Nicolas J.S. Davies

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Children in Afghanistan. (Photo: Views
Thursday, March 25, 2021
U.S. Joins "Rules-Based World" on Afghanistan
On March 18, the world was treated to the spectacle of U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken sternly lecturing senior Chinese officials about the need for China to respect a "rules-based order." The alternative, Blinken warned , is a world in which might makes right, and "that would be a far more...
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President Joe Biden in the Oval Office, Feb. 16, 2021, in Washington. (Photo: White House/Lawrence Jackson) Views
Friday, March 12, 2021
10 Problems With Biden's Foreign Policy—and One Solution
The Biden presidency is still in its early days, but it’s not too early to point to areas in the foreign policy realm where we, as progressives, have been disappointed--or even infuriated. There are one or two positive developments, such as the renewal of Obama's New START Treaty with Russia and...
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U.S. bombs and bullets have claimed at least hundreds of thousands of civilian lives this century. Here, a U.S. airstrike against Islamic State militants in densely-populated Mosul, Iraq on July 9, 2017 is shown. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Rubaye/AFP/Getty Images) Views
Thursday, March 04, 2021
Trump & Biden’s Secret Bombing Wars
On February 25th, President Biden ordered U.S. air forces to drop seven 500-pound bombs on Iraqi forces in Syria, reportedly killing 22 people. The U.S. airstrike has predictably failed to halt rocket attacks on deeply unpopular U.S. bases in Iraq, which the Iraqi National Assembly passed a...
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Activists with "CodePink women for peace" hold a banner reading "Guys Put Down Your Guns !!" on January 24, 2014 at the entrance of the United Nations Office in Geneva. (Photo: CodePink/flickr) Views
Friday, February 26, 2021
Biden’s Reckless Syria Bombing Is Not the Diplomacy He Promised
The U.S. bombing of Syria on Thursday immediately puts the policies of the newly-formed Biden administration into sharp relief. Why is this administration bombing the sovereign nation of Syria? Why is it bombing “Iranian-backed militias” who pose absolutely no threat to the United States and are...
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Polish soldiers patrol the rail yard at Mockava, Lithuania during Exercise Brilliant Jump 20, military trainings that took place in November, 2020. (Photo: Flickr/cc/NATO) Views
Tuesday, February 23, 2021
What Planet Is NATO Living On?
The February meeting of NATO (North Atlantic Treaty Organization) Defense Ministers, the first since President Biden took power, revealed an antiquated, 75-year-old alliance that, despite its military failures in Afghanistan and Libya, is now turning its military madness toward two more formidable...
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So much is hanging in the balance, for the people of Iran suffering and dying under the impact of U.S. sanctions. (Photo: CODEPINK) Views
Monday, February 15, 2021
Is Biden Committing Diplomatic Suicide Over the Iran Nuclear Agreement?
As Congress still struggles to pass a COVID relief bill, the rest of the world is nervously reserving judgment on America’s new president and his foreign policy, after successive U.S. administrations have delivered unexpected and damaging shocks to the world and the international system. Cautious...
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Even in the American empire’s neocolonial phase, the role of the U.S. military and the CIA was to kick open doors through which American businessmen could “follow the flag” to set up shop and develop new markets. (Photo: Calvin Shen) Views
Wednesday, February 03, 2021
The Decline and Fall of the American Empire
In 2004, journalist Ron Suskind quoted a Bush White House advisor, reportedly Karl Rove , as boasting, “We’re an empire now, and when we act, we create our own reality.” He dismissed Suskind’s assumption that public policy must be rooted in “the reality-based community.” “We’re history’s actors,”...
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The first day of the 2020 school year in Taiz, Yemen. (Photo: Ahmad Al-Basha/AFP) Views
Thursday, January 28, 2021
Will Biden End America’s Global War on Children?
Most people regard Trump’s treatment of immigrant children as among his most shocking crimes as president. Images of hundreds of children stolen from their families and imprisoned in chain-link cages are an unforgettable disgrace that President Biden must move quickly to remedy with humane...
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Nuland and Pyatt planning regime change in Kiev. (Photo: Views
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Will the Senate Confirm Coup Plotter Victoria Nuland?
Who is Victoria Nuland? Most Americans have never heard of her because the U.S. corporate media’s foreign policy coverage is a wasteland. Most Americans have no idea that President-elect Biden’s pick for Deputy Secretary of State for Political Affairs is stuck in the quicksand of 1950s U.S.-Russia...
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The new Biden administration needs to take a truly fresh look at the whole range of destructive policies the United States has pursued around the world for decades, and the insidious role the CIA has played in so many of them. (Photo: Codepink) Views
Monday, December 14, 2020
Will Biden’s America Stop Creating Terrorists?
Joe Biden will take command of the White House at a time when the American public is more concerned about battling coronavirus than fighting overseas wars. But America’s wars rage on regardless, and the militarized counterterrorism policy Biden has supported in the past—based on airstrikes, special...
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