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Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE


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Is Russia Deepening Cooperation With U.S. in Syria, or Is It Hitting Bases Used by U.S.? (Video)

Russian warplanes recently bombed a Syrian base used by the U.S. and the U.K. At the same time, the Arabic press commented on a Washington Post report that the U.S. and Russia are jointly striking al-Qaida in Syria.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Rep. Steve King, White People and ‘Civilization’

During a recent MSNBC news discussion, the Iowa congressman objected to a comment that this will be the last election dominated by old, white people.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE



Room for Comparison Between Sharia and Mike Pence’s Evangelical Beliefs

Donald Trump’s running mate supports faith-based restrictions that pose a danger to secular and liberal traditions in the United States.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



Long Knives in Ankara: Victorious Erdogan Begins Purge of Judiciary and Army (Video)

Turkey’s president is taking advantage of the failed coup against him to oust those who are critical of him.

Posted on Jul 18, 2016 READ MORE



A Gandhian Response to Attacks on the West

The standard reaction to Friday’s tragedy in Nice, France, will just make things worse.

Posted on Jul 17, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish People-Power Foils Attempted Coup

Among the reasons for the failure of the overthrow attempt by Turkey’s military was the determined stance of the people, who stood up for their democracy even though about half of them deeply dislike President Erdogan.

Posted on Jul 16, 2016 READ MORE



Is John Kerry Right? Are the Freemen of Syria and Army of Islam Radical Terrorists?

Josh Rogin of The Washington Post has caused a stir by noticing something that Secretary of State John Kerry said at Aspen last month.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Troops Foil al-Qaida Riposte in Aleppo as France Warns al-Qaida Could Replace Islamic State

Even as the Syrian army defeated a counteroffensive by al-Qaida in Syria and its battlefield allies in Aleppo, French President Francois Hollande warned that al-Qaida should not be allowed to replace the declining Islamic State in Syria.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Downright Weird When It Comes to Firearms

The United States continues to be peculiar in handing out powerful, magazine-fed firearms to almost anyone who wants one and not requiring background checks on private purchases, even those made at gun shows.

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



Is Religion Really Driving Middle East Violence?

Pew Research has released a report saying, “As a whole, the region continued to have the highest levels of religious hostilities in the world. In 2014, the median level of religious hostilities in the Middle East and North Africa reached a level four times that of the global median.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2016 READ MORE



If East Aleppo Falls to Regime, Is the Syrian War Over?

It seems to me that if the Syrian regime can retake and keep East Aleppo, the war will have been decided in its favor.

Posted on Jul 11, 2016 READ MORE



Clintonites in Democratic Party Support Settler Colonialism (Not a 1905 Headline)

The Clinton loyalists debating the Democratic Party platform have defeated an amendment that would have called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Palestine and condemned Israeli squatter settlements as illegal.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE



The Real Problem With the Iraq War: It Was Illegal

I won’t disguise my impatience with the release of the Chilcot Report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003-2016 Iraq War.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton and Edward Snowden: Some Animals Are More Equal Than Others

Clinton has repeatedly attacked Snowden for being careless with government information. So it is ironic that she has been found guilty of being careless with government information.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Attacks on Saudi Arabia Are Aimed at Undermining the Monarchy’s Legitimacy

Saudi Arabia was rocked Monday by three terrorist attacks, presumably the work of Islamic State, that were symbolically orchestrated to cause maximum tension in the kingdom.

Posted on Jul 5, 2016 READ MORE



On the Fourth of July, None of Us Has Inalienable Rights if American Muslims Don’t

On the day when the United States was first conceived in rebellion against deprivation of God-given rights to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, it is worth remarking on our political season.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Green Energy Good News Stories Today

Solar power is poised to grow sixfold by 2030 and could constitute between 9 percent and 13 percent of world electricity production by then.

Posted on Jul 4, 2016 READ MORE



Top Five Things That Make Bangladesh a Natural Target for Extremists (Video)

Bangladesh has been plagued by extremist violence for years, but the violence and hostage-taking in Dhaka on Friday and on Saturday morning was a whole new level of disruption.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Putin Has the Winning Hand in Syria, as Turkey Apologizes and Obama Deals (Video)

The Russian intervention in Syria substantially changed the conversation surrounding Vladimir Putin in the aftermath of the Crimea annexation.

Posted on Jul 3, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Terrorism Strikes at Turkish Economy—Someone Tell Trump the Victims Are Muslim

The terrorist attack on Ataturk Airport in Istanbul Tuesday immediately drew a crass barb from Donald Trump implying that it supported his notion of banning Muslims from the U.S.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian War Spills Over: Radical Salafis Attack Christian Village in Lebanon

A wave of suicide bombings launched by four radical attackers struck al-Qaa, a largely Christian Lebanese village on the border with Syria on Monday, killing five locals and wounding 15.

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Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of Islamic State and the Future of Iraq

As Shakir Jawdat, Chief of the Iraqi Federal Police, announced the complete liberation of the last, northern neighborhoods of Fallujah from Islamic State, Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi came to the city on Sunday to plant the Iraqi flag right downtown.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE



The Greater Middle East Reacts to Britain’s Exit From the EU (Video)

The oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council may see additional buying opportunities in the British market in the wake of Brexit.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



Did Trump-Style Islamophobia Break Up the European Union? (Video)

It seems undeniable that an irrational fear of Muslim immigrants played at least some part in the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the European Union.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



Despite Terrorism Fears, 59 Percent of Americans Welcome Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (Videos)

Despite the raft of Republican mayors who have pledged to keep Syrian refugees out of their states (that isn’t actually a thing) and the sewage that has spilled from the mouth of Donald Trump, a majority of Americans supports helping Syrian and Iraqi immigrants and letting them into the U.S.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Hate Groups That Promote Anti-Muslim Sentiment Have Received $208 Million in the Past Eight Years

The UC Berkeley Center for Race and Gender and the Council on American Islamic Relations have jointly produced a new study on hatred of Muslims in the United States.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Bashes Brown Immigrants, Yet It’s a British White Guy Who Tries to Kill Him

Trump’s blatantly racist attacks have always carried the implication that something is wrong with those brown-skinned people and they should be stopped from immigrating. Yet in an ironic twist, the first known assassination plot against him came from a white Briton.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



The End of the Beginning: The Fall of Islamic State in Fallujah

Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi announced on Friday that Iraqi troops had captured the governmental complex in the center of Fallujah.

Posted on Jun 21, 2016 READ MORE



British Trumpism? The Slaying of MP Jo Cox by an Anti-Immigrant ‘Britain First’ White Man

The assassination of Jo Cox, a progressive Labour Party member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament, should make all of us wary of ultranationalism and where it can take our countries.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



Obama: Hating Muslims Makes You an Ally of Islamic State and Is Un-American (Video)

President Obama is clearly concerned about the direction of the country and the mainstreaming of anti-Muslim hate speech, especially in the context of impossible-to-prevent lone-wolf attacks like that in Orlando, Fla.

Posted on Jun 15, 2016 READ MORE



Is Tel Aviv Mayor Right That Israel Is Unique in Occupation and Denying Civil Rights?

Ron Huldai, mayor of Tel Aviv, reacted with enormous sadness to last week’s terrorist attack on the Sarona Market area of his city, committed by a teenager from the occupied Palestinian West Bank, killing four. But he then went on to put the attack in context.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Top Seven Ways to Tell If Someone Is Lying About Being a ‘Salafi Jihadi’ (Video)

Regulars at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando, Fla., are saying that Omar Mateen, the gunman in the early Sunday-morning massacre there, was himself a regular. So there’s just one thing about his claim to be acting on behalf of Islamic State: Puritanical Muslim fundamentalists of the Islamic State sort don’t frequent gay bars.

Posted on Jun 14, 2016 READ MORE



Omar Mateen and Right-Wing Homophobia: Was Florida Massacre a Hate Crime or Domestic Terrorism?

U.S. law enforcement is at least initially categorizing the horrific Orlando shootings as “domestic terrorism,” but it probably wasn’t terrorism in any useful sense of the word.

Posted on Jun 13, 2016 READ MORE



Americans’ First Communal Muslim Funeral: Muhammad Ali (Video)

The funeral of Muhammad Ali, attended by a throng of 20,000, was the first national funeral for an American hero that was also a Muslim ceremony, or janazah.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Army on Collision Course With Kurds in Race to Raqqa (Video)

With Islamic State ‘capital’ as the prize, Russian-backed Syrian forces have vowed to put down the U.S.-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units).

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Rips The Associated Press for Prematurely Announcing Hillary Clinton’s Victory

“This is the perfect symbolic ending to the Democratic Party primary,” wrote the Intercept journalist on Tuesday. “The nomination is consecrated by a media organization, on a day when nobody voted, based on secret discussions with anonymous establishment insiders and donors whose identities the media organization— incredibly— conceals.”

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



Welcome to the Party, America! Here Are 11 Muslim Women Who Have Already Been National Leaders

Hillary Clinton gave a victory speech Tuesday night positioning her achievement as the logical outcome of the first women’s rights meeting at Seneca Falls, N.Y., in 1848. But the U.S. is late to the party.

Posted on Jun 8, 2016 READ MORE



White French National Not Investigated for Terrorism Even When He Vows Attacks (Video)

Gregoire Moutaux, 25, was arrested last month by Ukraine with a large cache of deadly weapons. But here’s the kicker.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Government Troops Enter Islamic State-Held Raqqa Province, Racing Against U.S. Allies

Syrian troops, aided by a Homs-based pro-government militia, the ‘Falcons of the Desert,’ and with Russian air support, entered Raqqa province from Hama for the first time in two years on Saturday.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Israel-First McCarthyism: Andrew Cuomo’s Vow to Spy On and Punish BDS Activists (Video)

After New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo issued an executive order directing the state to monitor activists in the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement (BDS) against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza, critics called the order McCarthyism.

Posted on Jun 6, 2016 READ MORE



Fears of Civilian Casualties Slow Baghdad’s Advance on Fallujah (Video)

Estimates of the number of noncombatants trapped in the Iraqi city by Islamic State range from 20,000 to 50,000, and Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi fears they could get caught in the crossfire.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



Sufi Boxer Muhammad Ali’s Last Fight Was Against Extremism and Politicians’ Islamophobia

Muhammad Ali, far from being pugilistic with the pugnacious Donald Trump, gently called on all U.S. politicians to distinguish between a fringe of misguided extremists and the actual teachings of Islam, which Ali saw as uniting humankind in love.

Posted on Jun 5, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Kurdish Force Moves on Islamic State at Manbij, and Turkey Goes Ballistic (Video)

Less than two weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces announced their campaign against al-Raqqa, the capital of the phony caliphate of Islamic State, the SDF instead has veered off to the west in a bid to capture Manbij.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



Dear Mr. Holder: Here’s Why Edward Snowden Can’t Get a Fair Trial in Your National Security State

The former U.S. attorney general’s sudden appreciation of Snowden is hypocritical.

Posted on May 31, 2016 READ MORE



On Memorial Day, U.S. Troops Are at War With Islamic State Near Mosul

On Memorial Day, it is well to remember that U.S. troops are still at war.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE



Modern Mongols: Sunni Arabs Outraged at Iran Role in Iraqi Government Fallujah Campaign

Fallujah fell to Islamic State in January of 2014, and I think it is fair to say that there is much more angst in the Sunni Arab world about its liberation at the hands of Iran-backed Shiites than there has been about Islamic State’s brutal occupation of the city.

Posted on May 30, 2016 READ MORE



Obama in Hiroshima, Memorial Day and the Iran Deal (Video)

Historians will see Obama’s Iran nuclear deal as one of the greatest achievements of his presidency, and perhaps as a turning point in anti-proliferation through diplomacy.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Special Ops on Front Line With Syrian Kurds in Offensive Against Islamic State

Agence France Presse got the scoop last week, reporting that special operations troops were embedded with Kurdish People’s Protection Units and wearing their insignia, participating in combat against the I.S. stronghold in northern Syria.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Backed Kurds Begin Campaign Against Islamic State in Northern Syria (Video)

The left-leaning Beirut daily al-Safir newspaper discusses the beginning of a new campaign by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in the northern half of al-Raqqa Province.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE


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