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Why Washington’s War on Terror Failed: The Underrated Saudi Connection

By continuing contradictory policies in Iraq and Syria, the U.S. has ensured that ISIS can reinforce its fighters in those countries and vice versa. So far, Washington has been successful in escaping blame for the rise of ISIS by putting all the blame on the Iraqi government. In fact, it has created a situation in which ISIS can survive and may well flourish.

Posted on Aug 22, 2014 READ MORE



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Trapped in Qatar: Workers Say They Haven’t Been Paid in a Year (Video)

The rush to build up Qatar’s infrastructure ahead of the 2022 World Cup has come at an appalling human cost.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



Five Reasons Why I Refuse to Watch the World Cup

Soccer (or football, as the rest of the world refers to it) is the most popular sport globally. But can you love the game while hating the World Cup?

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



Truthdiggers of the Week: Al-Jazeera Journalists in Cairo Jail

Three journalists could see more than a decade in an Egyptian prison for the crime of doing their job, and the media and governments of the West are shamefully silent.

Posted on Jun 8, 2014 READ MORE



‘Friends of Syria’ Vow to Step Up Aid to Opposition

Western and Arab nations vowed Thursday to step up assistance for Syria’s moderate opposition, while the U.S. said “raw data” suggested chlorine had been used as a chemical weapon in the conflict.

Posted on May 15, 2014 READ MORE



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A New Arab Cold War: Saudi Arabia Pressures Qatar on Muslim Brotherhood, American Think Tanks

Saudi Arabia’s listing of the Muslim Brotherhood as a terrorist organization and the withdrawal of the Saudi, Kuwaiti and Bahrain ambassadors from Qatar signal a big geopolitical realignment in the Middle East.

Posted on Mar 10, 2014 READ MORE



AP/Arni Torfason

Iceland Sends Four Bank Bosses to the Slammer

The onetime CEO of Iceland’s Kaupthing Bank, one Hreidar Mar Sigurdsson, is going to jail for five and a half years for his part in his firm’s downfall—which also helped his country’s economy bottom out in 2008. He’ll be in good company.

Posted on Dec 12, 2013 READ MORE



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Qatar an ‘Open Jail’ for Nepalese Laborers Working in Slave-Like Conditions

The Gulf state of Qatar is building sites for the 2022 World Cup soccer tournament on the backs of thousands of Nepalese migrants working in appalling conditions. Dozens died this summer alone, many of them young men felled by heart failure.

Posted on Sep 26, 2013 READ MORE



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The Classic Military Runaround

For my trouble, on my return to the United States, I was detained at Kennedy Airport in New York by agents of the Department of Homeland Security. Their question for me: Was I planning to fight against U.S. forces in Afghanistan?

Posted on Jul 9, 2013 READ MORE



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U.S.-Taliban Peace Talks Suspended

Peace talks scheduled to begin Thursday between the United States and the Taliban faltered after the Afghan government complained that the Islamist political group’s newly opened Qatar office would be treated as a government-in-exile.

Posted on Jun 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Hussein Malla

Who Benefits If the Killing in Syria Continues?

“The best hope for an end to the killing in Syria is for the United States and Russia to push both sides in the conflict to agree to a ceasefire in which each holds the territory it currently controls,” Patrick Cockburn writes in The Independent.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE


Doha Climate Talks Roundup

An activist observer of the negotiations in Doha, Qatar, this week dismissed offers by developed countries as “an empty shell, an insult to our futures. There is literally no point in countries signing up to this sham of a deal, which will lock the planet in to many more years of inaction.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2012 READ MORE



A Carbon Tsunami in Doha

The 18th U.N. climate-change summit is taking place in the small but immensely wealthy Gulf emirate of Qatar, the largest per capita emitter of greenhouse gases in the world.

Posted on Dec 5, 2012 READ MORE



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How Can Cities Save Themselves? (Video)

A new report by a trio of British research and development groups surveys some of the world’s fastest-growing cities with an eye to the vulnerabilities they will face as global warming raises the sea level and temperatures.

Posted on Dec 4, 2012 READ MORE



GOP’s ‘Doomsday Plan,’ Cory Booker’s Food Stamp Challenge, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including the climate change deal President Obama is quietly putting together behind the scenes and Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer’s latest confrontation.

Posted on Dec 3, 2012 READ MORE



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An Open Letter to America’s Climate Envoy

For activists, negotiators and journalists interested in a prosperous human future, the U.N. climate negotiations held each year are grueling, emotionally draining events. In a letter to Todd Stern, Obama’s representative at talks going on now in Doha, Qatar, Nikki Hodgson of the Adopt a Negotiator Project captures the mood well.

Posted on Dec 2, 2012 READ MORE



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U.S. Climate Curbing Pledges Inadequate, Study Says

Despite climate negotiator Jonathan Pershing’s insistence that the U.S. deserves credit for its “enormous” efforts to stall global warming and help poor countries prepare for it, a scientific scorecard showed that the opposite is true.

Posted on Nov 30, 2012 READ MORE



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A Brief History of Climate Science

In 300 B.C., a student of Aristotle observed that humans could change regional temperatures by draining marshes and clearing forests. More than 2,000 years later, a Swede quantified carbon’s role in keeping the planet warm.

Posted on Nov 23, 2012 READ MORE



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Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Muzaffar Salman

Arab League Lands in Syria

Delegates from the Arab League arrived in Syria on Monday in yet another attempt to resolve the crisis that’s only intensified since the Syrian government made the evidently hollow gesture last week of agreeing to stop military-enabled assaults on its own people and allow observation from outside its borders.

Posted on Dec 26, 2011 READ MORE



Karmen Meyer (CC-BY)

The Durban Deal Is No Deal

Another round of climate negotiations, another vague promise to commit to something in the distant future and another slow-motion step toward disaster for the world’s poor and vulnerable. The Durban deal puts the U.N.’s 194 nations on track to begin negotiating a legally binding pact by 2015, six years after we were told to expect such a treaty in Copenhagen. (more)

Posted on Dec 11, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Kostas Tsironis

Syria Strikes Compromise With Help From Arab League

Remember the conflict in Syria? You know, the one involving President Bashar al-Assad and the protesters in his country clamoring for regime change? It’s still happening. Some 3,000 Syrians have lost their lives in the struggle, and ... (more)

Posted on Nov 2, 2011 READ MORE



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Infants More Likely to Survive in 40 Countries Other Than U.S.

The World Health Organization reported that babies born in the U.S. are more likely to die in their first month of life than are babies born in 40 other countries, including South Korea, Cuba, Malaysia, Lithuania, Poland and Israel. (more)

Posted on Aug 31, 2011 READ MORE


al-Bashir at summit
AP photo / Hassan Ammar

Sudan’s President Shows Up at Arab Summit

Despite the arrest warrant recently issued for him by the International Criminal Court, Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir has made a defiant move by showing up in Qatar to attend the 21st Arab League summit meeting, at which United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon was also slated to appear.

Posted on Mar 30, 2009 READ MORE


Salim el-Hoss
secint50.un.org

Human Rights Defenders Have It Tough in the Mideast

Dr Salim el-Hoss is 80 now but remains a staunch defender of human rights and democracy, an opponent of the death penalty and an outspoken supporter of Palestinians. When I recommended to him a long article on American torture, he read it right through to the end and then put the paper down with a slap on his knee. “Terrible, terrible,” he muttered.

Posted on Mar 21, 2009 READ MORE


MIR May 23 report

Two Mideast Peace Stories, for a Change

The Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at two welcome developments in the Middle East: On Wednesday, Israel and Syria said they had begun indirect talks in Turkey, the first confirmation in eight years of negotiations between the long-time enemies. On that same day, the Gulf state of Qatar scored a diplomatic coup by pulling off a deal intended to end Lebanon’s protracted crisis.

Posted on May 23, 2008 READ MORE


Jovial in Qatar
AP photo / Hasan Jamali

Lebanon’s Leaders Reach Deal

The Lebanese government and the Hezbollah opposition group came to a power-sharing agreement Wednesday, potentially marking the end to the country’s two-year-old political crisis, which only weeks ago erupted in clashes that left 65 people dead. The move, which some analysts say may benefit Hezbollah more than the Western-backed government, has been hailed by the parties directly involved and others, including the U.S. as well.

Posted on May 21, 2008 READ MORE


Giuliani
villagevoice.com

An Anti-Terror Hero’s Dubious Ties

Rudy Giuliani likes to pretend that he’s the world’s greatest terrorism fighter, but it turns out that his business empire has contracted with a Qatari sheik who once helped Khalid Sheikh Muhammad escape the FBI. The Village Voice has the goods.

Posted on Nov 28, 2007 READ MORE


Bin Laden Releases Another Tape

This time he’s railing against the U.S. for cutting off aid to the Hamas-led Palestinian government.

Posted on Apr 23, 2006 READ MORE


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