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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned Thursday that the so-called Islamic State terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

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Obama’s Budding Cambodia Policy in Syria

Former British ambassador to the United States Sir Christopher Meyer is advocating that the U.S. and Western Europe stop advocating the overthrow of the Baath regime of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad and instead coordinate with it to move against the so-called Islamic State.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s murder and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Patrick Cockburn: Islamic State Uses ‘Snuff Films’ to Promote Atrocities

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Patrick Cockburn on James Foley’s beheading and the rise of the Islamic State, Dennis Kucinich on the militarization of police, and Joshua Rofe on the 2,500 teen lifers in prison.

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Accused Collaborators Are Executed in Gaza as Hostilities Continue

Masked gunmen shot as many as 18 (reports differ) Palestinians in Gaza on Friday. The victims were reportedly accused of collaborating with Israel to reveal the location of Hamas commanders.

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Has Surplus Military Gear Wound Up in Your City?

An interactive map of American counties lets readers see how many aircraft, armored vehicles, body armor, grenade launchers, vision accessories and assault rifles left over from the military-industrial complex’s bloody adventures in the Middle East have ended up in their hometown.

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Iraq Lesson Not Learned

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The American Cult of Bombing

When you do something again and again only to see indifferent or even negative results, you wouldn’t be surprised if a neutral observer questioned your sanity. Yet few Americans question the sanity or cult-like behavior of American presidents as they continue to seek solutions to complex issues by bombing Iraq (as well as numerous other countries across the globe).

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Al-Qaida’s Disapproval

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What Do Iraq’s Sunni Arabs Have in Common With Ferguson, Mo., African-Americans?

If prime minister-designate Haidar al-Abadi in Iraq is to hope to defeat the so-called Islamic State (actually a kind of mafia made up of serial murderers and marauders), he must find a way to reincorporate Iraq’s Sunni Arabs into the government.

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ISIS to U.S.: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads U.S. Journalist, Holds Tikrit

As the Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, a video briefly surfaced purporting to show the IS beheading an American journalist, James Foley, a freelancer for GlobalPost who had been missing in Syria for two years.

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Can Al-Abadi Win Over Iraq’s Moderate Sunnis?

Arguably, the so-called Islamic State (actually a vicious gang of serial killers) could never have taken over northern and western Iraq if the largely Sunni Arab populations there had not been deeply alienated from the government in Baghdad by the openly sectarian politics of former Shiite Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki.

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Israel and the United States Are Headed for a Breakup

Nearly every intelligent witness to the nearly seven decades of Israel’s alliance with the United States and Western Europe now understands that the affair is about to be over.

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Back to Iraq Sales

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Boots on the Ground

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Hillary Clinton’s ‘Articulate, Sophisticated, Passionate Defense’ of Netanyahu’s Deplorable Acts

Israel’s best spokesperson is none other than our very own former secretary of state, according to Haaretz columnist and professor Peter Beinart, who argues that Hillary Clinton’s empathy for Benjamin Netanyahu’s decisions is exactly why she “gets so much wrong” about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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Gaza Cease-Fire Extended for Another 5 Days

Hamas and Israel agreed to have a few additional days added on to their recent 72-hour truce after a “tense countdown” and some confusion on both ends Wednesday night.

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John McCain’s Bomb It!

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The Appeal of Intervention: New Iraqi Premier, Libyan Parliament Ask for International Troops

According to a spokesman for his Da’wa Party (Islamic Call or Islamic Mission), Iraq’s prime minister-designate Haydar al-Abadi is preparing a platform on the basis of which he will see to form a new government; one of the planks is a joint Iraqi-international military push against the so-called Islamic State in Tikrit.

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Coexist

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Iraq: Al-Abadi Garners Iranian, U.S., Saudi Support but Can He Unite Iraq?

Middle Eastern regional powers joined the U.S. in welcoming the appointment of Haider al-Abadi as Iraq’s next prime minister, creating a dorm full of strange bedfellows.

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U Fix

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The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad

The coup-like atmosphere created by Nouri al-Maliki’s stationing of his troops at the Green Zone, checkpoints and bridges in Baghdad late Sunday backfired on him with Iraq’s parliamentarians.

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Intermission Accomplished

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Airstrikes in Iraq Deja Vu

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The New Iraqi Monster America Helped Make

A New York Times article glimpses America’s role in creating the leader of ISIS—the violent Islamic group “redraw[ing] the map of the Middle East”—and confirms the line by English poet W.H. Auden: “Those to whom evil is done do evil in return.”

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Iraq: Is al-Maliki Preparing to Make a Coup?

Nouri al-Maliki, who is seeking a third term as prime minister of Iraq in the teeth of widespread opposition, abruptly began acting like a strongman Sunday night.

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq after what it did to that country.

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Let My People Go

Chris Hedges delivered this address Saturday in New York City before demonstrators marched to U.N. headquarters in support of the people of Gaza. The event was part of a day of international protest against the Israeli military assault on Palestinians.

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Another Cease-Fire Takes Effect in Gaza

Fighting between Israelis and Palestinians in the ongoing Gaza conflict, now into its second month, continued into Sunday night but halted at midnight, as both sides observed the first hours of another three-day cease-fire.

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Into the Grip

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Back in Iraq

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Iraq War Consequences

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Ebola

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Why Is Obama Bombing Iraq, Really?

The newspaper Azzaman reports that a U.S. drone hit mortar emplacements and F-18s struck artillery arrays and armored vehicles deployed by the so-called Islamic State in Kuwair east of Mosul on the way to the Kurdistan capital of Irbil, and near a major dam, some areas of which are controlled by the IS fighters.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE



Obama and Airstrikes to Protect Iraqi Kurds: 1991 Deja Vu All Over Again

During the Gulf War in early 1991, then-president George H. W. Bush called on Iraqis to rise up against Saddam Hussein and the Baath Party.

Posted on Aug 9, 2014 READ MORE


Weapons to Israel

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Gaza Psychologist Becomes Trauma Victim, Tragically Losing 6 Close Relatives in Recent Attack

“You are,” Dr. Hassan al-Zeyada says, “like a prison doctor treating a victim of torture, making the prisoner healthy to be interrogated and tortured again.”

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The Salaita Firing: Is Zionism/ Jewish Nationalism a Political Cult?

Liberal politics in the broad sense, in the tradition of Locke, Voltaire, Madison, Jefferson and John Stuart Mill, is rooted in a conviction that vigorous debate clarifies issues and makes for better public policy over time.

Posted on Aug 7, 2014 READ MORE


Gaza Wrap-Up

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Israel Doesn’t Get Geneva Conventions, Still Holding Gaza Civilians Hostage

It is legitimate for Israel to seek the disarming of Hamas, but it isn’t legitimate or legal in international law for it to hold noncombatants’ lives and welfare hostage in order to accomplish that goal.

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Surgical Removal

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Israel Pulls Out of Gaza at the Onset of Another Cease-Fire

According to a spokesman, the Israel Defense Forces are being “redeployed” to “defensive positions” at Gaza’s border after a four-week operation that has left thousands of Palestinians dead, wounded and displaced.

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Climate Change, Dirty Natural Gas and the Gaza War

Calls by some Israeli politicians for the Palestinians to be ethnically cleansed from Gaza in part reflect frustration over the security issue many Israelis maintain the people of Gaza pose to Israel, but there are other possible motivations for this desire.

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Top 5 Ways the U.S. Is Israel’s Accomplice in War Crimes in Gaza

The U.S. State Department became a little testy with Israel on Sunday over the sixth school shelling by the Israeli military.

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Cease-Fire

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Boycott of Israel Spreads in European Civil Society Over Gaza War, Could Cost $5 Billion a Year

The ill-considered and remarkably brutal Gaza war likely will give further impetus to the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement by Western civil society to pressure Israel on its illegal actions toward the Palestinians.

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Why Millennials Find Israel’s Actions Harder to Justify Than Other Generations

Recent polls show a growing divide between a younger generation that’s “over Israel” and their elders who, according to Salon writer David Palumbo-Liu, still view the recent conflict in the context of the Holocaust among other reasons. But can we wait for Generation Y to address the “tremendous humanitarian crisis” taking place in Gaza?

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Are Israelis and Zionists Really Talking About a Final Solution of the Palestinian Problem?

The Times of Israel published and then removed from its site an essay by Yochanan Gordon that openly called for genocide against the Palestinians of Gaza.

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Wiping Another Country Off the Map: Israel Does It to Palestine

Back when the warmongers had hopes of ginning up a war between the United States and Iran during the Bush administration, one of their propaganda talking points was the Iran had “threatened to wipe Israel off the map.”

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE


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