If in my diplomatic history I ever had to make an urgent report for a higher up, the memo might have read like the following:
These lines seek to present a first reflection, hurried and based in limited information, of the importance of the documents leaked by Wikileaks. The moderators of these communications have [Read more]
Having been so caught up in the Catalan elections last week, I missed some of the details of a sensational event: 251,287 secret U.S. State Department documents being made public through WikiLeaks. Sensational. The New York Times, The Guardian, Der Spiegel, Le Monde and El Pais all made a series out of it last week. [Read more]
Despite the tantrum thrown by the Democrats in Congress, I am afraid that the agreement between Obama and the Republicans to renew Bush’s tax cuts for two years is going to be approved. I say that I’m afraid because there are many arguments against the renewal of the cuts for people with an annual income over [Read more]
It is very unlikely that one who has held all the power will be able to get used to having none. Nonetheless, it is the rule in democracy of taking turns in office. It is suitable to governments, at whatever level, and to parties. To exit from power at peace with oneself and with the world is even more unlikely. And [Read more]
<b>The arrest of the founder of WikiLeaks; harassment occurs amidst the siege on the leak site</b>
It is difficult to avoid the strong assumption that Julian Assange’s arrest yesterday in London — due to charges of coercion, rape and sexual harassment in Sweden — has some motivation from the deep grudge that the [Read more]
At first glance, it would seem the U.S. has given Israel a 90-day moratorium to build settlements in the West Bank in exchange for 20 invisible F-35 aircraft. In addition, the U.S. will ensure the Israelis have the green light to build freely in Palestinian territory at the end of the 90 days, as well as a commitment [Read more]
Filtration is a process of phase separation of a heterogeneous system that involves passing a mixture through a porous medium or filter, which retains the majority of the solid components of the mixture.
— “Filtration” bluntly, according to Wikipedia.
After WikiLeaks’ publication last July of 90,000 documents [Read more]
The Chinese authorities still do not know that the juries do not give the prizes, but it is the winners who give honor to those who award them. Or, on some occasions, it is the winner’s own enemies who contribute most to the glory of the prize: first with their efforts to prevent it from being awarded, and later by [Read more]
<b>The State Department Papers Show the Underside of American Diplomacy</b>
The list seems unending. American diplomacy has spied on the secretary general and other high-ranking officials of the U.N. and gone as far as to scrutinize their credit card numbers. The Arabian Gulf governments are pressuring Washington to [Read more]
Some fear America's power, others respect it, and the majority needs the United States to be, still — at least until now — "the indispensable nation."