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2008 All Over Again

Great Britain’s decision to leave the European Union presages perhaps another global financial meltdown. Banks will again demand massive bailouts. We will be forced to again swallow austerity measures, and there will be a continued decline in living standards.

Posted on Jun 24, 2016 READ MORE


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Despite Terrorism Fears, 59 Percent of Americans Welcome Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (Videos)

Despite the raft of Republican mayors who have pledged to keep Syrian refugees out of their states (that isn’t actually a thing) and the sewage that has spilled from the mouth of Donald Trump, a majority of Americans supports helping Syrian and Iraqi immigrants and letting them into the U.S.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE



British Trumpism? The Slaying of MP Jo Cox by an Anti-Immigrant ‘Britain First’ White Man

The assassination of Jo Cox, a progressive Labour Party member of the United Kingdom’s Parliament, should make all of us wary of ultranationalism and where it can take our countries.

Posted on Jun 19, 2016 READ MORE



World More Violent in Past Year, but Middle East Drives Deterioration (Video)

The 2016 Global Peace Index has been released, with the bad news that the world is slightly more violent this year than last. But if you subtracted the Middle East, in most of the world there was more peace, not less.

Posted on Jun 12, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Army on Collision Course With Kurds in Race to Raqqa (Video)

With Islamic State ‘capital’ as the prize, Russian-backed Syrian forces have vowed to put down the U.S.-backed YPG (People’s Protection Units).

Posted on Jun 9, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Government Troops Enter Islamic State-Held Raqqa Province, Racing Against U.S. Allies

Syrian troops, aided by a Homs-based pro-government militia, the ‘Falcons of the Desert,’ and with Russian air support, entered Raqqa province from Hama for the first time in two years on Saturday.

Posted on Jun 7, 2016 READ MORE



Powerful Exhibits on Both Coasts Explore Borders and the Plight of Refugees

Artists at galleries in Los Angeles and New York zoom in on some of the world’s 60,000 displaced people—and one “solution” for dealing with them.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE



U.S.-Kurdish Force Moves on Islamic State at Manbij, and Turkey Goes Ballistic (Video)

Less than two weeks after the Syrian Democratic Forces announced their campaign against al-Raqqa, the capital of the phony caliphate of Islamic State, the SDF instead has veered off to the west in a bid to capture Manbij.

Posted on Jun 2, 2016 READ MORE


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U.S. Special Ops on Front Line With Syrian Kurds in Offensive Against Islamic State

Agence France Presse got the scoop last week, reporting that special operations troops were embedded with Kurdish People’s Protection Units and wearing their insignia, participating in combat against the I.S. stronghold in northern Syria.

Posted on May 29, 2016 READ MORE


What Would Happen if You Looked These Refugees in the Eye?

After polls showed that a majority of Germans fear a rise in crime if people fleeing violence are allowed into the country, Amnesty International brought some Germans face to face with refugees in an experiment psychologists say helps people bond.

Posted on May 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S.-Backed Kurds Begin Campaign Against Islamic State in Northern Syria (Video)

The left-leaning Beirut daily al-Safir newspaper discusses the beginning of a new campaign by the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces against Islamic State in the northern half of al-Raqqa Province.

Posted on May 25, 2016 READ MORE



U.S. Centcom Commander in Syria to Coordinate Kurds and Arabs Against Islamic State

The head of the U.S. Middle East Command, Army Gen. Joseph Votel, was there to assess American progress in training the Syrian Democratic Forces division.

Posted on May 24, 2016 READ MORE



Top Hezbollah Commander in Syria Killed in Explosion; Radical Salafis Blamed

Mustafa Badreddine, the Hezbollah commander responsible for Syria, was killed last Friday in an explosion near Damascus.

Posted on May 17, 2016 READ MORE



Poof! It’s Forgotten: The Snapchat Version of American Victory

I hope you’ll forgive me if I suggest that the Iraq-Syria War against Islamic State is being conveyed to us via Snapchat. Important things happen, they appear in front of us, and then ... POOF! They’re gone.

Posted on May 16, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise! Despite Syria-Iraq Turmoil, Major Mideast Economies Are Growing at 3 to 4 percent (Video)

When you hear only bad news from a place, you form a negative opinion of it.

Posted on May 15, 2016 READ MORE



‘Chaos & Caliphate’: Sanctions, Revolutions and Sectarian War

Excerpts from a new book chronicling a quarter-century of struggle in the Greater Middle East introduce us to a man who risks life and limb defusing land mines for a pittance, and to an idea about the best hope to stop the civil war in Syria.

Posted on May 12, 2016 READ MORE



To the Next U.S. President, the Unlimited Power to Spy, Imprison and Kill

By mutual consent of those in power in Washington, all resistance to illegal surveillance, detainment and murder is now firmly in the past, and the power to use them will pass to the nation’s next leader—whoever it is.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



9/11 Mastermind Backs Syrian al-Qaida and Calls for More Global Terror Volunteers

Al-Qaida central leader Ayman al-Zawahiri, a mastermind of the 2001 attacks on New York and Washington, D.C., has issued a new audiotape.

Posted on May 11, 2016 READ MORE



The Top 4 Reasons Iran Will Stand by the Syrian Government Despite the War’s High Casualty Count

On Saturday, Iran announced that 13 members of the Revolutionary Guards Corps had been killed and 21 wounded when the al-Qaida-led Army of Islam fundamentalist Sunni coalition took the village of Khan Touman near Aleppo.

Posted on May 10, 2016 READ MORE


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Posted on May 9, 2016 ENLARGE



Syrian Refugees in Canada Donating to Help Climate Refugees (Video)

Syrian refugees in Canada are using Facebook and other websites to raise donations for climate refugees from the massive tar sands fire that has destroyed much of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, and forced the evacuation of 80,000 people living in the city and its surroundings.

Posted on May 9, 2016 READ MORE



Bashar Assad’s Brutality in Syria Is Matched by U.S. Devastation Across the Region

Why should Facebook users come down harder on the Syrian leader than on the United States government when it comes to horrific actions and war crimes in that part of the world?

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton’s Foreign Policy Resumé: What the Record Shows

To many Americans, Clinton is best-known for her advocacy of a national health care system, her assertion that it takes a village to raise a child, and her championing of women’s empowerment. The rest of the world knows her better for her passion for bombing.

Posted on May 6, 2016 READ MORE



In Syria, Rebels From East Aleppo Strike Hospital in Government-Held West Aleppo (Video)

Muslim fundamentalist rebels, including al-Qaida, took revenge Tuesday on West Aleppo for the heavy government bombardment of East Aleppo that has killed dozens in the past week, including at a hospital run by Doctors Without Borders.

Posted on May 4, 2016 READ MORE



Russia Declines to Ask Syria to Halt Bombardment of East Aleppo (Video)

Russia’s stance on rejecting condemnation of the regime for bombing doctors and patients in hospitals is horrible.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE



Syria: As Fierce Fighting Reignites, Aleppo Is on Brink of ‘Humanitarian Disaster’ (Video)

Syria’s largest city, Aleppo, saw a worrying outbreak of violence last week that could fatally undermine the cessation of hostilities that had held between most Free Syrian Army units and the Syrian Arab Army.

Posted on May 2, 2016 READ MORE


‘Days of Revolt’: Chris Hedges, Tim DeChristopher Discuss Far-Reaching Effects of Climate Change

Global warming has already progressed farther than many are willing to admit, and that’s exactly why it’s time for the industrialized world to acknowledge the ethical consequences.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Islamic State Endgame: Obama to Send 250 More U.S. Troops Into Syria

President Obama announced Monday morning in Hanover, Germany, that he will send another 250 U.S. troops into Syria, bringing the total to 300.

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



The U.S. Is Finally Acknowledging the al-Qaida Factor in the Breakdown of Syria’s Cease-fire

One of the frustrations of following the Syria conflict from the Arabic press is that when you then turn to the English language accounts, they tend to play down the importance of al-Qaida or the Support Front (al-Jabha al-Nusra).

Posted on Apr 26, 2016 READ MORE



What GOP New Yorkers Just Voted For: Torture, Syria Intervention and the Murder of Innocents

In the wake of his big win in New York, I want to push back once more against the normalization of Donald Trump as a legitimate presidential candidate, given his policy positions.

Posted on Apr 20, 2016 READ MORE



Top Seven Reasons Israel Must Give Back the Occupied Golan to Syria (Videos)

The far-right-wing government of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pulled the stunt of holding a Cabinet meeting in the Occupied Golan Heights—a first—on Sunday, and Netanyahu engaged in some grandstanding, declaring that his country will never relinquish this patch of Syria.

Posted on Apr 18, 2016 READ MORE



Negotiations, ‘Elections’ and al-Qaida’s Assault on the Syrian Cease-Fire (Video)

There were five major stories in the U.S. and European press about Syria on Thursday.

Posted on Apr 14, 2016 READ MORE


Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Syria: Is al-Qaida Rising as Islamic State Is Rolled Back? Is the U.S. De Facto Allied With It?

The cessation of hostilities in Syria never included Islamic State or al-Qaida (the Nusra Front or Support Front), but it did include some of the de facto allies of al-Qaida.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 READ MORE



More Names Surface in Panama Papers Leak, but Still No High-Profile Americans

Despite the heavy media coverage of the tax-havens disclosure, few Western elites have been named at this point.

Posted on Apr 7, 2016 READ MORE



Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Panama Papers Revelation of Assad Family’s Stolen Wealth Helps Explain the Syrian Revolution

The revelation in the leaked Panama Papers that Mossack Fonseca and HSBC serviced the companies of corrupt Syrian billionaire Rami Makhlouf (first cousin of dictator Bashar Assad) long after the U.S. imposed sanctions on him is a reminder of why Syrians revolted against the regime in 2011.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



Syrian Cease-Fire in Tatters as al-Qaida and Allies Attack South of Aleppo (Video)

The rebel opposition allied with al-Qaida broke the cease-fire Saturday morning, taking several villages and towns in the southern hinterlands of Aleppo.

Posted on Apr 5, 2016 READ MORE



Corporate Media Gatekeepers Protect Western 1 Percent From Panama Leak

The massive release of documents is a wonderful thing, but do not expect a genuine exposé of capitalism. The dirty secrets of some corporations will remain unpublished.

Posted on Apr 4, 2016 READ MORE



Syria Endgame: Are Russia and U.S. Working Together to Liberate Raqqa From Islamic State? (Video)

The Russian press had been complaining that the West was ignoring its defeat of terrorism in Syria. But now it’s saying that the U.S. and the Russian Federation are jointly planning to liberate the Syrian city.

Posted on Mar 31, 2016 READ MORE



Fall of Palmyra: Syrian Regime Races to Take Islamic State’s ‘Berlin’

The fact that massive Russian airstrikes and a determined assault by the Syrian Arab Army on the ancient city of Palmyra could dislodge at most a couple of thousand Islamic State fighters is not too surprising. But what does it say about the situation in Syria and Russian/Syrian strategy?

Posted on Mar 28, 2016 READ MORE



We All Are Islamic State

The killings in Brussels or Paris and the killings in U.S. military strikes in Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Syria or Libya perpetuate the same dark lusts. The savage tit-for-tat game will not end until we rouse ourselves from our hypnotized state. 

Posted on Mar 27, 2016 READ MORE



Putin Says Russia Can Ramp Back Up in Syria ‘Within Hours’ (Video)

The Russian president made several important points about Syria in a speech Thursday.

Posted on Mar 23, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s War Against Journalism

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan plans to expand the definition of “terror crime” to include media reports deemed to support or praise acts of violence. “Democracy, freedom and the rule of law” no longer have any value, he declares.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



Syria’s Kurds to Declare Federal Province (Video)

Some pundits are interpreting the Kurdish move as a form of separatism, but so far it seems more like a demand for states’ rights, Alabama-style.

Posted on Mar 17, 2016 READ MORE



The ‘Drone President’: Rhetoric Versus the Atrocious Facts

Obama faces criticism over civilian deaths caused by the drone program, which is being denounced as having little oversight, a mounting death toll and results that can be seen as war crimes.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Surprise: Russia and Hezbollah Begin Military Withdrawal From Syria (Video)

Apparently, Russian President Vladimir Putin feels that he has accomplished his main goal in Syria, which was to shore up the Syrian government and prevent it from falling to the rebels.

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



In Syria, More U.S. Weaponry Goes to al-Qaida

The al-Qaida-affiliated Nusra Front reportedly has repeated scenarios it previously acted out against other “moderate” remnants of the old Free Syrian Army.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE


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