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Tag: Islamic State

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Facing Islamic State Propaganda, Russia Denies Its Campaign in Syria Is a ‘Holy War’ (Video)

Remember when George W. Bush lapsed and called his Iraq War a “crusade”? He had to back off that religious rhetoric really quickly because he needed Muslim allies.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Government’s Bid to Train Overseas Security Forces Has Basically Been a Wash

When asking an expert how the U.S. government’s very expensive and time-consuming push to train security forces in other countries has fared, the last thing that government would want to hear is this kind of description: “Our track record at building security forces over the past 15 years is miserable.”

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Russian Airstrikes in Syria: What’s Really Going On?

President Obama commented Friday that Russia’s bombing campaign in Syria is driving moderate opposition underground and “only strengthening” the terror group Islamic State. So, what are the Russians really doing in Syria and why? Are they bombing Islamic State, or just saying they are?

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: ‘Days of Revolt’ With Chris Hedges: Islamic State, the New Israel

In this first episode of a two-part series for his TeleSUR show “Days of Revolt,” Chris Hedges and professor Sabah Alnasseri trace the roots of Islamic State to their origins and explore comparisons to the 20th-century genesis of Israel.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Is Russia Trying to Defeat Islamic State—or Save Bashar Assad?

Russia on Wednesday morning carried out airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time, and footage of Russian planes flying over anti-Assad rebels has emerged.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Is Now Flying Russia-Supplied Drones and Fighter Jets Against Islamic State (Video)

There are signs that Russian arms supplies to the Bashar al-Assad regime are beginning to make an impact in the fighting.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Murder, Mayhem and Rape in Afghanistan: Made in the U.S.A.

Central to our policy in Afghanistan—a country ravaged and warped by the longest war the U.S. has ever waged—is keeping the warlords as our friends. Americans are ordered to look the other way when these drug-dealing criminals sexually abuse small boys.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

Spy Chief’s ‘Unusual’ Contact With Military Official Raises Concerns About Intelligence Manipulation

James Clapper—Barack Obama’s director of national intelligence—is said to be in what a former intelligence official called frequent and “highly, highly unusual” contact with a ranking junior intelligence officer who sits at the center of a growing scandal over rosy portrayals of the Pentagon’s war against Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 11, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Democratic Presidential Candidate Martin O’Malley: Climate Change Helped Create Islamic State

The former governor of Maryland urges supporters to protest his party’s debate schedule, calls on the U.S. to welcome 65,000 Syrian refugees, attributes the rise of Islamic State in part to climate change and responds to criticism by David Simon, creator of the television series “The Wire,” of his policing policies during his tenure as mayor of Baltimore.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

All Should Be Repenting for the Suffering of the Refugees

Our global economic and political system is the root cause of the problem, so instead of blaming Europe, let’s fix the problem.

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Religious Objections

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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

Enter the Bear: Is Russia Planning Airstrikes on Islamic State in Syria? (Video)

The Israeli press is reporting that Iran has made a firmer military alliance with the Russian Federation in Syria and that Moscow is sending pilots to Damascus to fly missions in that country against Islamic State and other Muslim extremist groups.

Posted on Sep 1, 2015 READ MORE

The Great Unraveling

The ideological and physical hold of American imperial power is collapsing. If we do not quickly dismantle the structures of neoliberalism and global capitalism, we will be swept away in the coming upheavals.

Posted on Aug 30, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State’s Dangerous Effort to Wipe Out Humanity’s Past

The militant group’s destruction this week of the ruins of a temple in the ancient city of Palmyra is an attempt to reduce history to a mere digital memory, the epistemological equivalent of a LOLCats meme or a Vine prank.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Policy Backing Saudi Intervention Needs to Change Now

Calling for further intervention by the Saudi monarchy in the battle against Islamic State is like saying the Koch Brothers need to get more involved in U.S. politics.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Destroys Ancient Temple in Syria

Islamic State made a symbolic and destructive statement by blowing up the ancient Temple of Baalshamin, one of the foremost structures among the ruins of Palmyra in Syria, which The New York Times and other outlets reported was destroyed Sunday.

Posted on Aug 23, 2015 READ MORE

How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE

Putin Pitches Grand Alliance Against Islamic State, but Syrian Rebels Want Assad Gone (Video)

The Russian Federation is a key player in Syria—and backer of the dictatorial government of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 READ MORE

Jeb Bush: The Republican to Vote For (If You Wish His Brother Were Still in Office)

Why would someone who sees the Middle East as an unholy mess reveal that he consults George W. Bush, the chief mess-maker, on what to do next?

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Memo to Jeb Bush: It Was W’s Surge That Created Islamic State, Not Hillary

Jeb Bush very unwisely went after Hillary Clinton on Tuesday night on the grounds that her Iraq policies gave us Islamic State.

Posted on Aug 12, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Jon Stewart: ‘The World Is Demonstrably Worse Than When I Started’ at ‘The Daily Show’

Despite media gushing over Jon Stewart’s “evisceration” of certain people, groups and issues, such as racism and Fox News, for example, the “Daily Show” host discovers that, much to his dismay, he hasn’t solved a single problem during his tenure on the political comedy show.

Posted on Aug 6, 2015 READ MORE

Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province using a tractor laden with explosives.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE

Want to Stop Islamic State Recruitment? Look to Muslim Mothers

When recognized and empowered, Muslim mothers can play a robust role in protecting their families and communities. It’s a role enshrined in the Islamic tradition.

Posted on Jul 31, 2015 READ MORE

We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

The Top Six Signs That Islamic State Is Doomed (Video)

Here are some signs that we won’t be talking about the Islamic State group in just a few years.

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE

Why I Support the BDS Movement Against Israel

To bring justice to Palestine, there are no mechanisms left except BDS — boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel.

Posted on Jul 26, 2015 READ MORE

Turkey Ends Two-Year Cease-Fire With Attacks on Kurdish Militant Camps in Northern Iraq

Turkey’s air force is attacking Islamic State targets in Syria and Kurdistan Worker’s Party militants in northern Iraq, according to Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE

Terrorist Kills 31 at Socialist Rally for Kobane in Turkey (Video)

On Monday, a young woman aged 18 detonated a suicide bomb belt at a socialist youth rally in Suruç, Turkey, just 10 miles from the border with Syria.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Did the Rise of Islamic State Ensure the Iran Nuclear Deal?

In Iraq on Tuesday, Iraq militias and the Iraqi military launched a counterattack on Falluja with the ultimate aim of driving Islamic State (Daesh) out of al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE

No, Mr. Netanyahu, Iran Isn’t Trying to Take Over the World and It Isn’t ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged last week that Iran was the major sponsor of terrorism in the world and that it wants to take over the whole world. Here are some replies to Netanyahu’s silliness.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE

Obama Says U.S. Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State but Will Increase Training

After a briefing at the Pentagon on the fight against Islamic State (also known as Daesh), the president acknowledged Monday that the training of Iraqi troops has been going much slower than expected.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE

If Islamic State Had Burned Down Four Churches, It Would Have Been Headline News

Seven Southern black churches burned in the past week, and at least four—possibly six—were victims of arson.

Posted on Jul 1, 2015 READ MORE

How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

Posted on Jun 27, 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

Islamic State Deepens Its Roots by Offering Important Services

By providing key services such as infrastructure and transportation, the militant group has been able to tighten its grip on communities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE


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Can Leftist Kurdish Militia Kill Off Islamic State?

The intrepid Liz Sly of The Washington Post gets the story of the attempt of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and their Arab allies, the Euphrates Volcano, to cut Islamic State off and kill it.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE

Iraqi Forces

Posted on Jun 13, 2015 READ MORE

Who Controls Iraq: President Obama or Islamic State?

Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn’t seem to know, either—or else he won’t say.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE

Iraq’s Horrors by the Numbers: Has Islamic State Killed 50,000 People in One Year?

The Human Rights Commission of Iraq, a body attached to the Iraqi parliament, issued statistics Wednesday on the one-year impact of Islamic State on that country.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Is Making a Fortune Selling Ancient Artifacts

The cultural war being waged by the militant group includes a lucrative trade in antiquities.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE

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