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Iranian Courts

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

Will the U.S. Arming of Kurdish-Led Northeast Rebels in Syria Provoke Turkey? (Video)

Not only is the U.S. supply of weapons to rebels in the Northwest in danger of fueling a proxy war with the Russian Federation, but Washington’s supply of weaponry to the Democratic Forces of Syria sets up a proxy struggle with its own NATO ally, Turkey.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Does Obama Have a Syria Strategy? Putin Does. (Video)

In his “60 Minutes” interview Sunday, President Obama made some remarks on Syria. But do they add up to a policy?

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Air Traffic Control

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

Bush and Cheney’s Final Failure: Many in Iraq Seek an Alliance With Russia (Video)

The Iraqi government in Baghdad, threatened by Islamic State and frustrated by the Obama administration’s foot-dragging in taking it on, seems increasingly tempted by a Russian alliance.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE

What Is Russia’s Strategy in Syria and Why Does Egypt Approve?

Over the past week and a half, its strategy is becoming more apparent.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: No, Donald Trump, the Middle East Wouldn’t Be More Stable Under Saddam and Other Dictators

Donald Trump alleged this weekend that “of course” the Middle East would be more stable if dictators like Saddam Hussein and Moammar Gadhafi were still around or Bashar al-Assad could be restored in Syria.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Facing Islamic State Propaganda, Russia Denies Its Campaign in Syria Is a ‘Holy War’ (Video)

Remember when George W. Bush lapsed and called his Iraq War a “crusade”? He had to back off that religious rhetoric really quickly because he needed Muslim allies.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Flush With Cash, Right-Wing Extremists Train the Future Zealots of Pro-Israel Campus Activism

For right-wing extremists, McCarthyist tactics meet Internet technology on our nation’s college campuses.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE

What the Classroom Didn’t Teach Me About the American Empire

The idea that the United States was an empire did not occur to me until after I finished my work as a bombardier with the Eighth Air Force in the Second World War and came home.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

Why Does the U.S. Care If Russia Bombs al-Qaida and Its Allies in Syria? (Video)

President Obama on Friday pledged not to turn Syria into an arena for a proxy war between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But he went on to criticize President Vladimir Putin for attempting to prop up Syrian ruler Bashar Assad.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

It Is Israel That Abrogated Oslo Peace Accords, as Netanyahu Boasted (Video)

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas renounced the Oslo Peace accords last week on the grounds that Israel itself has long since reneged on every key provision in the agreement.

Posted on Oct 4, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Palestine the Exception to Free Speech Rights in the U.S.?

University campuses are the front line of Palestinian human rights advocacy in the United States, but a new study documents hundreds of cases in which students and scholars have been punished for expressing themselves. Watch the testimony of some of those who have dared to speak out, as they describe the backlash they’ve faced.

Posted on Oct 3, 2015 READ MORE

The Skies of the Mideast

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Is Russia Trying to Defeat Islamic State—or Save Bashar Assad?

Russia on Wednesday morning carried out airstrikes against Islamic State in Syria for the first time, and footage of Russian planes flying over anti-Assad rebels has emerged.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Palestinian Flag Is Raised at United Nations Headquarters

The Palestinian flag was raised at the United Nations headquarters in New York on Wednesday for the first time. U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said the move signals to the international community that “Palestinian statehood is achievable.”

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

The Final Collapse of Bush’s Nation-Building: Kunduz Falls to Taliban

On Monday, the Taliban swept into the provincial capital of Kunduz, taking it in half a day from a large and well-equipped Afghan National Army force.

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

Why Obama and Putin Are Both Wrong on Syria

President Obama seemed awfully defensive in his speech at the United Nations on Monday. It’s because while his own plans to defeat Islamic State have failed, Russia’s Vladimir Putin has gotten militarily involved in the fight against the group—with the help of Syria’s Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

Syria Is Now Flying Russia-Supplied Drones and Fighter Jets Against Islamic State (Video)

There are signs that Russian arms supplies to the Bashar al-Assad regime are beginning to make an impact in the fighting.

Posted on Sep 29, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: A Simple Animation Perfectly Explains Syria and the Refugee Crisis

This animation illustrates the complex dynamics of Syria’s civil war and the resulting refugee crisis. Looking at the different roles and responses within the international community, the video shows how we must address the crisis with humanity and reason.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our ‘Proliferated’ World

Kissinger’s policies toward Iran and Saudi Arabia accelerated radicalization in the region, laying the groundwork, step by catastrophic step, for the region’s spiraling crises of the present moment.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Is Bashar Assad Winning the Diplomatic War? Syrian Rebels Fret (Video)

Syrian President Bashar Assad, widely regarded as a war criminal with tens of thousands of deaths on his hands, is nevertheless on a roll.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Things Like Ted Cruz’s Threat to Kill Iran’s Ayatollah Are Why Iranians Don’t Trust the U.S.

Ted Cruz said Friday at the Value Voters Summit conference in Washington, D.C., “If you vote for me, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Saudi Arabia has been accused of human rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why has it been appointed to head a U.N. human rights panel?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Military Turned Blind Eye Toward Wealthy Afghans’ Child Rape Practices

Outrage has ensued over revelations that U.S. military personnel ignored the rape of boys occurring among Afghanistan’s elite while American troops were stationed there.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

As Russia Supports Iran in Syria, Netanyahu Loses Yet Again (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle appear to have three major concerns about Russia’s military build-up in Syria.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

Benjamin Netanyahu Wants Israeli Forces to Use Live Fire Against Rock-Throwing Demonstrators (Video)

Thousands of demonstrators came out in Jordan on Friday to protest what appears to be a new Israeli assertion of authority over Muslim sacred space in Jerusalem, which includes the third-holiest place in the world for Muslims, the Al-Aqsa mosque complex.

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

It’s a Clock

Posted on Sep 20, 2015 READ MORE

Nuclear Deal

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Pope Francis Endorses the Iran Deal: Another Dilemma for GOP Catholic Candidates

Pope Francis is becoming an increasing problem for Republican Catholic presidential contenders because he keeps intervening directly and unambiguously on certain policy issues.

Posted on Sep 16, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Mexican Tour Organizers and Buddhist Healers Baffled by Egyptian Army Attack (Video)

According to reports, the Egyptian military mistook a tourist convoy in the western desert near Siwa Oasis for terrorists and attacked them, killing 12 (including eight Mexicans) and wounding 10 others.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Germany Seeks Talks With Russia Over Syria as Putin Conducts Naval Maneuvers Off Tartous (Video)

Cypriot officials are reporting that Russia has asked them to alter airline routes this week because it is planning naval military maneuvers off the Syrian coast near its leased naval base, Tartous.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Intel Chief Admits Iraq and Syria May Not Survive as States (Video)

Public remarks by the head of the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency and by CIA Director John Brennan suggest that Washington may be starting to accept the possibility of a breakup of both Syria and Iraq. But that’s not necessarily how things will turn out.

Posted on Sep 14, 2015 READ MORE

14 Years After 9/11, the U.S. and Israel Are Tempted to Ally With al-Qaida in Syria (Video)

Maybe I’m just funny that way, but I object to allying with allies of al-Qaida—the group responsible for killing nearly 3,000 Americans in a single day.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Is Russia Ramping Up Its Military Involvement in Syria?

Reuters reports, based on sources in Beirut, that Russia is increasing its involvement in Syria, backing the military of beleaguered dictator Bashar al-Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE

Taxpayers Fund Yet Another Unneeded Building in Afghanistan

The U.S. military shelled out millions before deciding the project was unnecessary, bringing the total for unused buildings spotted by the inspector general for Afghanistan to nearly $42 million.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

The Blue Wall of Refugees in Europe

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

What About the 11 Million Empty Homes Littered Across Europe?

Some Europeans are protesting that they have no room for refugees in their countries. However, just over a year ago, The Guardian exposed a shocking truth about the continent that pokes a gaping hole in these kind of declarations.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Colin Powell Vs. Dick Cheney

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

Midcentury U.S. Germ Warfare ‘Cover-Up’ Underscores Official Duplicitousness

In the face of ongoing public ignorance of research that appears to show that the U.S. military dropped fleas with bubonic plague on North Korea and China six decades ago, author and journalist David Swanson sees an urgent need to oppose U.S. militarism.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Pope Francis’ Call to Host Refugees Contrasts With America’s Anti-Immigrant ‘Religious Right’

Not all American Christian leaders have covered themselves in glory when it comes to the issue of Syrian refugees being accepted by the U.S.

Posted on Sep 7, 2015 READ MORE

Will This Photo of a Drowned Syrian Child Change the World’s Approach to the Refugee Crisis?

A heartbreaking photograph has gone viral and provoked a much-needed discussion on the moral obligation of wealthy countries to help those in need.

Posted on Sep 3, 2015 READ MORE

U.N. Declares Gaza Will Soon Be ‘Uninhabitable’ If Israeli Blockade and Wars Continue

Here’s why, according to a report released Tuesday by the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development, it’s entirely Israel’s fault that the Palestinian territory may become totally unlivable five years from now.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Democrats and Public Rally on Iran Deal

The Israel lobbies don’t win every fight on Capitol Hill, but they have tended to win the big ones in recent decades. This time, they are going down.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

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