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Daniel N. White: The Fish Rots from the Head — My Q&A with Admiral William McRaven

A strange turn of fate now makes Admiral (retired) William McRaven, formerly head of US Special Operations Command (SOCOM), a neighbor of mine. He’s the new Chancellor of the University … Continue reading

June 5, 2015 · Leave a comment

B. Traven: Fire in the Hole: A New American Military Disaster, Yemen

The Unifed States has spent the last twenty-five years pulling Israel’s and Saudi Arabia’s chestnuts out of the fire in the Middle East. First with Desert Storm in Kuwait in … Continue reading

April 3, 2015 · Leave a comment

Michael Schwartz: The Great Game in the Holy Land

How Gazan Natural Gas Became the Epicenter of An International Power Struggle Guess what? Almost all the current wars, uprisings, and other conflicts in the Middle East are connected by … Continue reading

February 27, 2015 · 4 Comments

W.J. Astore: Kicking the Vietnam Syndrome

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
President George H.W. Bush, fist clenched, ready to smack down the Vietnam Syndrome W.J. Astore The Vietnam Syndrome refers to an alleged reluctance on…

November 26, 2014 · Leave a comment

New Study: Mainstream Media Silences Debate About War

New analysis finds little opposition in mainstream media to latest US military attacks on Middle East nations. When it comes to asking hard questions about war, don’t count on the corporate … Continue reading

November 17, 2014 · 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

Richard Silverstein: What Israel Has to Teach Us

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Who profits from this “cherished” relationship? Richard Silverstein.  Introduction by b. traven. The truth that all fear to talk about. The Democrats waltz around…

October 30, 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

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

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

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

The Worst Cancer of All

Originally posted on The Contrary Perspective:
Deploy them only when needed, and in wars only when approved by a formal Congressional declaration W.J. Astore Also at Huffington Post. President Obama’s…

September 29, 2014 · 1 Comment

Running Orders

In July 2014, before the Israeli military would fire at a structure in Gaza, they would send a warning “bomb” to let the Palestinian residents know they had less than … Continue reading

July 17, 2014 · Leave a comment

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