Figuring out Ecuador’s Foreign Policy: From Lukashenko to Assange

August 2, 2012 by

A July 31st guest post in Latin America’s Moment, a blog of the Council on Foreign Relations handled by Shannon O’Neil (a Senior Fellow for Latin American Studies at CFR), discusses the differences between Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa and his eccentric Venezuelan counterpart, Hugo Chavez.

Syria’s Descent Raises Disturbing Questions

August 2, 2012 by

While roundly condemned by human rights groups including Human Rights Watch, the apparent extra-judicial shooting of four Assad loyalists in Aleppo places the international community in a bind. For months, several Middle Eastern states, the United States and others have funneled weapons, money and equipment to the rebels without knowing the full details of who exactly they dealing with.

Alexander Cockburn 1941-2012

August 2, 2012 by

It was fitting that writer and critic Alexander Cockburn’s funeral should include a passage from Milton. For more than 50 years, Cockburn combined polished, erudite writing with fierce political insight in the tradition of the great 17thcentury English polemicist. Cockburn died July 20 in Germany at age 71, following a two-year struggle with cancer. He was buried July 28 in his beloved Petrolia, Ca.

The Correctionist: Remembering Gore Vidal

August 2, 2012 by

He was very quick, cerebrally deft. Whatever he wrote – be it on the novel (birth, death exaggerated or otherwise), ancient Rome, Richard Nixon or sexual freedom – he was always channelling his interests in the United States. To be a genuine, heart-felt German, argued Friedrich Nietzsche, a good dose of anti-German sentiment was needed. Ditto Vidal on the subject of the United States, country he loved to distraction, even if it was a poison-penned distraction.

Sudan: Refugees from Blue Nile State Speak Out

August 2, 2012 by

The Enough Project published a report in July 2012 that summarizes interviews with more than a dozen refugees at the Batil refugee camp in South Sudan who had recently fled from Blue Nile State in Sudan. Their accounts are not pretty and underscore the indiscriminate nature of the military action that Sudan is conducting in Blue Nile State. Although not covered in this Enough Project report, it is well known that South Sudan is providing assistance to the SPLM-North organization, which is committed to overthrowing the Bashir government.

China’s Involvement in Mozambique

August 2, 2012 by

China-Mozambique ties are pretty typical of those with most African countries. Unlike many countries in Africa, however, Mozambique never recognized Taiwan. In 1963, five FRELIMO delegations visited China, including one headed by its leader at the time, Eduardo Mondlane. When a faction broke away from FRELIMO in 1965 and formed COREMO, China favored the new pro-Beijing COREMO organization but also continued to support FRELIMO.