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Archives from 2014
Is Israel Trying to Force Palestinians into the Sinai?
JONATHAN COOK
Nazareth. What is Israel’s endgame in Gaza? It is a question that has been puzzling analysts and observers for some time. But indications of the future Israel and Washington may have in mind for Gaza are emerging. Desperately overcrowded, short on...
Obama Reconsiders Attacking Assad
SHAMUS COOKE
Sometimes bad ideas die slowly. It was only one year ago that Obama announced he would bomb the Syrian government, only to change his mind at the last minute. Now the same fetid war talk is sprouting fresh roots in the ever-fertile U.S. military. Various media outlets rep...
More Blowback in the Offing
FRANKLIN C. SPINNEY
U.S. foreign policy is a shambles, driven mostly by increasingly divisive and vituperative special-interest domestic politics that are merely the flickering shadows of what my friend Mike Lofgren calls the ...
ISIS at the Gates of Baghdad
PATRICK COCKBURN
Three and a half months since the Iraqi army was spectacularly routed in northern Iraq by a far inferior force of Isis fighters, it is still seeing bases overrun because it fails to supply them with ammunition, food and water. The selection of a new Prime Minister, Haid...
Hong Kong’s Fight Against Neoliberalism
MING CHUN TANG
As protesters flood the streets of Hong Kong demanding free elections in 2017, the international media puts on its usual spin, characterizing the struggle as one between an authoritarian state and citizens who want to be free. The left, meanwhile, has remained notably sil...
The Holder Dossier
BINOY KAMPMARK
The file is packed, and weighed down by layers of history that unfolded over almost six years of the Obama administration. Eric Holder, Jr. may be going, vacating the position of Attorney-General once a replacement is found, but he last left a patchwork legacy for what is...
Shell-Shocked Syrian Town Freed After Savage Massacre
FRANKLIN LAMB
With the Syrian Army at Adra al-Omalia, northeast of Damascus In the early hours of Thursday, 9/25/2014, after five days of fierce firefights with advancing Syrian troops, approximately 1,000 Jabhat al-Nusra and Liwa al-Islam (Army of Islam) jihadists quickl...
US Refuses to Back Democracy Activists in Hong Kong
DAVE LINDORFF
The US claims to be supporting democracy from Ukraine to Cuba, and from Somalia to Iraq, often by bombing the alleged opposition, or by supporting proxy wars and subversion. But one place where real democracy activists are battling against the forces of repression they ar...
The Terrorism Narrative
DAVID ALTHEIDE
When philosopher Hannah Arendt witnessed the trial of Adolf Eichmann in Jerusalem, she was struck by his ‘unthinking’ nature in the way that he went about the ordinary business of carrying out the holocaust. He was not only following orders, he was following procedure...
A Good End Date for the New War Is Today
DAVID SWANSON
What I’ve seen of public events, demonstrations, and protests of the latest U.S. war — just...
Scotland’s Vote and the Future of Civil Society
MEL GURTOV
Scotland’s vote for independence fell well short of victory.  But pro-independence Scots will surely try again, just as ...
Muhammad Ali, a Hero for Our Times
JESSE JACKSON
This weekend, the Muhammad Ali Center awarded football great and courageous civil rights advocate Jim Brown and Bill Russell its Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award. But the real celebration was for Muhammad Ali himself, a giant now weakened by his three decade struggle with ...
A Dictionary Reference to the War on ISIS
BEN SCHREINER
2001 Authorization for Use of Military Force The gift that just keeps on giving. Bad Guys Whoever it is that is currently being bombed and shot at by the U.S. and its “partners.” Barbarians Those committing war c...
Washington’s Secret Agendas
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
One might think that by now even Americans would have caught on to the constant stream of false alarms that Washington sounds in order to deceive the people into supporting its hidden agendas. The public fell for the lie that the Taliban in Afghanistan are terroris...
Christian Evangelicals Increasingly Support Palestinian Human Rights
ALISON WEIR
An article in Middle East Quarterly, a pro-Israel publication, reports that support for Israel is erodi...
The Rise of ISIS and the Origins of the New Middle East War
TARIQ ALI and PATRICK COCKBURN
Tariq Ali: I’m in conversation with Patrick Cockburn, who can  only be described as a veteran reporter and courageous journalist who has covered the wars of the United States in the Middle East since they began with the invasion of Iraq, and was reporting fro...
Tariq’s Ordeal
MARJORIE COHN
Last summer, Tariq Khdeir, a 15-year-old American citizen from Baltimore, accompanied his parents to the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat for a six-week visit with relatives. The first friend Tariq made when he arrived was his cousin, Muhammad Abu Khdeir, whom Tariq...
Another Terror Trap
WILLIAM COHN
Last Fall, we were told that the United States had to wage war against the Assad regime in Syria. This Fall, we are told the US must wage war against Syrian rebels seeking to overthrow the Assad regime. How can this be logically explained? Has the world changed so dramati...
When Deep States Collide
BILL BLUNDEN
It’s no secret that members of the so-called coalition against ISIS have been less than enthusiastic about substantive military action as the ...
The Power Politics of Capitalist Expansion
NORMAN POLLACK
Anything goes, for the demonization of Putin, even as now when the charge, surrounding himself with Oligarchs, is really looking in the mirror at America’s own image. I do not have to or want to apologize for insider-plutocratic dealings in shaping the post-Soviet Russi...
Holding FIFA Accountable
BINOY KAMPMARK
There is a sense of frustration in bringing that unruly and labyrinthine football entity known as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) into the world of squeaky clean finance. It resists two terms with an almost tribal enthusiasm: accountability and ...
America’s Radical, Underground Climate Change Countermovement
ROBERT HUNZIKER
The year is 2050; rising seas have inundated Miami, America’s most recent ghost city, since Detroit. A deadly heat wave scorches Chicago, killing thousands of elderly, and a mega-drought has farmers in the Southwest on their knees, praying for relief, as a dreadful dust...
Don’t You Want to be in That Number?
LEE BALLINGER
The Compton middle school music teacher was asked: “Today, we hear our kids described as predators, as thugs, as worthless. What do you think?” “I don’t know any of those people,” he answered. “I love my job. I love my kids. Every day they come in my c...
Syria, the Latest Crusade
ANDRE VLTCHEK
The West is striking again; it is stabbing the very center, the heart of the Arab World. This time it is targeting the group – ISIS – which it created itself, and which it had been arming, feeding and pampering until just very recently. Airplanes and...