<em>Guest Post from James Wolfensohn</em>: Greening New York is Opportunity for America to Lead Globally



(New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg outlines PlaNYC proposals) In the coming days, the U.S. Government will make a critical decision that has the potential to change America’s standing in the world: whether to approve a $537 million grant that will help make New York City the first environmentally sustainable megacity in the 21st century. Officials at the Department of Transportation must appreciate that their decision to fund Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s visionary PlaNYC will determine the quality of air that more…

Michael Moore and Jon Stewart Get Competition: Max Blumenthal



(Max Blumenthal took this picture in the Gila National Forest, near Silver City, New Mexico. TWN used this picture during the effort to block John Bolton’s confirmation as US Ambassador to the United Nations.) Max Blumenthal is sort of a morphed Michael Moore and Jon Stewart and has become a viral web hit master exposing the warts of the political right and left. In my estimatiion, Blumenthal — son of Jackie and Sidney (yes, that Jackie and Sidney) — has…

<em>Guest Post by Clayton Swisher</em>: Smart Saudi Diplomacy Produces an “Onus Shift”



(Vice President Richard Cheney, Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal and TWN guest blogger Clayton Swisher) Clayton E. Swisher, a former Marine, is director of programs at the Middle East Institute in Washington DC and is author of The Truth About Camp David (New York: Nation Books, 2004). If news that Saudi Arabia will attend the US-sponsored peace conference this September is correct, it is in fact a very big deal. There will be no dusty conference chairs next to the…