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Who Lost the World?

Who lost Libya? Indeed, who lost the entire Middle East? Those are the questions lurking behind the endless stream of headlines about “Benghazi-gate.” But the question we should really ask is: How did a tragic but isolated incident at a U.S. consulate, in a place few Americans had ever heard of, get blown up into a pivotal issue in a too-close-to-call presidential contest?

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Taliban Backlash

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Arab Awakening and a Failed European Aeronautics Merger

From the beginning of the Arab Awakening (“Arab Springtime,” as it was, but alas two springtimes have already passed), my opinion has been to stay out of these events, as far as possible, and certainly not to attempt to control them.

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Don’t Ask and Don’t Tell

It seems that the first rule of the presidential debate club now is: no disagreeing on what matters most. Here are five critical questions that should be explored (even if all of us know that they won’t be) in the foreign policy-inclusive presidential debates scheduled for October 16th, and 22nd.

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Romney and Obama: Too Cowardly to Discuss What Really Matters

Acclaimed social philosopher Noam Chomsky wants you to know that presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Barack Obama are ignoring two of the gravest threats to humankind: climate change and nuclear war.

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Arab Spring

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The Real Reason the U.S. Fears Iranian Nukes

Iran wouldn’t be stupid enough to attack the United States or Israel with a nuclear bomb, Glenn Greenwald suggests in The Guardian. If it had such a weapon, it would be for the purpose of deterring American aggression.

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Stifled Lives in the Kingdom

On Saudi Arabia: Its People, Past, Religion, Fault Lines—and Future” depicts a society paralyzed by an economy based almost solely on oil and government handouts. 

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War Power Abuse Makes Iran Conflict More Likely

A congressman, two retired military officials and a former deputy attorney general denounced President Barack Obama at a recent news conference for overstepping his authority in wartime and warned that unless war powers are restored to Congress the country could soon be involved in a battle with Iran and its allies.

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Middle East Suicide

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Obama Tries to Soothe Tension Between U.S., Middle East in U.N. Speech

In a speech delivered Tuesday to the United Nations General Assembly, President Obama condemned the anti-American protests in the Middle East and North Africa that led to the death of Ambassador Chris Stevens, while also attempting to “reset U.S. relations” with the region.

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Arab Outrage Should Come as No Surprise

Mrs. Clinton, the secretary of state, appears to believe that the Arabs and Egyptians should be grateful to America, and most Americans would probably agree.

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Romney Unedited, GOP Lawmaker Loses It on TV, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a former president’s connection to the leaked video footage of Mitt Romney and an update on the controversial voter ID law in Pennsylvania.

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Syria and Iraq

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So Much for Arab Spring…

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Iraq Is ‘Hell on Earth’ for Gays

With hostile families, militias and even police on the hunt for gay people, conditions in Iraq are worse than in Saudi Arabia and Iran, the BBC reports.

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Syria: Obama Has Contingency Plans for Chemical Weapons

The president says he is not eager to dive into Syria’s 17-month-old civil war, but his administration has “put together a range of contingency plans” in case embattled strongman Bashar al-Assad decides to move or use the stockpiles of chemical weapons he is alleged to hold.

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Stuxnet-Like Virus Targets Middle East Banks

Digital security experts have discovered a new cyber-surveillance virus in the Middle East that can steal login and password information and spy on banking transactions, system configurations and other data.

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Syrian Prime Minister Defects From ‘Terrorist, Murderous Regime’

As far as defections go, it’s hard to do better than the prime minister. Riad Hijab announced via spokesman that he has joined the opposition and that he and his family are hiding in a safe location.

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Romney’s Gaffe Diplomacy, Democrats’ Gay Marriage Platform, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including a Democratic National Convention speaker announcement and Newsweek calling Mitt a wimp.

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The Danger of Meddling in Syria’s Turmoil

The American public does not want still another war. Surely, that is clear even to the post-neoconservatives raising their heads again in Washington.

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Fracturing Some Oil Myths

A recent Wall Street Journal article highlighted fracking as a way to reduce American dependence on Middle Eastern oil. But Mother Jones blogger Kevin Drum points out that we don’t rely all that much on Arab oil, and fracking is almost beside the point.

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Syrian Regime Growing More Desperate as Fighting Intensifies Around Damascus

The Syrian military shot down a Turkish fighter jet over the Mediterranean on Friday, and rebel groups clashed with Syrian armed forces in the suburbs of Damascus on Tuesday.

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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

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Egyptian Military Is ‘Playing With Fire’

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Middle East expert Juan Cole says Egypt’s military rulers have “begun acting stupidly.” Also: 5.6 million new jobs (with a catch), the problem with Obama’s immigration policy, and Robert Scheer on health care.

Posted on Jun 22, 2012 READ MORE



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Sectarian Violence Undermines Syrian Regime

The Syrian government’s resort to Alawite death squads in recent weeks has pushed former supporters into the opposition.

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U.S. Military Suicides Exceed Deaths in Afghan Action

After leveling off in 2010 and 2011, suicides by active-duty American troops have peaked at nearly one per day so far this year, with 154 lives taken in 155 days, far outstripping the number killed in action in Afghanistan during the same period.

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Any International Syrian Solution Is Tangled Up in Russia

The reaction of Hillary Clinton and some others in the West has been in the full Cold War mode, denouncing the Russians as obstacles to peace. In fact, the Russians could be very useful in finding a settlement and seem to ask simply that their own interests in the Middle East be respected.

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Asma Assad Shops Until They Drop

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McCain: U.S. Should Lead War in Syria

If we did it in Libya, we should do it in Syria. So says Sen. John McCain, anyway, who put out the call Monday for the U.S. to lead a war effort to stop the slaughter of civilians in Syria by taking to the skies above the imploding Middle Eastern nation.

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Iran Talk With Netanyahu and Obama

After reaffirming his support of Israel at an AIPAC conference on Sunday, President Obama met on Monday with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House, where one particular issue loomed large: Iran.

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Dilemma

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The Glitch

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Syrians ‘Radicalized by Terror’

Syrian forces are shelling Homs while across the country, reports ITN’s Jonathan Rugman, “state brutality has failed to crush” the popular uprising.

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Iran Could Cause Mideast Cold War, U.K. Official Warns

British Foreign Secretary William Hague has warned that a nuclear-capable Iran could push countries in the Middle East into a cold war in which the world would see the greatest nuclear proliferation since the invention of the atom bomb. Iran has ignored economic sanctions that Western nations hoped would deter it from pursuing nuclear development.

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Iran and Israel: Only Half the Story

In the brief interview he gave NBC before the Super Bowl, President Obama declared, “I’ve been very clear that we’re going to do everything we can to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, and creating an arms race, a nuclear arms race, in a volatile region.” Sounds like a very laudable goal, right? Except for the fact that the nuclear arms race in the Middle East is already under way.

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Dispatches From Cairo: Revolution One Year Later

The celebration brought hundreds of thousands from all walks of life to Tahrir Square. We left with a feeling of disappointment.

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Fewer and Fewer Reasons for the West to Fixate on the Mideast

There are only three valid reasons why the Middle East, the focus of international attention as 2012 begins, is important to the United States and the European nations.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Airman 1st Class Jeffrey Schultze

America’s Christmas Present to Her Favorite Despots

Hold that thought about democracy in the Middle East while we sell $60 billion of military hardware to the princes of Saudi Arabia. The U.S. closed the first $30 billion half of a major arms deal Thursday to send 84 F-15 fighter jets to a country that only this month beheaded a woman convicted of witchcraft. (more)

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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.

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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



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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.

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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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