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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.

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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.

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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



Here Are Some of the Ways U.S. Treatment of African-Americans Resembles Apartheid South Africa

The social statistics produced by the Afrikaner Apartheid regime in South Africa are not so different from those produced by ordinary everyday legal and social practices in today’s United States.

Posted on Dec 6, 2014 READ MORE


Max Blumenthal Explains Why His Critics Are the Real Anti-Semites

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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Robert McChesney Is Hopeful About Revolutionary Change

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Max Blumenthal is chased out of Germany, Robert McChesney is optimistic about revolutionary change, we speak to the creators of the new documentary “Remote Area Medical,” and Robert Scheer interviews Leslie Cockburn.

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U.N. General Assembly Demands Israel Mothball Its Nuclear Arsenal

The United Nations General Assembly (where all 193 countries in the world get a vote) has almost unanimously demanded that Israel give up its nuclear weapons and cooperate with making the Middle East a nuclear-free zone.

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Iran-Iraq War 2.0? Iran Flies Bombing Raids on Islamic State Extremists in Iraq

The U.S. Pentagon is confirming that Iranian F-4 fighter jets have flown bombing missions against Daesh or the so-called ‘Islamic State Group’ in Iraq.

Posted on Dec 3, 2014 READ MORE



Putin, Blocked by Europe, Turns to Turkey for Gas Pipeline

Moscow’s annexation of Crimea and its heavy interference in Ukraine have had a significant consequence for Russia’s hydrocarbon industry.

Posted on Dec 2, 2014 READ MORE



The Bush Administration Spent Billions on an Iraqi Army With 50,000 ‘Ghost’ Soldiers

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced to his parliament Sunday that inspectors had uncovered 50,000 nonexistent soldiers in four divisions of the Iraqi army.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE



Cairo Erupts as Mubarak Declared Innocent in Deaths of Protesters

An Egyptian court Saturday found deposed dictator Hosni Mubarak and his former Interior Minister Habib Adly not guilty (or rather just dropped the charges) in the killing of nearly 900 young protesters by police in January-February 2011.

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Oil Price Fall: Saudi Arabia Targets U.S. Shale Oil, Iran, Iraq, Russia

It is clear that among the major losers in the fall in the price of Brent crude petroleum are Russia, Iraq and Iran. But the big loser will likely be shale oil producers and prospectors in the U.S.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Iran Leader Khamenei: We Are Not Opposed to Nuclear Talks and Will Accept a Just Deal

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the clerical leader of Iran, told an assemblage of volunteer paramilitary forces on Thursday that he is not opposed to nuclear talks with the P5 +1 and would accept a just and reasonable deal.

Posted on Nov 29, 2014 READ MORE



Thanksgiving Was Always About Climate and Adaptation: Let’s Make It Green Again

The popular story about Thanksgiving is an environmental parable that we would do well to remember today.

Posted on Nov 27, 2014 READ MORE



Race Inequality Between U.S. Whites and African-Americans by the Numbers

With regard to employment, African-Americans got hit harder by the Bush Depression than did whites, and jobs have not come back for them at nearly the same rate.

Posted on Nov 26, 2014 READ MORE



As Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel Exits, Let’s Take a Look at an Islamic State Scorecard

I don’t see anyone talking about how the Defense Department’s response to Islamic State has gone.

Posted on Nov 25, 2014 READ MORE



Islamic State Executes 26 Sunni Tribesmen in Campaign to Take Ramadi

Islamic State (known in Arabic as Daesh) has mounted a major offensive in a bid to take Ramadi, the capital of al-Anbar Province in western Iraq.

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The Best of November’s Green Energy Good News Stories

Germany, France, South Africa and even India have good news regarding environmental policy to share this November.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



How Obama Punked the GOP on Immigration

President Obama’s freeze on deportations for certain classes of undocumented immigrants throws a pigeon among the cats in several important ways.

Posted on Nov 22, 2014 READ MORE



An Interview With Juan Cole: The Historical Drivers of Modern Day Developments in Iraq

Bassam Haddad, a prominent Syria specialist at George Mason University, interviewed Juan Cole this fall for the new Web radio program “Status Hour” on the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 20, 2014 READ MORE



Is There a Civil War Brewing in Jerusalem and the West Bank?

The killings at the Jerusalem synagogue Tuesday and the spate of Israeli killings of Palestinians in the West Bank are all small harbingers of a coming civil war.

Posted on Nov 19, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Are 64 Times More Likely to Be Murdered Than Die in an Act of Terrorism

The Institute for Economics and Peace in the U.K. has released a report on terrorism in 2013, which it maintains was substantially up. Conceptually, I have to critique the study.

Posted on Nov 18, 2014 READ MORE



Here Are Some of the Ways Islamic State Is Losing as It Lashes Out Like a Cornered Rat

Islamic State has not had a good month, suffering substantial setbacks in Iraq and watching with concern as the Damascus regime of Bashar al-Assad looks set to retake the major northern city of Aleppo.

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Did Saudi Arabia Wage an Economic War on Iran, Russia and North Dakota at the G-20?

What did Saudi Arabia have to say at the recently concluded G-20 conference?

Posted on Nov 17, 2014 READ MORE



Islamic State Loses Refinery City in Iraq to Iraqi Army and Shiite Militias

This is perhaps the most significant military loss for Islamic State since it took 40 percent of Iraq in early June.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



Islamic State Calls for Terror Attacks on Saudi Arabia

A voice recording has surfaced, attributed to Ibrahim al-Samarra’i, the leader of the brutal terrorist group Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 15, 2014 READ MORE



This Is What Will Happen If the GOP Senate Derails Iran Talks

The Republican Party is already conniving at ways to derail the U.S.-Iran negotiations over Tehran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



When Will the U.S. Admit to Boots on the Ground in Iraq?

In an age of weasel words and Orwellian diction, it would be refreshing to hear Mr. Obama call the recent escalation in Iraq what it is.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



A Day Late and a Dollar Short: Obama and China Agree on Languid Climate Goals

The good news is that U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have reached an agreement on limiting carbon emissions in their two countries.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



Why It Doesn’t Really Matter Whether Islamic State’s Leader Was Killed

Rumors are swirling that Islamic State leader Ibrahim al-Samarra’i (who goes by the nom de guerre Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) was severely wounded and that some of his chief lieutenants were killed by a U.S. airstrike on a meeting of IS leaders Friday.

Posted on Nov 12, 2014 READ MORE



Internet Liberty at Stake in Obama World Wide Web Policy

President Obama’s support of net neutrality is welcome, but there are many problems with it. 

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Ferguson & Israel? Netanyahu Calls for Stripping Palestinian-Israelis of Citizenship Amid Protests

On Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he was looking into whether Israel could strip citizenship from those who speak out against the continued statelessness of the Palestinians.

Posted on Nov 11, 2014 READ MORE



Why Is Obama Finally Seeking Congressional Approval for the War on Islamic State?

President Obama said Wednesday that he would seek congressional authorization for his war on the Islamic State after months of maintaining that the authorization of 2001 was still sufficient to underpin this effort. Why the about-face?

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



American Weapons Provided to Syrian Rebels Fall into al-Qaeda’s Hands

The al-Qaeda affiliate Jabhat al-Nusra (the Succor Front) not only took the territory of the moderate Muslim Syria Revolutionaries Front this weekend, it also polished off the Movement of the Resolute.

Posted on Nov 6, 2014 READ MORE



How a Republican Congress Could Entangle the U.S. Further in the Middle East

It is not surprising that the GOP gained control of the Senate, but how will the change affect foreign policy?

Posted on Nov 5, 2014 READ MORE



Big Setback for the Obama Administration’s Syria Policy as Moderate Stronghold Falls to al-Qaeda

The al-Qaeda affiliate Succor Front (Jabhat al-Nusra) took the town of Deir Sunbul and its environs this weekend away from the Syria Revolutionaries Front, a relatively secular-minded group viewed as “moderates” by the United States.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Dismayed That Iraq’s Shiite Government Hasn’t Armed Sunni Tribes Fighting Islamic State

Members of the al-Anbar provincial council say they have met with American officials who are “disgusted” at the slowness of Baghdad to arm the Sunni Arab tribes fighting Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 4, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq’s Grand Ayatollah Sistani and Chuck Hagel Call for the Arming of the Sunni Tribes of al-Anbar

Grand Ayatollah Ali Sistani is calling, just as is U.S. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel, for the arming of Sunni tribes in al-Anbar Province to fight Islamic State in Iraq.

Posted on Nov 1, 2014 READ MORE



Israeli Firm Sodastream Leaves Palestinian West Bank Under Boycott Pressure (Video)

The determination of the Likud Party to annex the Palestinian West Bank is damaging the interests of world Jewry.

Posted on Oct 30, 2014 READ MORE



Turkey Allows Kurdish Peshmerga Paramilitary Troops to Cross to Kobane

Turkish intelligence is facilitating the crossing of a couple hundred paramilitary troops (Peshmerga) from Iraqi Kurdistan to the Turkish town of Suruç, 16 kilometers from the Syrian border.

Posted on Oct 29, 2014 READ MORE


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