The US government demanded that Jamaican Prime Minister Bruce Golding extradite a drug dealer. When Venezuela made similar demands on Washington, for arguably the Hemisphere’s most notorious terrorist, the Justice Department brushed off the request.
The recent civilian casualties demonstrate, for any who doubted it, that this is a war against a vast population of Afghanistan, and the only way to stop killing civilians is to stop the killing. That means to stop all offensive actions and withdraw the troops.
The UN has huge role to play in Afghanistan, but when it is trying to do this under the conditions of occupation it is inevitable that it is going to be seen as part of that occupation, not as part of the solution.
President Obama should have spent his fifteen minutes of prime time Wednesday night talking about diplomacy. Instead of a four-part mostly military plan, he should have outlined four key diplomatic moves, suggests Phyllis Bennis.
The recently approved multi-billion-dollar U.S. economic and military aid packages for Pakistan suggest that the US policy of prioritising security policy over development remains unchanged. This could lead to Pakistanis becoming even more hostile towards the United States
Obama administration approved 70 million dollars of military assistance to Yemen, just the amount of development aid that the Bush senior withdrew for Yemen's refusal to approve the first Gulf war at the UN Security Council 20 years ago.