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The Resilience of Colonial Borders in Syria

Whenever a country falls into civil war, there are always observers who suggest that the problem could be resolved by a partition of that country.

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In 2013, Trump’s Defense Nominee Compared Israeli Occupation With Apartheid

Gen. James Mattis, who has been tapped for secretary of defense, also said he was against getting involved in Syria and warned that military action can’t resolve the issue of Iran’s nuclear enrichment program.

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Robert Scheer Meets Blase Bonpane, a Priest Who Defied the Catholic Church

The priest and author of the new book “The Nicene Heresy: Christendom and War, Reverence and Critique” tells Truthdig’s editor in chief about his career working for peace in Central America and his conflicted relationship with his church.

Posted on Dec 2, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Trump Loves Winning, but American Generals Have Forgotten How

Our generals have demonstrated an impressive aptitude for moving pieces around on a dauntingly complex military chessboard. But having been “at war” for virtually the entire 21st century, the United States military is still looking for its first win.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE



Why Russia and the Assad Regime Want All of Aleppo Before Donald Trump Is Sworn In

Russia and Bashar al-Assad are not willing to risk Donald Trump changing his mind, what with all the hawks milling around him and on his new cabinet.

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In Donald Trump’s Shadow, Will East Aleppo Fall to the Assad Regime and Its Russian Backer?

Since Trump’s election, Bashar al-Assad and Vladimir Putin have thrown caution to the wind.

Posted on Nov 29, 2016 READ MORE



Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East

The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

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Hezbollah’s Candidate Becomes Lebanese President After Sunni Compromise

Lebanon finally has a president, Michel Aoun.

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Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners Die in Airstrike

It isn’t that hard, Riyadh. If you think taking the shot will possibly kill noncombatants, especially a lot of noncombatants, you can’t take it.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin on the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist and the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection,” explore why Saudi Arabia remains one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East in spite of the monarchy’s record of human rights abuses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul

The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

Posted on Oct 29, 2016 READ MORE



Cast Your Vote: Whose Foreign Policy Position Do You Prefer?

As the presidential race tightens, we turn to our readers to help decipher a key aspect of Election 2016: foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE



Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign

The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 25, 2016 READ MORE



Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul

Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

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Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle

The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

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As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War

A slew of bipartisan reports are hoping to push the former secretary of state to increased military action in the Middle East, particularly Syria.

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The Mosul Campaign and the Third Presidential Debate

Hillary Clinton pledges not to put United States troops in Iraq “as an occupying force,” but it baffles me that she would say this.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq

As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

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As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)

Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

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U.S. Is Now Openly at War With Houthis in Yemen (Video)

The Obama administration should dissociate itself from the Saudi-led war and open its own lines of communication with the Houthis, because seeing the insurgents as proxies for Iran is geopolitical paranoia.

Posted on Oct 16, 2016 READ MORE


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Is the U.S. Vulnerable to War Crimes Charge for Supporting Saudi Bombing of Innocents in Yemen?

Internal government documents exposed Monday by Reuters reveal that the Obama administration has long known that the 18-month military campaign in Yemen is killing thousands of civilians and could implicate the United States in war crimes.

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Russia and Turkey Make Up: What Are the Implications for Syria and the Kurds? (Video)

Russian President Vladimir Putin was in Turkey on Monday for direct talks with Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, in a bid to further normalize relations between the two countries.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE



Yemen and Dubai May Be at War, but Both Are Going Solar Big-Time

There is news on the solar energy front, with the price of panels and installation falling rapidly and popular adoption for novel purposes on the increase.

Posted on Oct 9, 2016 READ MORE


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The U.S. Breaks Off Military Cooperation With Russia in Syria (Video)

On Monday, the United States government suspended talks with the Russian Federation on how to end the Syrian conflict but said the step didn’t imply all joint activity would end.

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The Pentagon Paid a British Public Relations Firm $500 Million to Produce Iraq War Propaganda Films

Material signed off by the White House and Gen. David Petraeus included fake al-Qaida propaganda videos that could be used to track viewers.

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Russia Warns of Mideast Apocalypse if U.S. Attacks Bashar Assad’s Military in Syria

Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova warned that a U.S. attack on the Syrian army “will lead to terrible, tectonic consequences not only on the territory of this country but also in the region on the whole.”

Posted on Oct 2, 2016 READ MORE



We Can’t Have War Without Racism. We Can Have a World Without Both.

The U.S. military encourages terms such as “camel jockey” or “raghead” to demean freedom fighters in the deserts of the Middle East. And all the while it proclaims itself a beacon of freedom and democracy, a fairy tale not believed much outside its own borders.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

Posted on Sep 29, 2016 READ MORE



R.I.P., Shimon Peres: The Last Great Israeli Leader to Believe in a Two-State Solution

Make no mistake, the late Shimon Peres was a hard-line Israeli nationalist, but he also was a dedicated socialist and at one point headed Socialist International. That stance helped him appreciate the need for human rights for all human beings.

Posted on Sep 28, 2016 READ MORE


Important Anti-War Films That Reveal the Uncensored History of the United States

By Frank Dorrel

The U.S. is addicted to war. Stopping this horrible situation is up to the American people. The way we do this is by getting informed. These documentaries can help.

Posted on Sep 27, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Syria and Russia Push to Take Area in Aleppo as Airstrikes Kill 66 and Wound 200 (Video)

Only a week after seeming to agree to a cease-fire, Russia and the Syrian regime in Damascus appear to have decided to wipe out the pocket of rebel resistance in East Aleppo.

Posted on Sep 26, 2016 READ MORE



Police Killings Won’t Stop

The corporate state, which has destroyed traditional forms of social control such as stable employment and cohesive communities, has no intention of curbing police violence. Militarized police who can kill with impunity are all that lies between the corporate state and revolt.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)

Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

Posted on Sep 25, 2016 READ MORE



Why the Boeing and Airbus Sales to Iran Are a Big Effing Deal

The United States has issued licenses that allow these companies to sell commercial airliners to Iran. These aircraft purchases are likely the beginning of a whole new set of relationships.

Posted on Sep 22, 2016 READ MORE


Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni Analyze Spread of Jihadism, Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking

On a new episode of “On Contact,” the two writers discuss what is creating the billion-dollar trafficking industry and how the U.S. presence in the Middle East is facilitating the growth of “criminal” jihadism.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrorism: Destroying Islamic State in Mosul and Then Rebuilding City

President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 READ MORE



‘Pigs! Crusaders!’: U.S.-Backed Fundamentalists Chase American Commandos Out of Syria

Turning the Americans back across the Turkish border, the Free Syrian Army members cursed them and asserted that the U.S. is attempting a military occupation of Syria.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE



In a Massive Intelligence Error, the U.S. Kills 80 Syrian Troops, Helping Islamic State to Advance

The United States Air Force hit a Syrian military installation in Deir al-Zor that it thought was held by Islamic State. But it turned out to be the Syrian Arab Army position at the Deir al-Zor military airport.

Posted on Sep 18, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities

A meeting was convened recently in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to secure and preserve cultural artifacts in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Calls Out Facebook for Working With Israeli Government on Censorship Plan

The investigative journalist made his case on The Intercept about the social media giant’s collaboration with Israeli officials to block content that government finds objectionable.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?

The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE



Iran and Hezbollah Welcome Cease-Fire in Syria (Video)

The truce, brokered by the U.S. and Russia, is to take effect Monday evening. Lebanon’s Hezbollah forces have been fighting on behalf of Syrian President Bashar Assad and get aid from Iran, which stressed that the agreement needs a “monitoring instrument.”

Posted on Sep 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites ‘Not Muslim’ (Video)

The statement by the chief mufti for the interpretation of Muslim law in Saudi Arabia is a huge step back from the limited progress the Saudis had made toward being a more inclusive country.

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE



With Defeat Looming, Islamic State Haunts Syria With Six Bombings (Video)

The group is still acting like a military organization, but it has always mixed military with terrorist tactics. On Monday, it slid toward the terrorist end of the spectrum, setting off six coordinated bombings that left more than four dozen people dead.

Posted on Sep 6, 2016 READ MORE



Can Russia and the U.S. Broker a New Cease-Fire in Syria?

Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov may be very near a new deal.

Posted on Sep 5, 2016 READ MORE



America’s Shameful Record on Syrian Refugees

The U.S. government played a role in the collapse of Syria. So surely we have helped out with the resultant massive refugee flow, right? Wrong.

Posted on Sep 4, 2016 READ MORE


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