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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Aug 20, 2014 READ MORE



Israel: Crowd Shouts ‘Death to Arabs’ at Jewish-Muslim Wedding

An Israeli crowd gathered outside the wedding of a Muslim man and a Jewish woman in Rishon Lezion, shouting “death to Arabs” on Sunday.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



The New Jim Crow: Has the Right Finally Repealed the Civil Rights Act?

The 45 million African-Americans in the United States are unequal before the law vis-a-vis European-Americans and becoming more so.

Posted on Aug 19, 2014 READ MORE



Top 10 Mistakes of Former Iraq Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki (That Ruined His Country)

Did Nouri al-Maliki’s policies help create the country’s current impasse?

Posted on Aug 18, 2014 READ MORE



Dutch Lawyer Who Saved Jewish Boy in WWII Returns Medal to Israel Over Bombing of His Family in Gaza

Henk Zanoli, a 91-year-old Dutch attorney who in 1943 saved a Jewish boy from the Nazis, has returned to Israel the “Righteous among the Nations” medal awarded him three years ago by the Yad Vashem museum.

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Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole Says ISIS Has ‘Awoken the Drone God’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar suspects the U.S. will begin bombing Iraq like northern Pakistan, police in Ferguson, Mo., provoke a federal investigation, Hillary Clinton stumbles and we remember Robin Williams.

Posted on Aug 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Appeal of Intervention: New Iraqi Premier, Libyan Parliament Ask for International Troops

According to a spokesman for his Da’wa Party (Islamic Call or Islamic Mission), Iraq’s prime minister-designate Haydar al-Abadi is preparing a platform on the basis of which he will see to form a new government; one of the planks is a joint Iraqi-international military push against the so-called Islamic State in Tikrit.

Posted on Aug 14, 2014 READ MORE



Iraq: Al-Abadi Garners Iranian, U.S., Saudi Support but Can He Unite Iraq?

Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE



The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad

The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.

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Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman Sunday night.

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

Posted on Aug 11, 2014 READ MORE



Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

The newspaper Azzaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called Islamic State in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some areas of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and Airstrikes to Protect Iraqi Kurds: 1991 Deja Vu All Over Again

During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party.

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The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?

Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE



Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage

It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

Posted on Aug 6, 2014 READ MORE



Climate Change, Dirty Natural Gas and the Gaza War

Calls by some Israeli politicians for the Palestinians to be ethnically cleansed from Gaza in part reflect frustration over the security issue many Israelis maintain the people of Gaza pose to Israel, but there are other possible motivations for this desire.

Posted on Aug 5, 2014 READ MORE



Top 5 Ways the U.S. Is Israel’s Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza

The U.S. State Department became a little testy with Israel on Sunday over the sixth school shelling by the Israeli military.

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.

Posted on Aug 4, 2014 READ MORE



Why Millennials Find Israel’s Actions Harder to Justify Than Other Generations

Recent polls show a growing divide between a younger generation that’s “over Israel” and their elders who, according to Salon writer David Palumbo-Liu, still view the recent conflict in the context of the Holocaust among other reasons. But can we wait for Generation Y to address the “tremendous humanitarian crisis” taking place in Gaza?

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?

The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.

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Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

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Israel Bombs Gaza Back to Stone Age, Razes Only Power Plant and Plunges Strip Into Darkness (Video)

Israel launched a seven-hour campaign of intensive bombing of Gaza on Tuesday, destroying its only power plant.

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Gaza: Why a ‘Cease-Fire’ Is Not Enough

When ordinary countries fight wars they have war aims. Israel has no strategic war aims in Gaza because it has no large scale, long term strategy concerning the Strip.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Is Rula Jebreal Right About U.S. Media Bias Against Palestinians?

Palestinian journalist Rula Jebreal points to the overwhelming bias in U.S. media against the Palestinians, calling NBC to account for having tried to remove an Arab-American reporter from Gaza after he reported the Israeli navy’s killing of children on the beach.

Posted on Jul 22, 2014 READ MORE



From Kerry to Selena Gomez and Rihanna, Israel’s Claims of Precision, Compassion Are Dissed

You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the U.S. campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Mosul Without Christians for First Time in 1,900 Years as Fundamentalists Threaten Minorities

For the first time in nearly 2000 years, there are virtually no Christians in the city of Mosul in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza Meets the New Politics of the Middle East: ‘Islamic State,’ Egypt, Turkey

The Israeli security establishment was almost certainly encouraged to launch its military assault on little Gaza by the current divisions over political Islam in the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE



Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political

There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE


Juan Cole: Israel and Hamas Have Committed War Crimes

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Mideast scholar breaks down the Gaza crisis as Israel sends in ground troops. Also: The fight to keep the Internet free and fair, and an inside look at the Koch brothers’ secretive dynasty.

Posted on Jul 18, 2014 READ MORE



Gaza: 4 Dead Boys on the Beach and Israel’s Precision War

NBC.com caught the Israeli shelling of children on the beach on film. Apparently some of the children had been playing soccer with the journalists before the barrages began.

Posted on Jul 17, 2014 READ MORE



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Israel, Gaza and the Fatal Spirit of Versailles

The Egyptians appear to have floated their cease-fire agreement Tuesday morning in the press, but Hamas leaders insisted any such proposal had to be communicated directly with them.

Posted on Jul 16, 2014 READ MORE



Rand Paul to Rick Perry: Why Send U.S. Troops to an Iraq That Won’t Defend Itself?

Texas Gov. Rick Perry attacked Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul as an “isolationist,” calling him “blind” to the danger of international “terrorism” and pointing especially to the rise of the so-called Islamic State in northern Iraq.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



The Map: A Palestinian Nation Thwarted and Speaking Truth to Power

This map has attracted so much ire and controversy not because it is inaccurate but because it clearly shows what has been done to the Palestinians, whom the League of Nations had recognized as not far from achieving statehood in its covenant.

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Really Disturbing News Developments From Iraq

Last Wednesday Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki angrily lashed out at the Kurds, accusing them of harboring the terrorists of the “Islamic State.”

Posted on Jul 14, 2014 READ MORE



Israel’s Groundhog Day: Reverse Snowballs and the Horror of Lawn Mowing

A horrible video is circulating on social media, of a Palestinian father in Gaza who is bringing a toy to his 4-year-old son, only to find once he enters his home that his son’s head has been crushed by Israeli shrapnel. That is the face of Israel’s current military operation against Gaza to the outside world.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



Stop Saying ‘If X Fired Rockets at U.S.’: It’s Racist, and Assumes We’re Colonial

Is anyone else disgusted by the propaganda trick of trying to get Americans to sympathize with Israel’s massive attack on the civilian habitations of Gaza by saying, “If the U.S. was subjected to rocket fire by X [usually Mexicans], what would it do?”

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



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ABC News’ Diane Sawyer Mistakes Stricken Palestinians for Israelis

In the current round of fighting between mighty Israel and the little Gaza Strip, Israeli airstrikes have killed 53 Palestinians.

Posted on Jul 10, 2014 READ MORE



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Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding

President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Gaza by the Numbers: Who the People Are, How They Got There

Population of Palestinians in Gaza: 1.7 million. Number of Palestinians in Gaza whose families were expelled as refugees from their homes in what is now southern Israel: 1.2 million.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



The 5 Most Alarming Developments in Iraq

To begin with, airstrikes killed seven and wounded 30 in Mosul on Sunday. But it isn’t clear who was flying the planes.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Bring Back Our Children: Palestine-Israel Children’s Crusade by the Numbers

The Israeli occupation of the Palestinian people and the conflict it produces has in the past week taken on a horror-film aspect, as reprisal killings against children and teens have proliferated.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Americans Need to Answer: When Will Palestinians Get Their Fourth of July?

All human beings are created equal, the founders of the United States believed. That means that Palestinians, as human beings, are also created equal.

Posted on Jul 4, 2014 READ MORE



Can Tony Blair Mess Up Egypt Even Worse?

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair has agreed to advise the government of Egyptian President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



Photo of the Day: Egyptian Youth Demanded End to Military Trials for Civilians

On the June 30 anniversary of the determined masses gathered in their millions at Tahrir Square and in city centers throughout Egypt, demanding a recall election for then Muslim Brotherhood President Mohamad Morsi, Tahrir Square in Cairo was blocked off and deserted.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



In the Deaths of 3 Israeli Teens, Likud Policies Are Also Implicated

The kidnapping and killing of three Israeli squatter youth whose parents usurped Palestinian land has produced a paroxysm of hatred and calls for reprisals in Israel.

Posted on Jul 1, 2014 READ MORE



Hyenas vs. Rhinos: Who Could the NYT Get to Write an Op-ed on Iraq? Hmm…

New York Times public editor Margaret Sullivan did a quick study and found that critics of the paper of record over its preference for Iraq War hawks as sources and commentators in the past two weeks are justified in their feeling that Iraq War critics have been slighted.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE


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