion (yet to be confirmed) about the connections between elements of the Trump campaign and Russia, and make an effort also to downplay [Read more]
Far beyond being picturesque, the lies told by Trump could have serious consequences, not only for him but also for the political future of the United States.
It is difficult to imagine a president more narcissistic and less responsible. [Read more]
<i>Trump affronts the most elementary ethic with his late condemnation of racism.</i>
Of all the damages which Donald Trump has inflicted on the American presidency, the worst is of the moral order. And this, considering precedents such as the banditry which brought Richard Nixon to resign; the indolence of Ronald [Read more]
The two senators [Murkowski and Collins], along with the historic McCain, demonstrated that Donald Trump’s autocracy will not find an open path. [Read more]
i>The partial retreat in Washington’s relations with Havana is a serious mistake.</i>
The partial retreat, announced yesterday by Donald Trump, from the process of normalization between the U.S. and Cuba, initiated 30 months ago by his predecessor in the White House, Barack Obama, is a grave strategic and [Read more]
<i>The president of the United States spreads chaos around him in an alarming way.</i>
The resignation of White House Communications Director Mike Dubke, after just three months in office, is another example of the concerning level of disorganization of the most powerful government on the planet. Dubke would have [Read more]
<i>With globalization, diplomacy has now become present in practically all fields of human activity.</i>
The international system was born and continues to be marked predominantly by power relations. Whoever has power, rules. Whoever does not, must conform obediently or be forced to find alliances that strengthen [Read more]
If we learned anything about European history in the 20th century, it is that nationalism must be taken very seriously. [Read more]
<i>Donald Trump and his executive order banning the entry of nationals from seven Muslim countries into the United States on the pretext that they are potential terrorists marked, in a worrisome way, the last Summit of the African Union Assembly of Heads of State and Government that was held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, [Read more]
Trump still hasn’t realized that he is no longer an outsider or counterpower. He is now the power and has the power: He cannot have his cake and eat it too. He is the president of the United States. He speaks for the United States. He has at his disposition the physical and brutal powers of military and economic [Read more]
Trump’s strategy could trigger a new cold war. It would not be a repetition of the past but a new type liable to seriously damage the world economy. [Read more]
Democracy is at risk precisely because, for diverse reasons, many voters today don’t feel they are effective participants in the political process. [Read more]
<b>Petition on Avaaz is receiving support from people around the world</b>
Practically every second the petition on the site Avaaz “World Leaders: Protect the Paris Accord” is receiving signatures from diverse countries such as Israel, Brazil and Russia—up to now, it has already received more than 820,000 of [Read more]
It is the disarray of globalization, with its unsustainable imbalances, that favored the emergence of a Putin — or a Trump. [Read more]
"Today, a nation ringed by walls would only imprison itself.” [Read more]
Donald Trump represents the most realistic chance for the extreme right to gain the presidency of the only superpower in the world. [Read more]
It’s been some years now since that which has been most interesting and socially relevant in the world of audiovisual production has been concentrated in a series – those aired on TV as those thirstily consumed via Netflix.
Since “The Sopranos,” the HBO series about a mafia family which ran from 1999 to [Read more]
Trump promotes “America First,” while Johnson champions “Britain First.”
1. Eight years ago, when she had just won the New Hampshire primaries by a small margin, Hillary Clinton, thus a candidate for the White House, let a few tears fall when faced by a perfectly innocuous question from a journalist. How can you manage to always keep yourself like this, coifed, well-kept, serene? What could [Read more]
<i>Research proves the power of networks and search engines to manipulate public opinion without it noticing.</i>
On the first week in April’s cover of the British magazine, The Economist, Mark Zuckerberg posed like a Caesar, with the earth’s globe at his feet and the motto “coniunge et impera,” “unite and [Read more]
Donald Trump proposed this squaring of the circle by revealing his foreign policy. [Read more]
Instead of seeing the world that the Internet opens up, we seem to be increasingly sinking into a dark dungeon of lies and slander. [Read more]
The number of Americans who have died because of terrorism since Sept. 11 is fewer than 100. There are tens of thousands who die every year because of gun violence. [Read more]
More than a charitable institution, the founder of Facebook and Priscilla Chan created a limited liability company in order to invest in the private sector and influence policy decisions. [Read more]
Social networks have inflamed tempers around the world and polarized almost every country. [Read more]
Hillary Clinton was the winner of the first debate among Democrats who aspire to be their party's successor to Barack Obama. After months of wearing talk about her use of a private Internet server during her term as secretary of state, the ex-first-lady showed herself to be confident, articulate and above all, [Read more]
In four years of the Syrian civil war, the butcher Bashar Assad did what he could to slaughter moderate opposition, making life easier for the crazed jihadists, to augment the Islamic State. Victory for Manichaeists and opportunists such as Vladimir Putin. Our man in Moscow is charging the world to take a position [Read more]
The sacrifice of hundreds of thousands of innocent Japanese was an investment made by the American military-industrial complex to show who effectively won World War II and, most of all, who would win in following wars — that is, who would reign supreme over the world. [Read more]
This Wednesday, Republican pre-candidate for the U.S. presidency Donald Trump minimized the economic losses he has suffered after disastrous declarations about illegal immigration. "The values they are commenting about are very large, but for me, they are insignificant,"* he affirmed in an interview with the [Read more]
Dilma Rousseff arrives in the United States this Sunday. On Tuesday, she will meet Barack Obama, late by almost two years, since the visit was cancelled in 2013 on account of Edward Snowden's revelations that the Americans had spied on the Brazilian president. Much indignation! Wiretapping's in the past. Dilma wants to [Read more]
<i>The social network announced its project Internet.org as a way of giving free access to the poorest parts of the world's population. It would be beautiful if this were the truth. What the company does is provide an edited version of the virtual world.</i>
The Internet already seems intrinsic to civilization, but [Read more]
Since coming from behind to win the 2010 election for senator in Florida, Marco Rubio has born the stamp of being a Republican Obama. With the formalization of his candidature in the Republican presidential primaries on Monday, he wants to invest in what is considered the best part of that label: being a young [Read more]
Directed at seven obscure Caracas authorities, the sanctions imposed by President Barack Obama against Venezuelans accused of violating human rights and corruption don't have the objective of causing either a scratch on the economy of the Latin-American country or the ability of its government to continue to relate to [Read more]
As for Obama, the nickname “lame duck” increasingly seems to make sense. He is a president whose margin to maneuver is shrinking more and more within and outside the country. [Read more]
Although announced by Chief of Staff Mercandante, a state visit by Dilma Rousseff to Washington in September is far from certain. Conspiring against her is a busy calendar of receptions of foreign leaders at the White House and the difficulty on the part of both sides to form a substantive agenda in time to be [Read more]
Americans are handcuffed to this cruel ally. [Read more]
On Sunday, the U.S. president was not up to the job. I am speaking here of the informal position of the leader of the free world: He cannot cry, “Je suis Charlie.” In the Paris march attended by 44 world leaders — and 1.5 million citizens — to express solidarity with France and to say no to Islamic terror, [Read more]
Karim Sadjadpour, an Iran analyst based in Washington speaks succinctly, about Obama's wishes in the Iranian nuclear crisis; in the two last years of his term, the president wants to stop the regime in Tehran from making a bomb, but also does not want to bomb its nuclear installations. Keeping indefinite negotiations [Read more]
In spite of the warnings made by ecological organizations over possible damage to the environment that their exploration could cause, the United States embarked on the mass production of oil and shale gas to satisfy its energy needs and reduce in this way its dependency on imports to support its own market.
In its reporting, the Wall Street Journal gave a measure of the complexity of the conflict in Iraq. Syrian rebels from across the spectrum (the moderates of the al-Nusra group) are protesting their exclusion from the campaign against the jihadi group Islamic State, and denouncing the bombing by America and its allies [Read more]
On Wednesday evening, three hours before the 13th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, when the United States was attacked by the deranged jihadi al-Qaida network, President Barack Obama made a solemn speech about his plans to weaken and ultimately destroy the Islamic State, another wave of crazed jihadi whose [Read more]
Phew! August is over! It was a miserable month for Obama, for his vacation and conspicuous golf game, while some regions of the world, such as the Middle East, fell into even deeper holes. The shots of the American president were, to say the least, unfortunate, such as the legendary "we don't have a strategy yet" to [Read more]
Obama is a president who is very reluctant to go to war even for a humanitarian intervention. Obama is cerebral. He admires ex-President Bush (the father), an adept realist in foreign policy, who calculated, in contrast with the son, that it was not in the national interest of America to take the final steps in the [Read more]
Obama is a president who is very reluctant to go to war even for a humanitarian intervention. Obama is cerebral. He admires ex-President Bush (the father), an adept realist in foreign policy, who calculated, in contrast with the son, that it was not in the national interests of American to take the final steps to [Read more]
The military intervention in Libya led by the French and British enters into its third month without a political solution in sight, threatening to pull the United States into a quagmire that Barack Obama tried to avoid.
Washington's European allies are at risk, in the short term, of yielding to the temptation of [Read more]
What will change in American foreign policy with the death of Osama bin Laden? Recently, this question occupies many analysts. For some, the resilience of the military-industrial complex of the United States will avoid sudden braking from happening in the wars in which Washington is locked in around the world. [Read more]
There is consensus among all United States analysts that the death of Osama bin Laden leaves Barack Obama politically more alive — and already with one foot toward reelection.
The economic crisis, the effects of which appear every day in unemployment figures; the increase in the price of gasoline; the explosive [Read more]
... it [the study] should be well received for the fact that it represents a road map for the consolidation of the relationship between the two largest democracies of the continent, in terms consistent with new world realities. [Read more]
The president of the republic said today that the decisions of the rating agencies of North America are "a threat to the stability of the European economy" and considers the lowering of the Portuguese “rating” by Moody's to be "scandalous."
In a statement to journalists in Alentejo, Cavaco Silva affirmed that the [Read more]
Even weakened, the U.S. economy continues to be essential for the world economy. This explains the concern of those who follow it, after the meeting of the Federal Open Market Committee.
Ben Bernanke, chairman of the Fed (the U.S. central bank), seemed to be more pessimistic about the pace of recovery in the U.S. [Read more]
The United States runs the risk of repeating the mistakes of Japan and diving into a lost decade like the Japanese economy did in the 1990's.
This is the warning of Richard Koo, Chief Economist of Nomura Research Institute and a leading specialist in something called "balance sheet recessions," where consumers and [Read more]
Americans will have to decide whether they will pull their economy from the mire with more tax incentives or whether they will continue flooding the markets with dollars to facilitate business. The dilemma was clear after the pronouncement of the Chairman of the Federal Reserve (The Fed, the U.S. central bank), Ben [Read more]
In a column published Monday morning, I asked the Bloomberg gurus: Where is Venezuela in the pessimistic guide to 2015?* In The Washington Post, Jackson Diehl delves deeper into the theme, warning that both Obama and the leaders of Latin America are neglecting the seriousness of the situation in the failed country [Read more]
<i>Xenophobia descended upon the country, and Muslims felt the need to identify more with their roots. Look at what changed in the past 10 years.</i>
It is not known how many Muslims live in the United States, however they have not reached 3 percent of the population. But disproportionate attention is given to them, [Read more]
Now that Rick Perry is a candidate for president of the United States, liberals should take the opportunity to make a decent joke: Do you know the difference between the current governor of Texas and ex-President George W. Bush, his predecessor in charge? Answer: Bush is smart, but Perry is no fool. Just look at the [Read more]
David Gergen, probably the most sensible analyst on American TV, sent his message like a gift card: Stop being a victim. Surround yourself with competent advisers, focus on the problem of unemployment and, for the love of God, STOP campaigning for re-election! [Read more]
Having failed in broad negotiations for a long-term fiscal framework (an attempt that Barack Obama made out of extreme necessity in order to gain an extension of the $14.3 trillion U.S. debt ceiling by Tuesday), the president went on prime-time television Monday night to warn of the risk of a "profound economic [Read more]
This atmosphere explains the skepticism about the Obama jobs package. [Read more]
Bin Laden may be dead and his terrorist network dealt a fatal blow, but the United States is smaller today than it was 10 years ago. [Read more]
Bad news for the whole world comes from Washington once again. The recovery of the world's largest economy, the U.S., will be slower and bumpier than what it would have been had politicians come to an agreement on a fiscal adjustment (deficit reduction) plan for the coming 10 years. Concern with the 2012 elections [Read more]
Many countries in the Pacific region have profound differences amongst themselves, but what they have in common is a desire to reinforce a system of alliances (and protection) with the United States. [Read more]
The biggest scandal in all of this is the incredible tolerance of Republican voters for candidates like Herman Cain and Rick Perry... [Read more]
The demonstrations against Wall Street, as a symbol of contemporary capitalism in its financial aspect, expose actions that cast a special light on the nature — one could say "moral" (or immoral) — of certain current capitalistic practices. Capitalistic practices that, we should emphasize, run contrary to the very [Read more]
Although President Obama is focusing his campaign for re-election on the Latino public, analysts believe the task of winning the votes of this sector of the electorate may require a lot work, due to a series of unkept promises.
Pursuing a second term in the 2012 elections, Obama has already started campaigning on [Read more]
I have some reservations when I see young people marching in New York (although there is a group of "grandparents for peace") with the blessing of the ruling class of the celebrity-left: people such as Michael Moore, Susan Sarandon, Cornel West and Grandpa Noam Chomsky. But, to show off my linguistic sophistication, I [Read more]
The U.S. war in Iraq ended last Thursday, but no one seemed to notice. No excited crowds appeared in Times Square. There were no parades, no marines kissing nurses. The formal retraction by the United States of almost all of its soldiers — the rest will come home Dec. 31, leaving behind some hundreds of "consultants" [Read more]
Newt Gingrich, a star in the Republican race, has bizarre concerns and shoots off rhetorical firecrackers. As evidence of this, what he says (or does not say) creates a sensation. I will leave aside the Gringrichian obsession with an electromagnetic attack against the U.S. and concentrate on a verbal explosion that [Read more]
The latest in a "forest of mistakes" — which NATO troops seem to get lost in during operations with terrifying frequency — was a scene that dealt a new blow to the alliance. [Read more]
One cannot say that ethanol produced from sugarcane is close to becoming a commodity; however a major obstacle to achieving this objective was removed with the end of the importation tax from the U.S. of 54 cents per gallon as of Dec. 31, 2011. This was decided by the U.S. Congress who also left the U.S. subsidy of 45 [Read more]
The Republican presidential primaries already had its preliminary. It resembles a reality show with its challenges and eliminations. To the dismay of many activists, armchair spectators and the press, the spectacle runs the risk of being really quick and anti-climactic. Now on Tuesday of next week, we have the first [Read more]
... when it comes to Obama, a variation of electoral wizard James Carville’s phrase should be used: 'It’s the luck, stupid.' [Read more]
Nothing like arriving at the end of the year with radioactive speculation over the Iranian nuclear crisis. On one side, we have the Iranian threat of closing the Strait of Hormuz, the artery through which one-fifth of the world's oil supply passes, in a scenario of a possible embargo by Western countries of Iranian [Read more]
Including Brazil in the Visa Waiver Program would be ... [a] wise move. [Read more]
Make no mistake, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, calculated to the millimeter the agenda of his "off the record" meeting with American TV anchors this past week. Obama spent ten minutes discussing the article "Not Fade Away: The Myth of American Decline" by Robert Kagan, a neoconservative historian, [Read more]
Perhaps it seems excessive to say that decisions of rating agencies interfere directly in people's lives. But this is exactly what happens. [Read more]
Guessing when the Republican primary race will end, will end, will end is one of those seasonal sports. Another is guessing if and when an Israeli attack on the Iranian nuclear installations will take place. There is a kind of a league of “Attackologists.” They are reporters with good access to Israeli [Read more]
Just as Israel and the United States have all options on the table, so warn the Iranian authorities: the ancient Persian Empire also says it has its options on the table. [Read more]
The agreement arrived at by the United States and North Korea last week, during secret negotiations in China, could be more than just a "positive first step" toward the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula, as characterized by a White house spokesman; it may already be one of a good size. Pyongyang has agreed to [Read more]
Rick Santorum’s defeat in the Michigan primary would have been a tie according to the delegate-allocation rules of the state’s congressional electoral districts. Instead, his defeat ended up materializing in an office when — at the last minute — the Michigan Republican Party decided on an alteration that [Read more]
President Dilma Rousseff's visit to the United States is a good opportunity for some strategic scribbles. But first, a toast to the Brazilian president should be made with some cachaça, because this national beverage will now have facilitated access to the American market. This represents a victory for commercial [Read more]
For those who are tired of following the marathon of American presidential primaries, as of this Monday there is another option. There are three days of extensive presentations of oral arguments in the Supreme Court concerning President Obama’s health care reform law that was approved two years ago by a narrow margin [Read more]
The [U.S.] public does not want to hear real solutions. The voters are easily persuaded that problems can be solved without sacrifice ... Because the U.S. has been able to borrow so much money until now, people have not needed to make difficult choices ... when it comes to macroeconomics, Brazilians accept difficult choices more easily than Americans. [Read more]
In an ideal world, Obama would show more courage and, instead of shoving human rights under the table, would say to the Chinese that realism and pragmatism should guide the relations between the two superpowers... [Read more]
With his own particular style, the biting columnist of The Washington Post, Dana Milbank, dispenses his venom today on the <a href= http://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/the-big-talk-no-action-congress/2012/05/01/gIQAtOu7uT_story.html?hpid=z2>"Do-Almost-Nothing Congress."</a> This so-called Do-Almost-Nothing Congress [Read more]
The re-election of Barack Obama was discretely celebrated by the Brazilian government and was also welcomed by the majority of citizens of this country who follow and take an interest in U.S. politics. With the radicalism cultivated by the Republican Party since George W. Bush's government — which erupted in a more [Read more]
Something incredible happened on Thursday night in Kentucky: a debate with substance between the vice-presidential candidates of the U.S. election. At times, their messages were illustrated with phrases on PowerPoint. This seemed as fantastic as the landing of a flying saucer!
I will not dwell on who won the debate. [Read more]
Barack Obama gave a beautiful and surprisingly conciliatory speech last Tuesday at the UN, (something which occurred very soon after the eruption of anti-American protests in the Middle East) but which was, nevertheless, firm in defending American ideals.
Besides asking for tolerance, he also demanded consistency [Read more]
Gerald Seib, a veteran political columnist and former Middle East correspondent for The Wall Street Journal, is always an informative reference for what is going on in the heads of the Washington establishment. Seib could generally be described as an impartial analyst among strident ideologues. He contributed to the [Read more]
The article in this week's edition of Veja (“The Question that Matters” by Giulano Guandalini) is accurate on the subject of the economic agendas and philosophy of government in the American election. In the campaign, the Democrats want “more taxes, more public spending and more regulation — more government, [Read more]
People, don't think I am being lazy about working, but, as I was in transit, it was more practical for me this past week to <a href="http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-08-20/an-obama-visit-to-israel-could-stall-iran-attack.html" "_blank">hitchhike</a> with my guru, Jeffrey Goldberg, on the subject of the Iranian [Read more]
The theory of the decline of U.S. hegemony is experiencing a surge of denial among the political elites in the United States. In a certain way, those opposing this theory raise valid arguments. Militarily, the United States remains unassailable. Economically, it is the biggest economy; the GNP per capita is 10 times [Read more]
The Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States – which dates from 1791 – guarantees people the right to keep and bear arms. "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
In this time of the shooting [Read more]
Iran’s belligerent rhetoric has increased these past days (Yes, that is possible). With the beginning of the European oil embargo and a lack of prospects in the nuclear negotiations with the international community (such as the accusations of Iran's military aspirations, which the Tehran denies). We are met with [Read more]
Until November, let's slice the American electoral cake in different formats. In early July, the cake is slightly more favorable to President Barack Obama. In his recipe for re-election, the youth vote is baking powder. The problem is that the same chemistry does not exist in the youth electorate as it did in 2008, [Read more]
Even before the financial aid to Spain, which the government of Madrid strongly denies is a bailout, North American political commentators had already written extensively about the umbilical connection between the sovereign debt crisis hovering over Europe and the outcome of the American presidential elections. There [Read more]
Small drones (unmanned aircrafts) are being used on U.S. territory to combat crime. They fly low and send images to security organizations. Each one costs $176 million dollars. For Senator Rand Paul, son of Ron Paul, this is synonymous with an invasion of the privacy of American citizens and is spying on the citizens' [Read more]
In these times of a slimmer military budget, there is less appetite for large wars of occupation, such as in Afghanistan. [Read more]
"They represent a deal with the devil. We get extremely convenient devices, but they are not working to our benefit. Applications can extract data and send it without consulting us. Businesses can ask our cellphones to show them our locations. The smart phone is like a government secret agent, for which we are paying" [Read more]
Obama's new security and foreign policy team is ready to be made official. Now that John Kerry has been confirmed by the Senate, it is Chuck Hagel's turn. One of the dilemmas that the three will have facing them is called Syria. But will this also be a dilemma for Washington? The view, from listening to Kerry and from [Read more]
Influential Democrat and Republican senators hurried to draft a plan on Monday for a bipartisan accord on immigration reform in the U.S. President Obama, who evaded the issue during his first term, made a speech about the accord on Tuesday. In an atmosphere resembling an electoral rally, Obama praised the bipartisan [Read more]
In his short and intense political career, Barack Obama has already defeated formidable foes such as Hillary Clinton (his rival in the Democratic primaries in 2008) and an economic crisis that had everything needed to impede his reelection this past November. He has been lucky to have confronted less formidable [Read more]
Barack Obama's recent announcement, in an interview with Barbara Walters, that his administration will recognize the Syrian Opposition Coalition as "the legitimate representative of the Syrian people" seems more like a shot in the foot of international diplomacy.
The announcement of the U.S. position was made Dec. 11 [Read more]
For the leaders ... it is this immense challenge: not just preventing the abyss, but diminishing the gap. [Read more]
The White House makes no secret of its intentions. By drawing closer to Myanmar, other South Asian countries and countries of the Pacific region, the United States offers them an alternative in relation to China, normally guided by the Chinese presumption that these countries are their backyard. [Read more]
Benghazi is a city in eastern Libya. It is an emblem of many of the ramifications of the Arab spring from east to west. Benghazi was the cradle of the insurrection against the dictatorship of Moammar Gadhafi. The prospect of a large-scale massacre of the population by Gadhafi's forces was the impetus and justification [Read more]
What happened at the Boston Marathon was an anomaly. The terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001 were an anomaly. [Read more]
The country always ready to criticize and opine about the world has, since the beginning of this month, been demonstrating a notable example of an incapacity to have a dialogue — of ideological radicalism, to put it more succinctly: how it is possible, in opposition, to govern by the negative. At the end of the 2012 [Read more]
Clearly, the situation in Syria is dangerous, but an aversion to risk has its own dangers. [Read more]
There is an argument that the United States, through its aid of $1.3 billion per year to Egypt, maintains influence over that country’s military. Some also say that this money favors peace between the Egyptians and the Israelis. But these two arguments do not hold up anymore.
Both the Obama administration and the [Read more]
That’s the thing with espionage: It’s annoying to be spied on (Brazil) and annoying to be unmasked (United States) [Read more]
What power do other countries have to impede or neutralize technological initiatives from the superpower? [Read more]
There is a greater political scandal in the context of Libya. The scandal is in the 'day after.' [Read more]
How can a superpower be trusted when it has difficulties in governing, and is showing itself to be incapable of agreement inside the House over the payment of its accounts? [Read more]
"If Brazil isn't spying on the U.S. — the world's most powerful country — Brazil's spy agencies are incompetent."
The phrase belongs to John Allen Gay, one of the editors of The National Interest, an American magazine on foreign relations; it was published yesterday in his Internet microblog during a [Read more]
President Dilma Rouseff should cancel the meeting with the American President Barack Obama scheduled to occur on Oct. 23.*
Rouseff, a member of a Worker's Party, Partido dos Trabalhadores, was already inclined to cancel the visit, but her decision was reinforced yesterday, after a meeting she a had with the informal [Read more]
With what moral authority can we look at those images and calculate that inaction is a better stance? [Read more]
In his speech about the activities of the National Security Agency on Friday, President Barack Obama did what he could to maintain a line of balance between demands for more control over the actions of surveillance and the realistic admission that surveillance is an activity in which all countries engage, not just the [Read more]
Chis Christie, the tough and competent Republican who gets on well with Democrats, transformed himself into the chief of a bullying gang who blocked bridges to take revenge on non-supporters. This is bad news for the Republican Party.
Christie, the governor of New Jersey, is the Republican hope for re-taking the White [Read more]
After 20 children and six adults were killed a year ago in another mass shooting in the United States, it seemed that Americans were ready to put a stop to the excessive liberality of rules regarding the selling of arms in a country in which a person of 18 years can buy a rifle or a revolver, but is still prohibited [Read more]
For some time now, the militias of analysts from the Blinder & Blainder Institute have been lost in their projections about Syria. For a while, they fired first and asked questions later. Now, they ask too many questions and offer too few answers. Let's do battle!
There is information that the Obama government, so [Read more]
The diplomatic flaccidity of the U.S. gives a green light to a domestic public opinion that is indifferent to international trouble and desolation, whether in Syria or Ukraine. [Read more]
We can summarize the analyses of U.S. action in the Ukrainian crisis into three schools of thought. The first emphasizes the chronic weakness of this administration in dealing with the great questions of international security. This analysis takes into account the inconsistency of the strategy in Afghanistan, the "red [Read more]