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War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates

War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates

  by Thomas L. Knapp If at first you don’t succeed, spread some money around. The Financial Times reports that the US State Department is offering cash bribes to captains of Iranian ships if they sail those ships into ports where the US government can seize them. The offers are funded from a “Rewards for […]

America’s Democracy Hypocrisy

America’s Democracy Hypocrisy

. By Thomas L. Knapp In late February, Venezuela’s government began accepting presidential candidate registrations and announced a snap legislative election for April. The country’s opposition denounces the process as a sham and Maduro as a dictator, both of which may be true. Oddly,  a third voice — the US government — also weighed in. […]

Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

Syria: Change the (Dissent) Channel

By Thomas L. Knapp The US State Department’s “Dissent Channel” is a mechanism through which department personnel may disagree with administration policy without fear of job retribution. On June 17, Mark Landler of the New York Times revealed the existence of a recent  “Dissent Channel”  memo bearing the signatures of 51 diplomats and other department […]