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If Defeating Islamic State Is So Important, Why Isn’t Ramadi Campaign All We’re Talking About?

Given the large number of vehement pronouncements by U.S. presidential candidates about the dire threat from Islamic State, and attacks on President Obama for not doing more, you would think that the American public would be hanging on every word about any progress against the radical organization.

Posted on Dec 10, 2015 READ MORE


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‘We Are Human Beings; We Are Not Dogs’

On the outskirts of the northern French town of Calais, a massive, makeshift refugee camp called “The Jungle” grows daily, swelling with asylum-seekers fleeing war in Afghanistan, Syria, Iraq, Sudan and beyond. Their countries of origin are a map of the targets of U.S. bombing campaigns.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: COP21 Climate Conference: In Conversation With an Activist for Migrant Rights

By Sonali Kolhatkar

Reporting for Truthdig from Paris, Sonali Kolhatkar speaks with migrant-rights activist Arturo Trejo about Wednesday’s rally against the criminalization of migration.

Posted on Dec 9, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Not Just a Bunch of Killers, Islamic State Is Also a Methodical, Public-Minded Bureaucracy

About 340 official documents, notices, receipts and internal memos obtained by The Guardian show that Islamic State is also made up of bureaucrats and civil servants that have “set themselves to work creating rules and regulations on everything from fishing and dress codes to the sale of counterfeit brands and university admission systems.”

Posted on Dec 7, 2015 READ MORE



In Address About San Bernardino Attack, President Obama Lays Out Plan to ‘Destroy’ Islamic State

Obama sought to convince Americans, including his opponents, that he is capable of handling this phase of the global conflict by pressing forward with a multipart strategy.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



‘You Ain’t No Muslim, Bruv’: Retort to London Attacker Goes Viral

With anti-Muslim and xenophobic sentiment on the rise in the wake of the Paris terror attacks, a social media hashtag aims to push back against the reactionary blame game.

Posted on Dec 6, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: Defense Contractors Tell Investors That Escalating Conflicts Are Good for Business

Major defense contractors Raytheon, Oshkosh and Lockheed Martin assured investors at a conference in West Palm Beach, Fla., recently that they stand to profit from escalating conflicts in the Middle East.

Posted on Dec 5, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Who Is Buying Islamic State’s Oil?

Oil is Islamic State’s lifeline—a business that provides the terrorist group with more revenue than any other source, helping to fund its war in Syria and Iraq, as well as providing electricity to the 10 million people living under the group’s control. So who are the individuals and groups involved in refining and selling this oil? And where does it end up?

Posted on Dec 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Beyond Islamic State: The Folly of World War IV

Arguing that no alternative exists to open-ended war represents not hard-nosed realism, but the abdication of statecraft. The real problem is war itself and the conviction that only through war can America remain America.

Posted on Dec 3, 2015 READ MORE



2003 All Over Again? On Eve of Syria Vote, U.K. Is Warned Against ‘Rush to War’

“We must do everything we can to stop MPs voting the U.K. into its fourth war on a Muslim country in 14 years,” Stop the War coalition says.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Putin Claims Turkey Was Protecting Islamic State Oil Smuggling as He Urges Kurds to Ally With Assad

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Monday in Paris that his government had intelligence that the reason Turkey shot down a Russian fighter jet last week was to protect oil smuggling from Islamic State (Daesh) through Turkey.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Turkey Stages Coup Against Its Own Press and Generals in Bid to Arm Syrian Militants (Video)

Turkey has jailed two very prominent journalists for publishing video of a Turkish intelligence convoy of weapons to Syrian militants. It has arrested several senior generals who ordered the search of the trucks.

Posted on Dec 1, 2015 READ MORE



Hollande and Putin Meet as France Considers an Alliance With the Syrian Army (Video)

French President Francois Hollande met with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin in Moscow last week, in his marathon search for a “grand and unique coalition” against Islamic State (Daesh) in Syria.

Posted on Nov 29, 2015 READ MORE



Forget Islamic State: Humanity Itself Is at Stake

The crux of the matter: We either live in dignity together or continue to perish alone, in warring tribes and grief-stricken nations. This is not just about indiscriminate bombing. Our humanity—in fact, the future of the human race is at stake.

Posted on Nov 27, 2015 READ MORE



Happy Thanksgiving to Those Who Seek Haven

As we celebrate our beginnings in the safest, strongest, richest nation the world has ever known, is it asking too much to welcome those who are fleeing death, torture and terror in their homeland?

Posted on Nov 26, 2015 READ MORE



AUDIO: ‘What War Is Good For’: A Painful Indictment of What Has Now Become the American Way

Jay Sizemore’s poem ponders why the U.S. is involved in war after war, a question that becomes increasingly relevant as the country continues interfering in the Middle East.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE


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Why Did Turkey Dare Shoot Down a Russian Plane? The Proxy War in Syria

The Turkish government decision to down a Russian jet operating in the north of the Syrian province of Latakia is breathtaking in its boldness.

Posted on Nov 25, 2015 READ MORE



Tensions Flare as Vladimir Putin Calls Turkey’s Downing of Russian Jet ‘Stab in the Back’

A volatile situation hangs in the balance as Moscow and Ankara express mutual disgust and worries reverberate over the regional and global implications of the latest incident along the Syrian border.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE



The New Nativist Hysteria Is Illegitimate, Divisive and Dangerous

The xenophobic outburst on Capitol Hill and across the heartland won’t make us safer. In fact, it plays directly into the hands of terrorist organizations like Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Slams Mike Huckabee for Comparing Syrian Refugees to Food

The “Daily Show” host recently discovered that GOP presidential candidate Mike Huckabee seems to have a bit of an obsession with bizarre food metaphors.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Russia Bombs Near Turkey as U.S. Forces Prepare to Arrive in Syria ‘Very Soon’ (Video)

Turkey’s government was very unhappy Monday about developments in Syria.

Posted on Nov 24, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: John Oliver Explains Why We Seriously Don’t Need to Make U.S. Refugee Vetting Any Harder

All this anti-refugee talk in America has inspired HBO’s “Last Week Tonight” host to give another impassioned speech about refugees, just in time for Thanksgiving, the commemoration of the only time in American history when “the fear of refugees wiping everyone out did actually come true.”

Posted on Nov 23, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Adele Adds the Magic Ingredient to Heal Thanksgiving Political Tensions on ‘SNL’

“Saturday Night Live” served up an instant classic on its Nov. 21 episode, mixing what is set up to be a familiar scene this Thanksgiving—traditional dinner accompanied by a hearty helping of political differences and simmering tensions—with the magic of Adele to make it all better.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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For Paris: On Russian Missiles Hitting Syria as Islamic State Oil Facilities Are Targeted (Video)

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said Russian airstrikes on the eastern province of Deir al-Zor killed 36 on Friday—a week after the Paris attacks claimed by Islamic State. But bombing alone will not win the war with the militant group.

Posted on Nov 22, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn That Drones Kill Civilians and Fuel Terror

Four former Air Force service members have publicly accused President Obama of lying about the effectiveness of his administration’s drone program, which they call one of the greatest forces for the creation of terrorism.

Posted on Nov 21, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



The Paris Attacks Are Being Used to Justify Agendas They Have Nothing to Do With

The aftermath of the Paris terrorist attacks has “devolved into a dark and dishonest debate” in which governments consider banning encryption and barring Syrian refugees from entering their countries. But the attackers were neither Syrian nor refugees and there’s no evidence they used encryption to communicate.

Posted on Nov 20, 2015 READ MORE



47 Democrats Join With House GOP to Refuse Suffering Refugees

“Not much is bipartisan these days, but apparently bigotry is something both sides of the aisle can come together on.”

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



From the Vague to the Bombastic: Republican Reactions to Islamic State

The impact of the Paris attacks on the Republican presidential race may turn out to be minimal, especially since the establishment candidates aren’t making any more sense than outsiders Donald Trump and Ben Carson. And Chris Christie went not just over the top but around the bend.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Why Military Intervention in the Middle East Is the Problem, Not the Solution

Islamic State’s latest atrocities are a calculated effort to bring the war in Syria home to the countries participating in it.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



Did Islamic State’s Paris Attacks Bolster Bashar Assad? Spain Calls Him the ‘Lesser Evil’

No country was more insistent that Bashar Assad must go than France. But now, as Islamic State looms large as enemy No. 1, Europe is reconsidering the Syrian dictator’s fate.

Posted on Nov 19, 2015 READ MORE



This Thanksgiving, No Place for Refugees at the American Table

As Americans prepare for one of the most popular national holidays, Thanksgiving, a wave of xenophobia is sweeping the country.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Wants Us to Reject Refugees and Increase Airstrikes

The West’s knee-jerk reactions to the Paris attacks are based on ignorance of what the jihadi organization is and what its motives are.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



U.S.-Russia Diplomatic Rift Narrows as Presidents Talk Cooperation on Syria

President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin appear ready to cooperate militarily as the bitter rift over Ukraine gives way to a common interest in combating Islamic State.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Trevor Noah Denounces American Politicians’ Racist Responses to the Paris Attacks

The “Daily Show” host lambastes certain politicians for the “bat shit crazy” comments they delivered in the aftermath of the Paris attacks.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Trail of Paris Attackers Winds to Terrorism’s Longtime Outpost: Belgium

Abdelhamid Abaaoud’s roots in Belgium throw light on the dark role the country plays in Europe’s terror threat. Abaaoud, the suspected mastermind of the Paris attacks, was the target of a police raid Wednesday on an apartment near the French capital.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE


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Can France Craft an Alliance With Putin and Obama Against Islamic State? (Video)

French President Francois Hollande is seeking a new relationship with Russia after the Islamic State attacks on Paris and the Russian conclusion that a bomb downed a Russian airliner in Egypt’s Sinai last month.

Posted on Nov 18, 2015 READ MORE



How Islamic State Gets Its Way Whenever It Inspires Hate Toward Refugees

A Washington Post piece states that “one of the most persuasive arguments against equating refugees with terrorists is simple: It’s exactly what the Islamic State wants.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Top 10 Reasons Governors Are Wrong to Exclude Syrian Refugees

About half of U.S. governors have announced opposition to allowing their states to take in Syrian refugees after the Paris attacks. It’s a form of political hysteria.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Whether Dealing With Jewish Refugees in ’30s or Syrians Today, U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

If we’re going to bomb Syria, we need to take care of the displaced.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



What Would President Obama’s Critics Do About Islamic State?

As Paris mourns its dead, critics of President Obama’s caution in the fight against Islamic State are full of sound and fury. But those who throw around such words as “weak” and “feckless” should tell us if they support the logical alternative: sending in tens of thousands of U.S. troops.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



We Are in Pitiless Times

After Paris, macho language about “pitiless war” defines the contours of leadership. Little else is on offer. It is red meat to our emotions.

Posted on Nov 16, 2015 READ MORE



France Launches Airstrikes on Islamic State Stronghold in Syria

After Friday night’s Islamic State-claimed terror attacks in Paris, French President Francois Hollande vowed that retaliation would be swift and forceful. By Sunday evening, he had taken action.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



After Paris Attacks, Critics Warn Against ‘Wars of Vengeance’

Meanwhile, human rights advocates predict a backlash against refugees.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



Paris at Midnight: Attempt to Push France Out of Anti-Islamic State Coalition in Syria?

It’s likely that the perpetrators have stiffened the resolve of the French government to intervene even more robustly against Islamic State. In 2013, France sent in an expeditionary force to Mali and stabilized that country. France also intervened in Ivory Coast. Will it send in an expeditionary force, say a brigade of 3,000 men, to eastern Syria?

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



Islamic State Says Paris Attacks Were Retaliation for French Airstrikes in Syria

The militant jihadi group has claimed responsibility for the deaths of at least 127 people across Paris, citing France’s armed campaign against it in Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Nov 14, 2015 READ MORE



On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE


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