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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


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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



Winners and Losers in Five Years of Syrian Civil War

A half-decade after protests began in Damascus and Deraa (mainly Deraa) in Syria, the country is a basket case and its social statistics look like those of Afghanistan in the 1980s.

Posted on Mar 14, 2016 READ MORE



In Amsterdam, Refugees Find Shelter From the Storm

A life of displacement is hard, some Europeans oppose the influx and the bureaucracy is not all it could be. But small acts of kindness and human connection ease an anxious situation. Here’s one volunteer’s account from a refugee center.

Posted on Mar 10, 2016 READ MORE



As a Bomb Kills 60, Is the Iraq Army Preparing for Armageddon With Islamic State? (Video)

Islamic State has claimed credit for a truck bombing in the largely Shiite city of Hilla that killed 60 people on Sunday and is considered one of the worst terrorist attacks in that city.

Posted on Mar 8, 2016 READ MORE



Farewell, Ben Carson—We’ll Always Have ‘Hummus’

The good doctor’s foreign policy gaffes made for some great political satire, but his ignorance on the Middle East made him a frightening presidential candidate.

Posted on Mar 7, 2016 READ MORE



Russia Is Open to a ‘Federal’ Syria, but the Opposition Is Worried About Partition

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergey Ryabkov said Monday that Russia supports whatever arrangements for the future the Syrians reach in the current negotiations, including a possible federal state.

Posted on Mar 2, 2016 READ MORE



How Hillary Clinton Helped Turn Libya Into a ‘Terrorist Haven’ for Islamic State, According to NYT

The second part of The New York Times’ investigation into the U.S. approach in Libya is a scathing indictment of the former secretary of state’s push for military intervention in the North African country five years ago.

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John Kerry Warns of Breakup of Syria, but Is That Realistic? (Video)

Amid ongoing talks in Geneva around a cessation of hostilities in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “it may be too late to keep [Syria] ... as a whole ... if we wait much longer.”

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Hillary the Hawk: NYT Calls Clinton’s Libyan Intervention, and Her Leadership, Into Question

The New York Times formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but that stance might seem surprising after a close read of the paper’s in-depth investigation of her assured, yet ultimately failed, strategy for compulsory regime change in Libya five years ago.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Julian Assange Explains Why Voting for Hillary Clinton Will ‘Spread Terrorism’

The WikiLeaks founder tells Americans that his “years of experience in dealing with Hillary Clinton” and the “thousands of her cables” he’s read have led him to a crucial conclusion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Samantha Bee’s Clips on the Syrian Refugee Crisis Keep Getting Better

In the second part of her special on the Syrian refugee crisis, the “Full Frontal” host teaches refugees what they need to know about the United States.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



As the Syrian Army Advances East of Aleppo, Islamic State Strikes Back With Bombings That Kill 140

Islamic State is turning to car bombings because it is in danger of being demoted from caliphate to just a run-of-the-mill terrorist organization.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



The Media Buy In to Donald Trump’s Authoritarian America

Now that he has bullied his way into the mainstream, it’s time for the media to take a serious look at his policies and the dreadful consequences they would have if he occupied the Oval Office.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE



Would a Syrian Kurd Defeat of Islamic State Help Democrats Win the White House in 2016?

This has been a war with a lot of seesawing, so it is premature to make any decisive pronouncements. But this is an election year, and if Islamic State is defeated in Syria in 2016, it could vindicate President Obama’s strategy.

Posted on Feb 22, 2016 READ MORE


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VIDEO: Samantha Bee Shows Why GOP Paranoia About Syrian Refugees Is Ludicrous

The “Daily Show” veteran and host of the new TBS program “Full Frontal” flew to Jordan to visit a Syrian refugee camp and show right-wing politicians and pundits what the people they’re vilifying are really like.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



In Syria, 500 Turkey-Backed Sunni Arab Fighters Cross to Defend Azaz From Kurds (Video)

On Thursday morning, according to the Syria Observatory and the Arabic press, some 500 Sunni Arab rebels based in Turkey crossed back into Syria to help defend the town of Azaz from the YPG militia of Syrian Kurds, which is advancing on the city.

Posted on Feb 18, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky: Bernie Sanders Is Not a Socialist, He’s a ‘Decent, Honest New-Dealer’

“If [Bernie Sanders] were elected, I think he’d be the one, from the current candidates ... with the best policies,” the renowned linguist and activist recently told Al-Jazeera.

Posted on Feb 17, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



Despite Syria’s Cease-Fire, Belligerents Plot Military Victory (Video)

Despite the announcement at Munich of a cessation of hostilities in Syria, to be implemented in the next week or so, all the major fighting forces in Syria have announced a determination to soldier on.

Posted on Feb 16, 2016 READ MORE



Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Did Bashar Assad Win New Hampshire? Trump’s and Sanders’ Mideast Policies

Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders won big in New Hampshire on Tuesday. So what foreign policies did the good people of New Hampshire vote for?

Posted on Feb 10, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey’s Erdogan Threatened Europe With Refugees; Now He’s Demanding the U.S. Abandon Syrian Kurds

Reuters reports that Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan allegedly bullied European leaders and threatened to drown Europe in refugees if his terms were not met.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Israel Frets That Iranian Troops Could Soon Be Nearby if Aleppo Falls and the Assad Regime Wins

Israeli officials are reportedly filled with anxiety and consternation about the possibility that the regime of Bashar Assad will conquer Aleppo with Russian and Iranian help before going on to reconstitute itself.

Posted on Feb 9, 2016 READ MORE



Syria Rebels Face Collapse as Thousands Flee North Aleppo (Video)

The Syrian Arab Army and its Hezbollah and Iranian/Afghan allies made further progress last week in taking the area just north of Aleppo.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



Syria: The Mother of All Battles for Aleppo Is Joined

Aided by a massive Russian bombing campaign and Hezbollah and Iranian reinforcements, the Syrian Arab Army has broken out of the siege imposed on west Aleppo by rebel forces in the north and now seems positioned to besiege east Aleppo, which is under rebel control.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE



A Civil War Story About Islamic State Might Spark a Peace Movement

The task of the peace movement, now as during the Vietnam War, is to provide an alternative to the story Americans are being told about Islamic State. Muslims are fighting a civil war, and Washington’s job is to adopt policies most likely to keep Americans safe.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



Foreign Policy Winners and Losers in Iowa (Video)

The Iowa caucus voters likely voted mainly on domestic policy issues, though security and terrorism have been a big part of the campaigns as well. Now that the smoke is clearing, it is worth considering the foreign policy implications of the winners.

Posted on Feb 2, 2016 READ MORE



Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Oxfam Says Close-Fisted Wealthy Nations Are ‘Failing the People of Syria’

While some small European countries are donating more than their fair share to aid Syrians, the U.S., Saudi Arabia and Russia are still far behind.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Kills 70 in Bombing of a Syrian Shiite Area in Apparent Bid to Derail Talks (Video)

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for bomb attacks in Syria’s capital Damascus that were probably aimed at derailing peace talks in Geneva.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Turkish-Russian Airspace Conflict Continues as Ankara-Backed Turkmen Flee Syria (Video)

Russia has rejected as “propaganda” renewed charges that its fighter jets had crossed Turkish territory. But it’s likely that Turkey’s complaint is actually about something else.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Manna From Hell

War is hell. Unless, of course, you happen to be a global corporate peddler of rockets, drones, bombs and all the other hellish weaponry of military conflict.

Posted on Jan 31, 2016 READ MORE



Denmark to Refugees: Want In? Hand Over Those Valuables

Those seeking asylum in Denmark will have to pay to stay, following a referendum Tuesday that established new guidelines for refugees, including stipulations about handing over certain personal belongings upon arrival.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



How Putin Started Winning Big in Syria and Got Europe to Embrace Him

Russia is so far winning big in Syria, and making Moscow’s projection of force in the Middle East a reality that the other great powers have to recognize.

Posted on Jan 26, 2016 READ MORE



Turkey-Russia Tensions Spike as Russia Moves Into Northern Syria

Russian airstrikes in Syria are getting closer to the beleaguered country’s border with Turkey in the northwest, and there are rumors that Russia is considering putting an air base in the largely Kurdish northeast.

Posted on Jan 24, 2016 READ MORE



Half the Foreign Policy Experts Behind Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Military Industry Ties

Earlier this week, the media reported on a letter by 10 experts claiming that Sanders had “not thought through … critical national security issues”—without telling readers that fully half of the signers have strong connections to military contractors.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



Your Fear of Terrorism Could Get You Killed

Americans overestimate the risk of attacks by a factor of 1.7 million.

Posted on Jan 22, 2016 READ MORE



You Won’t Like It, but Here’s the Answer on Islamic State

Some advice for your presidential candidate of choice—whoever he or she might be. Just don’t expect it to necessarily be an easy sell to all Americans.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Islamic State Kidnapped Hundreds in Syrian City—Some Likely to a Fate Worse Than Death (Video)

Over the weekend, Islamic State hit an isolated outpost of the Syrian Arab Army in a few neighborhoods of Deir al-Zor that are surrounded by the extremist group.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



Thanks to Donald Trump, Police Brutality and Guns, the United States’ Reputation Is Plummeting

When I was visiting abroad recently, my non-American friends were quite candid with me: They see my country as increasingly intolerant, violent and inhospitable.

Posted on Jan 15, 2016 READ MORE


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