<i>George W. Bush wanted, and failed, to democratize the Arab world, whereas Barack Obama accepts the autocratic regimes in the Middle East. He has invested little political capital in the region, and Saudi Arabia is trying to exploit this in its own way.</i>
President Obama's visit to Saudi Arabia is a clash of two [Read more]
Washington seems bent on deepening the rift in the Arab world, its wounds and its sectarian strife.
President Obama is backtracking on his plans to withdraw military forces from Afghanistan, where public security is worsening. He has announced that as of 2017, he will keep 5,500 troops in the country. This is in hopes of halting the growth of extremist groups and paving the way for self-reliance.
It is a dangerous precedent if responses to global threats must set aside legal principle for subjective morality.
The data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute show that the global level of military expenditure decreased by 0.4 percent in 2014, in comparison to 2013. However, such data are misleading; in fact, worldwide military reinforcement is in full swing.
Global military expenditures totaled $1.78 [Read more]
The residents of Okinawa have made their opposition to the new U.S. military base distinctly apparent. The new base destroys the rich natural environment of Henoko and ignores popular opinion in Okinawa. Furthermore, the U.S. military added fuel to the fire when it detained Okinawan citizens opposed to the new base. [Read more]
Parts falling from U.S. military aircrafts, scandals related to alcohol involving U.S. military, thoughtless remarks from U.S. military leaders…. Recent activity surrounding the U.S. military base has been abnormal. Injuries and arrests continue one after another, as construction to reclaim land at Henoko in the [Read more]