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Is This the End of National Sovereignty in the Middle East?

The legislature of the Iraqi Kurdistan Regional Government (a super-province of Iraq) has voted to send Kurdistan forces to the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobane to help it fight off a concerted attack by Islamic State.

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Iran Proposes an Axis Against Islamic State to Iraq as an Alternative to the U.S. Coalition

Al-Zaman reports that Iranian President Hasan Rowhani has proposed to visiting Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi an anti-IS axis including Syria, Lebanon and Iraq that would be led by Iran, as an alternative to the U.S.-led coalition proposed by President Barack Obama.

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U.S. Jets Airdropped Supplies for Kurds Fighting in Kobane Against Turkey’s Wishes

In a step that over-ruled America’s Turkish NATO ally, U.S. jets dropped food, first aid and weaponry into the besieged Syrian Kurdish town of Kobane on Monday morning.

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John Oliver on How America Is Turning Its Back on Middle Eastern Translators Who Risked Their Lives

In a moving (but of course, still funny) episode of “Last Week Tonight,” John Oliver sheds light on the plight of Iraqi and Afghani translators who worked for U.S. forces and contractors, a position that jeopardized the well-being of their families as well as themselves.

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Shells Land in Turkey as Kurds Fight Off Islamic State Forces in Kobane

Kurdish forces at Kobane (Ayn al-Arab) on Saturday fought off an assault by Islamic State that sought to cut the city off from Turkey and completely surround it, according to an Al-Jazeera reporter on the scene.

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Is Iran Close to Reaching a Deal With the U.S. Over Its Nuclear Program Thanks to IS?

It is hard not to conclude that Iran’s outbreak of optimism regarding the nuclear enrichment program has to do at least in part with the rise of Islamic State in Mosul and the consequent U.S. need for an Iranian partner.

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Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle With Islamic State

The U.S. is again at war in the Middle East, bombing freely across Iraq and Syria and searching desperately for some non-American boots to put on the ground. Here are seven worst-case scenarios in a part of the world where the worst case has regularly been the best that’s on offer.

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Climate Change Threatens National Security, Pentagon Says

The Pentagon released a report earlier this week detailing the threats that climate change poses in the near future.

Posted on Oct 16, 2014 READ MORE



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We Need Medical Boots on the Ground Now

The headlines shift hourly between Ebola and Islamic State. The question is often asked, “Should we put boots on the ground?” The answer is yes—but not in the Middle East.

Posted on Oct 15, 2014 READ MORE



Will Islamic State Take Baghdad Next?

According to Al-Jazeera sources, Islamic State has completed the taking of Hit district in the al-Anbar Province of Iraq.

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White House Islamic State Strategy Amounts to Wishful Thinking

The notion that Iraq will “destroy” Islamic State at American behest is an illusion, and so is the notion that the coalition just formed can do it.

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U.K. Parliament Urges Recognition of Palestine in a Symbolic Vote

There are 650 members of the British parliament, so the vote Monday by 271 of them to recognize Palestine is hardly an overwhelming victory for supporters of this position. However, the symbolic impact of the vote is quite large.

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The Wider Appeal of Islamic State and Sunni Grievances

In a worrisome development, radicals throughout the region are rallying to the so-called Islamic State, which is actually just a bunch of armed thugs and brigands.

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Islamic State Has Taken a Third of Strategic Kobani in Syria but Lost Tuz Khurmato in Iraq

Al-Khalij reports that the Syrian Human Rights Observatory says Islamic State fighters are now in one third of the Syrian Kurdish city of Kobani.

Posted on Oct 11, 2014 READ MORE



Does the Houthi Takeover of Yemen’s Sanaa Endanger World Trade?

The fall of the Yemeni government to radical Zaidi tribesmen from Saadah in the north has gone relatively unremarked upon in the U.S. mass media.

Posted on Oct 9, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Say It Ain’t So, Joe!

I could be mad at Vice President Joe Biden, who has been here in Los Angeles for two days and tied up traffic for miles at a time. But it’s hard. He’s just too nice a guy, even if he talks too much—and worse, these days, tells the truth.

Posted on Oct 8, 2014 READ MORE



Here’s How the U.S., China and Russia Are Supplying Islamic State’s Weapons

The U.S. is preparing to send more military supplies to the Middle East to fight Islamic State at the same time a report has revealed that many of the radical group’s weapons come from America. So how can we be sure the deadly equipment we’re sending won’t end up in the same hands?

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The Last Days of Kobani Loom as IS Closes In on Syrian Kurds With Murder on Its Mind

Islamic State fighters have advanced into the Kurdish Syrian city of Kobani with fighting in the streets as Kurds resist, according to the pan-Arab daily al-Hayat.

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More Questions Than Answers in War With Islamic State

The decision of President Barack Obama to wage air war against the Islamic State still is swimming in a sea of confusion and doubt.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE



Turkish President Says IS May Claim Border Town in Syria

According to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Islamic State forces were closing in on capturing the Syrian town of Kobani on Tuesday. This development was of particular concern to Erdogan, as Kobani is close to the border between Syria and his own country.

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Pan-Mideast War Escalates as IS and al-Qaida Attack Hezbollah Outposts Near the Lebanese Border

There hasn’t been a regional war of this scope since the Gulf War.

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Women in Egypt After the Arab Spring: Gains and Losses

Women played a significant role in the 2011-2013 revolutions that shook the heart of the Arab world, as well as in the succeeding turmoil.

Posted on Oct 7, 2014 READ MORE


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Islamic State Still Taking Towns in Iraq’s Al-Anbar as Coalition Airstrikes Are Delayed

The pan-Arab London daily Al-Hayat [Life] reported Sunday that Islamic State is still expanding its sway in towns in Iraq’s western al-Anbar Province, having just taken Kubaisah in the district of Hit on Friday into Saturday, two days after the district capital of Hit fell to them.

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The Alamo of the Kurds: Kobane Near Falling to Islamic State

Ismat Sheikh, commander of the Kurdish forces at the border town of Kobane (Ain al-Arab) that is besieged by Islamic State tanks and artillery, says that he expects massacres of its inhabitants if it falls to the Sunni Arab extremists.

Posted on Oct 4, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Surprising Reasons Turkey Is Entering War on Islamic State

The Turkish parliament voted by a large margin Thursday to allow Turkish troops to make incursions into neighboring countries if necessary to defeat the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant.

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Palestine Goes to U.N. Security Council to Demand Israeli Withdrawal by 2016

Palestine will argue that Israel has systematically and over decades violated all the international laws regulating military occupations, and that it is quickly marching toward being an apartheid state.

Posted on Oct 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Trevor Welsh

10 Myths About Obama’s Latest War

Reese Erlich was in northern Iraq at the start of the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State. He says the reality on the ground is far different from the propaganda coming out of Washington.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Russell Brand: War Radicalizes People; That’s Just Common Sense

As the United Kingdom joins the U.S. and others in another conflict in the Middle East, the “Trews” host analyzes what war is good for.

Posted on Oct 1, 2014 READ MORE


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Congress Cut $8.7 Billion in Food Stamps in Same Year We’ll Spend $22 Billion to Fight Islamic State

The GOP Congress’ assault on the American working class has been waged with the pretext that the federal government has no money (what with being in debt and all).

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Why Isn’t Congress Debating Our Attack on Islamic State the Way the U.K. Parliament Is?

Oh right, because Congress pretty much does diddly squat these days. Watch Jon Stewart make a jaw-dropping discovery as to why our elected officials refuse to publicly discuss what the “Daily Show” host calls one of the most “crucial issues of our time.” 

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Top 5 Differences Between Hamas and Islamic State (Pace Netanyahu)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech at the U.N. to a half-empty hall in which he tried to exemplify the most logical fallacies in a short period of time.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



Why Obama Underestimated IS in Syria and Iraq

President Obama admitted on CBS’ “60 Minutes” on Sunday that the U.S. had underestimated the military potential of Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 READ MORE



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Learning From History

It is something of a cliche to quote George Santayana one more time, saying, "Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it." But for folks of my age, ignorant repetition has been a constant in our lives. And, of course, it is happening again right now.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE


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Iraq: Shiites Paralyzed by Infighting as Islamic State Menaces Baghdad

The pan-Arab London daily al-Sharq al-Awsat [The Middle East] is reporting from a source inside the new Iraqi government that former Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki, now one of three largely symbolic vice presidents, is attempting to undermine his successor, Haider al-Abadi.

Posted on Sep 29, 2014 READ MORE



Becoming Hezbollah’s Air Force

Waging endless war in the Middle East means not only turning old enemies into allies but exposing our inability to free ourselves from the mechanisms of violence and collapse.

Posted on Sep 28, 2014 READ MORE



Is Mahmoud Abbas Right That Israel Is Guilty of War Crimes, Genocide in Gaza?

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas said Friday at the United Nations that Israel was guilty of war crimes in Gaza and even “genocide.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Strikes Islamic State Oil Fields in Quest to Defund It: But Will It Replace Oil With Fracking?

Sawt al-Iraq (Voice of Iraq) reports that during the past two days, Saudi, UAE and American fighter jets attack small oil refineries originally built for Syria by Turkey, which had been run by IS in Deir Ezzor.

Posted on Sep 27, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Truthdig columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


Chris Hedges Explains Why Bombing and Shooting Everyone Isn’t Working

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The columnist says, “People don’t want to be occupied and they’re not going to stop until we leave.” Also: The best banned books, The Intercept’s digital bodyguard and why the war in Syria is probably not legal.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

Bookends of a Presidency

President Obama began his presidency with a call for a “new beginning between the United States and Muslims around the world.” He will end it as a reluctant but unapologetic warrior.

Posted on Sep 26, 2014 READ MORE


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Syrian Media Hail America as Damascus Ally, Support U.N. Ban on Foreign Fighters

It turns out that the Damascus press is giving President Obama an uncomfortable embrace.

Posted on Sep 25, 2014 READ MORE



Global Warming and Global Warring

Hours after 400,000 people joined in the largest climate march in history, the United States began bombing Syria, starting yet another war.

Posted on Sep 24, 2014 READ MORE


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