Tonight: Clemons on Air America; Wilkerson on Colbert Report

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Steve Clemons will be on the Rachel Maddow Show this evening discussing Karen Hughes’s departure from the State Department. You can listen to it live here at 6:30 pm EST. Also, for those ocularcentric types who have moved on to television as the news medium of choice, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson (Ret.) will be on the Colbert Report tonight at 11:30pm EST. Lately, Col. Wilkerson has been quite critical of US-Cuba policy and has not held back on his assessments. And…

Foreign Relations Committee Overwhelmingly Approves Law of the Sea; Coleman Flips and Flops

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I just got back from the Senate Foreign Relations Committee business meeting on the Law of the Sea. The final vote was 17-4 in favor of consideration by the full Senate. The New York Times editorialized on the subject this morning: Today, the treaty will face yet another critical moment in its long and troubled life when the Foreign Relations Committee votes on whether to send it to the floor. The vote is expected to favor the treaty. But the…

Frustration on the Administration’s “Third Option” Team

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(Senator Chuck Hagel, Steve Clemons, and International Peace Academy Chair Rita Hauser) Yesterday evening, I helped organize a private salon dinner with Senator Chuck Hagel (R-NE). I’ll be posting more on the event later today — along with some other interesting news. But I spoke during the day with someone else deeply involved with trying to carve out a course with Iran that is neither “appeasement” or “war.” This person believes that Senator Hagel’s criticism of the administration’s current course…

Inhofe: Retrofitting Unilateralism

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The Senate Foreign Relations Committee votes tomorrow on the Law of the Sea. The Committee is likely to approve the treaty, as it should. Frank Gaffney publishes a weekly column in the Washington Times. For the last three months or so, his column has targeted the Law of the Sea week in, week out. I have a general policy against repeating opposing arguments, but I do plan from now on to rebut Gaffney’s weekly diatribe. I’ll call it “The Weekly…

DC Event Alert: The View from a Divided Palestine

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We will have this program recorded digitally and posted as an update on this blog post, but for those of you in Washington, this will be an interesting meeting. It takes place from 1 pm – 2:30 pm today. The session is titled “The View from a Divided Palestine” and will feature: Rita Hauser Chair, International Peace Academy Advisory Board Chair, International Crisis Group Former Member, President’s Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board The Honorable Mustafa Barghouti Secretary General, Palestinian National Initiative…

Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner

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A loyal TWN reader informed me this morning that Oakley the Amazing Weimaraner now comes up as the “2nd image” when image googling the word “Weimaraner.” It’s just a proud family moment we wanted to share. — Steve Clemons Ed. Note: Thanks to David B. for the head’s up!

Shame on Them: Republicans and Top Dems Missing at Arab American Leadership Summit

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(But for how much longer?) I have to give credit to Senator John Sununu. He showed up at the Arab American Institute’s National Leadership Conference in Dearborn, Michigan this weekend and openly talked about his search for his Palestinian grandfather’s home in old Jerusalem. Sununu also talked about his attempts to hold back the loss of civil liberties — to a large degree aimed at Arabs and Arab Americans — embedded in the Patriot Act. And then Sununu talked about…

The Human Face of Climate Change

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(Huene Island, pictured above, part of the Carteret Island chain, has literally been cut in two by rising sea levels) Papua New Guinea’s Mission to the United Nations recently announced that it would evacuate the Carteret Islands, a horseshoe-shaped group of islands in the South Pacific. 2,000 Carteret Islanders slanders will receive funding to resettle on Bougainville Island, which is a four-hour boat ride away. The Carteret Islanders are not the world’s first climate refugees, but since they have all…

Bhutto and Musharraf, Feuding Again

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Frankly there’s not a whole lot new here to comment on — they’re feuding over the recent bombings, IAEA inspectors, terrorism, and democracy. Expect plenty more through January. But I did want to highlight some fantastic acrylic paintings created by my friend over at Chapati Mystery. The latest are a batch of Musharraf and Bhutto acrylics that tell a set of stories — some familiar, some relatively unknown (who would have guessed the General cherished his Pekingese dogs so). An…