Category Archives: Foreign Affairs

Scourging Yemen

Scourging Yemen by Kathy Kelly On May 10, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia informed the UN Security Council and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that Saudi Air Defenses had intercepted two Houthi ballistic missiles launched from inside Yemeni territory targeting … Continue reading

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Splitting Migrant Families, How Could This Happen?

Splitting Migrant Families, How Could This Happen? By David Shorr Ever since President Trump started splitting parents and children at our southern border, I’ve been thinking about the last time I was called for jury duty. Jurors were being picked … Continue reading

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Helsinki And New START

I don’t know one person, acquaintance or public figure who thought the July 16 meeting between Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin in Helsinki went well. The only people who found a ray of hope in the awkward encounter are those … Continue reading

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Is It “Meddling”?

“Meddling” is such a namby-pamby word. It conjures up visions of nosy old ladies with metal framed glasses at the end of their noses looking cross wise at someone. The old lady is about to tell the person what they … Continue reading

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Why Stop Denuclearization at North Korea?

(From Physicians for Social Responsibility which has a small but vocal footprint in Iowa). Responding to citizens everywhere who yearn for peace, political leaders in South Korea, North Korea, China and the United States staged a flurry of diplomatic activity … Continue reading

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Write Your Letters To The Editor

Below is a letter to the editor from Muscatine County Democratic chair, Don Paulsen Forty-seven Republican U.S. Senators, including Iowa’s Charles Grassley and Joni Ernst, have shamefully and illegally tried to sabotage negotiations between the United States and Iran. The … Continue reading

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Joni, Chuck And Their Anti-Iowa Trifecta

Slightly over 60 days in office for one of our senators, a bit under half a century for our other senator. But there doesn’t seem to be a lick of sense between them at the moment. Joni was never elected … Continue reading

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Obama Is The New Godfather?

Somehow I got on the John Bolton email list and one thing I know from the experience is the former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations doesn’t care for the way foreign policy is going these days. This guy was … Continue reading

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Syrian Chemical Weapons Removed

(Editor’s Note: While President Obama threatened to bomb Syria over the Aug. 21, 2013 Sarin gas attack that killed over 1,000 Syrians, in the end, the U.S., Russia and more than two dozen nations coordinated the peaceful removal of Syrian … Continue reading

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An Iowan on Syria

Newman Abuissa is an Iowa City resident, an engineer for the Iowa Department of Transportation, and was born in Syria. He is a naturalized U.S. citizen and before the Syrian conflict, he made regular trips to Syria with his family … Continue reading

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