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States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE

Brussels Maintains State of Emergency as European Crackdown Grows

Officials tighten security measures in former border-free zone amid terror warnings.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE


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Theorist Judith Butler Warns That France Is on Way to Becoming an Extreme-Right Militarized State

Writing from Paris in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks, theorist and professor Judith Butler laments some French citizens’ willingness to give up civil liberties in return for a veneer of safety that masks the development of a stronger “security state and the narrowing versions of democracy before us.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Two Dead in Raid Targeting Suspects of Paris Attacks

At least two people have been killed and seven arrested in a police operation targeting the alleged mastermind of last week’s terror attacks on Paris, France’s interior minister said.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Paris Attacks Cast Shadow Over Climate Talks

Organizing a climate change conference involving nearly 200 countries has been made considerably more difficult by last week’s attacks.

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Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE

Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE

What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Manufacturing Terror: How Saudi Arabia Helped Create Islamic State

In light of the latest terrorist attacks in Paris, we take a look back at an interview with CIA whistleblower John Kiriakou, who singled out Saudi Arabia for its role in creating radical extremism in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

We Are in Pitiless Times

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE

France Launches Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

After Friday night’s Islamic State-claimed terror attacks in Paris, French President Francois Hollande vowed that retaliation would be swift and forceful. By Sunday evening, he had taken action.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

As the World Mourned the Paris Attack Victims, Who Grieved Over Lives Lost in the Beirut Bombings?

While across the globe, solidarity with France was displayed over the more than 100 killed in Paris on Friday, the victims of Beirut’s similar tragedy just the day before seemed to fall below the radar.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Muslims Around the World Condemn Paris Terror Attacks

“These so-called jihadists only represent themselves. And I just wanted to extend my deepest condolences to the French people,” said one man from Morocco.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

Paris at Midnight: Attempt to Push France Out of Anti-Islamic State Coalition in Syria?

It’s likely that the perpetrators have stiffened the resolve of the French government to intervene even more robustly against Islamic State. In 2013, France sent in an expeditionary force to Mali and stabilized that country. France also intervened in Ivory Coast. Will it send in an expeditionary force, say a brigade of 3,000 men, to eastern Syria?

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE

France Declares State of Emergency After Attacks in Paris Leave More than 120 Dead (Updated)

Update: The Paris terror attacks were ‘carried out by three coordinated teams of gunmen,’ the city’s public prosecutor has said. François Molins told a news conference on Saturday that at least 129 people were killed and 352 more injured - including 90 critically - in Friday night’s attacks on the Stade de France, a city-centre concert hall and a series of packed cafes and bars.

Posted on Nov 13, 2015 READ MORE

France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE

What Socialism Means to Bernie Sanders—and You

Once upon a time, socialists running for president in the United States had to explain that while they had no chance of actually winning an election, their campaigns were aimed at “educating” voters—about socialism.

Posted on Nov 6, 2015 READ MORE

Saving Humanity From Climate Chaos Means Saying No to Business as Usual

Corporations should not be a part of climate negotiations at the upcoming United Nations talks in Paris. They are part of the problem, not the solution.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE

Two Who Moved Through Europe’s Revolving-Door Prisons Get Terrorist Designation

Authorities say former members of a Paris neighborhood gang ended up aiding the Charlie Hebdo attack, recruiting militant fighters to Syria.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Michael Moore Plays a Big Prank on Audiences in ‘Where to Invade Next’

The title of documentarian Michael Moore’s latest provocative cinematic production is “Where to Invade Next.” Probably a blistering critique of U.S. foreign policy, right? Not exactly.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

France Treating Thwarted Train Attack as a Terrorist Case

Despite the suspect’s initial claims that he had been hungry and acting purely out of self-interest when he held up a Paris-bound train last Friday, the French government is now officially investigating the foiled attempt by 26-year-old Moroccan gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani as a terrorist act.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Anti-Semitic Attacks in France Have Climbed 84 Percent in 2015, Watchdog Group Finds

The Protection Service of the Jewish Community has released a quarterly report that counted 508 anti-Semitic acts between January and May of this year.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

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World Leaders Huddle, Haggle Over Greece’s Future

Aside from monetary considerations, time is clearly the most important commodity in the ongoing crunch sessions between Greek and European leaders as they hash out a potential rescue strategy to keep Greece in the eurozone and out of financial free fall.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

Revealed: The West’s Role in the Genocide at Srebrenica

A new investigation into declassified evidence shows that, in an attempt to secure a larger peace deal, British, American and French governments knowingly left the Muslim population of the Bosnian town vulnerable to a genocide that killed 8,000 men and boys in 1995.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE

Julian Assange Is Denied Asylum in France

The WikiLeaks founder appealed to President Francois Hollande in an open letter published in France’s Le Monde newspaper Friday.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE

Jihadist Attacks Take Place on Three Continents

Friday’s bloodshed in France, Tunisia and Kuwait comes amid growing fears of jihadist influence.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE

French Taxi Drivers Strike Over Uber

Taxi drivers are following a time-honored French tradition to register their discontent about Uber’s ride-sharing business pushing in on their means of making a living: They’re striking.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE

Report Says German Intelligence Agency Helped U.S. Spy on France

The German interior minister is denying claims of a cover-up.

Posted on Apr 30, 2015 READ MORE

France’s President Hollande: ‘No Survivors’ in Germanwings Crash

French leader François Hollande announced Tuesday that there were no survivors in the crash of Germanwings flight 4U9525, which went down that morning in a remote area of the Alps in southern France.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE

Europe’s Millennials ‘Suffered Disproportionately’ From the Financial Crisis and Austerity

Europe’s youths have shifted their views and feel increasingly powerless to effect change. In a world filled with so much socio-economic instability, can we blame them?

Posted on Feb 25, 2015 READ MORE

Albert Camus: Past and Present

Camus remains the writer who always speaks to individuals, never to groups. He remains perpetually relevant without ever quite being fashionable.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Gives Putin His Opinion on Ukraine Clash

President Obama tackled what was no doubt one of the more daunting items on his to-do list Tuesday when he called up his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin, and presented his take on what Putin should do about Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: The Politics of Vaccines, Unrest in the Ukraine

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the loss of public trust in government reflected in the widespread response to the measles outbreak, the 2 million jobs added over the last three months and, as the leaders of Germany and France prepare to meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin, the prospects for progress on Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE

East vs. West: ‘It’s Time for a New Enlightenment’

Pankaj Mishra, Indian author of “From the Ruins of Empire: The Revolt Against the West and the Remaking of Asia,” manifests the direction of thought and feeling that seems most likely to save populations caught in the violence of increasingly opposed cultural traditions after Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 20, 2015 READ MORE

President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE

Two Killed in Belgian Raids Reportedly Were Part of Plot to Massacre Police

A major scheme to kill police officers was foiled in the nick of time, prosecutors said, after counterterrorism raids led to the arrest of 15 suspects in Belgium and France.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality-check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

What About the Christian Terrorists?

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley says it’s wrong to think of terrorists as Islamic or Christian, we reality check free speech in France, Elizabeth Warren pulls her party to the left, and Rory Fanning stands up to military recruiters.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE

Charlie Hebdo

You Can Now Buy the Historic Charlie Hebdo Issue on Your Phone

Charlie Hebdo ordered 5 million copies of its defiant post-massacre issue to be printed, and the first run of 3 million sold out in minutes. For those who want to know what all the fuss is about, the satirical publication is now available on iPhone, Android and Windows Phone.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

Will France Intervene in Yemen as a Result of al-Qaida Claim?

Al-Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula, which is based in South Yemen, claimed Wednesday to have been behind the attacks on Charlie Hebdo in Paris last week.

Posted on Jan 15, 2015 READ MORE

The Other Charlies

Among the world leaders who flocked to Paris to condemn the attacks were some of the worst perpetrators of repression of journalists, all too often Arab and Muslim journalists.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE


Orthodox Paper Erases Female Leaders From Paris March Photo

Remember that beautiful, historic photo of world leaders linking arms and marching through Paris to support free speech? The Israeli newspaper HaMevaser decided it would look better without women.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE

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Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE

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