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War With Iran, by the Numbers

Iran is 2.5 times more populous than Iraq and much bigger geographically. It is likely that Iran war numbers would be three times those of Iraq, at least.

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Don’t Make a Bad Situation in the Middle East Worse

As gung-ho “experts” press President Obama to do this, that or the other in the Middle East, keep a simple rule in mind: Whatever the avid interventionists suggest probably won’t work—and surely will have unintended consequences.

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A Game-Changer in Syrian War? (Video)

The provincial capital Idlib appears to have fallen completely to a Muslim fundamentalist coalition spearheaded by Ahrar al-Sham and the al-Qaida affiliate, the Support Front.

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Boots on the Ground

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How GOP Threats Against Iran Have Guaranteed the End of European Sanctions

The U.S. sanction regime on Iran has a unilateral dimension. Then there is a European dimension, which involves using the clout of the Department of Treasury as well as the persuasiveness of the Department of State’s diplomats to get European Union buy-in regarding their own sanctions.

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Netanyahu Jumps the Shark With His ‘Iran-Lausanne-Yemen’ Axis Barb

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, no longer allowed to sit at the adult table because of his past food fights, has been reduced, as Haaretz observed, to whining from the sidelines.

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‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a new proxy war in the Middle East as the U.S. supports Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Also, Ted Cruz announces his run for president and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election.

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U.N. Report: Palestinian Death Toll in 2014 Highest Since 1967

An annual U.N. report states that last year, more than 2,300 Palestinians were killed and more than 17,000 injured at the hands of Israel.

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America’s Air Wars Are Being Fought Alongside Iran and Saudi Arabia

The United States is now involved in two air wars in the Middle East, not to mention more widespread drone actions.

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The Myth-Addicted Republican Party Is as Ignorant as Can Be When It Comes to Foreign Policy

The first foreign policy speech given by a major Republican presidential prospect, Jeb Bush, in mid-February, was notable for its display of ignorance about the world and its menaces. Unfortunately, such ignorance is common among Republicans.

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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).

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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.

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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.

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Can You Say ‘Blowback’ in Spanish?

The U.S. wars in the Middle East and the so-called war on drugs in North America have resulted in violent consequences felt in our own cities, whether at the finish line of the Boston Marathon or in communities of color across the country.

Posted on Mar 23, 2015 READ MORE


State of the Middle East

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Will an Emboldened Netanyahu Lead Israel to National Suicide?

By making Benjamin Netanyahu the longest-serving prime minister in Israel’s history, Jewish Israeli voters have chosen occupation, apartheid and periodic bouts of warfare.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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GOP and Foreign Policy

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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.

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Apartheid Forever: Israel’s Netanyahu Rules Out Palestinian Statehood (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, under extreme pressure over the real possibility that he will lose the March 17 elections, made a powerful appeal to his far right-wing constituency by vowing that he would keep millions of Palestinians stateless.

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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.

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Could a Netanyahu Loss in Israeli Elections Change Everything? (Video)

Israeli polling suggests that Benjamin Netanyahu’s party might get only 21 seats or fewer in the 120-seat Israeli Parliament, with his rivals, the Zionist Union, getting 24 or 25.

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GOP Letter

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Obama’s Back

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Dear Sweden: Your Dispute With Saudi Arabia Makes This a Good Time to Adopt Electric Cars (Video)

You wonder if part of the friction between Sweden’s new left-wing government and Saudi Arabia is between a strong female leader like Swedish Foreign Minister Margot Wallström and the geriatric male chauvinist leadership of Saudi Arabia, who won’t even let women drive.

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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.

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As Israel’s Economic Onslaught Against Gaza Continues, War May Be Inevitable

The conditions in Gaza this winter, as described by the United Nations and The New York Times’ Nicholas Kristof, are not only heartbreaking but inhumane. It’s no wonder many Palestinians are predicting another war with Israel.

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Jon Stewart: ‘Republicans Aren’t Warning Iran About Obama, They’re Warning Iran About Themselves’

Recently, 47 senators signed a letter warning Iranian leaders that any deal they struck with President Obama would last only as long as Congress allowed. But while it’d be nice to call such childish behavior by America’s leaders unprecedented, boy, does it have a precedent.

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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



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



The Bibi-Boehner Coalition

It was disconcerting to watch Congress cheer wildly as a foreign leader, the prime minister of one of America’s closest allies, trashed an American president’s foreign policy.

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Jon Stewart on ‘Bibi’s Big Adventures’ in America

“It was a festival of slights,” remarked the “Daily Show” host about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s speech before Congress on Tuesday.

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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.

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

Most Iranians had difficulty taking the Israeli prime minister seriously.

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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.

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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



The Great Game in the Holy Land

Almost all the current wars, uprisings and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by an increasingly frenzied competition to find, extract and market fossil fuels whose future consumption is guaranteed to lead to a set of cataclysmic environmental crises.

Posted on Feb 27, 2015 READ MORE


Houses of Worship

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Syria: Islamic State Takes 150 Christians Captive as 3,000 Flee to Hasakah (Video)

Al-Nahar reported that dozens of Assyrian Christians have been abducted by the Islamic State group (also known as Daesh) in Hasakah Province, northeast Syria.

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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.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Amal Clooney

Amal Clooney will represent 14 Irish prisoners who endured Britain’s version of Guantanamo in a case that, according to researcher Lauretta Farrell, has become “the benchmark by which other countries measure their ‘enhanced interrogation programs.’ ”

Posted on Feb 22, 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


The Long War of Foreverness

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Enemies

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Netanyahu Spent $24,000 in Israeli Taxpayer Funds on Takeout Food in 2011, Report Says

Seems like war’s not the only thing Bibi likes to spend inordinate amounts of his citizens’ cash on.

Posted on Feb 18, 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


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