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The Backstory on Bernie Sanders and Israel-Palestine: Why Is He So Quiet About the Mideast Tragedy?

Considering the elevated role of the Israel-Palestine issue in progressive circles, and Sanders’ continued success leading up to the primaries, it’s worth revisiting the candidate’s history on the topic and his early approach to foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 12, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. to Ax $500 Million Scheme to Train Syrian Rebels

As the Russian military intervenes directly to support the Syrian government, the U.S. will end a $500 million program to train and equip “moderate” Syrian rebels to fight Islamic State.

Posted on Oct 9, 2015 READ MORE

Why the U.S. Owns the Rise of Islamic State and the Syria Disaster

Over the past three decades, U.S. covert operations and wars have entered repeatedly and powerfully into the chain of causality leading to Islamic State’s present power.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Continues Hiring Spree of U.S. Lobbyists and Public Relations Experts

Foreign lobbying disclosure documents reveal that the government of Saudi Arabia, known for its grotesque human rights abuses, is aggressively seeking to expand its influence in Washington, D.C.

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 READ MORE

The Skies of the Mideast

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Protests Inclusion of LGBT Rights in U.N. Development Agenda

The United Nations Sustainable Development Goals program sets a series of “ambitious targets” for the U.N.’s 193 member states, related to poverty, equality and ending climate change. Saudi Arabia is insisting the organization remove LGBT rights from the agenda, saying they are “counter to Islamic law.” 

Posted on Oct 2, 2015 READ MORE

Befriending the Saudis Highlights U.S. Hypocrisy on Human Rights

Washington long has had an unholy alliance with one of the world’s worst abusers. We must cut those ties in order to start reconciling our actions with our supposed support for rights and dignity.

Posted on Oct 1, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Airforce

Posted on Sep 30, 2015 READ MORE

The U.N.: Pretending to Oppose War for 70 Years—an Open Letter

This open letter to United Nations Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon states that the U.N. Charter has “been used to advance and misused to impede the cause of peace,” and it calls for “a rededication to [the charter’s] original goal of saving succeeding generations from the scourge of war.”

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Airstrike in Yemen Kills 38 People Celebrating a Wedding

Thirty-eight revelers are dead after Saudi-led airstrikes targeting Yemen’s Shiite rebels hit a wedding party Monday.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our ‘Proliferated’ World

Kissinger’s policies toward Iran and Saudi Arabia accelerated radicalization in the region, laying the groundwork, step by catastrophic step, for the region’s spiraling crises of the present moment.

Posted on Sep 28, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia and Human Rights Council

Posted on Sep 26, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Regime in Crisis Mode as Hajj Stampede Death Toll Reaches 717

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was working on disaster containment and prevention strategies after Thursday’s mass tragedy in Mina, where at least 717 people were killed and 863 others injured in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: U.S. Is Greatest Threat to World Peace

In a speech titled “On Power and Ideology” delivered at The New School for Social Research in Manhattan on Saturday, world-renowned political dissident Noam Chomsky discussed the persistent notion of U.S. exceptionalism, Republican efforts to torpedo the Iran nuclear deal, and the normalization of U.S.-Cuba relations.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE

VIDEO: Why Is Saudi Arabia Heading the U.N. Human Rights Council?

Saudi Arabia has been accused of human rights abuses for decades, from suppressing dissent to beheading people for minor crimes. So why has it been appointed to head a U.N. human rights panel?

Posted on Sep 23, 2015 READ MORE

The U.S. Has a Duty to the ‘Tempest-Tost’ Syrians

In addition to accepting more refugees, the United States must stop providing weapons, training and funding to the armed opposition forces and enlist Russia and Iran in pursuing a diplomatic solution to this tragic conflict.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE

It’s Time to Break With Saudi Arabia’s ‘Kingdom of Horrors’

A flood of U.S. defense dollars long has supported Saudi Arabia, a hideous human rights abuser. Ending the U.S.-Saudi alliance could bring an enormous peace dividend to Americans.

Posted on Sep 15, 2015 READ MORE

Where Is Our Jeremy Corbyn?

The election of the socialist to head Britain’s Labour Party is a harbinger of the global revolt against neoliberalism, corporate tyranny and the U.S. war machine. It is time Americans join the fight.

Posted on Sep 13, 2015 READ MORE

The Migrant Crisis: Arms That Welcome, Arms That Kill

Ironically, many migrants are running toward the very countries that sold the weapons that are fueling the warfare they are fleeing.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE

As Many Governments Flail, Ordinary Europeans Are Making Extraordinary Gestures to Help Refugees

Immersed in the greatest refugee crisis since World War II, the European Union cannot get it together. But ordinary Europeans are doing amazing things.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE

U.S. Is Finalizing a $1 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In a move to allay the Persian Gulf state’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal, the Pentagon is completing an agreement to provide weapons for the Saudi military effort against Islamic State and Yemen.

Posted on Sep 4, 2015 READ MORE

Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE

Bernie Sanders’ Policy Backing Saudi Intervention Needs to Change Now

Calling for further intervention by the Saudi monarchy in the battle against Islamic State is like saying the Koch Brothers need to get more involved in U.S. politics.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Is Executing a Person Every Two Days on Average

According to Amnesty International, Saudi Arabia has executed at least 175 people in the past year, as the rate of beheadings soars under King Salman.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE

Why Are We Ignoring the War on Yemen?

Key human rights groups have warned about war crimes and mass starvation in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led war on Yemen. But almost as stunning as the atrocities there is the silence of politicians and the public.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Defying Saudis and Iran, Muslim Thinkers Call for Action on Climate Change at Istanbul Conference

Attendees from 20 countries at this week’s International Islamic Climate Change Symposium in Istanbul produced—and 60 of them signed—a declaration warning of the dangers of climate change and urging urgent action to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

Posted on Aug 19, 2015 READ MORE

Why an Oil Glut May Lead to a New World of Energy

While most oil-company executives continue to insist that a turnaround is sure to occur in the near future, some analysts are beginning to wonder if oil’s diminished profitability doesn’t actually signal a fundamental transformation of the industry.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE

Has Iran Cut Off Hamas? Is Hamas Turning to Saudi Arabia? (Video)

Newsweek is reporting that Iran has cut off funding to Hamas in Gaza, citing Israeli journalism and Hamas sources.

Posted on Jul 29, 2015 READ MORE

Are Arab Oil Monarchies Divided Over the Iran Deal? (Video)

There is reason to think that the fabulously wealthy Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), comprised of Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates and Oman, is deeply divided over the U.N. Security Council deal with Iran.

Posted on Jul 23, 2015 READ MORE

Winners and Losers of the Iran Deal in the Greater Middle East (Video)

The end of most U.N. and European sanctions on Iran and the likely end of U.S. third-party sanctions are shaping how regional states see the Vienna agreement between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council plus Germany.

Posted on Jul 18, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Nukes

Posted on Jul 17, 2015 READ MORE

WikiLeaks Documents Reveal Saudi Effort to Undermine Iran

Thousands of Saudi documents recently released by WikiLeaks detail an extensive government apparatus dedicated in recent years to undermining Shiite Iran while spreading Saudi Arabia’s strict version of Sunni Islam.

Posted on Jul 16, 2015 READ MORE

Why a U.S. Alliance With al-Qaida Is a Crazy Idea

With U.S. Middle East strategy in tatters, some experts are advocating that the U.S. ally with al-Qaida against Islamic State. Here’s why such a cold-blooded plan is pure folly—and what we should call for instead.

Posted on Jun 30, 2015 READ MORE

What Have We Learned From WikiLeaks’ Saudi Arabia Documents?

So far, a massive WikiLeaks release of tens of thousands of confidential and top secret Saudi Arabian government documents has shown the country’s royalty racking up huge unpaid bills, government officials discussing how to undermine Iran and a strong dislike of Israel.

Posted on Jun 22, 2015 READ MORE

Islamic State Blows Up Shiite Mosque in Saudi Arabia, Seeking Sectarian Civil War

A suicide bomber with a concealed weapon detonated his payload during Friday prayers at the Ali b. Abi Talib Mosque in Qadif, a suburb of the major Shiite city of Qatif in the Eastern Province of Saudi Arabia.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia Seeking to Head the U.N. Human Rights Council (Yes, Really)

This surprising news comes just days after the kingdom posted a job advertisement for eight new executioners amid a soaring execution rate.

Posted on May 21, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Arabia as the Incredible Hulk: King Salman Snubs Obama’s Gulf Summit

Watching Riyadh, the capital of Saudi Arabia nowadays, is like Kremlin-watching in the old days of the Cold War.

Posted on May 11, 2015 READ MORE

Iran Remains a U.S. Enemy Because Military Contractors Want It That Way

“The US national security state, which has the power to block any attempt” by President Obama to forge a new, friendlier relationship with Iran, “has fundamental long-term interests in the continuation of the policy of treating Iran as an enemy,” writes Gareth Porter at Al-Jazeera.

Posted on May 4, 2015 READ MORE

Airstrikes Continue After Saudi Arabia Ends Bombing in Yemen

Saudi Arabia’s decision to end its bombing campaign against Houthi rebels in Yemen was called into doubt when a new airstrike hit the southern city of Aden just hours after the announcement. Another airstrike occurred in Taiz.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE

Mind-Boggling Conundrums in the Middle East

As we look to the future of the Afghanistan-Pakistan area, it’s important to understand the historic role of American geostrategic shenanigans. A shifting global economic balance and the fortunes of American arms manufacturers are further complicating matters.

Posted on Apr 14, 2015 READ MORE

Eastern Europe’s Military Budgets Are Inching Up, but U.S. Still Dominates

Russia and its NATO neighbors in the Baltic have expanded their military budgets, but the U.S. continues to lead the world in military spending by far.

Posted on Apr 13, 2015 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Margot Wallström

Sweden’s foreign minister has done what few Western officials have been willing to: denounce Saudi Arabia for its appalling human rights record. Now, Sweden has put its money where her mouth is, but will it cave in to pressure from Arabs and big business?

Posted on Apr 12, 2015 READ MORE

UNICEF: One-Third of Fighters in Yemen Are Children

Children make up a third of the combatants in Yemen’s conflict with Saudi Arabia, says a U.N. official.

Posted on Apr 10, 2015 READ MORE

In Morocco, the Dawn of a Green Energy Revolution

In the Arab world, Morocco is the most serious about renewable energy, which is now powering its transformation from a poverty-stricken agricultural country to a modern industrial nation.

Posted on Apr 6, 2015 READ MORE

What If U.S. and U.N. Sanctioned Israel Over Its Nukes as They Did Iran Over Its Enrichment Program?

There is a lot of talk about nuclear proliferation in the Middle East and the ways in which an Iranian bomb would provoke Saudi Arabia and others to acquire nuclear warheads of their own. But for decades, the primary impetus to a nuclear arms race in the region has been Israel.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE

Saudi Scholar: ‘Yemen Has Not Shot a Single Bullet at the Saudi Government’

Ali al-Ahmed, executive director of the Institute for Gulf Affairs, a human rights advocacy think tank, explains why the U.S.-supported, Saudi-led attack on Yemen is a blatant act of illegal aggression.

Posted on Apr 2, 2015 READ MORE

Lebanon’s Shiite Hezbollah Slams Saudi Attack on Yemen (Video)

Hasan Nasrallah, the secretary-general of Hizbullah, Lebanese Shiite party-militia, weighed in on Friday on the Saudi intervention in Yemen.

Posted on Apr 1, 2015 READ MORE

Egypt’s President Backs Proposal for United Arab Military Force

Egyptian president and former defense minister Abdel Fattah al-Sisi has backed calls to create a unified Arab force capable of opposing regional security threats and called the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led intervention in Yemen the “inevitable” result of meddling by a foreign power, namely non-Arab Iran.

Posted on Mar 29, 2015 READ MORE

‘Left, Right & Center’: War in Yemen, President Cruz?, Harry Reid Will Retire (Video)

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss a new proxy war in the Middle East as the U.S. supports Saudi-led airstrikes in Yemen. Also, Ted Cruz announces his run for president and Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid says he will not seek re-election.

Posted on Mar 28, 2015 READ MORE

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