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Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos


Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE
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Campaign to Crush Muslim Civil Society Organizations in the U.S. Escalates


Moves to suppress American Muslim groups so far haven’t ignited the outraged protests inspired by President Trump’s travel ban.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE

Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran


Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Never Happened


The new administration’s spokespersons are happy to deal in fake news when it promotes the Trump worldview.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)


Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Travel Ban Wreaking Havoc on Families With Valid Visas


The president’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations is separating families that made every effort to follow U.S. immigration law.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban


Following protests at a number of airports across the country and legal intervention by civil liberties watchdog groups, a U.S. District Court temporarily halts the deportation of people with valid visas or approved refugee papers.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow


These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

‘The Salesman’: An Iranian Domestic Drama With a Dash of Arthur Miller


Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security


If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

Will Donald Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?


There’s not much Congress would be able to do if the president-elect opted to quash the agreement through an executive order. 

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability


Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

With Fall of Aleppo, Will a Russo-Iranian Middle East Challenge Donald Trump?


Though the president-elect has indicated a willingness to live with such a scenario, it could greatly upset his incoming Cabinet.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE

Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East


The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE

One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia


When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE

After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire


The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE

Trump the Arsonist


Donald Trump and his slyly smiling running mate Mike Pence are playing up their vision of scorched-earth America not just to win general political points but to appeal to a very specific set of voters by tapping into the apocalyptic strain in American politics.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE

What Will Donald Trump Do if Elected President?


Armed with the finding that U.S. presidents fulfill more than 70 percent of their campaign promises, New Yorker contributor Evan Osnos spoke with a wide range of experts to try to determine what Trump will do if he wins.

Posted on Oct 3, 2016 READ MORE

Why the Boeing and Airbus Sales to Iran Are a Big Effing Deal


The United States has issued licenses that allow these companies to sell commercial airliners to Iran. These aircraft purchases are likely the beginning of a whole new set of relationships.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE

Iran and Hezbollah Welcome Cease-Fire in Syria (Video)


The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE

Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites ‘Not Muslim’ (Video)


The statement by the chief mufti for the interpretation of Muslim law in Saudi Arabia is a huge step back from the limited progress the Saudis had made toward being a more inclusive country.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

Death to the Death Penalty in California


Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

Do Russia’s First Strikes on Syria From Iranian Air Bases Change Everything? (Video)


Russian bombers for the first time took off from bases in Iran to carry out airstrikes on rebel targets in Syria—a move that is unprecedented in recent decades and raises many questions.

Posted on Aug 17, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Not Only Did Not Pay Ransom to Iran, He Denied That Country Billions It Had Coming (Video)


Despite what you may have heard in recent days, the fact is that the Obama administration dodged a probable ruling against the U.S. by an arbitration court that could have awarded Iran as much as $10 billion, rather than $400 million.

Posted on Aug 7, 2016 READ MORE

Russian and Iranian Press Think Hillary Clinton’s a Hawk While Israel Complains She’s a Dove


How is the international press responding to the Democratic National Convention and the formalization of Hillary Clinton’s status as the party’s standard-bearer in the presidential campaign?

Posted on Aug 1, 2016 READ MORE

Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)


The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Homa Hoodfar, Expert on the World’s Muslim Women, Imprisoned in Iran


Iran’s Revolutionary Guard detained the dual Canadian-Iranian citizen for allegedly fostering a “soft feminist revolution” and are denying her her rights and even medical treatment.

Posted on Jul 23, 2016 READ MORE

An American Formerly Imprisoned in Iran Finds a Way to Break Out of ‘The Box’


After experiencing the horror of solitary confinement for over a year, Sarah Shourd now is using storytelling and the theater to heal herself and others.

Posted on Jul 15, 2016 READ MORE

We Live in an Age of Disintegration


Nowhere is the process of destabilization more evident than in the Greater Middle East and Africa, in places where it is possible to doubt that civilization will ever return.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE

Modern Mongols: Sunni Arabs Outraged at Iran Role in Iraqi Government Fallujah Campaign


Fallujah fell to Islamic State in January of 2014, and I think it is fair to say that there is much more angst in the Sunni Arab world about its liberation at the hands of Iran-backed Shiites than there has been about Islamic State’s brutal occupation of the city.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE

A Worrisome New Plan to Send U.S. Troops to Libya as ‘Advisers’


Gen. James Dunford, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said the United States may soon send “military advisers” to Libya to fight Islamic State. But if the past is any lesson, the plan will presage a large combat contingent.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE

One Child’s Harrowing Journey From Afghanistan to Sweden


She was only 14 when her mother decided that Nasima’s best hope for a future meant leaving her home, her family and everything she knew to make a grueling trek to Europe.

Posted on May 19, 2016 READ MORE

Iran Pressing U.S. to Compensate for Damages Dating to 1953 Coup


The bill approved by Iran’s Parliament comes as a result of a $2 billion judgment against Iran entered by a U.S. court and backed by an act of Congress on behalf of the families of Marines killed in a Beirut bombing in 1983. 

Posted on May 18, 2016 READ MORE

From the Archives: Michael Ratner on American Imperialism

The lawyer and human rights crusader, who died Wednesday, spoke on Truthdig Radio in 2013. To honor Ratner, we are reposting the audio of that interview.

Posted on May 12, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Top 4 Reasons Iran Will Stand by the Syrian Government Despite the War’s High Casualty Count


On Saturday, Iran announced that 13 members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps had been killed and 21 wounded when the al-Qaida-led Army of Islam fundamentalist Sunni coalition took the village of Khan Touman near Aleppo.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE

Russia Declines to Ask Syria to Halt Bombardment of East Aleppo (Video)


Russia’s stance on rejecting condemnation of the regime for bombing doctors and patients in hospitals is horrible.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE

One Major High and Many Lows in Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ Foreign Policy Speech

The leading Republican presidential candidate called out the massive ruin caused by the “dangerous idea” that the U.S. “could make Western democracies out of countries that had no experience or interest in becoming a Western democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

When Will the ‘28 Pages’ From 9/11 Commission Report Be Declassified?


The redacted chapter could prove a direct link to 9/11 hijackers and Saudi Arabia, long considered a source of funding for al-Qaida.

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE

Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine


Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE

Until We Are Free


Nobel Laureate Shirin Ebadi is reviled in her native Iran for criticizing the country’s discriminatory laws, and is the victim of relentless assaults against her and her family. “I wanted to run out on the balcony and scream,” Ebadi writes. “How much could they take away from one person?”

Posted on Mar 25, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Goes Full Neocon at AIPAC, Demonizing Iran and the Palestinians (Video)


I once heard Hillary Clinton give her AIPAC speech at a university. It doesn’t change much, just as U.S. policy toward the Middle East doesn’t change much.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

What a Trump-Clinton Contest Could Mean for the Middle East


Nothing can be ruled in or out in this election. But if Tuesday’s winners squared off, what would it mean for U.S. policy toward Iran and Islamic State?

Posted on Mar 16, 2016 READ MORE

Netanyahu’s GOP Policy in Tatters, He Snubs White House Invitation (Video)


The fact that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu functions as a U.S. Republican even as he heads a foreign state disturbs many prominent Democrats, including strong Israel supporters.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE

Marco Rubio Is Running Out of Time to Deliver Middle East Return on Investment for Big Donors


Can Marco Rubio win Florida to stay in the presidential race? Three billionaire supporters with hard-line views on Israel hope so.

Posted on Mar 3, 2016 READ MORE

Tehran Is ‘Liberated Territory’ as Pragmatists and Centrists Win Iranian Capital and Expert Assembly


The era of Iran’s former president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, also onetime mayor of Tehran, is completely over.

Posted on Feb 29, 2016 READ MORE

The Chinese Are Coming: First ‘New Silk Road’ Train Reaches Iran’s Capital


In a sign of China’s increasingly powerful role in Central Asia and the Middle East, a Chinese train arrived in Tehran on Tuesday after a 14-day journey.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 READ MORE

More Than Half the World’s Population Faces Severe Water Scarcity


A new study indicates that global water shortages are much more severe than previously thought, finding that 4 billion people suffer water scarcity during at least one month during the year, while half a billion experience it throughout the year.

Posted on Feb 13, 2016 READ MORE

All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians


The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE

Israel Frets That Iranian Troops Could Soon Be Nearby if Aleppo Falls and the Assad Regime Wins


Israeli officials are reportedly filled with anxiety and consternation about the possibility that the regime of Bashar Assad will conquer Aleppo with Russian and Iranian help before going on to reconstitute itself.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE

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