Seems to Me I’ve Heard That Song Before

The title of this essay is that of a song I remember from bygone days. Frank Sinatra used to sing it. Listening to Barack Obama and John Kerry give their rationale for attacking Syria, gave me an ear worm – the song keeps running around in my brain and I’m sick of hearing it. The [...]

Let’s Hope the No-fly Zone Won’t Fly

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson A significant number of US officials, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and independent Sen. Joe Lieberman among them, are pressing President Barack Obama to set up a no-fly zone in the airspace above Libya. A no-fly zone is an area in which aviation is prohibited, sort of a demilitarized zone in [...]

Revolution at the Speed of Light

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Surely, the upheavals going on in North Africa and the Middle East were not caused entirely by WikiLeaks/FaceBook/Twitter. But just as surely, their contributions cannot be denied. The role of the Internet in human events has just been bumped up a notch or ten. Only a fool would be tempted to [...]

WikiLeaks: Why You Should Worry

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson I’ve spent the better part of this week researching the WikiLeaks affair, particularly as it relates to the publication of messages that put the State Department in an embarrassing light. My instinct told me this is important to the future of our country – more important than any of the issues [...]

Four Lessons from the WikiLeaks Leaks

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Four lessons for government functionaries emerge from the WikiLeaks release of some quarter of a million U.S. State Department dispatches. 1. Unless you are sure of absolute security, don’t say anything in writing that you wouldn’t want to see on Page One of the New York Times. This is straight out [...]

And I Thought It Was About Oil

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson The New York Times reported on June 14 that the U.S. has identified “vast mineral riches in Afghanistan.” Here, from James Risen’s article, is the first paragraph. The United States has discovered nearly $1 trillion in untapped mineral deposits in Afghanistan, far beyond any previously known reserves and enough to fundamentally alter [...]

Monsanto’s Dedication to Ending Global Hunger (?)

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Sometimes it takes a pair or two of extra-sharp eyes to figure out what a corporate lobbyist is up to. Here’s a good one: Monsanto’s lobbyists are trying to get the Senate to write a mandate for research and technology transfer of genetically modified agricultural techniques into S. 384: Global Food [...]

Obama sends New Year’s greetings to Iran

By Miryam Ehrlich Williamson Today is Nowruz, Islam’s new year, occurring on the day of the spring equinox. President Obama recorded a message greeting the people and government of Iran and, by extension, the entire community of Islam, extending hopes for better relationships in the future and wishing them well in the new year. Touchingly, [...]