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10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let’s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

Posted on Nov 8, 2015 READ MORE



Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Attendance at Syria Talks in Vienna Marks Its Emergence as a Regional Power (Video)

On Friday, Iran and Saudi Arabia will both attend an international summit on Syria and speak diplomatically about its future for the first time. Iran’s presence will mark an enormous turning point in the diplomatic system of the modern Middle East.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Is Helping to Build the ‘New Syrian Army’ as Islamic State Fighters Flee to Iraq

AFP Arabic is saying that Russian airstrikes have forced “a large number” of Islamic State fighters and their families, especially foreigners, to flee Syria for western Iraq.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Aleppo Strategy Against Islamic State: Can It Work?

The Washington Post was the first to broach the issue of Russo-Iranian grand strategy in Syria.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Putting Out the Syrian Fire: Can Diplomacy Do What War Couldn’t?

In late September, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., corralled 54 of his colleagues into asking President Obama for international negotiations toward ending the Syrian civil war—and, reportedly, Obama is listening.

Posted on Oct 19, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Iran in Syria? Reports Say Its Troops Plan Idlib and Aleppo Campaigns

The commander of the Jerusalem Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has been spotted near Latakia, urging on a volunteer militia of Alawite Shiites.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our ‘Proliferated’ World

Kissinger’s policies toward Iran and Saudi Arabia accelerated radicalization in the region, laying the groundwork, step by catastrophic step, for the region’s spiraling crises of the present moment.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE



Things Like Ted Cruz’s Threat to Kill Iran’s Ayatollah Are Why Iranians Don’t Trust the U.S.

Ted Cruz said Friday at the Value Voters Summit conference in Washington, D.C., “If you vote for me, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Regime in Crisis Mode as Hajj Stampede Death Toll Reaches 717

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was working on disaster containment and prevention strategies after Thursday’s mass tragedy in Mina, where at least 717 people were killed and 863 others injured in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



Myth Surrounding Alleged Iranian Nuclear Facility Begins to Unravel

Credible challenges to claims that Iran sanitized an alleged nuclear site suggest that U.S. officials sought to cover their tracks for a day when international inspectors report discovering nothing incriminating.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



As Russia Supports Iran in Syria, Netanyahu Loses Yet Again (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle appear to have three major concerns about Russia’s military build-up in Syria.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Has Bigger Problems on Its Hands Than Economic Sanctions

Although news of the nuclear deal has been welcome in Iran, the country is facing an impending domestic crisis that hasn’t made Western headlines; there are lessons the American left can and should learn from the U.K.’s Jeremy Corbyn; meanwhile, the U.S. obsession with bottled water must come to an end. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE


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Trump Reined In by Rivals in Second GOP Debate

When Donald Trump showed up Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library for the second Republican debate, 10 other conservative presidential contenders were waiting for him—with their gloves off.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE


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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Is Finalizing a $1 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In a move to allay the Persian Gulf state’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal, the Pentagon is completing an agreement to provide weapons for the Saudi military effort against Islamic State and Yemen.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE


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Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Cinches Iran Nuclear Deal With Senator’s Endorsement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord Wednesday. The 34th Democrat in favor, her vote means that Obama has enough Senate votes to uphold his veto if Congress rejects the July deal as expected.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Democrats and Public Rally on Iran Deal

The Israel lobbies don’t win every fight on Capitol Hill, but they have tended to win the big ones in recent decades. This time, they are going down.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



Is Israeli Military Using Barak in Struggle With Netanyahu Over Iran Deal? (Video)

The revelations from former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s memoir keep coming.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Listening to Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy Is Just Plain Daft

In a radio interview, former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on the verge of attacking Iran on three separate occasions in 2010-2012.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE


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‘The Iranian Threat’: Who Poses the Gravest Danger to World Peace?

Throughout the world there is great relief and optimism about the nuclear deal reached in Vienna between Iran and the P5+1 nations, the five veto-holding members of the U.N. Security Council and Germany. There are, however, striking exceptions to the general enthusiasm.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 READ MORE



Defying Saudis and Iran, Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change at Istanbul Conference

Attendees from 20 countries at this week’s International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul produced—and 60 of them signed—a declaration warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE



Poll Shows Only 1 in 4 Americans Wants More U.S. Involvement Abroad; Cuba and Iran Low on List

A new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, done before the Iran deal was announced by President Obama, shows how out of touch most of the presidential candidates are on foreign policy public opinion.

Posted on Aug 17, 2015 READ MORE



Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE


AUDIO: GOP Destructiveness, Bush and Clinton Dynasties and 2016

On Sunday’s edition of KPFA’s “Sunday Show” with Philip Maldari, Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer commented on the belligerence, ignorance, misogyny and neofascism on display in last week’s Republican debate.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Top Iran General Endorses Nuclear Deal With the U.S. and the U.N. (Video)

Iranian Chief of Staff Major-Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said Saturday that despite some reservations, he saw 16 major advantages to the Iran deal. He didn’t mention any specific disadvantages. The deal has also been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Nuclear Deal: Obama vs. the Republican Candidates

The GOP presidential candidates gathered in Cleveland by Fox News last week suggested that the hardest decision the next president will face is whether killing Obamacare or voiding the Iran deal ought to be the first order of business.

Posted on Aug 10, 2015 READ MORE



Why Israel’s Security Experts Support the Iran Deal—and Iran’s Hard-Liners Don’t

As congressional Republicans seek to undermine the nuclear agreement between Iran and international powers, they assert that hard-line Islamists in the Islamic republic are delighted with the deal while Israelis concerned for their country’s security are appalled. But that message is largely false.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Obama Casts Opponents of the Iran Deal as Warmongers

The lame-duck president pulled no punches. In his major address Wednesday on the nuclear deal reached with Iran, Obama let his critics have it.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE



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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Jul 30, 2015 READ MORE



U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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