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Iraqi Sunnis Struggle for Survival Against ISIS

Sunni Muslims who moved back into their neighborhoods in Iraq as five years of violence started to abate in 2008 are being forced out again, “this time mostly by Isis extremists.”

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Islamic State’s Conquest of a Palestinian Refugee Camp in Syria Challenges Israeli Propaganda

Palestinian women and Christians and male secularists are at special risk in the Yarmouk refugee camp now that Islamic State has taken it over. But had they been living normally in their homes in what is now Israel, with their own state, they would not have been left vulnerable to this fate.

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As Iran Talks Progress, American and Iranian Forces Cooperate in Taking Tikrit (Video)

By now the Iraqi government has a long history of claiming areas are “liberated” when the local picture remained mixed.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE



Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

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Yemen Bombing: It’s Not the Islamic State Group, and It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict

The massive twin bombings at mosques in the capital that shook Yemen on Friday, killing over 100 and wounding many more, were immediately claimed by Daesh (the Islamic State group).

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Journalism as Subversion

The journalist P. Sainath has worked for more than 20 years to amplify the voices and lives of the rural poor of India as corporate-controlled media have attempted to erase them from history. (Pictured, an Indian farmer in his damaged field.)

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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Says GOP’s Letter Is ‘Disgusting’ and Shows U.S. System’s Decline (Video)

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei spoke Thursday about the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to him warning that any nuclear deal he made with President Obama would have no staying power.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Coming Death, and Afterlife, of the NSA Spying Law

The Patriot Act provision that authorized mass surveillance on Americans is set to expire, but don’t be fooled: The snooping is likely to continue. In an interview with Truthdig, Sen. Ron Wyden calls ending dragnet surveillance a “big priority.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2015 READ MORE



Did British Security Services Drive ‘Jihadi John’ to Join Islamic State?

Documented evidence suggests the United Kingdom’s MI5 drove a young Muslim man to the brink of madness.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: CPAC, Bibi, Pot in D.C.

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the applause that Israel received at the Conservative Political Action Conference, a “clean” funding bill that keeps the Department of Homeland Security open without picking a fight over immigration rules, and the announcement that marijuana is now legal in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



Jihadis Deface and Destroy Iraqi Cultural Artifacts (Video)

The Islamic State group has destroyed thousands of books, manuscripts and replicas of ancient sculptures in Mosul libraries and museums.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE


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Islamic State Killer Featured in Videos Is Identified as Mohammed Emwazi

He was dubbed “Jihadi John” before his real name was known, and as of Thursday, The Washington Post claimed that the killer from the Islamic State group who was prominently featured in recent beheading videos is Kuwaiti-born Londoner Mohammed Emwazi.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Militants Abduct More Than 70 Christians in Syria

Members of the Islamic State group launched a broad raid on several villages in Syria starting early Monday, and by Tuesday the militant group had kidnapped more than 70 Christians.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on the History Behind the Islamic State Group and Putin’s Actions in Ukraine

Shortly after the Minsk II cease-fire agreement was reached on Feb. 11, the United Kingdom’s Channel 4 called on the world-renowned linguist and political activist to discuss two of the most pressing global crises taking place.

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We Kill Our Revolutionaries

Siddique Hasan, who never committed murder, is on death row in Ohio not for what he did but for who he is.

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We Are Those Who Suffer: Free Speech, the Media and the Roots of Violence

Condemnation of the Charlie Hebdo killings must be accompanied by understanding of root causes and by compassion for struggling peoples. And the media must refrain from fanning the flames of hatred.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust

Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Today’s Top 7 Myths About Islamic State

The self-styled “Islamic State” Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Authorizing War Against ISIS, Muslims Murdered

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the prospect of congressional authorization to attack ISIS, the three Muslim young adults slain in a possible hate crime in North Carolina and a federal judge’s rejection of Alabama’s ban on gay marriage.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Advances to Within 9 Miles of U.S. Troops at al-Ain Base in Iraq

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has captured the al-Anbar city of al-Baghdadi in western al-Anbar Province.

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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

Posted on Feb 13, 2015 READ MORE


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Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

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Obama Asks Congress for Another Middle East War

The White House has asked Congress to pass a deliberately vague authorization for the war against the Islamic State that has been in progress for six months. Congress seems disinclined to say yes.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Both ISIS and the West revel in brutality that feeds the fever for war. The line that separates us from our enemies is technological, not moral. We are those we fight.

Posted on Feb 8, 2015 READ MORE


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Are Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Tactics More Awful Because of One Victim?

The Islamic State (Daesh) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way?

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



The Lone-Wolf Terror Trap

The shadow of a new threat seems to be darkening the national security landscape: the lone-wolf terrorist. But most of what pundits and officials claim about it simply isn’t true.

Posted on Feb 5, 2015 READ MORE



Angry Jordanian Crowds Rally Over Islamic State Murder of Pilot, but Some Blame the United States

While the masses in Jordan were protesting Islamic State’s cruelty to a fellow Jordanian on Tuesday, some of them also chanted against the coalition that is bombing eastern Syria and against the Jordanian regime for joining in on the bombing.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



America Is Open for Business in Iraq

In the midst of the December holiday news-dumping zone, the U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) quietly notified Congress of several pending arms deals for Iraq.

Posted on Jan 16, 2015 READ MORE



Yemen’s Al-Qaida Outpost Releases Video Claiming Responsibility for Charlie Hebdo Attack

Al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen was officially behind the deadly shooting at the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris on Jan. 7, at least according to al-Qaida’s chapter in Yemen.

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U.S. Centcom’s Twitter Account ‘Hacked by Islamic State’

Hackers claiming to back Islamic State took control of the YouTube and Twitter accounts of the U.S. Defense Department’s central command, posting threats and internal military documents.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE


We as Individuals Became ‘Ever More Powerless’ and ‘Unable to Challenge Anything’ in 2014

In “Charlie Brooker’s 2014 Wipe,” the British satirist and creator of the dystopian show “Black Mirror” takes a hard look at the news highlights of the past year and comes to the grim realization that we live in a time in which the powers that be are continually destabilizing what we understand as reality to further exert their control over the masses.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



The Year Iraq Ceased to Exist: Will It Ever Again?

In 2014, Iraq was said to lose 42% of its territory to Daesh (the Arabic acronym for what our press calls Islamic State).

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



Have the Kurds Cut the Islamic State in Two, Blocking Supply Lines?

Al-Mada newspaper in Baghdad had an interesting article in the aftermath of the fall of Shinjar to the Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga.

Posted on Dec 24, 2014 READ MORE



Banning Dissent in the Name of Civility

A student group has revoked an invitation for me to speak at a university because of my views on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Its action is part of the routine censorship carried out on campuses against those who will not read from the Israel lobby’s script.

Posted on Dec 21, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



Pentagon: 3 Major ISIS Leaders Killed in Iraq

American forces have killed three high-ranking Islamic State leaders in Iraq in recent weeks, according to Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Enter the Dragon: China Offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on Islamic State

The list of powers eager to see Islamic State defeated grew larger this weekend with a report that China would intervene against IS from the air.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE



The Banality of Terrorism: Sydney’s Other Hostage Crisis of 1984

One’s heart goes out to the Sydney hostages. But it is distressing to see the hostage-taker made 10 feet tall by the media and to have Daesh (which is what most Arabs derisively call Islamic State) invoked.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Hostage Crisis Unfolds at Sydney Cafe

Five people managed to escape Monday from the Lindt Chocolate Cafe in Sydney, where they had been detained by an armed assailant who was still holding several hostages. Meanwhile, Australian authorities, from police to Prime Minister Tony Abbott, pushed to defuse the crisis.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



ISIS—the New Israel

ISIS is employing the same brutal tactics used in the late 1940s to create the Jewish state. As the Zionist guerrillas did, it is swiftly and perhaps permanently redrawing the map of the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



Over 100 Islamic State Fighters Killed in U.S. Airstrikes in Iraq

The U.S. war on Islamic State (also known as Daesh) in Iraq and Syria takes up less and less space in mainstream media. The group and its issues haven’t gone away, however.

Posted on Dec 8, 2014 READ MORE


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