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Obama’s Ambivalent War Logic

President Obama’s request to Congress for authority to use military force against the Islamic State explains his view of why to fight this war. But it doesn’t really tell us how.

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Ashton Carter Succeeds Chuck Hagel as U.S. Defense Secretary

Just shy of three months since Chuck Hagel was obliged to vacate the position, the Obama administration has a new secretary of defense—and Ashton Carter has his work cut out for him.

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Chomsky on ‘Sniper,’ Hebdo and Terrorism (and What We Can Do About It)

“The more we can blame some crime on some enemy, the greater the outrage,” Noam Chomsky said in a recent discussion about terrorism.

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An Isolated Russia Seeks Friends in Egypt, Offers to Build Nuclear Plant

President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation paid a state visit to Cairo on Tuesday, consulting with President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on a range of economic and foreign policy issues.

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Over 150 Palestinian Children Are Being Held in Israeli Jails

According to the Palestinian legal monitor Military Court Watch, about 47 percent of detainees in Israeli prisons are being held “in violation of the Geneva Conventions,” and there are “at least 151 Palestinian children” among the thousands of Palestinian prisoners.

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Iran’s Khamenei Throws Support to a Practical Nuclear Deal With West

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s clerical leader, gave a speech on Sunday in which he said he supports an agreement with the West on Iran’s nuclear enrichment program that is practical and can be achieved, but added, “I will not accept a bad deal.”

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Are Islamic State’s ‘Shock and Awe’ Tactics More Awful Because of One Victim?

The Islamic State (Daesh) burning of a captured Jordanian pilot alive produced justified revulsion globally, resulting in the terrorist organization being termed “barbarous” and similar epithets. Why did it behave this way?

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Juvenile Republicans Turn on One Another

If the party’s aim is to show Americans it is ready to govern, we are witnessing an epic fail.

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Angry Jordanian Crowds Rally Over Islamic State Murder of Pilot, but Some Blame the United States

While the masses in Jordan were protesting Islamic State’s cruelty to a fellow Jordanian on Tuesday, some of them also chanted against the coalition that is bombing eastern Syria and against the Jordanian regime for joining in on the bombing.

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U.S. Policy Sows Conflict Across the Middle East and North Africa

The U.N. has warned of “total chaos” in Libya; the U.S.-backed regime in Egypt continues a crackdown on political opponents; and Iraq is coming off its deadliest month in years—all while the rise of the Islamic State continues there and in Syria. “Democracy Now!” surveys the wreckage in these places and others with Vijay Prashad.

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Republican Scott Walker Pitches a Possible Syria War to Make Us Like Him

Likely Republican presidential candidate Scott Walker, Wisconsin’s governor, says he might favor sending U.S. ground troops to mount a conventional war against Daesh (Islamic State) in Syria or at least wouldn’t rule it out.

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Journalist May Have Been Freed by the Egyptian Junta, but Press Freedom Is Still Hostage

Peter Greste, an Australian journalist working for Aljazeera English, has been released from an Egyptian prison after a 400-day ordeal in which he was jailed merely for reporting the news.

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Why the Israeli-Hezbollah Tit for Tat Probably Won’t Turn Into a War

Last week an Israeli helicopter gunship targeted Hezbollah outposts in Syria southwest of Damascus, near the front with the rebel Support Front (Syria al-Qaeda), which controls the Golan Heights on the Syrian side.

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King Abdullah: Royal Pain

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How Israel Went from Being a Democratic to a Republican Project

The audacity of Speaker of the House John Boehner colluding with the prime minister of a foreign country to undermine a sitting president is, I think, still not entirely appreciated.

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New Saudi King to Obama: Lower-Price Oil Policy Won’t Change

That Saudi Arabia is treated with kid gloves only has one explanation: It pumps over 10 percent of the petroleum produced daily in the world.

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Cutting Through the Hysteria Over Court’s Gaza War Probe

Here are the facts about the International Criminal Court’s examination of crimes committed in the 2014 fighting.

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Dozens of Top U.S. Officials Swarm Saudi Arabia to Hail the New King

President Obama cut short his trip to India, where he lectured the locals on women’s rights, to personally express his warm wishes to the new monarch of Saudi Arabia, a country where women are not allowed to drive and where women and men are beheaded for crimes including sorcery.

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Yemen Civil War? Masses Rally in Capital as the South Secedes

From 1967 to 1990, and again briefly in 1994, South Yemen was an independent country. Today, South Yemen is again an independent state.

Posted on Jan 26, 2015 READ MORE



Egypt Cancels Revolution Fete to Mourn the Saudi King Who Derailed Revolution

In a great irony, the Egyptian government attempted to cancel the commemoration of the January 25 revolution four years ago, on the grounds that the late King Abdallah of Saudi Arabia needed to be mourned.

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How Stable Is Saudi Arabia?

The kingdom faces a severe budget shortfall because of the plummeting price of petroleum, and all this instability takes place against a backdrop of substantial regional turmoil.

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U.S. Freezes Drone Strikes in Yemen as That Nation’s Government Falls

Thousands demonstrated in Sanaa on Saturday morning against the Houthi takeover of the Yemeni government.

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‘He Was Not a Benevolent Dictator, He Was a Dictator’

Dead at age 90, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia (at right) was praised by President Obama “as a force for stability and security in the Middle East and beyond.” But analysts accuse him of turning the Syrian uprising into a proxy war with Iran, and U.S. diplomatic cables identified the country as the world’s largest funder of militant Islamist groups.

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Israel’s Netanyahu Is Being Imported by GOP to Ensure a War With Iran

Republican House Majority leader John Boehner secretly invited Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to Washington to address Congress and then once it was set up he let Barack Obama know about it.

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A Breakdown of the Top Foreign Policy Points in Obama’s Speech

President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address slighted foreign policy in favor of touting domestic progress and proposing new domestic initiatives. But there were some foreign policy highlights worth underlining.

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Airstrike in Syria: Is Israel Trying to Help al-Qaida Fight Against Hezbollah and Iran?

There are several questions around the Israeli helicopter gunship strike on Mazari` al-Amal in Syria’s Quneitra Province, which killed Hezbollah personnel and an Iranian general.

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War Mania Will Only Fan Muslim Cultural Crisis in Europe

The upheaval in non-Muslim attitudes towards Muslims presents a bigger and more urgent problem than what the Muslims think about us, even when they kill us.

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Letter to a Young Army Ranger (From an Old One)

Rory Fanning, an Army Ranger who served with Pat Tillman and became a conscientious objector, writes this letter to young Americans targeted by Army recruiters. (At right, a recruiter.)

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Paris’ Place in the Middle Eastern Wars

The recent excitement in Paris produced an occasion of great surprise to an American observer, certainly to one who witnessed the transformational fear exacted from America’s governing elite by the 9/11 attacks in 2001.

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Br’er Rabbit and Br’er Fox

The folk-wisdom incorporated into the story of the Tar Baby and Br’er Rabbit applies to the Middle Eastern wars from which the United States and the West want to retreat, but again and again find themselves caught deep in the tar.

Posted on Jan 7, 2015 READ MORE



What Would Happen If the International Criminal Court Indicted Israel’s Netanyahu?

If the International Criminal Court takes up Israeli government actions in the occupied Palestinian territories, it could well find specific officials guilty of breaches of the Rome Statute of 2002.

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All Forms of Life Are Sacred

As long as animals are commodities in our society, nothing but property to be funneled into vast industrial slaughterhouses, it will be easy to treat our fellow humans in a similar manner.

Posted on Jan 4, 2015 READ MORE



President Obama’s Biggest Mideast Policy Challenges in 2015

Barack Obama wanted to be the president who got the U.S. out of Afghanistan and Iraq, and turned America’s diplomatic energies to the more promising Pacific Rim.

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Fight for Our Progressive Vision

Poll after poll shows that the American people support a progressive agenda that is not shared by the corporate media personalities who dominate the airwaves.

Posted on Dec 30, 2014 READ MORE



The Year Iraq Ceased to Exist: Will It Ever Again?

In 2014, Iraq was said to lose 42% of its territory to Daesh (the Arabic acronym for what our press calls Islamic State).

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Did Drought and Climate Change Cause Middle Eastern States to Collapse in 2014?

The Middle East, from North Africa to Afghanistan, has seen an unusual number of governments collapse in recent years.

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Did Iran Win 2014? Top 6 Iran Developments This Year

In 2014, Iran made news on a number of important fronts.

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How Bashar al-Assad’s Regime Came Back in the Syrian Civil War in 2014

In the course of 2014, two major trends, long since visible in the Syrian civil war, were strengthened.

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Have the Kurds Cut the Islamic State in Two, Blocking Supply Lines?

Al-Mada newspaper in Baghdad had an interesting article in the aftermath of the fall of Shinjar to the Iraqi Kurdistan Peshmerga.

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A Brief Military History of Israel and a Prediction for the Future

The armies of Israel once fought brilliantly and to the benefit of the state, but more recent conflicts targeting civilians only serve to isolate the country and alienate its most important allies.

Posted on Dec 23, 2014 READ MORE



Kurds Inflict First Major Defeat on Islamic State, Rescue Yezidis of Sinjar

The pan-Arab London daily, Al-Hayat reports that the Iraqi Kurdistan paramilitary, the Peshmerga, have taken Mt. Sinjar from Daesh (what Arabs call Islamic State).

Posted on Dec 22, 2014 READ MORE



Top 7 Ways Assassination Fails the U.S. as Policy

Wikileaks has released a government assessment of drone strikes aimed at assassinating top leaders.

Posted on Dec 20, 2014 READ MORE



The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars was finally released. Committee chairman Ron Wyden (D-OR) took to the Senate floor, and said…

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



Enter the Dragon: China Offers Iraq Aerial Strikes on Islamic State

The list of powers eager to see Islamic State defeated grew larger this weekend with a report that China would intervene against IS from the air.

Posted on Dec 16, 2014 READ MORE


Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits Zero Dark Thirty.

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Former CIA Interrogator Glenn Carle: Torture Is Unamerican

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: CIA veteran Glenn Carle takes us behind the scenes of a black site prison, Juan Cole says there isn’t a Mideast backlash, and Kasia Anderson revisits “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Posted on Dec 12, 2014 READ MORE


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