Category Archives: International

U.K. expands their surveillance state

The U.K. Parliament recently passed the terrifying Investigatory Powers Act. From The Intercept: Perhaps the most controversial aspect of the new law is that it will give the British government the authority to serve internet service providers with a “data retention notice,” forcing them to record and store for up to 12 months logs showing websites […]

Obama rededicates U.S. to Afghan occupation

In last night’s highly-anticipated address, President Barack Obama defended his decision to deploy 30,000 more American soldiers to Afghanistan, arguing that it’s necessary for the common security of the U.S. and its allies. Obama outlined a military strategy that seeks to beat back the Taliban and weaken Al-Qaeda, while strengthening the Afghan Government and its […]

Free Polanski?

A few days ago I questioned whether or not our resources should have been spent finding a way to capture Roman Polanski for a rape he committed 30 years ago, considering the victim had forgiven him. I just think there may be other crimes more worthy of our attention. With that said, there are good […]

International law is an empty promise

“We must demonstrate that international law is not an empty promise, and that treaties will be enforced.” – Obama discussing new stricter language enforcing nuclear non-proliferation (via the NY Times). That seems more than a little hypocritical when Obama has actively shielded the past administration from international penalties against torture and launching aggressive wars. The […]

The Unenforceable

The UN Security Council passed a new resolution [pdf] in regards to nuclear disarmament and proliferation yesterday. But does it matter? The resolution basically holds the status quo and reaffirms the commitment of ”well-behaved” countries to continuing to try and be on their best behavior while having no effective means of stopping the proliferation of […]

‘Numbing’ quote of the week

From the NY Times: Sen noted that in normal circumstances, women live longer than men, and so there are more females than males in much of the world. Yet in places where girls have a deeply unequal status, they vanish. China has 107 males for every 100 females in its overall population (and an even […]

After Kim Jong-il

North Korea has once more been in the news, this time with the historic visit-cum-rescue operation headed by Bill Clinton to free two American journalists that had been held for four months. For a nation as isolated from the world at large politically and economically, it has held quite the attentive position of newsmaker the […]

Iraqi lawmakers need a break

In honor of my now complete and impromptu weeklong break from posting here on Why We Worry (sorry!), I’m posting about another ill-timed vacation. The Iraqi Parliament has decided that there are no pressing issues facing the country, so they might as well take a month off: “Parliament has decided to break until early September,” […]

We don’t need allies anyways

Who would you trust more? This guy? …or this guy? A new Pew Research poll shows that U.S. allies (and yes, even Britain!) put more trust in Russian President Vladimir Putin than they do in George W. Bush. Sure, Putin is suspected of poisoning politcal opponents, jailing others and killing journalists (and then there was […]

Golden domed mosque bombed again

The golden domed mosque was struck again by insurgents, Wednesday, in an apparent attempt to add fuel to the fire of the Iraqi civil war. Two minarets were destroyed in the attack. In February we noted that it had been a year since insurgents significantly damaged Iraq’s sacred golden domed mosque in Samarra. The first […]