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Patrick Lawrence is a columnist, author, editor, and educator. He has published five books and currently writes foreign affairs commentary for Consortium News and other publications. He served as a correspondent abroad for many years and is also an essayist and critic. He has taught at universities in the U.S. and abroad and co-authored a journalism textbook.  Lawrence was a correspondent and subsequently a columnist overseas for more than 20 years, chiefly for the Far Eastern Economic Review, the International Herald Tribune, and The New Yorker. He has won two Overseas Press Club Awards as well as other honors and prizes. His reportage, commentary, essays, criticism, and reviews have appeared in The New York Times, Business Week, TIME, The Washington Quarterly, World Policy Journal, The Globalist, The Nation, and numerous other publications. Lawrence edited the Herald Tribune's Asian edition before returning to the United States, in 2010. Time No Longer: Americans After the American Century, his most recent book, was published by Yale University Press in 2013. He is now working on his sixth book. Support his work via

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G7 leaders gather for a
(4 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 10, 2019
The Establishment is Changing its Tune on Russia Macron may have just announced a long-awaited inflection point in trans-Atlantic ties. Either way, he has put highly significant questions on the table. It will be interesting to see what responses they may elicit, not least from the Trump White House.
Still from video released by Iran's Revolutionary Guards showing helicoptered troops taking over a British tanker., From Uploaded
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Brighter US-Iran Prospects Despite the seemingly escalating risks of war, last week also produced an unexpected drift toward the mahogany table.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at a press conference in Turkey, Dec. 1, 2014., From InText
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Moscow's Difficult Decision on Idlib Turkey's leader, who nurses dreams of some kind of neo-Ottoman restoration across the Middle East, is now on a reckless tear.
(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Monday, August 5, 2019
Finally Time for DNC Email Evidence The crumbling of Russia-gate focuses attention on the considerable evidence that Russian intelligence agencies charged with intrusion into DNC servers had nothing to do with it.
Trump and U.S. team meet with Xi Jinping and Chinese delegation, June 29, 2019, at G-20 in Osaka., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 9, 2019
Weaponizing the Dollar The Trump administration's incessant sanctions wars are curbing the dollar's global hegemony and speeding the demise of U.S. empire.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, December 10, 2019
Trump's Creaky Door to Peace in the Koreas The question is, which side betrayed the once-promising prospect of denuclearization and an end of seven decades of flashpoint tension in Northeast Asia.
Joe Biden and Vladimir Putin in Geneva 16 June 2021, From WikimediaPhotos
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, June 16, 2021
The US-Russia Summit Geneva will mark the start of a long and welcome process. Its importance will lie in its formalization of a stance Russia -- and China, too -- have adopted.
President Donald Trump on March 13, 2020, announcing a state of emergency., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, March 17, 2020
Patrick Lawrence: The US National Emergency COVID-19 calls on us to consider our plundered commons and unite around four truths made conspicuous by the pandemic.
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(5 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 12, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The "See-No-Evil" Phase of Russiagate The media spinfest following the collapse of this conspiracy theory suggests our troubled republic simply cannot accept its errors, leaving us unable to learn from them.
Houses destroyed by earthquake in Haiti, Jan. 21, 2010., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, January 1, 2020
"As the Clever Hopes Expire": A Look Back at the Ending Decade A monumentally destructive U.S. decade -- symptomatic of imperial decline -- exposed a shamefully pliant press. But we have at least one reason to resist incurable pessimism.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 14, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Our Post-Pandemic Future Will human civilization simply resume course or will we recognize the need for numerous far-reaching reforms?
President Barack Obama meets with members of Congress to discuss Syria in the Cabinet Room of the White House, Sept. 3, 2013., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Friday, July 10, 2020
THE REVELATIONS OF WIKILEAKS: No. 8 -- Busting the Myth WikiLeaks Published Nothing on Israel & Syria One myth about WikiLeaks is that it favors U.S. enemies and declines to publish documents against them, while another legend is that WikiLeaks, for obscure reasons, is soft on Israel, reports Patrick Lawrence.
Anti-U.S. protests in Iraq, January 2020., From InText
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, January 21, 2020
The Latest And Most Reckless US Imperial Act Following the U.S. assassination of Soleimani, the Trump administration is leading American conduct abroad into a zone of probably unprecedented lawlessness.
The Nimitz Carrier Strike Group steams in formation during a cooperative deployment in the Indian Ocean on July 20, 2020, From InText
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 21, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Cold War Escapades in the Pacific There is a lot to read into this moment, but one thing's clear. The U.S. doesn't know what time it is.
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 28, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Our Latest Sinophobia Fest Watch, read, and listen as Washington and its media clerks manufacture our consent for a full-dress Cold War with China.
Applause for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo's speech on
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, August 5, 2020
A United State of Delusion Americans are caught in a kind of national psychosis, wherein little of what is said about foreign conduct -- from Germany to the South China Sea -- can be taken at face value.
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 26, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: US, China & Hong Kong's Betrayal The territory's likely loss of autonomy is a tragedy made worse because it could have been avoided.
President Donald Trump discusses national economic indicators, Saturday, Aug. 15, 2020, in Bedminster, N.J., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, August 18, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Huawei, Tik Tok, WeChat And Other Handy Targets Washington is now committed to preventing any non-Western nations that do not conform to the neoliberal order from rising in any field wherein they threaten to best U.S. companies.
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(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, July 13, 2021
The War Against Us Antony Blinken has the State Department festooning its embassies around the world with "BLM" banners and the rainbow flag of the sexual identity movement known commonly as LGBTQI+.
Vladimir Putin, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 4, 2021
PATRICK LAWRENCE: America the Innocent The American press has been in the business of keeping readers ignorant since the Cold War -- its most essential responsibility turned upside-down -- and in our time it gets worse, not better.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, and President Donald J. Trump at Trump's WDC unveiling of details of Middle East Peace Plan, Jan. 28, 2020., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Trump's Weakness for Power Coercive might and money may be all that matter in Manhattan real estate. But they are bound to sink the president's take-all-you-want "deal of the century" for Israel.
Cold War Nuclear Bunker, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, May 17, 2022
The New Iron Curtain The Ukraine crisis proves to be Europe's crucible and Europe proves a profound disappointment.
President Donald J. Trump and First Lady Melania Trump, July 3, 2020, Mount Rushmore National Memorial in Keystone, S.D., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, July 8, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Embracing the Equality of Nations The decline of the West should come as no surprise, yet the U.S. still wages a ferocious fight against the prospect of equality among nations.
Bankers greed., From CreativeCommonsPhoto
SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 7, 2021
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Power Patrick Lawrence asks some pertinent questions of the American people.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, From YouTubeVideos
(3 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, April 30, 2019
The US Moves on Iran's Oil Market as an Expression of an Irrational Foreign Policy Patrick Lawrence gauges the backfiring potential of Pompeo's withdrawal on Thursday of U.S. sanction waivers from eight major importers.
(2 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, October 20, 2020
The Damage Russiagate Has Done Authoritarian liberals have unleashed a censorious syndrome peculiar to our national character, dating to 17th century Quaker hangings in Boston.
Joe Biden Campaign, From CreativeCommonsPhoto
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Thursday, November 19, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Hillary Clinton at the UN? Hillary Clinton our UN ambassador? Whether or not she gets the appointment, this is getting very brazen and very bitter, very fast.
Honor Guard stands at attention on South Lawn of White House during a flyover by the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds and the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, July 4, 2020., From Uploaded
(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, September 1, 2020
Voting in a De-Facto Military State Between Biden and Trump, U.S. voters have no alternative to our anxious empire's lawless conduct abroad.
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(1 comments) SHARE More Sharing        Tuesday, February 9, 2021
PATRICK LAWRENCE: The Diplomacy of No Diplomacy We now watch as Biden and his foreign policy people effectively allow Israel to dictate the conditions under which the president can fulfill his campaign promise on Iran.
Secretary of State Michael Pompeo during a visit to a Venezuelan migrant and refugee reception center in Boa Vista, Brazil, Sept. 18, 2020., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Monday, October 5, 2020
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Mike Pompeo's Cold-War Fever As this dreadful year draws near its close, the top U.S. diplomat has put us at far more risk of war than we were at its start.
President Joe Biden at the White House, Feb. 1., From Uploaded
SHARE More Sharing        Wednesday, February 24, 2021
PATRICK LAWRENCE: Biden's Missing Link with Europe President Joe Biden at last got his chance to "sit at the head of the table" when he addressed (virtually, of course) the annual Munich Security Conference. Finally, he was able to repeat for America's traditional European allies that endlessly rehearsed line of his, "America is back."

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