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Obama, Modi and India’s Solar Future

During his recent visit to India, Barack Obama pressed unsuccessfully for India to set specific carbon limits.

Posted on Jan 27, 2015 READ MORE



Yemen Civil War? Masses Rally in Capital as the South Secedes

From 1967 to 1990, and again briefly in 1994, South Yemen was an independent country. Today, South Yemen is again an independent state.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn the Saudi King Who Derailed Revolution

In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE



How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Freezes Drone Strikes in Yemen as That Nation’s Government Falls

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government.

Posted on Jan 24, 2015 READ MORE



Israel’s Netanyahu Was Imported by GOP to Ensure a War With Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE



A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

Posted on Jan 21, 2015 READ MORE



Why Martin Luther King Jr. Would Support Obama’s Tax on the Super-Rich

In one of his last speeches, at Grosse Point, MI., the Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., laid out his next campaign, the one he died pursuing. It was not about civil rights for minorities but economic rights for “the other America.”

Posted on Jan 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Amazing New Green Cars at the 2015 Detroit Auto Show

It was great to see the concept cars of the future at the Detroit Auto Show Saturday afternoon. But if you know me, you know I was there for news about electric vehicles (EVs) and plug-in hybrids.

Posted on Jan 18, 2015 READ MORE



President Hollande: Anti-Muslimism Is as Bad as Anti-Semitism

French President Francois Hollande addressed the Institute of the Arab World on Friday, in a bid to reassure French Muslims, who fear being the victims of a collective guilt campaign or reprisals after the attack of radicals on Charlie Hebdo.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



Top 7 Things to Know About the Belgian Anti-Terror Op That Left 2 Dead

Belgian police launched a counter-terrorism operation on Thursday in the eastern city of Verviers near the German border.

Posted on Jan 17, 2015 READ MORE



In Call for Tolerance, Merkel Says Islam ‘Belongs to Germany’

“To exclude groups of people because of their faith, this isn’t worthy of the free state in which we live. It isn’t compatible with our essential values. And it’s humanly reprehensible. Xenophobia, racism, extremism have no place here,” said German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a recent rally in Berlin.

Posted on Jan 14, 2015 READ MORE



Twitter Mirth Erupts After Fox’s Steve Emerson Reveals ‘No-Go’ Zone for Non-Muslims in U.K.

Steve Emerson, a major figure in the Islamophobic network, delivered himself of the most remarkable set of weird conspiracy theories on Fox Cable News in which he claimed there were extensive Muslim no-go zones in Europe that amounted to a stealth caliphate ruled by Shariah enforcers.

Posted on Jan 13, 2015 READ MORE



Charlie Hebdo Team Regrets Not Parading Caricatures of Hypocritical World Leaders at Paris Rally

“Oh, well,” said Luz, a cartoonist. “You can’t think of everything.”

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris Attacks, Could Racist Parties Sweep to Power in Europe?

Anti-immigrant sentiment and Islamophobia were already raging through Europe before the Kouashi al-Qaida cell targeted the staff of the magazine Charlie Hebdo and a Jewish deli in Paris.

Posted on Jan 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Muslims’ War on Terror: Yes, They’re Condemning the Paris Attacks

When American commentators complain that Muslim authorities have not sufficiently denounced the terrorist attack on the Charlie Hebdo staff in Paris, they show a profound ignorance of the current situation in the Middle East.

Posted on Jan 10, 2015 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE


Mr. Fish and Juan Cole on the Charlie Hebdo Massacre

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: We investigate what al-Qaida—or anyone—has to gain by killing cartoonists. Also: NASA finds habitable planets far, far away, and the FCC is doing something behind closed doors that you should probably know about.

Posted on Jan 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why al-Qaida Attacked Charlie Hebdo Satirists in Paris

The horrific murder of the editor, cartoonists and other staff of the irreverent satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo, along with two policemen, by terrorists in Paris was in my view a strategic strike, aiming at polarizing the French and European public.

Posted on Jan 8, 2015 READ MORE



Why Was 2014 Hottest Year on Record? The Humans Did It

A Japanese team has confirmed that 2014 was the hottest year on record. Moreover, ten of the warmest years have occurred since 1998.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



Whatever Happened to Besieged Kurdish City of Kobane, Syria?

Kurdish forces, supported by Free Syrian Army troops and coalition air strikes, have largely recovered Kobane from rule by Daesh (called Islamic State in the West).

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



Wind Supplied 98 Percent of Scotland’s 2014 Household Power and Other Amazing Green Energy Stories

Scotland is well on its way to getting 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources by 2022.

Posted on Jan 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Iran’s President Hasan Rowhani Plans to Sidestep Hard-Liners With a Referendum

President Hasan Rowhani, a reformer, is worried about being stymied in his economic and diplomatic initiatives by regime hard-liners.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Happen If the International Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002.

Posted on Jan 5, 2015 READ MORE



Why Egypt’s Threat to Arrest Amal Clooney Will Hurt Its Economy

Amal Clooney was threatened with jail by Egyptian authorities last February if she released a report in Cairo on flaws in the Egyptian judiciary that had been commissioned by the International Bar Association.

Posted on Jan 3, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

Posted on Jan 3, 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



Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?

The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



Did Iran Win 2014? Top 6 Iran Developments This Year

In 2014, Iran made news on a number of important fronts.

Posted on Dec 29, 2014 READ MORE



How Bashar al-Assad’s Regime Came Back in the Syrian Civil War in 2014

In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened.

Posted on Dec 27, 2014 READ MORE



Why Kim Jong Un Was Really Afraid of ‘The Interview’

There has been a lot of blaming the victim in the commentary on Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg’s controversial film “The Interview.”

Posted on Dec 25, 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



Is the NSA Responsible for North Korea’s Hack of Sony Pictures?

In all the discussions of what is alleged to be North Korea’s horrible cybervandalism against Sony Pictures, I haven’t seen anyone bring up a key issue: The National Security Agency has been for two decades a powerful behind-the-scenes lobby for weak Internet encryption and privacy protocols.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE



Tunisia: Nationalist Candidate’s Claimed Win in Presidential Poll Contested

The major political parties do fairly sophisticated exit polling in Tunisian elections now, and secular, nationalist warhorse Beji Caid Essebsi claimed a victory of some 52 or 53 percent on Sunday evening.

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are 5 Countries Where Solar Power Is Making a Revolution

Ironically, developing countries of the global south who don’t have enough electricity can leapfrog conventional power and go straight to solar and wind.

Posted on Dec 20, 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



Cuba: Top 5 Other Dictatorships With Which the U.S. Has Diplomatic Relations

The U.S. sanctions on Cuba were justified by their supporters with reference to the Communist government’s human rights record. That record, bad as it is, however, cannot explain the sanctions.

Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



Problems Pakistani Politics Has to Resolve After Grisly Peshawar School Attack

Pakistan politics has been mired in stagnation for some time now.

Posted on Dec 17, 2014 READ MORE



Desperate Pakistani Taliban Attack Army School in Peshawar and Take Large Casualties

On Tuesday, six members of the Movement of Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i Taliban Pakistan or TTP) invaded a school for children run by the Pakistani army in Peshawar.

Posted on Dec 16, 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



Here Are 6 Reasons Lower Oil Prices Won’t Stop Solar, Wind and Electric Cars

Some observers have alleged that lower oil prices will slow down the green energy revolution.

Posted on Dec 13, 2014 READ MORE


Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits Zero Dark Thirty.

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE


Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE



The Trial of Richard Bruce Cheney

The hall at the International Criminal Court in the Hague was packed today as the trial began of former U.S. Vice President Richard Bruce Cheney.

Posted on Dec 11, 2014 READ MORE



Why the Founding Fathers Considered Banning Torture Foundational to the U.S. Constitution

For the most part, right wing principles are diametrically opposed to the Enlightenment and Deist values of most of the framers of the United States.

Posted on Dec 9, 2014 READ MORE



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GOP Squirms at Release of CIA Torture Report, Warns of ‘Violence’ (So Why Did They Torture?)

The Senate report is due out this week and is already the object of a Karl Rove style disinformation campaign by former President George W. Bush and others.

Posted on Dec 8, 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



Solar Power in the U.S. Doubled in 2014 and Other Good Clean Energy News

Compared to Germany and Spain, the United States is woefully backward in its development of wind, solar and other renewable sources of energy for electricity generation. But there is some good news on this front.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE


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