IN THIS ISSUE
- Henderson/Zunes Speaking Event
- Top News
- Opinion and analysis
David Henderson and Stephen Zunes to Speak on US-Iran Relations:
Prof. David R. Henderson, co-chair of Libertarians for Peace, will be one of two speakers discussing the U.S., Iran and the threat to peace. The event is on Thursday, April 18 at 7:30 PM at the Irvine Auditorium, Monterey Institute of International Studies (MIIS) at 499 Pierce Street in Monterey. The program is free and open to the public.
David R. Henderson: "The Perverse Economics of Sanctions" David R. Henderson is a research fellow with the Hoover Institution and a Professor of Economics at the Naval Postgraduate School. Sponsored by the Peace Coalition of Monterey County and Amnesty International.
Stephen Zunes: "Hegemony, Repression and the Nuclear Standoff" Stephen Zunes is a Professor of Politics and International Studies at the University of San Francisco, where he chairs the program in Middle Eastern Studies. He is recognized as one of the country’s leading scholars of U.S. Middle East policy and strategic nonviolent action.
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This week’s top news:
Americans Obsessed with North Korea, Overstate Threat: Pew Research showed large amounts of the American population are following North Korea "very closely" and take the threat "very seriously."
Syria’s Nusra Rebels Pledge Loyalty to al-Qaeda: This week’s announcement of a merger between Jabhat al-Nusra, one of the key Syrian rebel forces, and al-Qaeda in Iraq (AQI) was discussed today by the Nusra leadership, which insists that they have always pledged allegiance to the al-Qaeda parent group.
Israel to Refuse All Official Gestures to Palestinians: Israeli officials are sending some mixed messages after Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit on whether or not they are going to make any gestures to kickstart peace talks, but it seems safe to say that anything they do will be quiet.
US Troops Attack Afghan Civilian Bus, Killing One: Details are still scarce, but officials are confirming that US troops attacked a civilian bus in the Herat Province, in the Adraskan District. The attack killed one civilian and wounded another.
Obama Approves Yet More Weapons for Somali Military: Citing a recent UN resolution that partially lifted a ban on sending arms to Somalia, the Obama Administration has announced a dramatic new influx of military aid to the self-proclaimed Somali government.
UN: Libya Arms Fueling Mali, Syria Wars: A new UN report addressing the now fairly longstanding problem of arms smuggling out of Libya reveals that despite huge outlays of money from NATO the weapons continue to flow out of Libya at "an alarming rate," fueling wars across the region.
Opinion & Analysis:
- Justin Raimondo wrote about the life of Margaret Thatcher and Hugo Chavez, as well as a fictional piece about a future Rand Paul presidency.
- Ivan Eland argued the best way to handle North Korea’s belligerence is to ignore it.
- Kelley Vlahos lamented the lingering AUMF and the still-expanding war on terror powers utilized by the Executive. She also blogged about how the CIA is wrecking polio eradication in Pakistan.
- Phil Giraldi wrote about Bowe Bergdahl, a US soldier taken hostage by the Taliban.
- John Glaser explained why Obama won’t cut military spending, new evidence that Obama has lied about the drone war, and the cold geo-politics at play in Syria.
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