Jon Basil Utley: How our attempts to get tough on Russia and Iran are hurting trade

The long term consequences of our trade sanctions are not yet clear.  One possibility will be the break up of the world into two main trading blocs as China, Russia and Europe work to set up a trading system not dependent upon the dollar.

Stephen Kinzer: America’s Legacy of Regime Change

For most of history, seizing another country or territory was a straightforward proposition. You assembled an army and ordered it to invade. Combat determined the victor. The toll in death and suffering was usually horrific, but it was all done in the open. 

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