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Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia

If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE


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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Administration Announces New Sanctions Against Iran

The action comes on the heels of Washington’s reluctant recertification of Tehran’s compliance with the 2015 nuclear deal.

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 READ MORE



Can the U.S.-Russia Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria Stick?

While alleged 2016 election interference grabs headlines, the bigger test may be whether the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin accord made at the G-20 summit holds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE



Mideast Faces 10,000-Year Drought, a Study of Iranian Stalagmites Indicates

Climate history locked in calcium carbonate deposits in a cave offers evidence for an epic dry spell in the already parched region. (Pictured, stalactites and stalagmites.)

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE



Two Impulsive Leaders Fan the Global Flames

President Trump’s public alignment with Saudi Arabian King Salman in his anti-Iran campaign could engulf the Middle East in a new global crisis.

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 READ MORE



Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria

The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE



State Department Publishes Formerly Expunged Documents on 1953 Iran Coup

The documents reveal U.S. fears over communism and offer new information on the CIA’s role in toppling Iran’s government. (Pictured: A man erases graffiti from a wall in Iran in 1953.)

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE



White House Issues Warning to Syria, Surprising Many in the U.S. Government

Statement advises Assad he would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran

There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

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Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE



Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE want the Pan-Arab news network silenced. It has less independence than in earlier years but is still a voice that would be sorely missed if lost.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE



How Dangerous Is Saudi Arabia’s Change in Royal Succession?

King Salman has ousted his nephew and named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent. Some believe the new crown prince (pictured) is too reckless to hold so much power.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE



In Rare Attacks in Iran, Terrorists Storm Parliament and Shrine; Islamic State Claims Responsibility

Gunfire and suicide explosions kill at least 12 and wound about 30 in Tehran. (Pictured, the Iranian Parliament.)

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE



The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria

While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

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Donald Trump Is Now in Sync With U.S. Imperial Policy in Syria

The United States has countered the Syrian-Russian-Iranian-Turkish de-escalation with a major escalation: “no-go” zones.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen

Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE



The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate

As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE



The Honeymoon of the Generals

Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell

This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE



Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump

The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE



In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Comeback: Can We Survive Iran’s Former President and Trump at the Same Time?

If Ahmadinejad is elected next month, the stream of nonsense coming at us from both Tehran and Washington would be too much to bear.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment in Syria

The president earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to strike a Syrian airfield after a poison-gas incident, but his rash act has all the earmarks of an attention-diversion ploy.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It

For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE



Iran Has Been on a Roll Since International Sanctions Were Lifted

The country’s Asian trading partners seem delighted to ramp up imports, and Vladimir Putin makes friendly gestures.

Posted on Apr 2, 2017 READ MORE



National Insecurity

Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE



It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy

A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE



Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos

Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE



Campaign to Crush Muslim Civil Society Organizations in the U.S. Escalates

Moves to suppress American Muslim groups so far haven’t ignited the outraged protests inspired by President Trump’s travel ban.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE



Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review

The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran

Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE



The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Never Happened

The new administration’s spokespersons are happy to deal in fake news when it promotes the Trump worldview.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE



Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)

Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

Posted on Feb 2, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Travel Ban Wreaking Havoc on Families With Valid Visas

The president’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations is separating families that made every effort to follow U.S. immigration law.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE



Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban

Following protests at a number of airports across the country and legal intervention by civil liberties watchdog groups, a U.S. District Court temporarily halts the deportation of people with valid visas or approved refugee papers.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow

These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



‘The Salesman’: An Iranian Domestic Drama With a Dash of Arthur Miller

Oscar-winning filmmaker Asghar Farhadi is back in the awards mix.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE



Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE



Will Donald Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

There’s not much Congress would be able to do if the president-elect opted to quash the agreement through an executive order. 

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump’s New Nuclear Instability

Trump’s finger on the nuclear trigger is a terrifying prospect. The anti-nuclear movement needs to go on high alert to make sure that trigger never gets pulled.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE



With Fall of Aleppo, Will a Russo-Iranian Middle East Challenge Donald Trump?

Though the president-elect has indicated a willingness to live with such a scenario, it could greatly upset his incoming Cabinet.

Posted on Dec 23, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

Posted on Nov 26, 2016 READ MORE



One Veteran’s War on Islamophobia

When I chose to serve in the military 20 years ago, I did so to protect what I viewed as our sacred foundational values of liberty, equality and democracy. Now I’ve joined forces with fellow veterans to fight again for those sacred values, this time, right here at home.

Posted on Nov 2, 2016 READ MORE



After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE



Trump the Arsonist

Donald Trump and his slyly smiling running mate Mike Pence are playing up their vision of scorched-earth America not just to win general political points but to appeal to a very specific set of voters by tapping into the apocalyptic strain in American politics.

Posted on Oct 13, 2016 READ MORE


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