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Shi'ite Militias Launch Offensive To Seal Off Western Mosul

Reuters | Annum Masroor | Posted 10.29.2016 | Home

SOUTH OF MOSUL, Iraq, Oct 29 (Reuters) - Iraqi Shi’ite militias said on Saturday they had launched an offensive towards the west of Mosul, an operat...

Budgeting the Good War, for 75 Years

Robert Koehler | Posted 10.27.2016 | Politics
Robert Koehler

World War II never quite ended -- it morphed. Today we call it the status quo, or endless war, or we just don't bother to notice it. Indeed, now more...

The Presidency of Al Gore, 2001-2009, Redux

Norman MacAfee | Posted 10.19.2016 | Politics
Norman MacAfee

In 2000, the Green Party candidate had siphoned off enough progressive votes to assure Bush's victory and the disasters that followed. In 2016, a vote for the Libertarian or Green presidential ticket is a vote for Trump. It is existentially essential to vote for Hillary Clinton.

An Ideology Of Impurity: How Internal Divisions Within ISIS May Prove To Be Its Undoing

Joseph Braude | Posted 10.04.2016 | Home
Joseph Braude

Reports that Iraqi Baathists, Iranian elements, and others have played a role in the workings of ISIS do not appear to be in keeping with the principle of ideological purity on which the Islamic State says it is based.

Part IV. A Clinical Perspective: Why Does Trump Admire Brutal Dictators?

Michael J. Tansey | Posted 09.19.2016 | Politics
Michael J. Tansey

Thomas Jefferson insisted that an "informed citizenry" is the best protection for democracy. It is therefore extremely disconcerting that a staggering percentage of Americans cannot name our vice president or the country we fought for our independence.

No Easy Conclusion For Long, Costly U.S. Role in Iraq

Lee H. Hamilton | Posted 09.08.2016 | Home
Lee H. Hamilton

Some critics of our current policy seem to have analyzed the problem quite well, but that doesn't necessarily mean they have found the solution.

Trump's Proposed First Move Eerily Like Hitler's

Eric Schmeltzer | Posted 07.20.2016 | Politics
Eric Schmeltzer

A chill went down my spine when I saw private remarks from Chris Christie, regarding one of Donald Trump's first moves, if he is elected.

Saddam Hussein's Novella Is Coming To Bookstores Near You, Maybe

The Huffington Post | Claire Fallon | Posted 07.13.2016 | Arts

A certain American presidential candidate might say of former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein, “He was a bad guy ― really bad guy. But you know what...

Oil And ISIS: If We Hadn't Needed One, The Other Wouldn't Exist

Ian Reifowitz | Posted 07.11.2016 | Home
Ian Reifowitz

So much death. Apparently, ISIS decided that the month of Ramadan was an extra special time for killing. A spokesman urged followers to "make it, with...

Trump Once Praised Tyrants For Not Being Politically Correct

The Huffington Post | Michael McAuliff | Posted 07.11.2016 | Politics

WASHINGTON ― Donald Trump got panned recently for praising Saddam Hussein for being good at killing terrorists, but he’s been even more effusive a...

Tony Blair's Day Of Reckoning

David Coates | Posted 07.09.2016 | Politics
David Coates

The Bush/Blair mindset that left them so confident about their right to rearrange other people's political furniture in a country far removed from their own is a mindset that has not gone away: and it needs to.

Saddam Hussein's Legacy and American Leadership Today

Rep. Eliot Engel | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home
Rep. Eliot Engel

Today in the Foreign Affairs Committee, we heard testimony about Palestinian terrorists collecting payments for attacks on the Israeli people. The campaign of incitement and hatred waged by Palestinian leaders is bad enough, but the idea of authorities putting cash in the hands of cold-blooded killers is just disgusting.

Iraqi Who Toppled Saddam's Statue Says Blair, Bush Should Be Put On Trial

Reuters | Jesselyn Cook | Posted 07.06.2016 | Home

BAGHDAD (Reuters) - The Iraqi man who was filmed attacking Saddam Hussein's statue with a sledgehammer when U.S. troops stormed into Baghdad in 2003 s...

What It Takes to Be President of the American Police State: Anti-Big Money, Anti-War, Pro-Constitution, Freedom-Loving Candidates Need Not Apply

John W. Whitehead | Posted 05.24.2016 | Politics
John W. Whitehead

Long gone are the days when the path to the White House was open to anyone who met the Constitution's bare minimum requirements of being a natural bor...

The Turmoil in the Mideast Underlines the Erosion of the Arab State System

Kanan Makiya | Posted 03.28.2016 | Home
Kanan Makiya

Political power across the Middle East has fragmented, like a sheet of glass that shattered into a thousand pieces. Bringing back the "state" is the most urgent task facing the region. As any Palestinian -- or, nowadays, any Iraqi or Syrian -- will tell you, there is absolutely nothing worse than not having a state.

Iranian Vote Affirms Obama Administration Nuclear Deal

Doug Bandow | Posted 03.23.2017 | Politics
Doug Bandow

Iranians recently voted for a new parliament as well as Assembly of Experts, tasked with choosing the successor to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Moderate reformers did well in both bodies, vindicating the Obama administration's decision to try diplomacy after years of confrontation.

Donald Trump Speaks at AIPAC

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 03.21.2017 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Will Trump Blow it? Trump's speech at AIPAC is about more than AIPAC, Jews and the Mideast: Is he a serious candidate? This morning Hillary Cli...

Warren's Last 2 Weeks in Twitter Polls

Warren Holstein | Posted 03.02.2017 | Comedy
Warren Holstein

Week of 2/15/16 to 2/28/16 Twitter polls have become all the rage and I am continuing to take full advantage of them by boldly engaging the public ...

What Was the Path to 9/11?

Arnold Steinberg | Posted 02.16.2017 | Politics
Arnold Steinberg

Donald Trump could destroy his base Time for Trump to talk about 9/11, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama President Barack Obama held a news conference b...

So What If a Majority of Americans Wants to Send Ground troops to Syria?

Kirby Goidel | Posted 12.12.2016 | Politics
Kirby Goidel

When posed with the possibility of war, in theory, Americans like the idea of invading other countries. In practice -- when lives are actually lost -- they like invading other countries much less. When an invasion seems like it might be costly, Americans often prefer more limited airstrikes or no military involvement at all.

The Truth About My Arranged Marriage

OWN | Lisa Capretto | Posted 12.01.2015 | OWN

When Zainab Salbi was barely 19 years old, she experienced her first sense of betrayal. The young Iraqi woman had grown up in Baghdad, raised in part ...

CIA in the Crosshairs

Joe Peyronnin | Posted 11.27.2016 | Entertainment
Joe Peyronnin

The Showtime documentary, "The Spymasters: CIA in the Crosshairs," which will air Saturday night, pulls the curtain back on America's most secret agency and sheds light on its successes and failures.

The Clash of Cultures

Christos Terzides | Posted 11.21.2016 | Home
Christos Terzides

Paris struck home and given human nature, it's hard not to take sides--even unconsciously.

Don't Get Fooled Again: What NOT To Do Is Clear

Robert S. McElvaine | Posted 11.15.2016 | Home
Robert S. McElvaine

What France, the United States, and other Western nations should do in response to the unmitigated evil that was perpetrated by terrorists, apparently associated with ISIS, in Paris on Friday is not at all clear.

Syria's Two-Body Problem

John Feffer | Posted 11.05.2016 | Home
John Feffer

The Syrian body politic is in the process of slow-motion dismemberment, for the head of state has lost quite a few of his extremities. Yet Assad is clinging to power in this shrunken entity, fearful of what might happen to his physical body if he should leave power, voluntarily or involuntarily.