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Series | The Obama Legacy, Part 1: Barack Obama’s Foreign Policy Leaves Behind An Uneasy World

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  • Holding firm in his view that the U.S. should do less, the president proved that inaction can have major consequences.
  • This piece is Part 1 of a series on Obama’s legacy that Evergreene Digest  will be publishing over the next weeks. 

Akbar Shahid Ahmed, the Huffington Post

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01/09/2017 | The bombs kept falling after they had destroyed all the hospitals.

They kept coming as international aid agencies warned about the thousands of Syrian children they could hit.

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Akbar Shahid Ahmed, Foreign Affairs Reporter, the Huffington Post

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A Year Of U.S. Militarism, Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post

Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

A Year Of U.S. Militarism

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Here is a rundown of U.S. foreign policy in 2016.

Marjorie Cohn, Huffington Post

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12/30/2016 | One of the most alarming developments in U.S. foreign policy in 2016 was the ratcheting up of the new iteration of the Cold War. Looking back at U.S. foreign policy in this last year of Barack Obama’s presidential tenure, other weighty developments include the ongoing proxy war in Syria, the U.S.-supported Saudi-led bombing in Yemen, U.S. use of drones and manned bombers in Libya, U.S. bombing in Iraq and Afghanistan, unprecedented U.S. military aid to Israel, U.S. special operations in Kenya, Ethiopia, Djibouti and Yemen, U.S. saber-rattling against China in the South China Sea, and steps toward normalization of relations with Cuba.

The intensification of Cold War dynamics became particularly apparent in March, when the U.S. government announced it would significantly increase the number of troops stationed in Eastern Europe, a direct provocation of Russia. Reuters called the expanded positioning of NATO troops and military equipment in that region the “biggest military build-up on Russia’s borders since the Cold War.”

Marjorie Cohn: Professor Emerita at Thomas Jefferson School of Law. Her most recent book is Drones and Targeted Killing: Legal, Moral, and Geopolitical Issues

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Michael Parenti | These Countries Are Not Underdeveloped, They Are Overexploited (1986)

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  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.”
  • Related: Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid

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November 28, 2016 | 

  • Michael Parenti speaks at the University of Colorado, Boulder: “US interventionism, the 3rd world, and the USSR” April 15, 1986
  • “The revolution that feeds the children gets my support.” Comrade Fidel, presente!

Michael Parenti is an award winning, internationally known author. His most recent books are The Face of Imperialism (a critique of the U.S. global empire; 2011) and Waiting for Yesterday: Pages from a Street Kid’s Life (an ethnic memoir about his early life in Italian Harlem; 2013); and Profit Pathology and Other Indecencies. For further information about his work, visit his website: www.michaelparenti.org.

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Haiti's Aftershocks: Rape Gangs, Disaster Profiteers, and AWOL Aid, Compiled by David Culver, Ed., Evergreene Digest 

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  • If Mrs. Clinton has become a zombie and the “I” in I-HRC has faded, this could easily be interpreted as a sign of the Haitian gods’ wicked sense of humor.
  • Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere
  • Part 1: How the Clintons Destroyed and Impoverished Haiti: Hillary’s “Dream Government” and Haiti’s Pay-to-Play “Recovery Commission” (IHRC)
  • Part 2: Rebuilding Haiti, One Commune at a Time: Experience from Haitian People in Zabriko and Elsewhere

Series | Middle East Policy Changes Part 1; Promised Democracy: The Future of Iraq

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Long-term, generational focus and investment in Iraq’s future is the only way US policy can effectively engage in the democracy promotion it claimed to support 13 years ago.

Ryan J. Suto, Foreign Policy in Review

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Photo: Iraqi boys listen to instructions from their teacher during a practice session in the Taek Won-Do dojo of the Mujamma Youth Center, Mujamma, Iraq, Courtesy of United States Forces Iraq via Flickr.

 

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September 7, 2016 | Democracy is not illusive in Iraq. To help the war-torn country get there, however, the United States must finally engage in long-term thinking. In a departure from the policies of past administrations, the next president should support the democratic potential of Iraqi youth by exploring policy options geared toward the health of the country’s next generation.

At present, a central problem with the potential for democracy in Iraq has been the ethno-sectarian divisions that have become hyper-pronounced since the end of the Saddam Hussein era in 2003, encouraged by the demographically based institutions of Iraq’s 2005 constitution. The US-led invasion of Iraq weakened the state apparatus, which was further crippled by the policy of de-Ba’athification. These shortsighted policies rendered the Iraqi state unable and—under former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki—unwilling to continue basic social services, maintain an adequate security sector, or administer justice in a fair and nonsectarian manner. State service deficiencies created an opportunity for non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, to gain the support of significant numbers of Iraqis by offering protection and community support via sectarian polarization. If the US continues to support sectarian groups, such as the Hashd al-Shaabi, to counter other sectarian groups perceived as more extreme, such as IS, that policy risks further entrenching civil strife in the country.

Ryan J. Suto is a writer on the United States and the Middle East. He graduated from Syracuse University’s Law and Public Diplomacy program, where he received certificates in Middle Eastern affairs, international law, and post-conflict reconstruction.

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