August 30, 2014
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Truthdigger of the Week: Patrick Cockburn


The Irish reporter has written the definitive primer on the most ferocious and ambitious new pretenders to power in the Middle East: the Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Stephen Colbert: ‘ISIS Has Now Attracted the Most Heavily Armed, Violent People on Earth: Americans’

The “Colbert Report” host talks about the latest threat in the Middle East, the Islamic State, as well as Fox News’ weirdly imaginative (or rather delusional) responses to ISIS, all of which are so detached from reality that the comedian decides it’s time to invoke ghosts to explain current events in terms that right-wing pundits can truly get their heads around.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Rebels Welcome U.S. Airstrikes on ISIL Terrorists


Arab online newspaper Elaph reports that rebels in East Aleppo, Syria, are deeply divided over the prospect of President Obama ordering U.S. airstrikes on the so-called Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 30, 2014 READ MORE

Have We Gone to War Again?


U.S. Navy/MC3 Chris Cavagnaro

I’d like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 29, 2014 READ MORE

The Guns of August


What, if anything, have we learned from the disaster of World War I? Look no farther than Gaza, or Ferguson, Mo.

Posted on Aug 27, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS Recognition

Posted on Aug 26, 2014 READ MORE

Airstrikes Will Not Defeat ISIS, Scholar Says

“It’s very unlikely that U.S. airstrikes will be able to stop” the Sunni fundamentalist group’s march across Syria and Iraq, professor Vijay Prashad tells “Democracy Now!” on Monday. A coalition of regional militaries and even militias is needed.

Posted on Aug 25, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process


A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, after a massacre of 68 worshippers Friday at a Sunni mosque in mixed Diyala Province.

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How the Brutalized Become Brutal


AP/Hatem Moussa

The beheading of a U.S. reporter, Hamas’ executions of suspected collaborators and fundamentalists’ slaughters in Iraq are the end of a long horror story, not the beginning.

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE

Islam ISIS Image

Posted on Aug 24, 2014 READ MORE

Taney

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?


Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned Thursday that the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Obama’s Budding Cambodia Policy in Syria


Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer is advocating that the U.S. and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and instead coordinate with it to move against the so-called Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 23, 2014 READ MORE

Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Is Obama Too Thoughtful to Be President?


White House/Pete Souza

The presidency is not what it seems or what we (and the president) wish it were.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?


An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

One in 4 Europeans Fighting With ISIS Are British


Reports that an estimated 2,000 Europeans have joined jihadists fighting for territory in Syria and Iraq are a reminder that feelings of loyalty are not givens and can be diverted away from one’s place of origin.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq Lesson Not Learned

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE

The American Cult of Bombing


When you do something again and again only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Al-Qaida’s Disapproval

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?


Debra Sweet (CC BY 2.0)

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

Posted on Aug 21, 2014 READ MORE

Military Plans

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit


thierry ehrmann (CC BY 2.0)

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS Beheads an American, Threatens Another if Airstrikes Continue


Photo of James Foley by Jonathan Pedneault.

A man believed to be kidnapped journalist James Foley was beheaded in a video released to the public by militants who say another captured American will be killed if the United States continues its campaign against ISIS in Iraq.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE

Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?


Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE

Back to Iraq Sales

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE

Top 10 Mistakes of Former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined His Country)


Did Nouri al-Maliki’s policies help create the country’s current impasse?

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE

Boots on the Ground

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

Hillary and Barack

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

John McCain’s Bomb It!

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Appeal of Intervention: New Iraqi Premier, Libyan Parliament Ask for International Troops


According to a spokesman for his Da’wa Party (Islamic Call or Islamic Mission), Iraq’s prime minister-designate Haydar al-Abadi is preparing a platform on the basis of which he will see to form a new government; one of the planks is a joint Iraqi-international military push against the so-called Islamic State in Tikrit.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE

War Crimes: Is Obama Looking for a Bailout?


AP/Jacquelyn Martin

President Obama has saved George W. Bush’s torturers from the Hague, perhaps hoping a future executive will spare his own administration.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

President Obama, Choose Your Words Carefully


White House/Pete Souza

President Barack Obama, in the interview given last weekend to The New York Times’ Thomas Friedman, provided illumination on his foreign policy thinking, at this moment of fraught drama in both Iraq and Ukraine, but the counsels concerning the two didn’t match.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq: Al-Abadi Garners Iranian, U.S., Saudi Support but Can He Unite Iraq?


Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq Roundup: Al-Maliki’s Ouster, ISIS’ Onslaught and America’s Airstrikes


As of Tuesday, longtime Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was on his way out, as the long-term outcome for his divided country seemed troubled at best.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

U Fix

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad


The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE

Paying for the 2003 Invasion


spirit of america / Shutterstock.com

As President Obama struggles to deal with the crisis in Iraq, it’s useful to remember who gave the world this cauldron of woe in the first place: George W. Bush and Dick Cheney.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

Intermission Accomplished

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

Airstrikes in Iraq Deja Vu

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

The New Iraqi Monster America Helped Make


A New York Times article glimpses America’s role in creating the leader of ISIS—the violent Islamic group “redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East”—and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.”

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?


Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman Sunday night.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq


The U.S. Army (CC BY 2.0)

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE

‘The End of a Country, and the Start of a New Dark Age’


In a terrifying excerpt from his essential new book, “The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising,” veteran Middle East correspondent Patrick Cockburn describes the native barbarous forces overcoming Iraq and the surrounding region, and the kind of society—thanks in large part to the failed U.S. intervention there—they look set to build.

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

Into the Grip

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

Back in Iraq

Posted on Aug 10, 2014 READ MORE

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