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Iraq Wound

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Egypt Chaos

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Making Repression Our Business: The Pentagon’s Secret Training Missions in the Middle East

As the Arab Spring blossomed and President Obama hesitated about whether to speak out in favor of protesters seeking democratic change in the Greater Middle East, the Pentagon forged ever deeper ties with some of the region’s most repressive regimes.

Posted on Dec 14, 2011 READ MORE


Islamic Spring

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The Fog in Our Future

The most dramatic contemporary event from which one can attempt to extrapolate future world change is the political and social uprising of the Arab peoples of the Mediterranean basin.

Posted on Nov 30, 2011 READ MORE



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Mitt Romney’s Big Bad Ideas for the Middle East

As someone who has been running for president for many years, Romney should by now know something about foreign policy and he should know where he stands.

Posted on Oct 31, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. State Department

The Arab Spring Gets Messy, and Even Messier for the U.S.

The United States simply does not know how to disentangle itself from this menacing situation.

Posted on Oct 25, 2011 READ MORE


The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE



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The Spiritual Side of Occupy Wall Street

Last week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The Rev. Madison Shockley made a pilgrimage to Liberty Square, Dr. Marcia Dawkins traveled to the Holy Land, Reese Erlich reported from recently bombed Turkey and we compared Obama’s jobs bill to the WPA.

Posted on Oct 24, 2011 READ MORE


President Obama: ‘America’s War in Iraq Will Be Over’ by Year-End

“Today I can say that our troops in Iraq will definitely be home for the holidays,” President Obama declared Friday, helpfully noting that this withdrawal plan makes good on one of his campaign promises. No doubt what he said strikes fear in the hearts of Republican presidential hopefuls and their supporting casts.

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Indian Summer for Arab Spring?

Thursday’s death of Col. Moammar Gadhafi represents different things to different people—long-awaited liberation, further evidence of American meddling on the world stage, or a powerful sign that the upheaval collectively known as the Arab Spring isn’t over yet. (more)

Posted on Oct 21, 2011 READ MORE



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Jimmy Carter Still Has Hope

One day before this year’s Nobel Peace Prize winner is to be announced, President and Nobel laureate Jimmy Carter said that he still hopes President Obama will make good on the promises he made that ultimately won him the prize two years ago.

Posted on Oct 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Seth Wenig

Palestine Vote Showcases the Decline of American Power

It is often the little things that trip up empires and send them spiraling into geopolitical feebleness.

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The Muslim World Brings Forth a Counter-Jihad

Robin Wright’s new book, “Rock the Casbah,” surveys the people of Islam a decade after 9/11 and finds they have turned not toward extremism but moderation.

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Middle East Dominoes

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Posted on Sep 10, 2011 READ MORE



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Dispatches From Cairo: Tensions Mount in Revolution Central

Wow, what a jittery, hair-trigger, emotional week in Egypt, the heart of the revolutionary world.

Posted on Sep 7, 2011 READ MORE


Arab Spring Monster

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Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Hussein Malla

Prosecuting War Crimes? Be Sure to Read the Fine Print

It all depends, I think, on whether criminals are our friends (Stalin at the time) or our enemies (Hitler and his fellow Nazis), whether they have their future uses (the Japanese emperor) or whether we’ll get their wealth more easily if they are out of the way (Saddam and Gadhafi).

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Baer on Libya and Blowback

Veteran CIA officer Robert Baer speaks to radio host Ian Masters about the shifting political sands in the Middle East as the “Arab Spring” claims another dictator.

Posted on Aug 23, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Khalil Hamra

Dispatches From Cairo: Flagman and ‘Our Martyrs in Sinai’

Yes, Flagman—surely you’ve heard of the Egyptian superhero who scaled the 21 floors of the Israeli Embassy in the predawn hours Sunday.

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Israel’s Insatiable Zionism

Israel’s Zionism turned capitalism is getting out of hand; Postmodernism is dead, leaving many to question what it was in the first place; meanwhile, the Americas are projected to replace the Middle East as the energy capital of the world. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Aug 20, 2011 READ MORE


London Riots: The View From Brixton

A student activist living in the middle of London’s riots shares her view from the ground on this week’s Truthdig Radio in collaboration with KPFK. Also on the show: William Cohan and Robert Scheer on Wall Street’s plunge; Robin Wright on Syria, and David Inocencio on juvie journalism.

Posted on Aug 10, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Dollars for Taliban

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Israel Is Likely to Attack Iran, CIA Veteran Robert Baer Warns

Robert Baer, the veteran CIA operations officer whose book was the basis for the film “Syriana,” says an Israeli attack on Iran is likely and warns that the U.S. could be drawn into yet another conflict.

Posted on Jul 12, 2011 READ MORE


Afghan Withdrawal Pains

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Bashar al-Assad

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Cellphone Use

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Turkey in Position to Lead Region Out of Tumultuous Century

Looking backward, there is a great deal to be said for leaving well enough alone, which is more difficult than one might think.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE



World Economic Forum / Andy Mettler (CC-BY-SA)

Kurds Want to Give Turkey a Taste of Spring

Turkey is no Libya or Syria in terms of repression, but the country has a few million disgruntled Kurds who would like more autonomy. One Kurdish political leader is threatening civil disobedience ... (more)

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



State Department

Abandon Ship and/or Yemen

The United States is evacuating “certain non-emergency personnel” from Yemen and encouraging other Americans to leave the country while they still can. The State Department cites “terrorist activities and civil unrest” in its most recent travel warning. Yemen’s President Ali Abdullah Saleh refuses ... (more)

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Netanyahu Brings Congress to Its Feet ... 29 Times

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was quite a hit with his speech before Congress on Tuesday, rousing members of the House and Senate to their feet an impressive 29 times during his address about the current state of Israel and its relations with Mideast neighbors.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE


Two-State Solution

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White House / Pete Souza

The Speech Obama Should Have Given to AIPAC

Former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando imagines what the president might have said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Jonathan Rashad

Going After the Mini-Mubaraks

Journalist, blogger and activist Hossam el-Hamalawy passionately urges his fellow Egyptians to make their social and political revolution into an economic one.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Tanksgiving

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AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama Responds to a Changing Mideast in Arab Spring Speech

Addressing the upheavals that have occurred and transformations still in progress in the Middle East (except for one notable omission), President Barack Obama put the big shifts that the Arab Spring brought in a broader context during a major speech on Thursday ... (more)  Updated

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Big Middle East Speech Will Avoid a Big Issue

While the White House is promising that President Barack Obama’s big Middle East speech on Thursday will make news, Obama will avoid the biggest story this week: the inflamed Israeli-Palestinian conflict, which claimed a few more lives Sunday.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Muhammad Ghafari

Obama Readies Another Appeal to Muslim World

In the wake of Osama bin Laden’s death, President Obama will address the Muslim world to herald the democratic movements that have swept the Middle East and North Africa in recent months and warn against religious extremism. (more)

Posted on May 11, 2011 READ MORE



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Israel, U.S. Maneuver After Palestinians Get Together

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who has condemned the recent reunification of Palestinian leadership, met Thursday with French President Nicolas Sarkozy to forestall attempts by Palestinians to win national recognition in the U.N. (more)

Posted on May 5, 2011 READ MORE


Graphic bin Laden Picture

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‘Colbert Report’: What It All Means for Pakistan and the U.S.

So, as it’s been widely noted, Osama bin Laden was hiding in plain sight, close to the Pakistani capital of Islamabad—and to make it more relatable for Americans, Stephen Colbert notes in this “Colbert Report” clip, that it’s as though he was camped out in Baltimore ... (more)

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera

Syrian Security Forces Besiege City With Tanks, Snipers

The city of Deraa, where Syria’s anti-government protest movement began nearly two months ago, has become a giant death trap, with tanks leveling entire neighborhoods and snipers taking out anyone who comes in their sights ... (more)

Posted on Apr 30, 2011 READ MORE



Flickr / Somebody on This Earth

Armenian Remembrance and the Politics of Genocide

Today is Armenian Remembrance Day, celebrating the lives of the 1.5 million Armenians killed in 1915. Yet, nearly a century later, the issue is still highly charged, with President Obama taking note of the “horrific events” but refraining from using the word genocide.

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Syria Moves to End Emergency Rule

After weeks of anti-government protests that show no sign of cooling, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has decided to try to quell the dissent with honey rather than vinegar, overturning a national state of emergency that has lasted nearly 50 years.

Posted on Apr 16, 2011 READ MORE



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No Bibi for Bieber

This is one of those moments when an actual news story sounds like the stuff of weird dreams (or nightmares, depending): Believe it or not, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was reportedly planning to meet with Canadian popster Justin Bieber ...

Posted on Apr 13, 2011 READ MORE



Navin Shetty Brahmavar (CC-BY)

Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands

When the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


Crowd Control

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White House / Pete Souza

Obama: ‘Days Are Numbered’ for Gadhafi’s Government

President Obama continued with his Convince America About Libya Tour on Tuesday, granting interviews to CBS, ABC and NBC to discuss U.S. intervention in the North African nation while pointing out that “each country in this region is different.”

Posted on Mar 30, 2011 READ MORE


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