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Overcoming the Media Blockade in Gaza

According to the United Nations, one child has been killed in Gaza every hour for the past two days.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

Gaza as Sarajevo

The image of Israeli tank columns safely ranged on the periphery of Gaza methodically lobbing in round after round of supposedly precision-guided munitions (precision, that is, give or take the odd 25 person civilian family huddled together for the breaking of their Ramadan fast), sent me whistling back to my own time in Sarajevo, after the lifting of the siege there in the wake of the Dayton Accords in late 1995.

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AP/Lai Seng Sin

No One, Including Russia, Benefits From MH17 Crash

A barrage of mutual accusations and contradictory accounts has followed the downing of a Malaysian airliner over Eastern Ukraine on July 17.

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The Downside of Giving Weapons

The bodies and debris that rained from the Ukrainian sky offer a cautionary lesson about the danger of giving heavy weapons to non-state actors.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



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Will Flight 17 Sober Us Up?

American politics was trundling along on its usual unserious and trivial trajectory when news of the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 in Ukraine shook the world. Suddenly, the stakes in public life and foreign policy were very high.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Falluja and Gaza: Why Counterterrorism Fails When the Problem Is Political

There are such things as small terrorist groups that do a lot of harm and lack any significant social or political support.

Posted on Jul 19, 2014 READ MORE


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This Is Why War Goes On

When Israel’s President Benjamin Netanyahu and his propagandists repeat and repeat that Gaza’s Hamas is responsible for this crisis, they are wrong.

Posted on Jul 15, 2014 READ MORE



Richard Falk: U.N. and U.S. Won’t Do Anything About Israel, but Maybe Grass-Roots Efforts Can

The former United Nations Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights argues that in the face of Western diplomats’ and the media’s “cynical disregard” for the Palestinian struggle, it’s up to the rest of us to put pressure on Israel.

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The Court Trial of Bibi Netanyahu

Justice to Benjamin Netanyahu: “How do you plead to the crime against humanity of apartheid?”

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Republicans Do Nothing but Rant

Apparently there’s a contest among Republicans to see who can be more shameless and irresponsible in criticizing President Obama’s foreign policy. So far, Chris Christie is winning.

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AP/Khalil Hamra

Israel Is Captive to Its ‘Destructive Process’

The weeklong assault on Gaza is one more in a horrific series of steps similar to those in Nazi Germany that ended in the Holocaust.

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Pentagon Report Finds Litany of Problems With Effort to Recover MIAs

A draft inspector general report found that the mission lacks basic metrics for how to do the job—and when to end it.

Posted on Jul 12, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Khalil Hamra

The Algebra of Israeli Injustice Against Palestinian Children

The arrest, abuse and killing of Palestinian children rarely generates much outrage outside of the Middle East.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



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What Is ‘Iron Dome,’ Israel’s Not-So-Secret Weapon?

News reports on the exchange of missile and rocket fire between Israel and Gaza make frequent references to something called Iron Dome. So what is it? Does it work? And who pays for it?

Posted on Jul 9, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Khalil Hamra

Hamas Rockets Strike the Heart of Israel, but Death Toll Illustrates Israel’s Military Advantage

Israel continued its attacks on the Gaza Strip on Tuesday as militant Palestinian rockets landed in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Of the twenty-three people killed, all were Palestinian.

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U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Nicole Sikorski

How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

Posted on Jul 8, 2014 READ MORE



Tom Thai (CC-BY)

A Message for Patriots of All Persuasions

When the flags fly proudly on the Fourth of July, I remember what my late father taught me about love of country. Much as he despised the scoundrels and pretenders he liked to call “jelly-bellied flag flappers,” after a line in a favorite Rudyard Kipling story, he was deeply patriotic.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

Posted on Jul 7, 2014 READ MORE



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Pentagon Finally Decides to Dig Up Remains of Long Lost Soldier

After a ProPublica story, the military will exhume a grave in the Philippines that may hold the remains of Bud Kelder, an American POW whose family has long been fighting the Pentagon to get him home.

Posted on Jul 2, 2014 READ MORE



DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Eileen Kelly Fors, U.S. Navy

Will the New York Times Take Us to War Again?

I have never been much of a fan of the journalistic self-examination practiced by folks identified as "ombudsman" or "public editor." I changed my mind Sunday.

Posted on Jun 30, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Ready to Nominate New VA Chief

Given what happened to the former secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric Shinseki, whoever ends up filling his position has a tough row to hoe. If President Obama gets his way, former Procter & Gamble CEO Robert McDonald will apparently be the next man for the job.

Posted on Jun 29, 2014 READ MORE



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The Drone Dilemma

In our growing reliance on armed drones as instruments of war, how slippery is the slope we’re sliding on?

Posted on Jun 27, 2014 READ MORE



The Egyptian Counterrevolution Will Not Be Televised

Egypt sentenced three Al-Jazeera journalists this week to severe prison terms, in court proceedings that observers described as “farcical.”

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



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The Best Reporting on Children With Post-Traumatic Stress

This is what happens to children and teenagers exposed to violence in their own neighborhoods.

Posted on Jun 25, 2014 READ MORE



State Department

It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Calamity on an ‘Ungrateful Volcano’

Iraq is shattered and 300 U.S. military advisers can’t put the pieces back together. So now what? An old saying about the Middle East comes to mind: Things can always get worse.

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AP/Maya Alleruzzo

Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

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AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

Posted on Jun 22, 2014 READ MORE



Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq

It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.

Posted on Jun 19, 2014 READ MORE



Gage Skidmore (CC-BY-SA)

Dick Cheney’s Chutzpah

It’s not every day that a leader of the previous administration suggests that the current president is a “fool” and accuses him of intentionally weakening the United States.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

Posted on Jun 18, 2014 READ MORE



AP Photo/Jerome Delay

Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

Posted on Jun 17, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Lesson of Iraq

President Obama’s instincts about Iraq and Syria have been sound from the beginning: Greater U.S. engagement probably cannot make things better but certainly can make them worse, both for the people of the region and for our national interests.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



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7 Myths about the Radical Sunni Advance in Iraq

Already in the past week and a half, many assertions are becoming commonplace in the inside-the-Beltway echo chamber about Iraq’s current crisis that are poorly grounded in knowledge of the country. Here are some sudden truisms that should be rethought.

Posted on Jun 16, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

As Iraq Implodes, Hawks Still Have No Plan—Except ‘Blame Obama’

As the failed state of Iraq strains under attack from a jihadist force—the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria—all the usual suspects are popping up on the Senate floor to denounce the president.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Drafted by the National Security State

This country has changed a lot since I joined ROTC in 1981, was fingerprinted, typed for blood, and otherwise poked and prodded. Nowadays, in Fortress America, every one of us is, in some sense, government issue in a surveillance state gone mad.

Posted on Jun 13, 2014 READ MORE



Don’t Walk Away From War

Here are five straightforward lessons—none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country—that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare.

Posted on Jun 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

Robert Kagan and the Ruin of Ideas

Neoconservative commentator Robert Kagan, co-founder in 1997 of the Project for a New American Century, and after that institution crashed amid the ruins of Iraq, founder of its 2009 successor, the Foreign Policy Initiative, is continuing his crusade for a new Reaganism—which he construes as American world domination.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Pamela Alma Weymouth

Boys and Gun Love: A Thinking Mother’s Dilemma

My sons know how I feel about gunplay, yet the more I forbid it, the more their curiosity draws them toward these forbidden objects—the toy version of the lethal instruments at the center of our national debate.

Posted on Jun 10, 2014 READ MORE



Local Police Receive War’s Leftover Arms

As the wars overseas draw to something like a close, it’s not just battered GIs that come home. “The former tools of combat—M-16 rifles, grenade launchers, silencers and more—are ending up in local police departments, often with little public notice,” Matt Apuzzo writes at The New York Times.

Posted on Jun 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Welcome Home, Sergeant

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE


In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question—to anyone who still nurtured any doubt—is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of President Barack Obama.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE



Six Points Concerning Bergdahl

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home was the right thing to do, and President Obama did it in a mostly reasonable way.

Posted on Jun 6, 2014 READ MORE


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Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms?

The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Could Spare Israel Terrible Outcome

As long as Benjamin Netanyahu is prime minister and the character of the Israeli government remains unchanged, the Jewish state is locked into self-destruction.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE


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