Cuba and the US: Castro and Obama on Establishing Diplomatic Relations

What follows are transcripts of the two speeches given today by Cuba’s President, Raúl Castro, and US President Barack Obama, on the establishment of diplomatic relations: STATEMENT BY THE CUBAN PRESIDENT (Havana, December 17, 2014) Fellow countrymen, Since my election as President of the State Council and Council of Ministers I have reiterated on many… Read More Cuba and the US: Castro and Obama on Establishing Diplomatic Relations

Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias

“What Americans really want in a foreign policy” is a good choice of title, when writing an op-ed that effectively denies that the majority of the US public is against more wars and more interventions. If your starting point is an absolute and essentialist one, then you cannot allow deviation from war as the primary… Read More Kagan’s False Paradox and the Pro-War Media’s Confirmation Bias

Now on YouTube: Libya–Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency

While the audio is somewhat clearer, and the video motion is “smoother” for those using older computers, the disadvantage is that the video had to be cut into two parts given restrictions placed on my account by YouTube. Overall, however, the file sizes are smaller than they were originally, so the video should also be… Read More Now on YouTube: Libya–Race, Empire, and the Invention of Humanitarian Emergency

Fact-Check This Debate: Romney’s Failures versus Obama’s Extreme Revisionism

At one point Barack Obama accused Mitt Romney of taking an airbrush to history. At another point, he said the 1980s called and wanted its foreign policy back. Obama was quick to come to such expressions, being the most valued customer at the airbrush counter and the greatest upholder of U.S. militarism since Reagan, which… Read More Fact-Check This Debate: Romney’s Failures versus Obama’s Extreme Revisionism