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U.S. Special Ops Forces Deployed to 137 Nations—So Far—in 2017

A lack of meaningful strategic results from these deployment levels has not led Washington to raise fundamental questions about ways the U.S. employs its elite forces.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE


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Chris Hedges and Christian Parenti on the Deep-Reaching Ramifications of Climate Change (Video)

The Truthdig columnist and “On Contact” host discusses heightened global conflict due to climate change with author and professor Christian Parenti (pictured).

Posted on Jun 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



Why Does the U.S. Hate Iran? Think Oil and Strategic Power.

Iran is a paragon of human rights, democracy and social liberty compared with some of our Middle Eastern allies. But our policymakers aren’t letting that sway them.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE



Four Neighboring Countries Demand That Qatar Shut Down Al-Jazeera

Egypt, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and the UAE want the Pan-Arab news network silenced. It has less independence than in earlier years but is still a voice that would be sorely missed if lost.

Posted on Jun 23, 2017 READ MORE



Saudi Arabia Is ‘Playing’ Donald Trump With Potentially Disastrous Consequences

Trump’s newfound ardor for the Saudi regime is a far cry from his past positions, including his campaign assertion that the Saudis were behind the 9/11 attacks.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE


Friend Or Foe (Video)









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Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul

The militant group claims the United States struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it bombed that part of the Iraqi city.

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How Dangerous Is Saudi Arabia’s Change in Royal Succession?

King Salman has ousted his nephew and named his son, Mohammed bin Salman, heir apparent. Some believe the new crown prince (pictured) is too reckless to hold so much power.

Posted on Jun 21, 2017 READ MORE



Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future

If the defeat of terrorist groups means the destruction of childhood and the death of dreams across much of the world, what kind of victory will that be?

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE



Why Saudi Extremism Is an Argument for Electric Cars, Wind and Solar Energy

Saudi Arabia has gotten too big for its britches, and the oil-producing Middle East is turning even more unstable. And if you are an American, it is your fault.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Thinks He’s Pulled the Plug on Islamic State and Al-Qaida. He’s Wrong.

Don’t believe that the Saudis are abandoning the two groups or attempting to force Qatar to do the same. Neither is the CIA, which rebrands its jihadists when their names become too notorious.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE



The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions

The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE


Capturing the Chaos of the Syrian Civil War

Truthdig columnist Jordan Riefe and Deputy Editor Kasia Anderson sat down with Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Sebastian Junger and Emmy-nominated producer Nick Quested to discuss their latest documentary, “Hell on Earth,” which reveals the carnage of the war.

Posted on Jun 8, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN



50 Years After the Six-Day War: How to Make Peace in the Holy Land

Here is a direct, doable guide to help counteract today’s dire realities and bring substantive change to the region.

Posted on Jun 4, 2017 READ MORE



The Irrationality of America’s Iran Hysteria

While President Obama’s modest overtures toward the country were greeted with scathing partisan scorn, the Trump administration has a unique opportunity to normalize relations with Iran.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE



Let’s Commemorate Victims of Islamic State Attacks in Baghdad and Manchester

To combat the terrorist group, we must see what it is doing—not just in Europe but in the Middle East.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE



Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul

This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE



Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality

Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE



Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE



The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy

Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE



Mosul on My Mind

Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE



The Hazards of Military Worship

An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE



Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes

A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE



Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?

Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE



Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?

Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE



What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?

At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History

Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Sends Troops to the Turkish-Syrian Border

The president is in the position of trying to separate—and make peace between—a major military power and a band of leftist Kurds.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE



The Honeymoon of the Generals

Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE



How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East

The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE



Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump

The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE


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Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change

Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE


War Games









Posted on Apr 15, 2017 ENLARGE



What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?

Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE



Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Comeback: Can We Survive Iran’s Former President and Trump at the Same Time?

If Ahmadinejad is elected next month, the stream of nonsense coming at us from both Tehran and Washington would be too much to bear.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE



Dereliction of Duty, Redux

All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE


Weight and Sea









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Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria

Russia has all but won the war in Syria, and it’s not going to yield the sphere of influence it has made in the region to Donald Trump or anyone else.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE



Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday

The terrorist group claims responsibility for two suicide bombings at churches that left more than 40 dead and 100 wounded.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE



Iraqi Shiite Cleric Says Russia, America and Assad Should All Get Out of Syria

Muqtada al-Sadr also calls on Donald Trump to stop taking frivolous positions that damage the world community.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE


Jared Kushner in Charge









Posted on Apr 8, 2017 ENLARGE



Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?

Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE



Resurrecting the Unholy Trinity: Torture, Rendition and Indefinite Detention Under Trump

In the Middle East and elsewhere, the Trump administration has begun to signal that human rights aren’t exactly on its agenda.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE


Blind Taste Test









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Kushner! The Musical (Video)









Posted on Apr 6, 2017 ENLARGE


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