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Archives by Tag 'NATO'
NATO’s Shift in Afghanistan
BINOY KAMPMARK
The deceptive ways a loss in war is described can be contagious.  Retreats are often regarded as odious, but sometimes necessary.  These can either have the genius of the British spirit of tactical withdrawal, or a more laughable concept of an honourable peace.  When t...
Syrian Australians Demand an End to Foreign Intervention
CHRIS RAY
Sydney. Around 1500 people, mostly Australians of Syrian descent marched in Sydney on August 5, calling for an end to foreign intervention aimed at destroying the government of President Bashar al-Assad.  The Australian media gave the march almost no cove...
The Syrian Mousetrap
AFSHIN RATTANSI
The current cast of the longest-running play in the world is ready for its changeover – and that doesn’t just refer to hegemonic power-shifts in theatres of war. The Mousetrap, showing in the West End of London and currently starring Georgina Sutcliffe was written by ...
Is Libya the Next Somalia?
THOMAS C. MOUNTAIN
Libya seems well on its way to becoming the next Somalia, with much of the country already ruled by tribal/clan based armed militias. As was the case in Somalia, Libya is in the process of separation, with the eastern, oil rich, Cyrenica region having issued a de facto de...
War on All Fronts
PAUL CRAIG ROBERTS
The Russian government has finally caught on that its political opposition is being financed by the US taxpayer-funded National Endowment for Democracy and other CIA/State Department fronts in an attempt to subvert the Russian government and install an American puppet s...
Extending the Empire to New Frontiers
DEEPAK TRIPATHI
Recent wars from Libya to Afghanistan and Pakistan in a region of vast natural wealth and strategic importance highlight a phenomenon as old as humanity. Iraq and Libya had oil, but their leaders were longtime foes of the United States, now the world’s lone hegemon. Sad...
Syria Through the Looking Glass
RON JACOBS
When wading into the ever muddied waters of the West’s never ending war against the people and states of the Middle East, it is useful to have some kind of mechanism if one is trying to find a bit of clarity.   The mechanism I prefer is that of history.  While not in...
Hands Off Syria!
JUDY BELLO
This week is “Hands off Syria” week, with the United National Antiwar Coalition, with a call out for groups across the nation to take a stand against western antagonism of Syria and  Iran.  I volunteered a week or so ago to create a ‘fact sheet’ ...
Syria and the Phantom
CONN HALLINAN
What was that Turkish F-4 Phantom II up to when the Syrians shot it down? Ankara said the plane strayed into Syrian airspace, but quickly left and was over international waters when it was attacked, a simple case of carelessness on the part of the Turkish pilot tha...
Body Counts
M. REZA PIRBHAI
In the early days of the ‘War on Terror,’ US General Tommy Franks declared, “We don’t do body counts.”  He was referring, of course, to the dead of Afghanistan. That the names of 9/11 victims have been appropriately written in stone, only makes it doubly striki...
Convulsions in Libya
VIJAY PRASHAD
Fifteen days from now, the Libyan people will go to the polls. It will be the first election of its kind in Libya, but not the first election in the country. Qaddafi’s Jamahiriya held elections, but these turned out to be very large rubber stamps for a regime t...
To the Pacific We Go
BINOY KAMPMARK
The Joint Force will be prepared to confront and defeat aggression anywhere in the world - Leon Panetta, ‘Sustaining U.S. Global Leadership’, Jan 5, 2012 Empires huff and pu...
Outraged Over Atrocities (Unless They’re Ours)
JOHN LaFORGE
In the war fever being ramped up against Syria, there is broad public indignation over the massacre of more than 100 civilians in the town of Houla last weekend. Would that the U.S. diplomatic corps and the commercial press were equally outraged over our own milita...
The American Agenda in Afghanistan: a Civilian’s Review
IAN POUNDS
Kabul. One thing true we can say about war is that truth is its greatest casualty. I am a volunteer teacher. Four years ago I responded to a call from then candidate Barack Obama for a new kind of soldier to wage peace, one without a uniform, withou...
Libya, Africa and Africom
DAN GLAZEBROOK
The scale of the ongoing tragedy visited on Libya by NATO and its allies is becoming horribly clearer with each passing day. Estimates of those killed so far vary, but 50,000 seems like a low estimate; indeed the British Ministry of Defence was boasting that the onslaught...
The Tentacles of Empire
RON JACOBS
This past week the world watched while Chicago police and their allies militarized the city of Chicago as part of what was primarily a show of force.  The only “terrorists” arrested in the entire operation were three men who had filmed police harassing them earlier i...
Graveyard Humor in Belgrade
DIANA JOHNSTONE
Paris Since graveyard humor is a Serbian specialty, it seems appropriate that Serbs just played a little joke on everybody by electing a former undertaker as President. In the May 20 runoff, affable former funeral home manager Tomislav Nikolic won s...
Being There
MISSY BEATTIE
Do protests and marches accomplish anything?  Should I go?  These questions collided in my head.  One friend advised against.  Another said I should.  My children phoned, “If you do, be careful.” I knew.  I just knew. I knew I would be in Chicago. I arriv...
Should NATO Be Handling World Security?
LAWRENCE S. WITTNER
The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (better known as NATO) is in the news once again thanks to a NATO summit meeting in Chicago over the weekend of May 19-20 and to large public demonstrations in Chicago against this military pact. NATO’s website defines the a...
The End in Afghanistan is Totally Predictable
DAVE LINDORFF
John Kerry, back before he was a pompous windsurfing Senate apologist for American empire, back when he wore his hair long and was part of a movement of returned US military veterans speaking out against the continuation of the Vietnam War, famously asked the members of t...
Police Entrapment of Nonviolent Movements
JAKE OLZEN
The old trope of the bomb-throwing anarchist is back in the news, with a round-up in Ohio on May 1 and the ...
The Arab Spring is Part of the General Strike of the South
PRATYUSH CHANDRA
Vijay Prashad’s new book, Arab Spring, Libyan Winter ...
Walk to the NATO Summit
BUDDY BELL
On what is now the 17th day of our walk from Madison to Chicago, the
number 165 does not seem to encapsulate all the progress we have made.
We are 17 days and 165 miles away from the day I drove into Madison,
 where news arrived that Air Force One had descended on p...
NATO in the Dock on Libya Bombing
VIJAY PRASHAD
On May 14, 2012, Human Rights Watch released an important report, Unacknowledged Deaths: Civilian Casualties ...
What’s NATO Ever Done?
JOHN LaFORGE
Wondering why anyone would confront NATO’s summit in Chicago this month? A look at some of its more well-known crimes might spark some indignation. Desecration of corpses, indiscriminate attacks, bombing of allied troops, torture of prisoners and unaccountable dr...