NATO Summit 2013 (by NATO)
14 Jun 2016

NATO Commitments Escalate, US Responsible For Security Of 60% Of Planet

Cold War and post-Cold War alliances and commitments forged since World War II have resulted in US security responsibilities becoming grossly overextended.

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US Sec. State Kerry and Russian foreign minister Lavrov in Vienna, May, 2016. (by Dept. of State)
17 May 2016

Progress On Official Ceasefire In Syria; Trump Tells British Leaders Not To Be Poodles

When asked about UK involvement in Iraq, Trump said, “I don’t see it as war crimes. I just think [Blair] goes down as somebody who did a terrible job.”

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Sirte, Libya in 2013 (By Saifuddin Shahin Creative Commons)
13 May 2016

Rival Libyan Armies Prepare for Sirte Battle, Pentagon Reveals US Troop Deployment

The Obama administration revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces.

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Osama bin Laden and al-Zawahiri during an interview with Pakistani journalist Hamid Mir, in November 2001. (By Hamid Mir CC BY-SA 3.0)
10 May 2016

Al Qaeda Leaders Call for Jihad and Emirate, Syrian Coalition Alliance Weakens

The fighting in Syria continues. The US and Russia continue to work on cessation of hostilities. Al Qaeda calls for unity jihad and an emirate in Syria.

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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Syrian Kurdish fighters. People's Protection Units/YPG in 2015
29 Jan 2016

War Escalation on Syria-Turkey Border

Next Cold War Roundup 1/29 Turkey Threatens to Enter War on Syrian Border. _ The Times in UK claims that Russia is working on a deal to create a Kurdish “enclave” and the Times frames this as a Russia provoking Turkey: “Kremlin provokes Akara with deal to secure Kurd enclave“:

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Qalat Najm Castle on Right Bank of Euphrates and Waters of Tishrin Dam
28 Dec 2015

Forces Backed by America and Russia Make Progress Against ISIS

Next Cold War Roundup 12/28/15   Kurds and New Syrian Democratic Forces Coalition Seize Tishrin Dam, Cross Erdogan’s Red Line (The Euphrates River), Poised to Cut ISIS Supply Lines _ The US-backed coalition, Syrian Democratic Forces, have seized the strategic Tishrin dam on the Euphrates  river, south of Kobane.  The

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10 May 2015

Echoes of the Original Mother’s Day Proclamation at Home and Abroad

By Frida Berrigan “From the bosom of the devastated earth a voice goes up with our own. It says ‘Disarm, Disarm! The sword of murder is not the balance of justice.’” Julia Ward Howe wrote these words 145 years ago, just after the end of the U.S. Civil War. Her

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