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U.S. Cluster Bombs to Ukraine: An Act of Desperation

The United Nations convention that banned the use of cluster munitions was signed in 2008, but three of the most militarized nations in the world refused to sign: the United States, Russia, and Israel.  The United States used these munitions against Iraq in 2003, and supplied them to Saudi Arabia for use in Yemen.  Israel violated understandings with the United States and used cluster munitions against Palestinians. Russia  has used them extensively in Ukraine with substantial civilian fatalities and casualties.

Has the Putin-Prigozhin Confrontation Opened a Door for Negotiation?

The war between Russia and Ukraine has become more complex in the wake of the past weekend, which found Yevgeny Prigozhin marching his troops toward Moscow, and President Vladimir Putin finding a safe haven for Prigozhin in Belarus. The conventional wisdom among politicians and pundits is that this is an opportunity for Ukraine and its…

Netanyahu Takes Aim At U.S. Diplomacy Again

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Israel’s leading anti-American protagonist, is at it again.  The Israelis, presumably at Netanyahu’s direction, are leaking sensitive information regarding secret talks between the United States and Iran.  The talks are designed to curtail Tehran’s nuclear program, liberate three American prisoners; and end proxy attacks on U.S. forces in Syria.  Netanyahu…

Honor Daniel Ellsberg by Abrogating the Espionage Act

Daniel Ellsberg’s courage and contributions should be honored by abrogating the Espionage Act of 1917, which was designed to stifle his example of dissent and whistleblowing.  Ellsberg’s resolve and tenacity were unusual.  He exposed the mendacity of the Johnson and Nixon administrations, giving the New York Timesand the Washington Post  the Pentagon Papers, which they published.  The Times’…