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‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN


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Why Americans Should Care About Political Murders in Bangladesh

Bloggers’ deaths are buried in the language of terrorism, but it’s much more complicated than that.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE



Brussels Maintains State of Emergency as European Crackdown Grows

Officials tighten security measures in former border-free zone amid terror warnings.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Despite Atrocities, U.S. Approves $1.29 Billion Arms Sale to Saudi Arabia

But it is “illegal under U.S. and international law to transfer weapons to human rights abusers, or to forces that will likely use it to commit gross violations of human rights,” says a representative of a Quaker group.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 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



France Treating Thwarted Train Attack as a Terrorist Case

Despite the suspect’s initial claims that he had been hungry and acting purely out of self-interest when he held up a Paris-bound train last Friday, the French government is now officially investigating the foiled attempt by 26-year-old Moroccan gunman Ayoub El-Khazzani as a terrorist act.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



Chibok Girls Remembered, One Year On

The loss of hundreds of schoolgirls to Boko Haram has shown that in Nigeria, the powerful care nothing about the powerless until an international tragedy embarrasses them.

Posted on Apr 15, 2015 READ MORE



Want to Find Terrorists? Check Out Your Church

That peaceful-looking Christian next door may be part of a terrorist sleeper cell that received training at the Vatican or in Salt Lake City.

Posted on Mar 20, 2015 READ MORE



Will Boko Haram Cause Nigeria’s North and South to Separate?

Thanks to the Islamist extremist group, old north-versus-south sentiments now threaten to split the regions that had found solidarity against an incompetent government. The upshot could be more terrorism.

Posted on Mar 15, 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.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Charlie Hebdo’s Newest Issue Features Muhammad on the Cover (Video Update)

The French satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo will draw attention from around the globe with the issue slated to come out Wednesday.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Administration Sets February Date for Anti-Extremism Summit

President Obama wasn’t present in Paris for Sunday’s anti-terrorism rally, and his absence was duly noted.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE



A Message From the Dispossessed

The Paris massacre, evil though it was, delivers a crucial communication from the Muslim world about the Western hubris and violence that fuel the rage of the powerless.

Posted on Jan 11, 2015 READ MORE


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Taliban Leader Who Orchestrated Pakistani School Attack Makes Fresh Threats

The top-ranking leader of the Taliban faction that claimed responsibility for last month’s mass slaughter of 153 people, many of them children, at the Army Public School in Peshawar, Pakistan, has taken to the Internet to warn that his group is prepared to strike again.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE


President Obama Remembers 9/11: ‘As Americans We Do Not Give In to Fear, Ever’

President Obama marked the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the grounds of one of the hijackers’ targets, the Pentagon, commemorating the occasion with rhetorical flourishes that invited Americans to see themselves as fearless and ever on the up-and-up.

Posted on Sep 11, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Here Comes Dick Cheney to Beat the Drums of War in Iraq (Again)

In what is hopefully not one of the seven signs of imminent apocalypse, former Vice President Dick Cheney once again darkened the halls of Congress on Tuesday, huddling with House Republicans to strategize about the simmering war zone that is Iraq. Yes, it is 2014 and not 2004.

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq Roundup: Al-Maliki’s Ouster, ISIS’ Onslaught and America’s Airstrikes

As of Tuesday, longtime Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki was on his way out, as the long-term outcome for his divided country seemed troubled at best.

Posted on Aug 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.N. Chief Warns Iraq Crisis Could Spill Across Borders

The Islamist militant onslaught in Iraq raises the specter of a sectarian conflict spilling across the embattled nation’s borders, U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon warned Tuesday.

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



Beyond Boko Haram: Long-Term Justice for Nigeria Lies in Economic Empowerment and Social Change

Although an international campaign drawing attention to the hundreds of kidnapped girls this past April under the social media banner of #BringBackOurGirls has gathered serious momentum, little attention has been paid to the conditions that have nurtured a group like Boko Haram.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Steps Up Effort to Find Nigerian Girls

The United States deployed 80 military personnel to Chad on Wednesday to help find 200 girls kidnapped by Boko Haram, as Nigeria probed its deadliest attack ever, two car bombings in the city of Jos, with the militant group the main suspect.

Posted on May 21, 2014 READ MORE



Nigerian President Sparks Outcry by Canceling Visit to Abducted Girls’ Town

Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan on Friday canceled a visit to the hometown of more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamic militants, provoking fresh criticism of his handling of the crisis.

Posted on May 16, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. General in Nigeria to Aid Search for Schoolgirls

The commander of U.S. forces in Africa held talks Tuesday in Nigeria as Washington sought to help the government in Abuja trace more than 200 schoolgirls kidnapped by Islamist militants.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Nigerian Parents Say Boko Haram Video Confirms Worst ‘Fears’ About Abducted Girls

Nigerian parents on Tuesday said their worst fears about their daughters’ fates had been confirmed after Boko Haram, which kidnapped more than 200 schoolgirls last month, threatened to sell the hostages as “slaves.”

Posted on May 6, 2014 READ MORE



Republicans Slam Obama Over Benghazi Attack Account

Republican lawmakers compared Barack Obama’s White House to the secretive Nixon administration Thursday, denouncing its response to the 2012 attack on a U.S. mission in Benghazi, Libya.

Posted on May 1, 2014 READ MORE



Gunmen Reportedly Kill At Least 69 in Nigeria

Gunmen on motorbikes in northwest Nigeria’s Katsina state killed at least 69 people and torched several homes in attacks on four villages, a local lawmaker told the news agency AFP on Thursday.

Posted on Mar 13, 2014 READ MORE



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U.N. Zeroes In on Aid to Syria: Half the Country in Dire Need

According to the United Nations, more than 100,000 people have died in Syria since the country began imploding in 2011.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE


The Revolution Continues in Challenge to Morsi

Thousands of Egyptians have taken to the streets to protest a referendum planned for Saturday on a new constitution promoted by Islamist President Mohamed Morsi that would give Muslim clerics a role in shaping laws.

Posted on Dec 12, 2012 WATCH & LISTEN



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Political Scientist: Patriot Act Blocked Aid to Somalis

Humanitarian groups withheld aid from Somalis suffering the effects of a severe drought that killed tens of thousands and displaced more than a million people last year out of fear that their assistance would amount to material support for regional terrorists under the U.S. Patriot Act, a Davidson College professor says.

Posted on Apr 21, 2012 READ MORE



Wikimedia Commons / Marek Kocjan (CC-BY-SA)

Come to Egypt, but Leave Your Vices Behind

Given this year’s political turmoil in Egypt, it’s not surprising that, as interim leader Kamal el-Ganzouri tearfully lamented at a news conference Sunday, tourism in the North African nation has taken a big hit.

Posted on Dec 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Tara Todras-Whitehill

Egypt’s Military Council Gives an Inch

Responding to days of protest and turmoil, once again centered in the mother lode of the Arab Spring, Cairo’s Tahrir Square, Egypt’s ruling military council made an attempt to placate pressure groups by pledging to transfer power to the Egyptian people by June. (more)

Posted on Nov 22, 2011 READ MORE



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Deal Inches Palestinians Closer to Internationally Recognized Statehood

Aimed at what most Palestinians hope will be peaceful unity between rival groups, an agreement was reached by Fatah and Hamas in Cairo on Wednesday. And that did not please Israel.

Posted on May 4, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Lefteris Pitarakis

Mubarak’s Adversaries Stand Firm in Egypt

Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak’s latest bid to dial down the intensity of the protests against his regime aren’t deterring the opposition, as resistance groups mobilized to keep up their efforts Tuesday.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE


Obama at G-20 summit
AP / Charles Dharapak

Exorcising America’s Diplomatic Demons

Communism once was, as the Islamic terrorist threat is today, presented as an undifferentiated revolutionary impulse that could never be diplomatically accommodated without sacrificing our own security or, indeed, our freedom. The various communist nations and movements, like those currently led by a polyglot collection of Islamist radicals, were stripped of any complexity, be it in their national identity or ideology. 

Posted on Sep 29, 2009 READ MORE


Nazran attack
AP / Musa Sadulayev

Suicide Bomb Attack Kills 20, Wounds Scores in Russia

A suicide attack carried out at a police station in the northern Russian city of Nazran claimed 20 lives and wounded more than 130 Monday, spurring Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to fire the regional interior minister.

Posted on Aug 17, 2009 READ MORE


Gaza mosque battle
AP / STR

At Least 13 Dead in Gaza Mosque Gunfight

A deadly showdown that pitted an al-Qaida-associated organization against Hamas and police troops left at least 13 killed and 85 wounded in the Gaza Strip on Friday, marking the worst day of violence in the region since January’s Israeli offensive, according to the BBC.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE


Pakistani Official: No New Nukes

Responding to a recent assertion by Adm. Mike Mullen, current chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, that Pakistan is actively adding to its array of nuclear weapons, Information Minister Qamar Zaman Kaira insisted on Monday that Mullen was in error.

Posted on May 18, 2009 READ MORE


Palin on ABC
abcnews.go.com

Palin Talks War With Russia in ABC Interview

Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin is finally answering questions from a journalist in ABC’s three-part interview series with chosen reporter Charles Gibson. Palin comes out of the gate with guns blazing, rewriting history about the Georgia-Russia conflict and considering the possibility of a U.S. war with Russia in the first episode, airing Thursday.

 

Posted on Sep 11, 2008 READ MORE


Ayman al-Zawahri
msnbc.msn.com

Al-Qaida’s No. 2 Blasts Iran

Just before the seventh anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, al-Qaida has released a lengthy videotape featuring the group’s second-in-command, Ayman al-Zawahri, providing updates about how the holy war is faring around the globe and laying into Iran for “cooperating with the Americans” and with the American-approved governments in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Sep 8, 2008 READ MORE


Zardari
AP photo / Shakil Adil

Bhutto’s Husband Wins Pakistan Presidency

Pakistan will have a new president, Asif Ali Zardari. The widower of slain Pakistani politician Benazir Bhutto has successfully continued along his wife’s path, drawing upon the support of her allies to emerge the victor by a wide margin in the election held to replace Pervez Musharraf, who stepped down as president in mid-August.

Posted on Sep 6, 2008 READ MORE


Turkish Vote Declared Invalid

Last Friday’s presidential vote by the Turkish parliament has been scrapped by the nation’s constitutional court, which decided that not enough lawmakers had voted to make a quorum.  This means that candidate Abdullah Gul, whose party’s Islamist ties have raised widespread concern, won’t advance to the next level—not yet, at least.

Posted on May 1, 2007 READ MORE


turkey
AP Photo/Serkan Senturk

Turks Rally for Secularism in Government

Crowds numbering in the hundreds of thousands gathered Sunday for a pro-secularism rally in Istanbul, calling for a secularist democracy in Turkey amid concerns that presidential candidate Abdullah Gul, whose Justice and Development Party has Islamist ties, will let his beliefs influence his actions if he wins the election.

Posted on Apr 29, 2007 READ MORE


Somali troops
nytimes.com

Turning the Corner in Somalia

The Islamists have fled, the transitional government and its Ethiopian allies have reclaimed Mogadishu as Somalia’s capital and the prime minister has banned guns and called for peacekeepers. Will the stability last, or will guerrilla warfare and clan violence tear the country apart for another 15 years?

Posted on Jan 2, 2007 READ MORE


Political Pressure Ratcheting Up on U.S. Over Mosque Killings

Shiite officials say that American-led forces killed many civilians in a raid on a mosque complex on Sunday. The U.S. has promised a full investigation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 READ MORE


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