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The Long-Term Fight Against Terrorism

“A cancer that has no immediate cure” was not the most soothing metaphor President Obama could have chosen, but it was the most honest. He has no idea how to prevent another terrorist attack like the one in San Bernardino—and neither does anyone else, including his Republican critics.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE


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Not Just a Bunch of Killers, Islamic State Is Also a Methodical, Public-Minded Bureaucracy

About 340 official documents, notices, receipts and internal memos obtained by The Guardian show that Islamic State is also made up of bureaucrats and civil servants that have “set themselves to work creating rules and regulations on everything from fishing and dress codes to the sale of counterfeit brands and university admission systems.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



Obama vs. Islamic State: Freedom Is More Powerful Than Fear and We Refuse to Take the Bait (Video)

President Obama addressed the nation Sunday night, in an attempt to calm the public mood after the San Bernardino killers were tied to Islamic State—though the connection seems to spring merely from common radicalism and murderousness rather than any organizational tie.

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How Turkish President Erdogan Went Wrong: Dividing and Not Ruling (Video)

Recep Tayyip Erdogan, the president of Turkey, was once seen as a political breath of fresh air and a beacon of change in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Who Is Buying Islamic State’s Oil?

Oil is Islamic State’s lifeline—a business that provides the terrorist group with more revenue than any other source, helping to fund its war in Syria and Iraq, as well as providing electricity to the 10 million people living under the group’s control. So who are the individuals and groups involved in refining and selling this oil? And where does it end up?

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Common Denominator in Mass Shootings: Guns

Until our society recognizes that death comes from a gun, the list of place names that recently added Colorado Springs and San Bernardino will have no end.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



Sen. Ted Cruz: The U.S. Is Better Off With Assad in Power

He has broken ranks with neoconservative fellow Republicans to say that if elected president, he would not support the removal of Syrian president Bashar Assad or commit the United States to further “nation building” in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Sending Special Ops Troops to Fight Islamic State, but Do Iraqis Want Them?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday that the U.S. would send more special operations troops to Iraq to fight Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Stages Coup Against Its Own Press and Generals in Bid to Arm Syrian Militants (Video)

Turkey has jailed two very prominent journalists for publishing video of a Turkish intelligence convoy of weapons to Syrian militants. It has arrested several senior generals who ordered the search of the trucks.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Reels as Putin Imposes Stiff Economic Sanctions (Video)

The Russian sanctions announced by President Vladimir Putin on Saturday could have a severe impact on the Turkish economy.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Justifies Russian Tourism Ban on Turkey by Claiming That the Country Supports Radicalism

Russian President Vladimir Putin explained his rationale for asking Russian tourists to leave Turkey last week, and it is ominous.

Posted on Nov 30, 2015 READ MORE



Hollande and Putin Meet as France Considers an Alliance With the Syrian Army (Video)

French President Francois Hollande met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, in his marathon search for a “grand and unique coalition” against Islamic State (Daesh) in Syria.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake

The crux of the matter: We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, in warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing. Our humanity—in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Five Prerequisites for War Against Islamic State

No sane person welcomes war. Yet if we do go to war against Islamic State we must keep a watchful eye on five things.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 22, 2015 ENLARGE



For Paris: On Russian Missiles Hitting Syria as Islamic State Oil Facilities Are Targeted (Video)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed 36 on Friday—a week after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State. But bombing alone will not win the war with the militant group.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn That Drones Kill Civilians and Fuel Terror

Four former Air Force service members have publicly accused President Obama of lying about the effectiveness of his administration’s drone program, which they call one of the greatest forces for the creation of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


VIDEO: Keep Calm and Panic On









Posted on Nov 19, 2015 ENLARGE



Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

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Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Trail of Paris Attackers Winds to Terrorism’s Longtime Outpost: Belgium

Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s roots in Belgium throw light on the dark role the country plays in Europe’s terror threat. Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was the target of a police raid Wednesday on an apartment near the French capital.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Terror in Paris and Beirut: An Islamic State Reading Guide

What is Islamic State and how has the militant group grown to wield so much influence? ProPublica has rounded up some of the best reporting on the origins of the group, its role in the Syrian civil war and its ties to terrorist attacks across the world.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Standing Up for Refugees, Sanders Decries Post-Paris ‘Demagoguery’

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders reiterates his support for those fleeing war and violence in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Allegations Arise That Israeli Soldiers Are Planting Knives on Palestinians

Amira Hass writes in the Israeli newspaper Haaretz of incidents in which Israeli soldiers have reportedly killed unarmed Palestinians and possibly placed knives near them “after the fact.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



The Onion Predicted Years Ago That ‘a Million bin Ladens’ Would ‘Bloom’ From the Iraq War

A piece published in 2003 by the satirical news website seems like an eerie prophecy now that Islamic State is wreaking terror on the Middle East and beyond.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



How Islamic State Gets Its Way Whenever It Inspires Hate Toward Refugees

A Washington Post piece states that “one of the most persuasive arguments against equating refugees with terrorists is simple: It’s exactly what the Islamic State wants.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Whether Dealing With Jewish Refugees in ’30s or Syrians Today, U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

If we’re going to bomb Syria, we need to take care of the displaced.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 16, 2015 ENLARGE



Is Islamic State a Modern Raiding Pirate State? (Video)

Some analysts trying to understand Islamic State (also known as Daesh) have suggested that it differs from al-Qaida in its emphasis on taking and holding territory. But its current strategy shows it to be like the pirate enclaves of the early modern period.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



As the World Mourned the Paris Attack Victims, Who Grieved Over Lives Lost in the Beirut Bombings?

While across the globe, solidarity with France was displayed over the more than 100 killed in Paris on Friday, the victims of Beirut’s similar tragedy just the day before seemed to fall below the radar.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



No, Muslims Are Not More Violent Than People of Other Religions. Here Are the Facts to Prove It.

Terrorism is a tactic of extremists within each religion, and within secular religions of Marxism or nationalism. No religion, including Islam, preaches indiscriminate violence against innocents.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why EU Labeling of Israeli Squatter Goods Could Affect the Israeli Economy

The European Union will probably issue a ruling Wednesday that goods produced in the occupied Palestinian West Bank by Israeli squatters must be so labeled.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



What Obama Should Tell Netanyahu This Week (but Won’t)

Israel under Benjamin Netanyahu needs some tough love from friends, and President Obama has nothing to lose by applying this tough love now.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



Syria’s Christian Militia Comes to the Rescue as Thousands of Christians Flee Islamic State Approach

A Christian militia has been tapped by the regime of President Bashar Assad to reinforce the Syrian army’s attempt to keep Sadad from falling to the phony caliphate.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: How Islamic State Made Its Billions

This fascinating and informative video from Channel 4 News in the United Kingdom explains how Islamic State is using cash from oil, extortion, taxation and robbery to pay for jihad.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Where’s the Outrage Over the Beheadings in Saudi Arabia?

Although the Obama administration lacks the courage and decency to speak out against the Saudi killing machine, the rest of us have no reason to be constrained.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Bush Sr. Blames Neocons for Ruining W.’s Presidency: Is He Warning Jeb? (Video)

In interviews given for a new biography, George H.W. Bush, 91, lets loose against Dick Cheney and Donald Rumsfeld, whom he clearly blames for many of the failures of the presidency of his son, George W. Bush.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



‘Drone Papers’ Revelations Are a Cry for Ending the Slaughter

The unidentified whistleblower calls on Americans to demand that the government stop an illegal, immoral and ultimately ineffectual campaign. The method of picking people to assassinate is a travesty, the source says.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



In Rare Victory, Syrian Army Breaks Islamic State Siege of West Aleppo

The extensive Russian bombing campaign in support of the Syrian Arab Army of the Bashar Assad regime has yielded fewer victories than Moscow had hoped for, and some have been reversed by al-Qaida, Islamic State or other fighters.

Posted on Nov 5, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: With Ahmad Chalabi’s Death, the Passing of an Age of Lies

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi died of a heart attack in Iraq on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Shimon Peres Doubts Israel Can Win Permanent War or Survive Annexation of the West Bank

Former Israeli President Shimon Peres, 92, gave an interview with The Associated Press on Monday in which he spoke bluntly about the mistakes of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu but did not name him.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Watchdog Accuses Pentagon of Evading Questions on $800 Million Afghanistan Program

Despite lacking access to key documents and personnel, the inspector general determined that nearly $43 million had been spent on a natural gas station that should have cost closer to $300,000.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



9/11 Mastermind Urges Unity Between al-Qaida and Islamic State Against Russia and the U.S. (Video)

Al-Qaida leader Ayman al-Zawahiri called for unity between al-Qaida and Islamic State (Daesh) in the face of American, Russian and Shiite forces in Syria.

Posted on Nov 3, 2015 READ MORE



Putting U.S. Boots on the Ground in Syria Risks Conflict With Turkey, Not Russia (Video)

The White House announcement Friday that the U.S. will keep “less than 50” special-ops troops at a headquarters of the Kurdish YPG in northeast Syria for purposes of training and strategic counseling raised concerns in some quarters that Russia might inadvertently bomb American troops.

Posted on Nov 2, 2015 READ MORE



Why Islamic State Is a Vast Exaggeration and Can’t Actually Shoot Down Planes (Video)

Islamic State (Daesh) in the Sinai Peninsula made a big deal of claiming it shot down a Russian airliner Saturday morning. It did not.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE



Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

Posted on Nov 1, 2015 READ MORE


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