One of the most difficult issues lies in the intersection of the American-Saudi relationship with the American-Iranian relationship, as Barack Obama desires it to be.
While Peabody Energy may have hired a notorious public relations firm to hawk its international ad campaign, a village trustee and her rural farming community have exposed the devastating legacy of the world's largest coal company near its historic Illinois beginnings.
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Three days after spilling crude oil into Lake Michigan, BP has doubled its spill estimate to between 470 and 1228 gallons. The leak happened at its refinery in Whiting, Ind. Although some of the oil has been cleaned up, it's unclear how much is left in the lake, a drinking water source for about seven million Chicagoans.
The perils of reverting to the default position of supporting monarchy and autocracy in the Middle East are easily defined. The Arab world is not the same after the revolutions which shook it to its core and a Middle Eastern policy driven among other things by internal intrigues in the House of Saud, might prove to be woefully short lived.
Obama's Brussels oration bore a striking resemblance to his Nobel Prize speech in 2009. Yesterday's effort was shorter and less pompous, but, in Brussels as in Oslo, Obama's words again carried the patina of American superiority. The attitude emerged most starkly where he went furthest to disown it: "We Americans remember well the unimaginable sacrifices made by the Russian people in World War II, and we have honored those sacrifices." Do we remember those sacrifices? How exactly have we shown that we honor them -- in which administration and by what series of actions? If President Obama wanted to help us remember, he could have cited some numbers. Three hundred thousand Americans died in the Second World War: a terrible and frightening number. Twenty million Russians died -- one Russian out of eight. Educated Europeans know this. Few Americans of any generation know it.
Engaging in counterfactual, what-if history can be uselessly speculative, but here are three demonstrable ways the Obama administration -- and America too -- have been hurt by not prosecuting Bush officials for the crimes of torture and fraudulent war.
Meetings between South Korean President Geun-hye, Japanese Prime Minister Abe, and U.S. President Obama this week come at a particularly opportune time. Divisions between America's two strongest Asian allies undermines U.S. strategic objectives, and benefits one primary regional and global player: China
Nowadays, many of those who use the term "Cold War," do so casually to warn against the dangers of a widening Moscow-Washington divide. That's commendable. But others use the term to advocate a renewed military build-up in Europe. That's both flawed and dangerous.
Obama has not acted decisively with Western allies in an effort to end the horrific civil war in Syria. The tragic loss of nearly 150,000 Syrians, 9 million internally displaced persons and refugees, and the massive destruction would still pale in comparison to the near-complete devastation of the nation if nothing is done soon.
The new spring season is just around the corner, and it looks as though the new "in" color is brown. That's brown as in "brown shirts." Perhaps you thought that fascism went out of fashion in the 20th century. But there's nothing like a lingering economic crisis to bring out the vintage ideologies.
Despite the online technology glitches, Bishnu worked through the application process with the help of a dedicated application counselor. When her insurance card arrived at her home, Bishnu's happiness was palpable.
What we must have is a clear, enforceable, protected solution whereby ICANN does not fall under the influence of the colors of any country's flag or political leader.
There's no debating we would all be better off if there were less and better-guarded highly enriched uranium and plutonium. But the summit missed an essential point: "Nuclear security" is an absurd proposition in a world bristling with more than 17,000 nuclear weapons.