Hold Fast

A Blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Hold Fast - a blog by Matt Browner Hamlin

Entries Tagged as 'Foreign Relations'

De Boer on Paul

January 17th, 2012 · Comments Off

Freddie De Boer: I could never vote for Ron Paul, for a thousand reasons. I have been arguing against many of his policies and the worldview that generated them for the entirety of my adult life. But I have to value his voice in the national debate because almost no other national political figures will […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations · Republicans · Rule of Law

Chris Hedges on the #Occupy movement and politics in America

October 12th, 2011 · Comments Off

To call Hedges’ analysis of how elites control power in America damning would be to soft peddle his critique. This is powerful stuff.

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Tags: Congress · Economy · Foreign Relations

On Wikileaks

December 6th, 2010 · Comments Off

I think Digby has written the best piece on why Wikileaks is important and what stance progressives should hold towards it. This passage is of note: It’s true that much of what’s been revealed in the last year has pertained to US foreign policy, but the US is the world’s superpower, spending more on its […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations · Rule of Law

Alive in Afghanistan

August 19th, 2009 · Comments Off

Just in time for tomorrow’s presidential election in Afghanistan, Brian Conley and friends have launched Alive in Afghanistan, a site that allows distributed reporting of incidents in the political process such as problems voting, illegal campaigning, vote tampering, and threats of violence. They collect data via SMS, email, and the web. It’s a great project […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations

Whatever It Is, I’m Against It

June 16th, 2009 · Comments Off

On Obama and Iran: Asked about the Iranian elections, Obama said “it is up to Iranians to make decisions about who Iran’s leaders will be”. Yes, they just did that very thing, Barack. It’s what happened after that that’s the problem. Yep, that’s the problem in a nutshell.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Foreign Relations

Islam & the US

June 5th, 2009 · Comments Off

Whatever It Is, I’m Against It writes: I’m not sure if all this talk about the relationship between the US and Islam treats Islam as a nation or the US as a religion. Heh, indeedy.

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Tags: Barack Obama · Foreign Relations

Israel Using Cluster Munitions In Gaza

January 4th, 2009 · 6 Comments

Photo from Times UK A friend who used to be in the military sent me this photo of cluster munitions, fired by Israel, into urban Gaza. They’re using DPICMs, which are the artillery version of cluster bombs. In a densely populated urban area, Israel is using weapons that are incapable of distinguishing between combatants and […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations

Interrogation Op-Ed

December 30th, 2008 · Comments Off

Matthew Alexander, a former Air Force interrogator who worked in Afghanistan and Iraq questioning Al Qaeda suspects, has a powerful op-ed in the LA Times. Alexander makes a convincing argument that torture does not work and must be ended. Alexander writes: Good interrogation is not an exercise in domination or control. It’s an opportunity for […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations · Rule of Law

Resignations

March 13th, 2008 · Comments Off

Yesterday’s news was filled with resignations. I don’t have a tremendous amount to say on either Spitzer or Fallon, other than that it strikes me as the person who has a major say on whether or not the US goes to war with Iran during the Bush administration ought to be treated as far more […]

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Tags: Democrats · Foreign Relations

Dodd on Castro

February 19th, 2008 · Comments Off

Senator Dodd issued the following statement on Fidel Castro’s decision to step aside: “The United States’ embargo on Cuba is one of the most backward and ineffective foreign policies in history. Today, America has an opportunity to finally turn a new page. We must begin the process of opening up diplomatic and commercial relations with […]

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Tags: Foreign Relations