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Michael Winship: Netanyahu’s “Us or Them” Is Nothing But Trouble

For a long time now, American political consultants have benefited from a lucrative sideline, selling their alleged expertise to politicians in Israel. (It was Democratic strategist James Carville who, after … Continue reading

March 31, 2015 · 3 Comments

Mel Packer: Yes, my nation is guilty of torture…

Yes, my nation is guilty of torture, of murder, of discrimination, guilty of waging wars to make campaign donors even richer, guilty of many crimes that I was told in … Continue reading

December 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

Election Result: More Military Escalations Are Coming

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
James Madison warned that perpetual war is the worst enemy of personal liberty W.J. Astore So, Republicans now control the Senate as well as…

November 5, 2014 · Leave a comment

US Official: Bombing Oil Pipelines in Syria a ‘Viable Option’

Critic warns move would be ‘foolhardy’ and lead to civilian casualties, massive spills and environmental damage. A top State Department official on Thursday said that bombing oil pipelines controlled by … Continue reading

October 25, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tom Engelhardt: On Being An Indispensable Nation

President Barack Obama delivers the commencement speech to the U.S. Air Force Academy Class of 2012 at Falcon Stadium in Colorado Springs, Colo., May 23, 2012. It was May 23, … Continue reading

October 21, 2014 · 1 Comment

William J. Astore: Investing in Junk Armies 

Why American Efforts to Create Foreign Armies Fail ~ In June, tens of thousands of Iraqi Security Forces in Nineveh province north of Baghdad collapsed in the face of attacks … Continue reading

October 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peter Van Buren: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Seven Worst-Case Scenarios in the Battle with the Islamic State. You know the joke? You describe something obviously heading for disaster — a friend crossing Death Valley with next to … Continue reading

October 19, 2014 · 1 Comment

Peter Certo: Obama’s Dumb War

 The president is now poised to leave behind a Middle East quagmire much like the one he was elected to end. No Exit Strategy.  (OtherWords cartoon by Khalil Bendib) If … Continue reading

October 17, 2014 · 1 Comment

Video: Israel as Paradise

Here’s a video produced two years ago for the 64th anniversary of the founding of Israel. It presents life in a wealthy urban setting with beautiful architecture and happy residents. … Continue reading

October 12, 2014 · Leave a comment

Endless Flow of Weapons Fuels Endless War in Iraq and Syria

New report shows how flood of munitions from across the globe, including the United States, are making peace impossible in Middle East. Ammo casings found in Iraq and Syria. Top, … Continue reading

October 11, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tim Holmes: Everything you know about Hamas is wrong

Originally posted on Tim Holmes:
Alright, not everything. And no, not you, smart-arse. Still, it’s been alarming to be reminded over the past month just how delusory much western public…

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Tim Holmes: 7 arguments against war in Iraq and Syria

Originally posted on Tim Holmes:
1. It won’t work – and is likely to backfire. “What’s the harm of bombing them at least for a few weeks and seeing what…

October 9, 2014 · Leave a comment

Clancy Sigal: Kill Them All – Surely The Lord Knows Which Are His!*

The rubble of a home reportedly hit by a U.S.-led coalition airstrike in Kafar Daryan in Syria.  * Said by a 13th century Catholic crusader when asked how to distinguish … Continue reading

October 7, 2014 · Leave a comment

George Monbiot: Let’s Bomb the Whole Middle East

Footage released by the Pentagon shows a target being hit by U.S. missiles inside Syria. Let’s bomb the Muslim world – all of it – to save the lives of … Continue reading

October 3, 2014 · Leave a comment

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