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Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos

Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

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Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)

Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

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Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow

These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE



Trump to Order Mexico Wall and Ban on Middle East Refugees

The president is expected to sign executive orders addressing both issues, and may be considering even more contentious initiatives.

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Obama Gave Palestinian Authority $221 Million in Humanitarian Aid

The outgoing president granted the sum during his final hours in the White House, though it doesn’t approximate the billions in military aid pledged to Israel.

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Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security

If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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Ending the Cycle of Shaming Afghan Women’s Bodies

The stigmatization of female sexuality in Afghan culture has lifelong consequences for girls and women who lack understanding of menstrual health hygiene.

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The Most Alarming Thing Donald Trump Says at CIA Event Regards Iraq

The president’s team is talking about military action for oil—and against Islamic State—in Iraq and Syria.

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Donald Trump Faces Four Looming Flashpoints

North Korea, the South China Sea, the Baltic Sea region and the Middle East are primed to explode early in his presidency.

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Poet Asks, ‘Does Everything Depend Upon the Price of Oil?’ (Audio)

In face of a new administration that may deny climate change, Carolyne Wright reminds us about the blood and tears shed over petroleum for so many years.

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Will Donald Trump Shred the Iran Nuclear Deal?

There’s not much Congress would be able to do if the president-elect opted to quash the agreement through an executive order. 

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Journalist Robert Fisk: We Have Always Lived With Lies

“Can we really shake our heads in disbelief at electoral lies when [journalists] have been lying to our readers and viewers for years?” Fisk asks.

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On Loving Another Country

During the campaign, Donald Trump declared his love for Israel. But as George Washington warned, such sentiments should have no place in statecraft.

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America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017

The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

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Eight Mideast Stories That Shaped Our World in 2016

If we set aside the glib talking points of U.S. politicians and many pundits, what were the big stories this year that actually did—or likely will—affect the American public deeply?

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Israeli Ministers Throw Trump-Like Tantrums After U.N. Security Council Slam

Benjamin Netanyahu and his Cabinet members are trying to punch above their weight. The Israeli prime minister wants to punish the United Nations, and apparently even the United States.

Posted on Dec 27, 2016 READ MORE


‘On Contact’ Discussion: ‘Israeli Weapons Are Tested on Palestinians, Then Sold to the World’

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges and independent journalist Rania Khalek analyze the Israeli arms industry, which was involved in global contracts worth $5.7 billion last year.

Posted on Dec 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Syria’s Aleppo Falling: Moscow Is a Player in the Region Again

Russia’s success in shaping the outcome of the Syrian struggle has made Moscow a player in the region again for the first time since the fall of the old Soviet Union.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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‘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.

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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.

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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.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE



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.

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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


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