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Karen J. Greenberg: While Rome Burns, Trump Gets What He’s Always Wanted

In unsettling ways, the crisis is working for him as previously untenable policy options are becoming essential to curtailing the coronavirus.

April 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Khury Petersen-Smith: Ending the Myth That Trump Is Ending the Wars

Trump has sent more new troops to the Middle East than he’s bringing home from Afghanistan.

March 9, 2020 · 1 Comment

Madhav Joshi: There’s no easy exit for the US in Afghanistan

While the steps of a successful peace process do not need to unfold in a particular order, my research and that of others shows that there are several clear steps that any process should take to maximize the chances of success.

March 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Mel Packer: A History of Deadly Meddling

In this essay, we hear a first-hand account from Mel Packer who was one of the Americans who visited Iran during the hostage crisis of 1980.

February 9, 2020 · 2 Comments

Sarah Anderson: Meet the Corporate War Profiteers Making a Killing on Trump’s Attacks on Iran

As long as the top executives of our privatized war economy can reap unlimited rewards, the profit motive for war in Iran—or anywhere—will persist.

January 9, 2020 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Murdering Suleimani

Suleimani was not a “bad” man. Killing him was morally wrong, probably illegal and certainly a catalyst for much future bloodshed.

January 8, 2020 · 6 Comments

W.J. Astore: Anti-war Pragmatists and Pro-war Fantasists

What if peace is really based on pragmatism, and war on fantasy?

January 6, 2020 · Leave a comment

Kristin Henderson: A Feminist Alternative to Trump’s Chest Beating on Iran

If there’s ever to be genuine and just peace between the two nations, diplomacy must be the priority, and Iranian civil society must be acknowledged and respected.

December 28, 2019 · Leave a comment

Rebecca Gordon: What’s Wrong With the Republicans?

The roots of much of the turmoil in the current Republican Party are centuries old. They go back, in fact, to the twin crimes that have helped shape this country from its very beginning: slavery and imperial expansion.

December 27, 2019 · Leave a comment

Michael T. Klare: The Missing Three-Letter Word in the Iran Crisis

If the United States goes to war with Iran, you are unlikely to hear the word “oil” uttered by top Trump administration officials, but make no mistake: that three-letter word lies at the root of the present crisis, not to speak of the world’s long-term fate.

July 15, 2019 · Leave a comment

Marc Jampole: Bellicose Nation

The U.S. spends 40% of the world’s total military budget, and this huge expenditure is controlled by an inconsistent and bellicose ignoramus. Trump favors disruption over working together, and he … Continue reading

August 20, 2018 · 2 Comments

Medea Benjamin: Who Will Stop Trump from Tweeting Us into War with Iran?

Trump’s crippling sanctions will go into effect on November 4th. Donald Trump may be taking us to war on Iran and those who should be trying to stop him—from Congress … Continue reading

July 31, 2018 · Leave a comment

Kathy Kelly: Scourging Yemen

There is extensive evidence that irresponsible arms flows to the Saudi Arabia-led coalition have resulted in enormous harm to Yemeni civilians. “At the very least, citizens in countries supplying weapons … Continue reading

May 24, 2018 · 1 Comment

W.J. Astore: Ending Wars, Not “Winning” Them, Should Be America’s Goal

Beware the tunnels you choose to go down (Wikimedia) . You can’t win wars that should never have been fought.  The U.S. should never have fought the Iraq and Afghan … Continue reading

May 21, 2018 · 1 Comment

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