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Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE



On Green Energy, Ethiopia Leaves U.S. in the Dust

During President Obama’s visit, the American press has focused on poverty, terrorism and other ills in the African country. But Ethiopia is getting something right that we are getting badly wrong.

Posted on Jul 28, 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



Turkey’s New ‘War on Terror’ Mainly Targets Kurds (Video)

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (Islamic State) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead.

Posted on Jul 27, 2015 READ MORE



Obama in Kenya: Why the Horn of Africa Matters to Geopolitics (Video)

President Obama’s visit to Kenya is of course personal, though he has been there before both as a civilian and as a senator. But it also has a geopolitical and economic dimension.

Posted on Jul 25, 2015 READ MORE



Are Arab Oil Monarchies Divided Over the Iran Deal? (Video)

There is reason to think that the fabulously wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprised of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is deeply divided over the U.N. Security Council deal with Iran.

Posted on Jul 23, 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



Iran’s Khamenei Praises Nuclear Deal but Slams U.S. Foreign Policy (Video)

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical Leader, appeared to be attempting to mollify hard-liners in his Friday prayers addresses.

Posted on Jul 20, 2015 READ MORE



Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Why Don’t U.S. Media Interview Real Allies on American Policy Regarding the Iran Deal? (Video)

If the Iran deal fails in Congress in part because of how television news covered it, then we must blame the networks for fostering yet another major war and draining the U.S. economy.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE



Four Marines Dead: Semi-Automatic Assault Weapons Are a Security Problem for the U.S.

With lone wolf terrorists among us, the threat posed by ordinary citizens’ access to military-style weapons is no longer just a local problem but a very real national security risk.

Posted on Jul 16, 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



How The Washington Post Got Taken In by Syria’s Taliban

Making alliances of convenience is a perennial temptation in Washington, where policymakers often have more ambition than ethics or common sense.

Posted on Jul 14, 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



South Carolina Removes Confederate Flag. Can It Remove Spiritual Illness of Racial Discrimination?

The South Carolina Legislature has voted to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the Statehouse.

Posted on Jul 9, 2015 READ MORE



As Glaciers Melt in Ecuador, Pope Francis Challenges Technocrats, Touts ‘Keeping’ the Environment

Pope Francis continues to preach environmentalism as he addresses crowds in Latin America, a challenging message in poor countries where over-exploitation of natural resources is a constant temptation.

Posted on Jul 8, 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



Is Greece’s ‘No’ on the Debt Referendum Another Youth Revolution?

In the past five years, the old political categories—left, right, center or capitalist and socialist—have been challenged by a new category: youth.

Posted on Jul 6, 2015 READ MORE



Donald Trump, Dumpee: Forgetting to Use the GOP Racial Dog-Whistle Is an Expensive Mistake

Republican candidates who wanted to play to the “angry white men” were in the past slightly more subtle.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Your Fourth of July and My Fourth of July

Your Fourth of July is invasions and wars. Mine is the pure sunbeam of peace.

Posted on Jul 4, 2015 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Madison Visit Attracts Biggest Crowd Any Candidate Has Drawn So Far

The Democratic Party’s left wing is fed up and isn’t going to take it anymore. Americans in opinion polling overwhelmingly favor the positions of Bernie Sanders on most political and social issues.

Posted on Jul 2, 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



Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



The Truth Behind the Turkish Police Attack on Istanbul’s Gay Pride Parade

Did the heavy-handed police action signal a new culture war, or was it a form of revenge over the recent election results in which President Erdogan got less power than he’d expected?

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



No, GOP, Biblical Marriage Was Not Between One Man and One Woman

The freakout by the Republican presidential candidates over the Supreme Court decision on same-sex marriage provokes me to revise and reprise the following points.

Posted on Jun 29, 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



Top 6 Achievements of Obamacare (Hint: Millions More Insured)

Now that the Affordable Care Act (ACA, Obamacare) has beaten back all judicial challenges, it is worth revisiting its vast success.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



If Southerners Want a Symbol, Why Not the Moultrie Liberty Flag?

It was flown by South Carolinians in the fight against the Redcoats during the Revolutionary War and was the first American flag to fly over the South. Best of all, the Moultrie Flag has the word “Liberty” written into the crescent moon, underscoring this key American value, so important for all peoples living in the South.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



What South Carolina Needs to Do for Racial Equality (Taking Down the Flag Is Just Symbolic)

The step to remove the Confederate flag from the grounds of the South Carolina statehouse is a welcome one, but it is only a symbolic measure. South Carolina’s 4.8 million residents can only achieve greater racial harmony and civil rights through practical steps.

Posted on Jun 24, 2015 READ MORE



Top 5 Reasons the Confederate Flag Should Stop Flying at the South Carolina Statehouse

The Confederate flag in its current form was adopted by the seceding slave states to differentiate their banner from the Stars and Stripes on the battlefield. It isn’t a symbol of regionalism.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



How Lindsey Graham and the GOP Lost the Chance to be Presidential Over Charleston

Since the core of the Republican Party is now white southerners, Sen. Lindsey Graham’s response to the Charleston attack tells us something key about the state of that party.

Posted on Jun 23, 2015 READ MORE



How to Reply to Dylann Roof’s Hate: Donate to ‘Mother Emanuel’ AME Church (Video)

There are many essential responses to the racist terrorism attack on Emanuel AME Church that the state of South Carolina should take. But those of us who don’t live in that state can also take action.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE



What Do the Pope and ‘The Martian’ Have in Common?

The science fiction film starring Matt Damon is a timely cautionary tale for us fellow travelers on Spaceship Earth. Pope Francis gets it, as his climate change encyclical shows. Will the rest of us?

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Can the GOP Live Down Donald Trump’s Middle East ‘Policy’?

Comedians, bloggers, and pundits are ecstatic about The Donald throwing his toupee in the ring for the Republican nomination. The stories write themselves.

Posted on Jun 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Middle East Policy of President John Ellis ‘Jeb’ Bush: Iraq, Iran Wars?

It is hard to know what Jeb Bush’s Middle East policy would be from his wibbly-wobbly pronouncements, but that it would be imperial and aggressive can be deduced from his foreign policy advisory team.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



Wind Power Rapidly Bringing Clean Electricity to Masses in the Global South

Google is in talks to invest in Kenya’s enormous Lake Turkana Wind Power Project, which will cost $700 million.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



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



The Rise of a New Left in Turkey?

The rise of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) made waves in socially conservative Turkey by championing gay rights, women’s rights and leftist causes like labor and a “normalization” of the Turkish majority’s relationship with the Kurdish population.

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



SCOTUS’ Jerusalem Decision Shows the Limits of Pro-Israel Lobbies

It has been the position of the U.S. presidents for decades that the status of Jerusalem in international law is unsettled.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



Green Energy Is Surging, and You’ll Never Guess Why

The adoption of wind and solar for electricity generation around the world is happening at a growing pace, and the likelihood is that it will displace hydrocarbons in 15 to 20 years (decades sooner than Big Coal, Big Oil and Big Gas expect).

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



How Turkey’s President Erdogan Damaged the AKP Brand

The Justice and Development Party (AKP) decisively lost its majority on Sunday, falling to only about 40 percent of the vote. The results are a major setback for President Tayyip Erdogan, who had wanted the kind of majority that would have allowed him unilaterally to change the Turkish Constitution.

Posted on Jun 8, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Orange Telecom’s Departure From Israel Really Mean for the BDS Boycott Movement?

Stephane Richard, CEO of the French telecommunications company Orange, embroiled himself in an international incident Wednesday during a visit to Cairo, when he said his company would withdraw its logo from the Israeli market “tomorrow” if he could.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE



On the Eve of the Turkish Election, Leftist Women Literally Turn Their Backs on Erdogan via Twitter

In Turkey, left-of-center and Kurdish women took to Twitter on Wednesday to post pictures of themselves turning their backs to President Tayyip Erdogan. And Erdogan responded with a statement that some said had derogatory sexual overtones.

Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



How Mainstream Is Bernie Sanders Really?

Sen. Bernie Sanders, the presidential candidate for the Democratic nomination, has trouble being taken seriously by the corporate media, what with him being a democratic socialist and all.

Posted on Jun 2, 2015 READ MORE



Thank You, Edward Snowden: An End to General Warrants as So-Called Patriot Act Expires

The U.S. government behemoth dedicated to spying on us all in contravention of the Constitution will likely be only slightly inconvenienced by the expiration of the misnamed “Patriot Act,” forced by Sen. Rand Paul late Sunday night. But at least a few baby steps back toward democracy will be taken as a result.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Why Rand Paul Was Right to Kill the So-Called Patriot Act: It Was Never About Terrorism

Sen. Rand Paul, who had vowed to force the expiration of the so-called Patriot Act, is right that it is unconstitutional. In this regard he is a better constitutional scholar than Barack Obama, whose stance on this issue is, to say the least, disappointing.

Posted on Jun 1, 2015 READ MORE



Shiite Militias Change Ramadi Campaign Name to ‘I’m Here, O Iraq’ After Pentagon Criticism

Shiite militias in Iraq have changed the name of their current campaign to take Ramadi from Islamic State from “I am here, O Husayn” to “I am here, O Iraq,” since the former could have been interpreted as a sign of sectarianism.

Posted on May 28, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE


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