Category Archives: USA

USA | As Washington Vacillates, Asia’s Alliances Are Shifting

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Alliances and rivalries are reshuffling as Asian countries try to make sense of the Trump administration’s belligerent and erratic foreign policy. Increasingly a number of countries are charting a course of their own.

USA | One Year Later: Lessons from Charlottesville

by Phil Wilayto

Aug. 13, 2018

This Aug. 12 marked the one-year anniversary of the murderous “alt right” rally in Charlottesville, Va.. The mainstream media have been bursting with commentary, but almost all of it misses the most important lesson from that infamous event: that it was a tremendous victory.

Do Not be Distracted by Rising Imperialists

Seven years after formally ceasing operations, the US navy’s 2nd fleet has been reactivated and ordered to the northern Atlantic as a means of confronting “bad actors” they believe hostile to imperialist interests. It is more than obvious these “actors” are in fact one actor—Russia. This is riding a high-tide of inter-imperialist tension and rivalry over control in strategic political and economic areas throughout the Third World. The United States, desperately attempting to hold onto its empire, sees any and all Russian activity—even its existence—as a threat to its survival. This is by no means exclusive to the Russian imperialists. China is a power capable of dislodging American imperialist hegemony from strategic markets, a reality that has stoked a similar policy in Asia.

USA | Freedom House’s new chairman of the board was key player in Bush-era civil liberties abuses

by Jeet Heer

Russia | The U.S. Can’t Bring Russia ‘to Its Knees’

At least not without setting off a global energy and financial crisis.

By Leonid Bershidsky

The U.S.’s sanctions policy against Russia is evolving from trying to nudge the Kremlin in a desired direction to inflicting maximum pain. This is a slippery slope, and it’s time to consider the most extreme consequences for Russia, as well as the U.S. and its allies.