After the pro-transparency group WikiLeaks released the intellectual property chapter of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) “trade” regime, the outcry around the world and across the political spectrum was swift and brutal. Among the many problems highlighted by critics of the scheme: the assault on national sovereignty and self-government; the threat to free expression, privacy, whistleblowers, and freedom of information; the generous handouts to Big Business cronies in everything from pharmaceuticals to Hollywood; conscripting Internet Service Providers (ISPs) into serving as agents of the transnational TPP regime; and much more.
The bombing of the hospital run by Doctors Without Borders in Kunduz, Afghanistan, on October 3 is but the latest tragic unintended consequence of a war that no longer has any strategic purpose.
With Russia now involved in the Syrian War — the first act of overseas intervention by any power other than the United States or its immediate allies since the Cold War — the Middle Eastern quagmire threatens to become an abyss. How steep a price will America have to pay for decades of meddling in Middle Eastern wars?
As the Obama administration's strategy of showering U.S. support on “moderate” jihadists in Syria under the guise of fighting the Islamic State continues to blow up in its face, Russian strongman Vladimir Putin is making deals to battle ISIS alongside Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad, the Iranian regime, Beijing, and even the Iraqi government installed by Washington.
The former president of Finland, who served as a senior negotiator among United Nations members early on amid the crisis in Syria, said in a recent interview that the Obama administration and other Western governments ignored a 2012 offer by the Kremlin that could have seen Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad step down.