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The Way Between War and Diplomacy--The CIA Way

December 18, 2017

The Way Between War and Diplomacy–The CIA Way

by Sajad Abedi


TEHRAN, Dec. 16 (MNA) – The American Presidents all asked the CIA when they arrived at the White House, “What should they do with it?” Often they underestimated the CIA’s analysis. 845 more words


Final Dispatch from the Grand Australia Trip: America? Naughty or Nice? Checking It Twice

Almost Christmas. Almost home. Time to assess what’s been going on back in the United States since we left three months ago. In some ways, our cruise has seemed such a short time. 626 more words


Too Big To Fail?

I saw this last night and decided it was too big, literally, to ignore.

The US Army currently reported that in FY 2015 it had $6,500,000,000,000 (that’s $6.5 trillion) in spending on an annual budget of $122,000,000,000 ($122 billion), or spending 54 times more than its budget.  713 more words

Doug Jones’ win in Alabama was surprising – and that’s the problem

The state of Alabama electing a Democrat to the U.S. Senate for the first time in twenty five years is an incredible surprise. Doug Jones beat Roy Moore, the Republican candidate so repugnant that Alabama’s senior senator, Richard Shelby, said two days before the election that he couldn’t vote for him; that “Alabama deserves better.” It’s a surprise because it’s Alabama; unashamedly Republican to the point that in 2014, when the now-Attorney General Jeff Sessions won the election for the seat, the Democrats didn’t even field a candidate. 860 more words


John Pavlovitz

A North Carolina-based pastor, John Pavlovitz writes on the noisy, messy intersection of faith, politics, and social justice in the U.S.