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John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

Posted on Oct 20, 2014 READ MORE

Shells Land in Turkey as Kurds Fight Off Islamic State Forces in Kobane


Kurdish forces at Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) on Saturday fought off an assault by Islamic State that sought to cut the city off from Turkey and completely surround it, according to an Al-Jazeera reporter on the scene.

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Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle With Islamic State


The U.S. is again at war in the Middle East, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground. Here are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer.

Posted on Oct 17, 2014 READ MORE

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail


When confronting IS and its band of lightly armed irregulars, a reputedly professional military melted back into the populace. What this behavior made clear was that U.S. efforts to create a new Iraqi army to the tune of $25 billion over 10 years had failed miserably.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE

The NSA Plays Villain to Captain America—Again


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You know you’re living in strange times when the most jingoistic superhero goes to war with his own government.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Takes On the ‘Global Culture of Violence’

On Sept. 28, Chris Hedges spoke at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture’s Charley Horwitz Platform on the pervasive violence that characterizes our era and offered possible solutions.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

Will Islamic State Take Baghdad Next?


According to Al-Jazeera sources, Islamic State has completed the taking of Hit district in the al-Anbar Province of Iraq.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

No Shock and No Awe


U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Alex Walters

It’s not too soon to state the obvious: At this point, the war against the Islamic State can be seen only as failing.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE

White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking


White House/Pete Souza

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE

The Wider Appeal of Islamic State and Sunni Grievances


In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called Islamic State, which is actually just a bunch of armed thugs and brigands.

Posted on Oct 13, 2014 READ MORE

The Middle East

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Islamic State Has Taken a Third of Strategic Kobani in Syria but Lost Tuz Khurmato in Iraq


Al-Khalij reports that the Syrian Human Rights Observatory says Islamic State fighters are now in one third of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE

Iraqi Journalist Who Embedded With Shiites: U.S. Strategy Will Fail

Two months after the United States began airstrikes in Iraq that expanded to Syria, Islamic State is poised to gain control of more than half of Syria’s border with Turkey. Independent reporter Patrick Cockburn and Iraqi Guardian journalist Ghaith Abdul-Ahad discuss the “massive military failure” of the response strategy.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!


White House/Pete Souza

I could be mad at Vice President Joe Biden, who has been here in Los Angeles for two days and tied up traffic for miles at a time. But it’s hard. He’s just too nice a guy, even if he talks too much—and worse, these days, tells the truth.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

Here’s How the U.S., China and Russia Are Supplying Islamic State’s Weapons


The U.S. is preparing to send more military supplies to the Middle East to fight Islamic State at the same time a report has revealed that many of the radical group’s weapons come from America. So how can we be sure the deadly equipment we’re sending won’t end up in the same hands?

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

The Last Days of Kobani Loom as IS Closes In on Syrian Kurds With Murder on Its Mind


Islamic State fighters have advanced into the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani with fighting in the streets as Kurds resist, according to the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE

More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State


U.S. Air Force/Tech. Sgt. Joseph Swafford Jr.

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Pan-Mideast War Escalates as IS and al-Qaida Attack Hezbollah Outposts Near the Lebanese Border


There hasn’t been a regional war of this scope since the Gulf War.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE

Friend or Foe

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Islamic State Still Taking Towns in Iraq’s Al-Anbar as Coalition Airstrikes Are Delayed


The pan-Arab London daily Al-Hayat [Life] reported Sunday that Islamic State is still expanding its sway in towns in Iraq’s western al-Anbar Province, having just taken Kubaisah in the district of Hit on Friday into Saturday, two days after the district capital of Hit fell to them.

Posted on Oct 6, 2014 READ MORE

The Alamo of the Kurds: Kobane Near Falling to Islamic State


Ismat Sheikh, commander of the Kurdish forces at the border town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) that is besieged by Islamic State tanks and artillery, says that he expects massacres of its inhabitants if it falls to the Sunni Arab extremists.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE

Top 7 Surprising Reasons Turkey Is Entering War on Islamic State


The Turkish parliament voted by a large margin Thursday to allow Turkish troops to make incursions into neighboring countries if necessary to defeat the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Bad Chemistry

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Will the Election Turn on Terrorism?


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The threat from Islamic State “is personal for us in New Hampshire,” said Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War


U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Intelligence Failure

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense

As the United Kingdom joins the U.S. and others in another conflict in the Middle East, the “Trews” host analyzes what war is good for.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Breach

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State


The GOP Congress’ assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all).

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE

ISIS Solar

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Why Isn’t Congress Debating Our Attack on Islamic State the Way the U.K. Parliament Is?

Oh right, because Congress pretty much does diddly squat these days. Watch Jon Stewart make a jaw-dropping discovery as to why our elected officials refuse to publicly discuss what the “Daily Show” host calls one of the most “crucial issues of our time.” 

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

IS Threat

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Top 5 Differences Between Hamas and Islamic State (Pace Netanyahu)


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at the U.N. to a half-empty hall in which he tried to exemplify the most logical fallacies in a short period of time.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Why Obama Underestimated IS in Syria and Iraq


President Obama admitted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the U.S. had underestimated the military potential of Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE

Get the Authorization


U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Jonathan Snyder

President Obama should call Congress back to Washington for a special session to vote on authorizing war against the Islamic State. If he does not, Congress should return on its own to conduct this vital debate.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

Learning From History


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It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

Middle East

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

Iraq: Shiites Paralyzed by Infighting as Islamic State Menaces Baghdad


The pan-Arab London daily al-Sharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] is reporting from a source inside the new Iraqi government that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, now one of three largely symbolic vice presidents, is attempting to undermine his successor, Haider al-Abadi.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE

U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?


Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE

Bookends of a Presidency


U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE

Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition


As someone who cares deeply about this country, I find it beyond belief that Washington has again plunged into the swamp of the Sunni-Shiite mess in Iraq. A young soldier now deployed as one of the 1,600 non-boots-on-the-ground there might have been 8 years old when the 2003 invasion took place. What happened in the blink of an eye?

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Recoil

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Media Hail America as Damascus Ally, Support U.N. Ban on Foreign Fighters


It turns out that the Damascus press is giving President Obama an uncomfortable embrace.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE

Global Warming and Global Warring


Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Regime Propaganda Coup as Israel Downs Syrian Plane Over Golan Heights


Israel shot down a Syrian MiG fighter jet Tuesday, saying it had penetrated into Israeli airspace over the Golan Heights.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE

Why Are We Bombing Syria?


DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist Carmichael Yepez, U.S. Navy

The administration’s response to the conjunction of this weekend’s People’s Climate March and the International Day of Peace? Bomb Syria.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

The Mideast Horrors Grow


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Cutting off the heads of aid workers and journalists is nothing in comparison with the degradation and dehumanization being inflicted on the pathetic people of the Middle East by all sides.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

Syrian Rebels

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

Shock and Awe in Syria: It Never Works


The London pan-Arab daily Hayat reports Tuesday morning on the airstrikes conducted on Islamic State positions in Raqqah, Syria, by the United States and several Arab allies.

Posted on Sep 23, 2014 READ MORE

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security


U.S. Navy/Photographer's Mate 3rd Class Tyler J. Clements

If the latest polls are accurate, most voters believe that Republican politicians deserve greater trust on matters of national security.

Posted on Sep 22, 2014 READ MORE

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