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Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts


The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Downside of Giving Weapons


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The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE

Mosul Without Christians for First Time in 1,900 Years as Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities


James Gordon (CC BY-NC 2.0)

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are virtually no Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE

Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political


There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE

Incinerating Iraq: How America’s Policies Sealed the Country’s Fate


The disintegration of Iraq is the result of U.S. policies that, since 2003, have been strikingly devoid of coherence or any real comprehension when it comes to the forces at play in the country or the region.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE

‘Sons of Wichita’: An Unauthorized Examination of the Koch Dynasty


AP/Damian Dovarganes

Until the run-up to the 2010 congressional elections, Daniel Schulman—like much of America—had barely heard of Charles and David Koch, billionaire industrialists who were primary backers of the tea party and were determined to take down President Obama.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?


Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE

Republicans Do Nothing but Rant


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Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Top 7 Really Disturbing News Developments From Iraq


Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the “Islamic State.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich: Both Political Parties Have Failed America

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Dennis Kucinich holds politicians accountable. Also: the fight to get refugee children legal representation, why legal weed is good for America, and Detroit anthologized.

Posted on Jul 11, 2014 READ MORE

Twenty-First-Century Energy Wars


The world is aflame with new or intensifying conflicts that appear to be independent events, driven by their own unique and idiosyncratic circumstances. But look more closely and they share several key characteristics—notably, a witch’s brew of ethnic, religious, and national antagonisms that have been stirred to the boiling point by a fixation on energy.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE

Nomads of the Digital Age


The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding


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President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE

How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?


U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Flaunts Her Surveillance State Baggage


AP/Carolyn Kaster

Who is the true patriot, Hillary Clinton or Edward Snowden? The question comes up because Clinton has gone all out in attacking Snowden as a means of burnishing her hawkish credentials.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War


In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

The 5 Most Alarming Developments in Iraq


To begin with, airstrikes killed seven and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn’t clear who was flying the planes.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE

In Midst of Tikrit Campaign, al-Maliki Refuses to Step Down


Despite the Iraqi parliament’s failure to reach a quorum on Tuesday, in a clear slap in the face to Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki and other incumbents running for another term, on Friday Mr. al-Maliki insisted that he remains a candidate for a third term as prime minister.

Posted on Jul 5, 2014 READ MORE

Data Storms and the Tyranny of Manufactured Forgetting


The current mainstream debate regarding the crisis in Iraq and Syria offers a near perfect example of both the death of historical memory and the collapse of critical thinking in the United States.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree


Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE

Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?


DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eileen Kelly Fors, U.S. Navy

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

Pity the Children


War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…


New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

The Debacle of the Caliphates: Why al-Baghdadi’s Grandiosity Doesn’t Matter


Ibrahim al-Badri, a run-of-the-mill Sunni Iraqi cleric, gained a degree from the University of Baghdad at a time when pedagogy there had collapsed because of the Saddam Hussein dictatorship and international sanctions.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE

Is Russia Replacing U.S. in Iraq?


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Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki on Thursday told BBC Arabic that he was buying used fighter jets from the Russian Federation and from Belorussia.

Posted on Jun 28, 2014 READ MORE

The Drone Dilemma


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In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq That Was and Could Have Been

The British Pathé archive gives us an opportunity to resist historical forgetting and know a modernizing Iraq that was prouder and more self-determined than the hothouse of anxiety and ruin that latter-20th century U.S. aggression made it today.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

It’s the Oil, Stupid!


Sunni insurgents are not only in a struggle against what they see as oppression by a largely Shiite government in Baghdad and its security forces, but also over who will control and benefit from what Nouri al-Maliki—speaking for most of his constituents—told The Wall Street Journal is Iraq’s “national patrimony.”

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Neocon Reunion Tour

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq PM al-Maliki Rejects Government of National Unity as Sunnis Demand He Step Down


United States Forces Iraq (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Secretary of State John Kerry is an experienced and knowledgeable diplomat, but the difficulty of the situation in the Middle East right now is demonstrated by the repeated reversals he suffered during his trip to the Middle East.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq Exit

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq in Last Throes as Kurdistan Seeks Independence, Syria and Iran Intervene


Former vice president and unindicted felon Richard Bruce Cheney (they always give the criminals’ names that way, in full) once said that he was sure that the Sunni Arab resistance to the U.S. in Iraq was in its last throes.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE

It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry


State Department

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’


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Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Irag

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Why You Need an Electric Vehicle: Radicalism in Iraq Menaces World’s Most Important Oil Fields


The virtual collapse of the Iraqi army and its inability to take back any territory from Sunni forces coordinated by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria brings into question our earlier insouciance about the oil impact of ISIS advances.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?


AP/Maya Alleruzzo

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

Hair of the Dog

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS


Stephen Melkisethian (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

Cheney and Wolfowitz

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

Neo-Zangid State Erases Syria-Iraq Border, Cuts Hezbollah Off From Iran


With the alleged fall to the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria of Qa’im on Saturday, and of Talafar a few days ago, the border between Iraq and Syria has now been effectively erased.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Ghoulish Face of Empire


AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE

Ending Empire Is as Crucial as Confronting Wall Street


In the last week, there has been a rapid march toward military action in Iraq despite widespread opposition to more war among the U.S. population. One concern is that it would require more military spending despite immense and unmet needs for funding in a broad array of areas at home.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE

Ahmed Chalabi, Chief Peddler of False WMDs, Meets U.S. Officials

Harper’s Magazine Washington editor Andrew Cockburn comments on the mounting pressure on Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki to form a less sectarian government or resign—and the meeting between the U.S. State Department’s top official in Iraq and a potential candidate to replace al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

Cheney

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

Obama Prepares for Drone War in Iraq


President Obama announced Thursday that he will send 300 Green Beret Army special operations soldiers to Iraq.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

As U.S. Pressures Maliki to Resign, Will the Iraqi Government Collapse?


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A consensus is forming in Washington that Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki must resign, as part of accountability for his failures with his Sunni Arab citizens. Because Washington is so good about demanding accountability.

Posted on Jun 21, 2014 READ MORE

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