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LaDonna Brave Bull Allard: We Stand in Solidarity with Rojava, an Example to the World

Since 2012, around 5 million people – Kurds, Arabs, Assyrians, Turkmen, Yazidis and others – have built the autonomous region of Rojava, demonstrating how a multi-ethnic society can respectfully coexist beyond the constraints of nation state, patriarchy and capitalism.

November 5, 2019 · 2 Comments

Choman Hardi: Homeland, what shall I do with you?

What shall I do with you, homeland?
What shall I do with all this blood?
Where shall I put you
to prevent you from filling my days
with damage and grief?

October 21, 2019 · Leave a comment

Stephen Zunes: ‘More AIPAC Than J Street’ — Kamala Harris Runs to the Right on Foreign Policy

Harris is being embraced by many progressive Democrats, and she’s branding herself as a progressive. Yet in the course of her little more than two years in the U.S. Senate, she’s taken some foreign policy positions that should give pause to supporters of human rights and international law.

February 11, 2019 · 4 Comments

Michael T. Klare: America’s Carbon-Pusher in Chief

Trump’s Fossil-Fueled Foreign Policy Who says President Trump doesn’t have a coherent foreign policy?  Pundits and critics across the political spectrum have chided him for failing to articulate and implement … Continue reading

August 1, 2017 · 1 Comment

Andrew J. Bacevich: What Obsessing About You-Know-Who Causes Us To Miss

24 Key Issues That Neither the Washington Elite Nor the Media Consider Worth Their Bother Donald Trump’s election has elicited impassioned affirmations of a renewed commitment to unvarnished truth-telling from … Continue reading

May 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

Video: Rana Choir — I didn’t raise my boy to be a soldier

. The Jewish Arab women’s choir Rana, based in Jaffa, implores us: “Here and everywhere else in the world, there’d be no war today if mothers all would say: I … Continue reading

March 9, 2017 · Leave a comment

David Vine: The Bases of War in the Middle East

From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 Years of Building Bases and Sowing Disaster With the launch of a new U.S.-led war in Iraq and Syria against the Islamic State … Continue reading

November 16, 2014 · Leave a comment

Djelloul Marbrook: How the Press Masks its Xenophobia

The press dolls up its xenophobia in pseudo-objective claptrap, but when you explore its use of Arabic words like jihad and caliph and mullah a persistent pattern of demonization emerges. … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · Leave a comment

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