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Obama-Netanyahu Tiff Worsens: U.S. Won’t Rule Out Using U.N. to Create Palestine

President Obama dropped some further hints on Tuesday about how he might proceed on Israeli-Palestinian relations in his final two years.

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Yemen Bombing: It’s Not the Islamic State Group, and It’s Not a Sunni-Shiite Conflict

The massive twin bombings at mosques in the capital that shook Yemen on Friday, killing over 100 and wounding many more, were immediately claimed by Daesh (the Islamic State group).

Posted on Mar 25, 2015 READ MORE



Mideast Apocalypse 2030: Why Obama Wants the Palestine Issue Solved. Now.

It began in Hebron, which Palestinians call “al-Khalil,” the city of Abraham. Here’s a recap of the recent clash between Israeli forces and Palestinian youth.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



A Vulcan-to-English Translation of Obama’s Remarks About Israel’s Netanyahu

Now that Leonard Nimoy is most unfortunately no longer with us, Barack Obama is the primary exemplar in American popular culture of the maddeningly calm, excruciatingly logical way of speaking that will forever be associated with the Vulcans and Mr. Spock.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



All the Wars and Coups of President Ted Cruz

Texas Senator Ted Cruz, one of three Cuban-Americans in the Senate, is throwing his hat into the ring for the 2016 presidential race Monday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE



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The Israel/Iran Issue Sends a Liberal Zionist off the Deep End

Being a liberal Zionist was always a tough thing to pull off, but it is becoming just impossible. And the effort seems to have driven New York Times columnist Thomas L. Friedman bonkers.

Posted on Mar 21, 2015 READ MORE



Mideast Reacts With Horror at Netanyahu’s Re-Election: ‘Israel Has Elected Extremism and Racism’

Observers in the Arab press who contemplated the victory of far right Likud leader Benjamin Netanyahu in the Israeli elections express emotions from “concern and anxiety” to out-and-out horror at the potentially destructive impact it will have on the region.

Posted on Mar 19, 2015 READ MORE



The Palestinian-Israelis’ Selma Moment? (Video)

Ayman Odah, leader of the Joint Arab List, the party representing Palestinian-Israelis and elements of the Israeli left, responded late Tuesday to the news that Israelis of Palestinian descent came out in droves to vote.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



Could the Sunni-Shiite Rift Make Tikrit a Pyrrhic Victory?

The foremost Sunni Muslim seat of learning, al-Azhar University in Cairo, has stirred controversy by issuing a considered legal opinion condemning the Shiite militias or “Popular Mobilization Forces” that are now fighting alongside the Iraq army to take Tikrit back from the Islamic State group.

Posted on Mar 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Top 5 Ways Netanyahu Has Sabotaged U.S. and Israeli Interests

Whether Benjamin Netanyahu gets another term as prime minister of Israel or not, he will be remembered for the damage he has done to the interests of the United States as well as those of his own country.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Says GOP’s Letter Is ‘Disgusting’ and Shows U.S. System’s Decline (Video)

Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei spoke Thursday about the letter that 47 Republican senators sent to him warning that any nuclear deal he made with President Obama would have no staying power.

Posted on Mar 17, 2015 READ MORE



Ghosts of Saddam, Saladin & Khomeini: the Historical Meaning Behind the Tikrit Campaign

The Iraqi forces that are surrounding Tikrit 80 miles north of Baghdad are not just Iraqi forces.

Posted on Mar 12, 2015 READ MORE



Why You Should Dump Your Oil, Coal and Gas Stocks If You Ever Want to Retire

What is the total value of big energy corporations’ oil, gas and coal fields—which give them their stock prices and are counted as assets for borrowing purposes? Those hydrocarbon resources are actually worth zero.

Posted on Mar 11, 2015 READ MORE



The GOP’s Letter to Iran: Top 5 Similarities Between Republicans and Iran’s Hard-Liners

On Monday, 47 Republican senators sent a letter to Iran warning that country that any agreement only approved by President Obama—and not by Congress—might not last longer than his last day in office.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



African-Americans Still Struggle for Full Citizenship Rights, Voting Rights (Video)

Over 50 years after the Selma march to Montgomery, African-Americans still face substantial impediments to their full citizenship in the United States.

Posted on Mar 10, 2015 READ MORE



As al-Qaida Defeats ‘Moderate’ U.S. Allies in Syria, Will the U.S. Ally With al-Qaida?

President Obama’s impossibly complicated plan for dealing with the Islamic State group involves a de facto alliance with Iran in Iraq and training up a “third force,” essentially creating a new, “moderate” Free Syrian Army to attack al-Qaida and ISIL.

Posted on Mar 5, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu, ‘Censored Voices’ and the False Narrative of Self-Defense

During Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s impassioned plea to Congress to protect Israel by opposing diplomacy with Iran, he failed to mention that Israel has an arsenal of 100 or 200 nuclear weapons.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



How Iranian Politicians Reacted to Netanyahu’s Anti-Iran Speech to Congress (Video)

Most Iranians had difficulty taking the Israeli prime minister seriously.

Posted on Mar 4, 2015 READ MORE



What Does Iran Think of Netanyahu’s Interference in Talks?

As Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu makes a bid to thwart President Barack Obama’s foreign policy toward Iran, the Iranian press is reacting to the wrench Netanyahu is trying to throw into negotiations over Iran’s civilian nuclear enrichment program. But for some odd reason, American mass media are almost never interested in what critics of the United States are saying.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Clash With Obama ‘Intolerable,’ Risks End of U.S.’ U.N. Veto, Says Former Mossad Head

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu clearly believes he can openly side with the Republican Congress against President Barack Obama without facing any consequences. However, Meir Dagan, the former head of Israeli intelligence, sees danger.

Posted on Mar 2, 2015 READ MORE



Leonard Nimoy’s Last Wishes for Israel and Palestine (Video)

Leonard Nimoy, who played Mr. Spock on Star Trek, spoke out as a Jewish American in favor of a two-state solution and a divided Jerusalem.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



Here Are Five Surprising Ways Iran Is Better Than Israel (Video)

I think I’m one of the few Americans who has been to both Iran and Israel. I like both countries and have a lot in common with thinkers in both.

Posted on Feb 28, 2015 READ MORE



Why Netanyahu’s Congress Speech Will Fail (Video)

The conspiracy hatched by Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to undermine President Obama’s negotiations with Iran over its civilian nuclear weapons program has a false premise that dooms it.

Posted on Feb 26, 2015 READ MORE



Renewable Energy Is Skyrocketing, From Solar Mosques to Wave-Powered Naval Bases (Video)

Here are some of the green energy good news stories of the past few weeks.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



In Yemen, Saudi Arabia Is Backing a Sunni Revolution Against Shiite Houthi Rebels Linked to Iran

Wahhabi Saudi Arabia has launched an all out political offensive against the Shiite Houthi rebels who have taken over the north of the country.

Posted on Feb 24, 2015 READ MORE



Top 5 Reasons Palestinian-Israelis Could Shape the Israeli Election (Video)

Israel, despite the attempts of current Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to cast it as a monochrome “Jewish state,” has a divided and complicated population.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Giuliani & Obama: Immigrant Families and Really Loving America

Rudy Giuliani maintains that Barack Obama doesn’t love the United States of America because of the way he was brought up.

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE


Why Are Intelligence Agencies So Unintelligent?

Robert Scheer, Leslie Cockburn and Juan Cole discuss how intelligence agencies have failed when it comes to the Middle East, terrorism and other areas.

Posted on Feb 20, 2015 READ MORE



Jeb Bush Is Peddling Old Iraq Myths Again (Video)

Jeb Bush gave a maiden foreign policy speech in Chicago on Wednesday in which he confused Iran with Iraq and alleged with science fictional inaccuracy that Daesh (Islamic State) has 200,000 men under arms.

Posted on Feb 19, 2015 READ MORE



In Iraq, Kurds Repel Islamic State With Help of Shiite Militiamen They Distrust

Islamic State (aka Daesh) fighters unsuccessfully moved Monday on Kirkuk and Erbil, two cities patrolled by Iraq’s Kurdish paramilitary, the Peshmerga.

Posted on Feb 18, 2015 READ MORE



Today’s Top 7 Myths About Islamic State

The self-styled “Islamic State” Group (ISIS or ISIL), the Arabic acronym for which is Daesh, is increasingly haunting the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts.

Posted on Feb 17, 2015 READ MORE



Avenging Its Christians, Egypt Bombs Libya in First Formal Campaign Since 1991

The murder by Islamic State (Daesh) thugs in Sirte, Libya, of 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians this weekend has provoked the first formal Egyptian military incursion into another state’s territory since the 1991 Gulf War.

Posted on Feb 16, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Advances to Within 9 Miles of U.S. Troops at al-Ain Base in Iraq

Islamic State (also known as Daesh) has captured the al-Anbar city of al-Baghdadi in western al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Feb 14, 2015 READ MORE



Did a Self-Radicalized Lone Wolf White Terrorist Kill 3 Young Muslim Students in Chapel Hill?

It is a kind of a stupid question, but its stupidity is just more apparent when asked of someone with an English last name.

Posted on Feb 12, 2015 READ MORE



An Isolated Russia Seeks Friends in Egypt, Offers to Build Nuclear Plant

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation paid a state visit to Cairo on Tuesday, consulting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a range of economic and foreign policy issues.

Posted on Feb 11, 2015 READ MORE



Iran’s Khamenei Throws Support to a Practical Nuclear Deal With West

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, gave a speech on Sunday in which he said he supports an agreement with the West on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that is practical and can be achieved, but added, “I will not accept a bad deal.”

Posted on Feb 10, 2015 READ MORE



Amal Clooney Seeks Talks With Egypt’s Sisi on Client Jailed for Committing Journalism

Human rights attorney Amal Clooney wrote to Egyptian President al-Sisi on Saturday, requesting a meeting with him regarding the fate of her client, Mohamed Fahmy, former bureau chief of Al-Jazeera English in Egypt.

Posted on Feb 9, 2015 READ MORE



Why Obama Is Right to Avoid a Double Standard on Modern Christian Atrocities (Video)

President Obama, speaking on Thursday at the National Prayer Breakfast, condemned religious extremism in the Muslim world. He then added, “lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that…slavery and Jim Crow all too often was justified in the name of Christ.”

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Are Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Tactics More Awful Because of One Victim?

The Islamic State (Daesh) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way?

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Williams Incident: Reagan and Bush Lied About Military Records but Got a Pass

NBC nightly news anchor Brian Williams is under fire for repeatedly having told an embellished story of being in a Chinook helicopter that took RPG and small arms fire at the beginning of the Iraq War and was forced down.

Posted on Feb 7, 2015 READ MORE



Angry Jordanian Crowds Rally Over Islamic State Murder of Pilot, but Some Blame the United States

While the masses in Jordan were protesting Islamic State’s cruelty to a fellow Jordanian on Tuesday, some of them also chanted against the coalition that is bombing eastern Syria and against the Jordanian regime for joining in on the bombing.

Posted on Feb 4, 2015 READ MORE



Republican Scott Walker Pitches a Possible Syria War to Make Us Like Him

Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, says he might favor sending U.S. ground troops to mount a conventional war against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria or at least wouldn’t rule it out.

Posted on Feb 3, 2015 READ MORE



Journalist May Have Been Freed by the Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom Is Still Hostage

Peter Greste, an Australian journalist working for Aljazeera English, has been released from an Egyptian prison after a 400-day ordeal in which he was jailed merely for reporting the news.

Posted on Feb 2, 2015 READ MORE



These Are the Real Reasons Romney Ought to Have Withdrawn

Likely the reasons Mitt Romney decided not to run for a third time are financial – the big money just wouldn’t make another bet on a serial loser.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



Why the Israeli-Hezbollah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn Into a War

Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hezbollah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side.

Posted on Jan 31, 2015 READ MORE



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New Saudi King to Obama: Lower-Price Oil Policy Won’t Change

That Saudi Arabia is treated with kid gloves only has one explanation: It pumps over 10 percent of the petroleum produced daily in the world.

Posted on Jan 28, 2015 READ MORE



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


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