Anecdotal Tales of Quality of Life Problems in Lower Manhattan

By: Wednesday October 31, 2012 12:18 pm

I don’t want to overhype anecdotal information, but if this is in any way an accurate assessment of life in Lower Manhattan right now, we need to make some noise about it. 4) For now, this is an economic crisis – hourly workers cannot be paid, freelancers have no clients, small businesses have no sales, [...]

Clinton Ignores Hold, Approves Humanitarian Aid for West Bank and Gaza

By: Thursday April 12, 2012 8:55 am

OK, here’s a somewhat better story on a pretty depressing day. The chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, tried to put a hold on foreign aid to Palestinians in the West Bank and Gaza. It was a manifestation of the same old AIPAC-driven politics, where the US acts punitively toward one side [...]

US Suspends Food Aid for North Korea

By: Wednesday March 28, 2012 12:15 pm

So here’s an example of the danger of tying foreign policy to humanitarian aid. The US and North Korea inked a deal on nuclear inspections and negotiations that would free up food aid for the North Korean people. Then the Kim Jong-un regime announced they would engage in a long-range missile test. And as a [...]

US Gaming Out Strategies on Syria

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 9:02 am

The Arab League monitoring process in Syria has reached tragicomic proportions. Security forces are now killing protesters within a couple blocks of the monitors, and the monitors do their best not to notice. This is a Baghdad Bob-level of ignorance of one’s surroundings. Amid all of this, Josh Rogin at The Cable reports on some [...]

Israeli Commandos Storm Aid Flotilla; At Least 10 Dead

By: Monday May 31, 2010 9:05 am

You may have read by now about the Israeli commandos storming a flotilla packed with supplies for Gaza, killing at least 10 unarmed civilians in international waters. The NYT and HuffPo have the 1,000-foot view, and TPM has a minute-by-minute selection of news bytes. Nations around the world have exploded with outrage, and Prime Minister [...]

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