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Media Coverage of Manchester Victims Should Be a Model for All Young Victims of War

As we process the suicide bombing in England, we should brace for another wave of innocent casualties, this time in Yemen, the target of U.S.-supported Saudi Arabian bombardment.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE



Why the Streets of Saudi Arabia Were So Quiet During Trump’s Visit

Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It’s also against the law to “distort the reputation of the kingdom” or “break allegiance with the ruler.”

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Trump’s Speech on Islam Is Just as Bizarre as Everything Else He Does

The president’s speech in Saudi Arabia was written by senior adviser Stephen Miller, who once organized Orwellian “Two Minutes Hate” sessions against Muslims.

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Trump Signs ‘Tremendous’ Deals With Saudi Arabia on His First Day Overseas

Included are $110 billion in American arms sales and other agreements that the Trump administration said will create hundreds of thousands of U.S. jobs.

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Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit

The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

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Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen

Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

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Forbidden Questions: 24 Key Issues Ignored by the Washington Elite and the Media

The media’s obsession with Donald Trump provides an excuse for highlighting trivia while slighting issues that deserve far more attention.

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Women Beware: Saudi Arabia to Help Shape Global Standards for Female Equality

Voting a country notorious for its poor treatment of women onto a United Nations commission to promote female empowerment is the height of hypocrisy.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE



Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History

Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

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Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate

As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

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In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars

The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

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The Pandora’s Box of War

Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

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Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria

The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

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Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight

The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

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Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War—and Worsen the Resulting Food Shortage—in Yemen?

Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.

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Donald Trump Meets the Heir Apparent of the Saudi Throne: Oil Boycott or Bromance?

Prince Muhammad bin Salman is likely to come away empty handed in the most important dispute—the one over Syria.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE



Eight Mideast Stories That Shaped Our World in 2016

If we set aside the glib talking points of U.S. politicians and many pundits, what were the big stories this year that actually did—or likely will—affect the American public deeply?

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Glenn Greenwald on Who’s to Blame for Trump’s Election

The Intercept journalist lays out why the Democratic Party needs to take responsibility.

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Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’

In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

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Julian Assange Speaks About Hillary Clinton, the U.S. Election and the Litany of Charges Against Him

In a 25-minute interview, WikiLeaks’ founder gives an analysis of the emails he published from the personal account of John Podesta (Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign chairman), and much more.

Posted on Nov 5, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Another Saudi War Crime in Yemen as 43 Prisoners Die in Airstrike

It isn’t that hard, Riyadh. If you think taking the shot will possibly kill noncombatants, especially a lot of noncombatants, you can’t take it.

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‘On Contact’: Chris Hedges and Medea Benjamin on the U.S.-Saudi Alliance

On this week’s episode of RT’s “On Contact,” the Truthdig columnist and the author of “Kingdom of the Unjust: Behind the U.S.-Saudi Connection,” explore why Saudi Arabia remains one of the United States’ closest allies in the Middle East in spite of the monarchy’s record of human rights abuses.

Posted on Oct 31, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



After Profiting From Weapons Sales and Then Bombing Yemen, U.S. Calls for a Cease-Fire

The United States and United Kingdom call for an unconditional cease-fire in the conflict “within hours.”

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U.S. Is Now Openly at War With Houthis in Yemen (Video)

The Obama administration should dissociate itself from the Saudi-led war and open its own lines of communication with the Houthis, because seeing the insurgents as proxies for Iran is geopolitical paranoia.

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Photo of the Week: Rockets Explode as Media Spin Escalation of a U.S. War in Yemen

Mainstream internet, print and broadcast journalists reported a recent U.S. attack on rebel-controlled radar facilities in Yemen as though the White House hasn’t supported Saudi Arabia’s war there for 18 months.

Posted on Oct 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Is the U.S. Vulnerable to War Crimes Charge for Supporting Saudi Bombing of Innocents in Yemen?

Internal government documents exposed Monday by Reuters reveal that the Obama administration has long known that the 18-month military campaign in Yemen is killing thousands of civilians and could implicate the United States in war crimes.

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How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans

President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

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Former Sen. Bob Graham: FBI Covered Up Saudi Leaders’ Role in 9/11 Attacks

What a difference 28 pages can make—especially when they are a recently declassified portion of the 2002 congressional inquiry, chaired by Graham, into the horrific events of Sept. 11, 2001. (Pictured, then-President George W. Bush with a Saudi diplomat.)

Posted on Sep 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



What Was Saudi Arabia’s Involvement in 9/11?

The Sept. 11, 2001, attacks were a direct outgrowth of the fundamentalist Wahhabist ideology that defines the oil-rich kingdom. For this reason alone, the Saudi regime should be held accountable.

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Saudi Bigot-in-Chief Declares Iranian Shiites ‘Not Muslim’ (Video)

The statement by the chief mufti for the interpretation of Muslim law in Saudi Arabia is a huge step back from the limited progress the Saudis had made toward being a more inclusive country.

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Glenn Greenwald: Regardless of Trump, Journalists Must Do Their Homework and Investigate Clinton

Donald Trump has become “such a kind of dangerous presence on the American landscape that a lot of people have become afraid of doing their jobs and scrutinizing his opponent,” the Intercept co-founder told “Democracy Now!”

Posted on Aug 29, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


Mainstream Media Are Ignoring U.S. Accountability in Saudi Arabia’s Destruction of Yemen

Journalist Andrew Cockburn has written extensively on the slaughter of Yemeni people at the hands of the Saudis. In a recent interview on “Democracy Now!”, he argues that this is a “very cruel war that we are helping to wage.”

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Death to the Death Penalty in California

Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

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The Man Who Captured Abu Zubaydah Says It’s Time to End His Ordeal and Send Him Home

If the government decides you are an “enemy combatant,” you cannot defend yourself in court. It’s a terrible precedent and a threat even to U.S. citizens. We should immediately release the alleged terrorist.

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Saudis Bomb Yemen’s Capital City During ‘Million-Person March’

During a massive demonstration by members of the Houthi Ansarullah movement Saturday, Saudi Arabian fighter jets targeted downtown Sanaa—arguably a war crime.

Posted on Aug 21, 2016 READ MORE



Arab Street Shocked as Saudi Delegation Visits Israel (Video)

The visit to Israel of a former Saudi military intelligence officer, Gen. Anwar Eshki, came as a body blow to the Arab in the street.

Posted on Jul 25, 2016 READ MORE



Force Reform in Saudi Arabia With a Thousand Cuts

Despite new evidence of Saudi complicity revealed in the 9/11 report’s “28 pages,” the Saudis keep getting a free ride from the lemmings in Congress. Here’s how to ratchet up pressure on the regime.

Posted on Jul 19, 2016 READ MORE



‘28 Pages’ on Saudi Links to 9/11 Are Declassified

The documents, which the United States kept secret for years, show the relationship between financial backers of the 9/11 hijackers and individuals connected to the Saudi government.

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It Is Time to Notice That Horrible Mass Bombings Are Targeting Muslims

It is necessary to call the brutal actions of mass murderers deviant behavior, not radical Islam.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State’s Attacks on Saudi Arabia Are Aimed at Undermining the Monarchy’s Legitimacy

Saudi Arabia was rocked Monday by three terrorist attacks, presumably the work of Islamic State, that were symbolically orchestrated to cause maximum tension in the kingdom.

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Rights Groups Urge U.N. to Boot Saudi Arabia From Human Rights Council

“What’s particularly shocking is the deafening silence of the international community, which has time and again ceded to pressure from Saudi Arabia,” said Philippe Bolopion, deputy director for global advocacy at Human Rights Watch.

Posted on Jun 30, 2016 READ MORE



The Greater Middle East Reacts to Britain’s Exit From the EU (Video)

The oil-rich countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council may see additional buying opportunities in the British market in the wake of Brexit.

Posted on Jun 26, 2016 READ MORE



Obama Strategist Helps Uber Secure $3.5 Billion From Saudi Arabia

As part of the deal, the managing director of Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund will take a seat on the controversial car-hailing company’s board.

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NYT Editors: Saudi Arabia Spends ‘Untold Millions’ Promoting Militant Islam

Influential groups within the Islamic country have undermined U.S. interests abroad for years, and their exploitation of U.S.-aided Kosovo as a breeding ground for violent reactionaries is only the “latest chapter in this long, sorrowful history,” writes the editorial board of The New York Times.

Posted on May 28, 2016 READ MORE



Look at the Lobbyists Clinton and Wasserman Schultz Picked to Write the Democratic Party’s Platform

The leading Democratic presidential candidate and the party chair appointed influence peddlers with ties to weapons makers, hedge funds and Wal-Mart to the committee responsible for drafting the party’s policies.

Posted on May 26, 2016 READ MORE



The Desperate Plight of Petrostates

Once so wealthy from oil sales that they could finance wars, megaprojects, and domestic social peace simultaneously, Russia, Saudi Arabia and others are now beset by internal strife or are on the brink of collapse as oil prices remain at ruinously low levels.

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