The View from My Room: Miami

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I am in Miami for a couple of days and this beautiful pic was taken from my balcony yesterday evening. I have been discussing US-Cuba relations with quite a number of Cuban-Americans who live here. I have been telling them about the work that Senator Richard Lugar and his Latin America senior policy advisor Carl Meacham have recently done. A couple of big surprises. Most want the embargo to end and are indifferent to the political issues that have kept…

The Future of Humanitarian Relief?

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In an impulsive backlash against the warrants issued by the ICC this week, Sudanese President al-Bashir halted the work of 13 relief organizations operating in his country, leaving, “1.1 million people without food, 1.5 million without medical care and more than one million without drinking water.” (Reuters) Sudan is a failed state; the government is unable or unwilling to provide for the basic needs of its people. For many Sudanese the relief agencies are their only source of protection and…

Fathers and Sons: A Spirited Defense of Chas Freeman by his Politically Divergent Son

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This is a guest post for The Washington Note by CSIS Freeman Chair in China Studies Charles Freeman. The entry first appeared on Freeman’s facebook page. Freeman previously served as assistant U.S. trade representative (USTR) for China affairs. Like many of Washington’s political families, the Freeman family is politically divided with Chas Freeman, the elder, having worked hard to undermine George W. Bush’s wrong-headed direction in foreign policy while his son was working for that same President. Zbigniew Brzezinski sons…

A Trillion Here, A Trillion There…

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In England, home of the English language, the word “trillion” is rarely used. Instead, the phrase “a thousand billion” is used instead. I recommend that the US follows suit. It is not that I am an anglophile, but rather that I believe we have reached the point where the number “one trillion” simply fails to capture just how big it (and the financial crisis that causes us to use this number on a regular basis) really is. A thousand billion…

EVENT TODAY: Congressional Views on US Approaches to Gaza

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Today at 12:45 pm, I will be hosting an event in the US House of Representatives on the subject of “Congressioal Views on US Approaches to Gaza.” Regrettably, we can’t stream the program live because of logistical challenges with the room we are in, but I will posting a digital file of the event later here at TWN. The public is invited to attend. The room is 2253 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, DC, and an RSVP page is here….

ICC Issues Arrest Warrant for Bashir

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The International Criminal Court just issued an arrest warrant for President Omar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity. The ICC’s first indictment of a sitting head of state is likely to be a game changer, both globally and in Sudan. Globally, the ICC has served notice that the days of impunity from the world’s most heinous crimes are coming to an end. For Sudan, the indictment should ratchet up international pressure on Khartoum as well as…

The View from My Window: Corpus Christi

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This morning I left Washington Dulles, and it was about 14 degrees outside. Now I’m in Corpus Christi, Texas planning to speak tonight and tomorrow to groups organized by the World Affairs Council of South Texas/Corpus Christi and Texas A&M University Corpus Christi. It’s 73 degrees outside. Really. Going home again will be very hard to do (unless I’m lured back with a good cocktail party. . .just ribbing some of my anti-cocktail party fans) — Steve Clemons

Israel is Crossing the Line

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One of the interesting things to observe after George Bush issued his dictate to the world — “You are with us or against us” — was how some of those nations “with us” began to assume that their importance to and relationship with the United States was “unconditional” and that they could do virtually anything without worry of harming that relationship. Taiwan and Israel were the two most interesting nations to watch because both suffer types of identity crises. Taiwan…