Posts Tagged ‘Foreign Policy’


Saberi released earlier this week

May 13, 2009

This is tremendously good news, but before one gets too ecstatic, Glenn Greenwald pens a sobering reminder of how the US treats journalists who aren’t working for access to the Pentagon. Check it out here.


US journalists held in North Korea

March 23, 2009

More here.


Obama’s message to Iran

March 20, 2009

Here are a few takes on Obama’s overture to Iran today: Greenwald and Rosen.



More on Kyrgyzstan’s volte-face

February 20, 2009

This, over at Wired’s Danger Room


So long Kyrgyzstan, hello Iran?

February 19, 2009

Spencer Ackerman offers this notable tidbit from his perch at Firedoglake.


The most dangerous place in the world

February 19, 2009

27somaliaxlarge11Foreign Policy has this piece out on the anarchy of Somalia.

A clip:

In more than a dozen trips to Somalia over the past two and a half years, I’ve come to rewrite my own definition of chaos. I’ve felt the incandescent fury of the Iraqi insurgency raging in Fallujah. I’ve spent freezing-cold, eerily quiet nights in an Afghan cave. But nowhere was I more afraid than in today’s Somalia, where you can get kidnapped or shot in the head faster than you can wipe the sweat off your brow. From the thick, ambush-perfect swamps around Kismayo in the south to the lethal labyrinth of Mogadishu to the pirate den of Boosaaso on the Gulf of Aden, Somalia is quite simply the most dangerous place in the world.

The whole country has become a breeding ground for warlords, pirates, kidnappers, bomb makers, fanatical Islamist insurgents, freelance gunmen, and idle, angry youth with no education and way too many bullets. There is no Green Zone here, by the way—no fortified place of last resort to run to if, God forbid, you get hurt or in trouble. In Somalia, you’re on your own. The local hospitals barely have enough gauze to treat all the wounds.