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Dispatches From Cairo: Manipulating the Mob

Egypt’s massive youth movement—clueless, courageous and as easily provoked as a crowd of edgy football fans—has been played.

Posted on Sep 12, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Brennan Linsley

How Little We Know About the Origins of 9/11

For a decade, the main questions about 9/11 have gone unanswered while the alleged perpetrators who survived the attacks have never been publicly cross-examined as to their methods and motives.

Posted on Sep 8, 2011 READ MORE



vegatripy (CC-BY-ND)

Homeland Security Office Creates ‘Intelligence Spam,’ Insiders Say

The Office of Intelligence and Analysis at the Department of Homeland Security was envisioned as the center of gravity in a new era of domestic security, but it has done little to improve the accuracy and quality of the nation’s intelligence data.

Posted on Sep 6, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Sergey Ponomarev

Libya: Here We Go Again

I know enough of Libya, a country I covered for many years as the Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times, to assure you that the chaos and bloodletting have only begun.

Posted on Sep 5, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

The Election March of the Trolls

The trolls have gamed the system. There is no economic, political or environmental reform that can be implemented to impede the march of the corporate state.

Posted on Aug 28, 2011 READ MORE



Paul Keller (CC-BY)

Taking the Justice Out of the Justice System

As the 10th anniversary of 9/11 approaches, the unexpected extent of the damage Americans have done to themselves and their institutions is coming into better focus.

Posted on Aug 21, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



Jon Rawlinson (CC-BY)

God Bless Cantankerous Old Men

When Michael Jackson died a few years ago, my father, who is 72, called me to complain. “What the hell is this Max Jackoff business?”

Posted on Aug 1, 2011 READ MORE



Kevin Dooley (CC-BY)

Why China Is Laughing All the Way to the Bank

A downgrading of U.S. Treasury securities will mean enormous and completely unnecessary increases in our interest payments to the nation’s largest creditor—and our most important competitor in the international arena.

Posted on Jul 29, 2011 READ MORE



Martin Abegglen (CC-BY-SA)

The Terrorist Threat We’re Ignoring

For decades, trade-related reporting has mostly focused on jobs. Left almost completely unmentioned are other concerns that free-trade critics have raised—concerns about the environment, human rights and, yes, national security.

Posted on Jul 21, 2011 READ MORE



Illustration by Mr. Fish

America’s Disappeared

Torture, prolonged detention without trial, sexual humiliation, rape, disappearance, extortion, looting, random murder and abuse have become, as in Argentina during the Dirty War, part of our own subterranean world of detention sites and torture centers.

Posted on Jul 18, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Andrew Smith

Why Does the War Go On?

The many contradictions in President Obama’s speech about Afghanistan Wednesday night were perhaps intended to obscure the bottom line: Tens of thousands of American troops will remain for at least three more years, some of them will be maimed or killed, and Obama offered no good reason why.

Posted on Jun 23, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Staff Sgt. Larry E. Reid Jr.

Declare Victory—and Leave

Slender threads of hope are nice but do not constitute a plan. Nor do they justify continuing to pour American lives and resources into the bottomless pit of Afghanistan.

Posted on Jun 9, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Muhammed Muheisen

Reflections on Israel: From Idealism to Ethnic Cleansing

When I was a youngster learning Jewish history in Jerusalem’s schools, the story was clear and even simple. “A land without people for a people without land.” Well, there are several striking problems with this aphorism.

Posted on Jun 8, 2011 READ MORE



Kenny Louie (CC-BY)

Hack Us and We’ll Bomb You

The Pentagon has decided to treat Internet-borne attacks on the United States as acts of war. The change is motivated in part by a brewing leet arms race with China and Russia. Essentially the U.S. is playing catch-up in what someone from the 1990s would call “cyberspace” and the military is buying time by creating, it hopes, a deterrent. (more)

Posted on May 31, 2011 READ MORE



Libyan Intervention Exposes European Disunity

The European intervention in Libya has provided a needed practical demonstration of the European states’ ability to influence world affairs, while at the same time discrediting the expectation that the European Union itself can or will conduct a united foreign and security policy.

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

The Speech Obama Should Have Given to AIPAC

Former “60 Minutes” producer Barry Lando imagines what the president might have said to the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE


Time for Peace Is Running Out, Obama Tells Israel Lobby

Speaking to the AIPAC conference on Sunday, the president said “The status quo is unsustainable” and “Delay will undermine Israel’s security and the peace that the Israeli people deserve.” He also softened his call in a Thursday speech for a return to the 1967 borders, which didn’t go over well with Israel’s hard-liners—like the prime minister.

Posted on May 22, 2011 READ MORE



Stewart Butterfield (CC-BY)

Turning the Camera on the Police

What’s good for the police apparently isn’t good for the people—or so the law enforcement community would have us believe when it comes to surveillance.

Posted on May 19, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Reset: Arab Spring or Same Old Thing?

If you follow the words, one Middle East comes into view; if you follow the weapons, quite another.

Posted on May 17, 2011 READ MORE



NASA / Bill Ingalls

Queen to Visit the One That Got Away

The queen of England is headed to Ireland despite a bomb threat and other security concerns. She’ll be the first British monarch to visit the republic in 100 years, the first since the Irish—most of them, anyway—cast off British rule.

Posted on May 16, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC2 Kyle D. Gahlau

SEALs, Grandma Obama Getting ‘Pumped Up’ Security

Defense Secretary Robert Gates says, “We are looking at what measures can be taken to pump up the security” of the mysterious Navy SEAL team that shot Osama bin Laden, after said SEALs expressed concerns. Over in Kenya, the government says it will inspect all visitors to the Obama compound.

Posted on May 12, 2011 READ MORE


Obama’s Luke Skywalker Moment

The first GOP presidential debate transpired last week with relatively little notice. For Republicans, that’s the good news.

Posted on May 9, 2011 READ MORE


Tough Enough

The performance of the president and those around him should permanently dispel the perennial right-wing slur against Democratic leaders as deficient in the strength and courage to defend our security.

Posted on May 6, 2011 READ MORE



U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Efren Lopez

A Fork in the Road: Where the U.S. Goes From Here

Killing Osama bin Laden leaves the United States facing two doors that open two ways into the future.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE



Creative Commons / Rob Brown

Airstrikes Alone Aren’t Enough in Eastern Libya

The fight in Libya is moving closer to the ground as NATO commanders admitted Tuesday that airstrikes alone cannot hold back Moammar Gadhafi’s powerful attacks on rebel-held Misrata. (more)

Posted on Apr 19, 2011 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English

27 Killed in Latest Syrian Protest

At least 27 demonstrators are dead at the hands of Syrian security forces as new protests against the government of President Bashar al-Assad erupted Friday in the southern city of Daraa.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



Navin Shetty Brahmavar (CC-BY)

Saudis Play Into Radical islam’s Hands

When the secret history of the current “Arab Spring” is written, we may learn that one of the many unintended consequences of U.S. attempts to keep up with—and influence—the historic events was to provide a flood of new recruits to radical Islam.

Posted on Apr 8, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Reed Saxon

This Is What Resistance Looks Like

The phrase consent of the governed has been turned into a cruel joke. There is no way to vote against the interests of Goldman Sachs. Civil disobedience is the only tool we have left.

Posted on Apr 4, 2011 READ MORE


What About Syria?

One historical purpose of presidential speeches has been to buy time to give presidents’ policies a chance to work out.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE


Obama Addresses His Third Muslim War

The president made an effort Monday evening to explain, and perhaps to sell, his Libya strategy, saying “when our interests and values are at stake, we have a responsibility to act.”

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



Al-Jazeera English (CC-BY-ND)

The Sleeping Giants of Tiny Bahrain

Washington’s tendency to handle the Bahraini monarchy with kid gloves and to defer to the Saudis is ill serving the stability of the Persian Gulf. Risking the radicalization of Bahrain’s Shiite community may be a very bad idea.

Posted on Mar 29, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Jacques Brinon

The Collapse of Globalization

The last people who should be in charge of our food supply or our social and political life, not to mention the welfare of sick children, are corporate capitalists and Wall Street speculators.

Posted on Mar 28, 2011 READ MORE


A Mission Wrapped in Confusion

Is it just me? Am I the only one who’s utterly confused about the rationale, goals, tactics and strategy of the U.S.-led military intervention in Libya? Thought not.

Posted on Mar 24, 2011 READ MORE


Aristide’s Return to Haiti: A Long Night’s Journey Into Day

Late at night on March 17, former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide boarded a small plane with his family in Johannesburg. The following morning, he arrived in Haiti. It was just over seven years after he was kidnapped from his home in a U.S.-backed coup d’etat.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Akira Suemori

No Laws, No Secrets: The Anarchist Creed of Julian Assange

About the only intelligent thing the U.S. government has said to date about Julian Assange is that the man is an “anarchist.” What they don’t seem to get is that he is channeling Thomas Paine.

Posted on Mar 22, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Inconsistent Principles

There’s a problem when world leaders announce fervid support for universal principles: There is no way to avoid having those highflying words flung back at them at another time, during some other crisis, when they will have no choice but to lie or duck and scamper for cover. (more)

Posted on Mar 20, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

People Power vs. Washington

The claim that George W. Bush’s war of aggression against Iraq somehow opened up the Middle East to reform is an affront to the brave crowds that have risked their lives to change the American-backed order in that part of the world.

Posted on Mar 15, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Andy Manis

Power Concedes Nothing Without a Demand

Workers in this country paid for their rights by suffering brutal beatings, crippling strikes, targeted assassinations and armed battles with thugs hired by the Koch brothers of another time.

Posted on Mar 14, 2011 READ MORE


How Not to Fight Terrorism

Stigmatizing Muslims and their faith may win airtime for Rep. Peter King and draw cameras to his committee, but it does nothing to advance the security of the United States.

Posted on Mar 11, 2011 READ MORE


The American Inquisition of 2011

Rep. Peter King is about to convene hearings whose premise offends our nation’s founding ideals and whose targets are law-abiding members of a religious minority. King has decided to investigate Islam.

Posted on Mar 7, 2011 READ MORE


How the U.S. Should Respond to the New Arab World

Revolutions are known for devouring their children, but the people making the current revolution in the Middle East may prove indigestible.

Posted on Feb 15, 2011 READ MORE


Can Obama Be Luke Skywalker?

Welcome to the war over E2I2. The great budget battle of Bill Clinton’s presidency was waged around a slightly different set of initials, also inspired by the “Star Wars” character R2D2.

Posted on Feb 14, 2011 READ MORE



AP

Recognizing the Language of Tyranny

The corporate state does not have a Politburo or raving dictator, but it shares one aspect with despotic regimes and the collapsed empires that have plagued human history.

Posted on Feb 7, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Burhan Ozbilici

Minister Suspends Tunisia’s Ex-Ruling Party

Rumblings in Tunisia of a plot to bring back President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali has led the country’s new interior minister to suspend all activities of the former ruling political party.

Posted on Feb 6, 2011 READ MORE


The Devils We Know

Bargains with the devil never end well. For decades, successive U.S. administrations have embraced autocratic, repressive regimes in the Arab world—and now, as we see in the bloody streets of Cairo, it’s time to pay the price.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



Yonhap via AP / Jo Jung-ho

How South Korea Handles Piracy

The rise of piracy in the Arabian Sea has raised difficult legal questions, but there’s little ambiguity about how the accused will be handled by South Korea.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Right Smears ElBaradei

To his fellow Egyptians and to most observers across the world, Mohamed ElBaradei looks like a hero—an international diplomat who might well have lived out his days in the comforts of Geneva and New York but instead returned home to provide leadership despite serious personal peril.

Posted on Feb 3, 2011 READ MORE


American-Israeli Policy Tested by Arab Uprisings

The events in the Arab world during the past three weeks have ended the era of American-Israeli domination/intimidation of the region.

Posted on Feb 1, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Ben Curtis

What Corruption and Force Have Wrought in Egypt

Our failures in the Middle East have consequences. We are soaked with the stench of these regimes.

Posted on Jan 31, 2011 READ MORE


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