U.S. Policy

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 07:15
Since 9/11, the United States has lavished Pakistan with nearly USD 8 billion in security assistance, USD 11 billion in economic assistance, and USD 13 billion in the lucrative programme known as Coalition Support Funds (CSF).
Wednesday, May 20, 2015 - 06:59
The state-owned oil company of Azerbaijan secretly funded an all-expenses-paid trip to a conference in Baku, on the Caspian Sea, in 2013 for 10 members of Congress and 32 staff members.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015 - 08:46

House Committe on Foreign Affairs is holding a subcommittee meeting to discuss Egypt's situation two years after Morsi.

Chairman Ros-Lehtinen: "This hearing will provide our Members the opportunity to weigh U.S. policy toward Cairo as Egypt struggles to balance its security concerns with its needs for democratic reforms.”

Friday, May 1, 2015 - 07:17
Both ISIS and al Qaeda pose a threat to Western interests in Africa. While ISIS gets most of the headlines these days, al Qaeda is still a major player in Africa.
Thursday, April 30, 2015 - 07:19
The United States now sees the Ukrainian rebels as a Russian force. American officials briefed on intelligence from the region say Russia has significantly deepened its command and control of the militants in eastern Ukraine in recent months, leading the U.S. to quietly introduce a new term: "combined Russian-separatist forces."
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 07:24
The U.S. empire can continue to see itself as a force for good, doing things that would be unacceptable for anyone else but never to be questioned when performed by the global cop -- that is, it can go on not seeing itself at all, expanding, over-reaching, and collapsing from within. Or it can recognize what it's about, shift priorities, scale back militarism, reverse the concentration of wealth and power, invest in green energy and human needs, and undo the empire a bit sooner but far more beneficially.
Tuesday, April 28, 2015 - 06:56
oordination between American officials in Afghanistan is so rare that in one instance, according to a U.S. watchdog, a senior official from the embassy in Kabul didn’t know about a $39.6 million business project until Afghan officials thanked the ambassador for supporting it.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 21:02
A career fighter pilot replaces the former base commander who was suddenly removed from the job amid a still unresolved investigation into the death of a civilian commissary worker on the remote base.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:24
President Barack Obama’s recent decision to end the halt on sending military equipment to Egypt, resulting in the release of aircraft, missiles and tank kits, took many by surprise. The recent court decision in Egypt that led to a life sentence for Egyptian-American citizen Mohamad Soltan on charges of funding a pro-Mohammed Morsi sit-in and "spreading false information" — charges criticized by Amnesty International — reinforced doubt about the American-Egyptian funding relationship. But the military funding issue is somewhat more complicated than that — and may need to be investigated further, for both American and Egyptian interests, going forward.
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 07:10
The Obama administration is banking on Abadi to cut through the sectarian-tinged political miasma that for years has surrounded Baghdad, as the only way to defeat the Islamic State. But in his candid remarks Wednesday — perhaps underscoring the urgency of the threat — Abadi sounded far more focused on the battlegrounds in the hinterlands.