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Human Rights
1 New humanitarian standard for warfare?

Flickr, Jayel Aheram Except for euphemistically calling warfare “intervention,” I think this article in The Atlantic about our current military efforts in Libya “The New Standard for Humanitarian Intervention” is a good read. Says the author Robert Pape: We may be witnessing an historic shift in international norms. Gandhi and…

World Politics
0 How U.S. elections may impact foreign aid, policy

Americans are impatient people. We believe in change. Europeans like tradition, consistency. Not us. Others around the world may see our electoral swings as an indication of fickleness, attention deficit disorder or just ignorance. But you could also see it as a celebration of creative destruction. Most of us don’t…

World Politics
0 David Rieff did NOT call Raj Shah a Marxist

Update / clarification on my earlier post in which I poked fun at an article that claimed Bill Gates has brainwashed the Obama Administration. In The New Republic article, the author David Rieff contends that Gates and his techno-fix minions at the world’s largest philanthropy have indoctrinated everyone in the…

World Politics
0 America’s Global Health Initiative is American

Flickr, by Roger H. Goun Secretary of State Hilary Clinton “No nation in history has done more to improve global health,” Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said Monday in a speech celebrating the United States’ commitment to fighting disease, saving lives and improving social welfare worldwide. “We have led the…

World Politics
2 How to Break a Promise on AIDS

Here’s a good example of how to use a foreign policy argument to justify reneging on a commitment that wasn’t really supposed to be about foreign policy. I posted on this phenomenon earlier, about how more experts these days seem to be discussing global health efforts as primarily a means…