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Al-Qaida Captures Commander in Free Syrian Army, Which Has Ties to U.S.

The 30th Infantry Division of the moderate Free Syrian Army says the al-Qaida-linked Support Front captured one of its commanders and several troops Wednesday.

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Ultra-Orthodox Man Stabs Six at Jerusalem Gay Pride March

The assailant had recently been released from prison after serving 10 years for stabbing three people at a gay pride parade in 2005, according to police.

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Israel Passes Law Allowing Force-Feeding of Prisoners on Hunger Strikes

Palestinians held in Israeli jails have used hunger strikes as a method of nonviolent resistance to protest the policy of detention without charge or trial.

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The Country That Actually Started the Middle East Nuclear Arms Race (Hint: Not Iran)

As the Iran deal is debated, it’s important to keep in mind who’s responsible for the nuclear arms race in the Middle East; turns out a “useless liberal arts degree” has become a hot commodity in the tech world; meanwhile, a writer explores Donald Trump’s mob ties. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

In the first half of 2015, violence by both the Taliban and the U.S. has risen sharply, and Islamic State has emerged as a new and dangerous player. Once again, ordinary Afghans are the victims.

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U.S.-Iranian Relations Emerge From a 30-Year Cold War

Don’t sweat the details of the July nuclear accord between the United States and Iran. What matters is that the calculus of power in the Middle East just changed in significant ways.

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Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

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VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on Why Israel and the U.S. Created the Myth of the Iranian Nuclear Threat

“The real question is: Why is the [Iran] deal being pursued?” the renowned linguist and political commentator asks in a discussion with Antonio Mora on Al-Jazeera America. “What exactly is the threat of Iran?”

Posted on Jul 28, 2015 READ MORE



The Top Six Signs That Islamic State Is Doomed (Video)

Here are some signs that we won’t be talking about the Islamic State group in just a few years.

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Turkey’s New ‘War on Terror’ Mainly Targets Kurds (Video)

What was at first announced as a new Turkish turn toward attacks on Daesh (Islamic State) on Friday has quickly become largely a campaign against Kurds instead.

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Are Arab Oil Monarchies Divided Over the Iran Deal? (Video)

There is reason to think that the fabulously wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprised of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is deeply divided over the U.N. Security Council deal with Iran.

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Israel Brands Rock-Throwing as Terrorism; Charge Could Carry Up to 20 Years in Prison

Palestinian activists and officials have condemned the law as repressive and racist.

Posted on Jul 22, 2015 READ MORE



My Teacher

The Rev. Coleman Brown, who had the most profound impact of all my teachers on my education, died in December. He taught me how to think. And in being taught how to think, I was taught how to be free.

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Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

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Why Don’t U.S. Media Interview Real Allies on American Policy Regarding the Iran Deal? (Video)

If the Iran deal fails in Congress in part because of how television news covered it, then we must blame the networks for fostering yet another major war and draining the U.S. economy.

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The Iran Deal May Not Be Perfect, but It’s Better Than the Alternative

To understand why the Iran nuclear deal is such a triumph, consider the most likely alternative: war.

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How The Washington Post Got Taken In by Syria’s Taliban

Making alliances of convenience is a perennial temptation in Washington, where policymakers often have more ambition than ethics or common sense.

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That Time Ronald Reagan Opened Iran and Illegally Sold Weapons to Khomeini (Video)

Reagan, prevented by law from selling U.S. weaponry to Iran, arranged the shipment using a notorious Israeli arms dealer as an intermediary. Meanwhile, he was militarily supporting Iraq—Iran’s enemy. In return, Iran agreed to pressure the Lebanese Shiites to let American hostages go. Then, with the money from Khomeini, Reagan financed right-wing death squads in Nicaragua.

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No Lone Rangers in Drone Warfare

There’s nothing “lone” about drone warfare. Think of the structure for carrying out Washington’s drone killing program as a multidimensional pyramid populated with hundreds of personnel and so complex that just about no one involved really grasps the full picture.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



No, Mr. Netanyahu, Iran Isn’t Trying to Take Over the World and It Isn’t ISIS

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu charged last week that Iran was the major sponsor of terrorism in the world and that it wants to take over the whole world. Here are some replies to Netanyahu’s silliness.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



71% of the World’s Population Survives on Less Than $10 a Day

A new report from the Pew Research Center explains that the notion of a global middle class is “more promise than reality.”

Posted on Jul 10, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Says U.S. Won’t Send Any More Troops to Fight Islamic State but Will Increase Training

After a briefing at the Pentagon on the fight against Islamic State (also known as Daesh), the president acknowledged Monday that the training of Iraqi troops has been going much slower than expected.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Readies for a Possible Game Change After the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s approach to negotiating with the United States and five other international parties currently displaying a keen interest in how Tehran conducts its nuclear program isn’t informed only by concerns about the future of that program in and of itself.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Truthdigger of the Week: Chelsea Manning

Sitting in prison on the Fourth of July for exposing some harsh truths about U.S. war crimes, the whistleblower should actually be honored as a true patriot.

Posted on Jul 3, 2015 READ MORE



Tehran Press on Talks: From ‘Iran Will Be U.S. Strategic Ally’ to ‘U.S. Sanctions Are Here to Stay’

The Iranian press has reacted in a whole range of ways to the current round of negotiations between Iran, Germany and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE



America’s Got War: Poverty, Drugs, the Middle East and Terror

When you define something as war, you dictate the use of militarized or coercive forces as the primary instruments of policy. Violence becomes the means of decision, total victory the goal. Anyone who suggests otherwise is labeled a dreamer, an appeaser or even a traitor.

Posted on Jun 29, 2015 READ MORE



How Our Press and Politicians Are Being Played by Islamic State

We live in a world where three guys, each with powerful weapons, can shake the world if they act on a single day. There’s something wrong with that world.

Posted on Jun 27, 2015 READ MORE



Vatican Officially Recognizes Palestine as a State by Signing Treaty

The Vatican now joins major international entities such as the United Nations and the European Parliament in recognizing Palestinian statehood.

Posted on Jun 26, 2015 READ MORE



Gaza Reconstruction Is Moving at ‘Snail’s Pace’

It will likely take 30 years to repair the damage to the Gaza Strip, given the current rate of construction, a senior United Nations official has said.

Posted on Jun 25, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Deepens Its Roots by Offering Important Services

By providing key services such as infrastructure and transportation, the militant group has been able to tighten its grip on communities.

Posted on Jun 16, 2015 READ MORE



The Middle East Policy of President John Ellis ‘Jeb’ Bush: Iraq, Iran Wars?

It is hard to know what Jeb Bush’s Middle East policy would be from his wibbly-wobbly pronouncements, but that it would be imperial and aggressive can be deduced from his foreign policy advisory team.

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Can Leftist Kurdish Militia Kill Off Islamic State?

The intrepid Liz Sly of The Washington Post gets the story of the attempt of the Kurdish People’s Protection Units and their Arab allies, the Euphrates Volcano, to cut Islamic State off and kill it.

Posted on Jun 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Who Controls Iraq: President Obama or Islamic State?

Don’t feel bad if you’re confused about what the United States is trying to accomplish in Iraq. President Obama doesn’t seem to know, either—or else he won’t say.

Posted on Jun 12, 2015 READ MORE



Iraq’s Horrors by the Numbers: Has Islamic State Killed 50,000 People in One Year?

The Human Rights Commission of Iraq, a body attached to the Iraqi parliament, issued statistics Wednesday on the one-year impact of Islamic State on that country.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



SCOTUS’ Jerusalem Decision Shows the Limits of Pro-Israel Lobbies

It has been the position of the U.S. presidents for decades that the status of Jerusalem in international law is unsettled.

Posted on Jun 9, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Orange Telecom’s Departure From Israel Really Mean for the BDS Boycott Movement?

Stephane Richard, CEO of the French telecommunications company Orange, embroiled himself in an international incident Wednesday during a visit to Cairo, when he said his company would withdraw its logo from the Israeli market “tomorrow” if he could.

Posted on Jun 6, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Jun 4, 2015 READ MORE



Adelson Tabloid Slams Obama for Listening to ‘Court Jews’ in Questioning Israel’s Credibility

President Barack Obama gave an interview on Israeli television Tuesday in which he said that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s position on rejecting a Palestinian state as long as he is in power is damaging Israel’s credibility.

Posted on Jun 3, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State: What Would Republicans Do?

Critics of the way President Obama is dealing with the Islamic State should be required to specify what alternative steps they would take—and how their strategies would make a difference.

Posted on May 29, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE



Shiite Militias Announce ‘Here I Am, O Husayn’ Campaign for Sunni Ramadi

Shiite militias in Iraq, joined by some Sunni tribal levies, on Tuesday reached a university campus just to the southwest of Ramadi in what is called a “shaping operation” intended to set the stage for an all-out assault.

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Is It the U.S. That Isn’t Stepping Up to Fight Islamic State?

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



The United States’ Knee-Jerk Support for Israeli Nukes Torpedoed U.N. Disarmament Talks

Non-nuclear states are furious at Washington for leaving the issue of global disarmament dead in the water for the next five years.

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Islamic State Beheaded Dozens in Palmyra, but How Strategic Is the City?

Nearly 500 people died in the campaign by the Islamic State group to take the Syrian city of Palmyra, including 49 who were executed before the fundamentalists reached the city center.

Posted on May 23, 2015 READ MORE


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