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Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



Oil Price Fall: Saudi Arabia Targets U.S. Shale Oil, Iran, Iraq, Russia

It is clear that among the major losers in the fall in the price of Brent crude petroleum are Russia, Iraq and Iran. But the big loser will likely be shale oil producers and prospectors in the U.S.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Did Saudi Arabia Wage an Economic War on Iran, Russia and North Dakota at the G-20?

What did Saudi Arabia have to say at the recently concluded G-20 conference?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



‘The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.’ Excerpt: Raphael’s Son Disappears

Author Gina Nahai’s latest novel, “The Luminous Heart of Jonah S.,” is a family epic that leaps from Tehran to Los Angeles and back again, blending murder mystery, history, myth and magic in a lively and lyrical read.

Posted on Nov 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Bases of War in the Middle East

There is almost no way to overemphasize how thoroughly the U.S. military now covers the Greater Middle East. After 35 years of base-building there, it’s long past time to look carefully at how this garrisoning affects the region, the U.S., and the world.

Posted on Nov 14, 2014 READ MORE



Shrinking the Empire: A Session on the Imperial Couch

What follows is a transcript of a therapy session between the American Empire and a psychiatrist whose name we at TomDispatch have agreed not to disclose. Normally we wouldn’t consider publishing such a private encounter, but the probative news value of the exchange is so obvious that we decided to make an exception.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



This Is What Will Happen If the GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks

The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the U.S.-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

President Obama and Iran’s Supreme Leader Have Been Writing Each Other Letters

Although the U.S. and Iran have no official diplomatic ties, the most powerful men in each country have apparently decided to cut out the middle men and women.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



Against Netanyahu, Majority of American Jews Favor Iran Nuclear Deal

A poll determined 84 percent of American Jews would favor—either strongly or somewhat—a deal with Iran that would relax tough sanctions on the Iranian economy in exchange for the country’s agreement to limit its nuclear program to civilian purposes and accept inspectors at its nuclear facilities.

Posted on Nov 8, 2014 READ MORE



Iran Proposes an Axis Against Islamic State to Iraq as an Alternative to the U.S. Coalition

Al-Zaman reports that Iranian President Hasan Rowhani has proposed to visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi an anti-IS axis including Syria, Lebanon and Iraq that would be led by Iran, as an alternative to the U.S.-led coalition proposed by President Barack Obama.

Posted on Oct 22, 2014 READ MORE



How Lowering Oil Prices Could Actually Change the World

If oil goes lower and stays there for a while, what are the implications?

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s New Oil Wars

The Obama administration is wielding the oil weapon against two of the world’s leading producers, Iran and Russia. These efforts, which include embargoes and trade sanctions, are likely to have a great impact on world output, reflecting White House confidence that, in the pursuit of U.S. strategic interests, anything goes.

Posted on Oct 10, 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



U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

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



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

Why Are We Bombing Syria?

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



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

American Amnesia: Why the GOP Leads on National Security

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



Changing U.S.-Iran Relations: Kerry Says Iran Has Role in Defeating IS Militants

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

What If This Doesn’t Work?

President Obama has committed the United States to another open-ended Middle East war in which the potential for doing harm rivals the possibility of doing good.

Posted on Sep 12, 2014 READ MORE


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Posted on Sep 11, 2014 READ MORE


Jon Stewart on ISIS, the ‘Thoroughly Modern Militants’

Al-Qaida has a thing or two to learn from ISIS about social media. Meanwhile, the efforts to squash ISIS have created some strange bedfellows. Luckily, Jon Stewart has returned from promoting his film “Rosewater” at festivals and has gotten back on “network anchor war footing” to tell us all about the new plagiarist terrorists in town.

Posted on Sep 10, 2014 READ MORE



Top 5 Signs the U.S. Is De Facto Allied With Iran Versus ISIS

U.S. airstrikes on ISIS in Iraq have alternated with Iranian airstrikes on ISIS positions. It seems likely to me that the two air forces are coordinating in at least a minimal way, otherwise there would be a danger of them hitting each other rather than ISIS.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pat Sullivan

What College Students Can Teach Us About Beheadings and Our Own System of Capital Punishment

Last week, something happened to disrupt the Western superiority narrative of Middle Eastern beheadings, at least for me: I went back to college.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air National Guard/Master Sgt. Scott Thompson

Bombs, Boots and Bluster Won’t Work

President Obama’s strategy against the Islamic State may be hard to pin down—maddeningly so, some complain—but it is likely to work far better than anything his bellicose critics advocate.

Posted on Sep 8, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Pavel Golovkin

Do Barack Obama and Angela Merkel Even Know What They Want From Russia?

Within the same news conference, President Obama declared economic sanctions against Russia a huge success and said Russia had invaded Ukraine.

Posted on Sep 2, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson Situation Highlights U.S. Duplicity for America’s Critics Abroad

What does Ferguson, Mo., look like from afar right now? For some overseas critics of American foreign policy, it looks like a teachable moment to point out how the U.S. would do better to confront its own issues at home instead of policing the rest of the world.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Stanford Math Professor Becomes First Woman to Win the Fields Medal

Maryam Mirzakhani, an Iranian mathematician who’s described by her peers as “technically superb and boldly ambitious,” has won an award that’s known as the Nobel Prize for mathematics.

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



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Paying for the 2003 Invasion

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



Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



Why Destroying Hamas Is a Terrible Idea

According to a Pentagon intelligence official, if eliminated, Hamas would be replaced by a far more dangerous alternative; a group of scientists warns we may be witnessing the beginning of the Earth’s sixth mass extinction, the likes of which wiped out dinosaurs; meanwhile, an activist contends the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement has had significant repercussions on the Israeli economy, especially since the recent attack on Gaza began. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza Cease-Fire: Unlike Iraq, Iran, Libya and N. Korea, Israel Has Impunity From Defying UNSC

The United Nations Security Council is theoretically a sort of sovereign in international law. One major exception to UNSC authority is Israel.

Posted on Jul 29, 2014 READ MORE


John Oliver: America Is a Useless Nuclear Weapon ‘Hoarder’ and Nobody Cares

As the “Last Week Tonight” host points out, it’s not Iran or North Korea we have to worry about; it’s America.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Republicans Do Nothing but Rant

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



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Iran Sentences Facebook Protesters to 127 Years in Prison

Eight “youths” in Iran were sentenced to an average of almost 16 years in prison for speaking out against their government, state media and Sky News reported Monday.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



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French Bank BNP Has Enough Cash to Pay Record $9 Billion Fine

Accused of violating sanctions against Iran, Syria and Cuba, French bank BNP Paribas agreed to pay a jaw-dropping fine, and, perhaps more incredibly, to do so without asking for money.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE


Iran Insider on the Mistakes of the Past and the Prospect of Peace

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Iran’s former ambassador to Germany is optimistic about relations with the U.S., the Supreme Court’s digital decisions, Thomas Frank checks Hillary Clinton’s memory, and more World Cup controversy.

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Dilemma

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 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



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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

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



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

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



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



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

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



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Dick Cheney’s Chutzpah

It’s not every day that a leader of the previous administration suggests that the current president is a “fool” and accuses him of intentionally weakening the United States.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Sends Troops as Isis Sweeps Iraq

Amid a rampant insurgency in Iraq and forced talks between the U.S. and Iran, President Obama has ordered the urgent deployment of several hundred armed troops in and around Iraq.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country. Here are some sudden truisms that should be rethought.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Army photo by Sgt. 1st Class Robert C. Brogan

What Can We Do in Iraq? Nothing!

Taking a couple of shots at President Obama over the latest round of war in Iraq, House Speaker John Boehner said last week: "This has been building for weeks." How about centuries, Mr. Speaker?

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE


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