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William Pfaff

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  • French election's first round narrows the field

    PARIS -- The French elections have settled one question, that of the two finalists for the presidency. There were some who believed that the nationalist right candidate, Marine Le Pen, might outdo President Nicolas Sarkozy, who, in the campaign polls,...
  • Catholicism and the GOP: An awkward tango

    PARIS -- A novel aspect of the Republican campaign for the party's presidential nomination has been the importance placed by some candidates, their admirers and some voters on the Catholic religion and certain claims to formal academic certification or...
  • Shifting US foreign policy reflective of new world view

    PARIS -- Counterinsurgency is out. Drones, assassination teams, targeted killings and special forces are in. A New York Times report on May 27 described the "existential debate" going on inside the faculty at West Point, the national military academy....
  • Elections could shift EU away from austerity, but should they?

    PARIS -- The weekend elections in France and Greece seem widely to have been taken, at least on the European and American left, as a solution to the great European economic crisis. The Greeks will hold another election, which a leftist coalition may...
  • Greece's Balkan inheritance is heavy

    PARIS -- The Balkans are historically apart from Europe for two reasons, one religious and the other political. This has everything to do with the present crisis of Greece and the future of Greece's membership in -- or perhaps its departure from -- the...
  • Petraeus yet another high-ranking military official mired in scandal

    PARIS -- "Duty, Honor, Country" is the West Point motto, but it seems to have lost what once was its compelling power over the men of the Long Gray Line, as they pursue the military careers that follow graduation. I am not speaking primarily about the...
  • To the brink again for Israel and Gaza

    PARIS -- Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Syrian President Bashar Al Assad have an important thing in common: When a part of the populations under their control rise up against them, they do not negotiate or compromise; they bomb the rebel...
  • What exacly would Israel like to do with its Palestinian population?

    PARIS -- What exactly is it that Israel intends to do with the Palestinians now in the territories that it has just opened for home construction for Jewish settlers, thereby extending its policy of occupying and annexing what are legally Palestinian...
  • As Hollande struggles, so does the opposition

    PARIS -- France has a double crisis. Its ruling political party, Francois Hollande's Socialist, is in a state of catatonia, usually defined as a condition of incoherence with alternate periods of stupor and activity. More below about that. Former...
  • Syrian chemical weapons threat eerily familiar?

    PARIS -- Since the beginning of December, military gas (sarin, a nerve agent) has claimed a major place in discussion of the civil war in Syria. The Syrian government has admitted to holding major stocks of (unidentified military) gas in or near the areas...
  • Global governance at heart of failed foreign policies

    PARIS -- The first time I heard there was a "war" against Westphalia was in a talk given to the International Institute for Strategic Studies in 2003 by George W. Bush's national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice. She said that the Westphalian system...
  • Need for straight talk from US Defense Department

    PARIS -- Christmas has provided a day of distraction from war, the usual condition for most of the world, and the steady-state of the modern American nation, so to speak. At the end of 1941, following Pearl Harbor, the United States had a War Department,...