A Sad Day For Turkey

There are at least 25 factors that delegitimize the referendum and its results, and once implemented, the repercussions on Turkey’s future will be dire and essentially seal the fate of the country’s prospective democracy, argues Alon Ben-Meir.

Putin’s Middle East Balancing Act

Under Putin as the Russian president, Moscow has good relations with almost all major actors in the Middle East — anti-American as well as pro-American Arab governments, says Mark N. Katz.

A Personal Look Inside Modern Islam

There is a vicious cycle, rotating from Western fear and hatred of Islam to violent Islamic extremism targeting the West and around again, as a new book — reviewed by Arnold R. Isaacs — quietly explains.

Neocons Point Housebroken Trump at Iran

Now that the neocons have housebroken President Trump, they are ready for a resumption of their “regime change” agenda, with Iran next in their crosshairs, reports Jonathan Marshall.

Israel Celebrates 50 Years as Occupier

The extravagance of the festivities also underscores the growth over five decades of Israel’s self-assurance as an occupier, notes Jonathan Cook.

The Problems with Trump’s Strike on Syria

If you want American media talking heads, liberal or conservative, to hyperventilate for your presidency, it appears you just need to blow something up, preferably somewhere in the Arab world. Suddenly, you become “presidential” and every misfire, error and mistake is forgotten, observes Tom Regan.

The Arab World’s Christians: Easter, 2017

That Holy Week began for Egyptians with news of those bombings served as a powerful reminder of the threats faced not only by Egypt's Copts but by other Christian communities in the Arab World, writes James Zogby.

Trump’s Tomahawks and the Abu Nidal Factor

Trump has a limited agenda: Eradicate ISIS, empower the Kurds and eject Iran and Hezbollah from Syria, observes Sami Moubayed.

Trump's Foreign Policy: Incoherent or Unpredictable?

His unpredictability is the sole weapon the rest of us have against Trump the warrior. To make him less unpredictable means to make him less open to change. In a way, it would doom us, explains Immanuel Wallerstein.

An “America-First” Foreign Policy

What does an “America-first” foreign policy look like under President Donald Trump? It looks more like a military-first policy aimed at achieving global hegemony, which means it’s a potential doomsday machine, explains William J. Astore.

Trump Withholds Syria-Sarin Evidence

Despite President Trump’s well-known trouble with the truth, his White House now says “trust us” on its Syrian-sarin charges while withholding the proof that it claims to have, reports Robert Parry.

To Russia with More Russia-Bashing

Now that President Trump is bashing Russia, not resetting relations, the mainstream U.S. media has gone from pushing “Russia-gate” conspiracies to decrying doubts about U.S. government anti-Russia claims, notes Nat Parry.

Bill Maher’s Muddled Attacks on Islam

As an edgy comedian, Bill Maher prides himself on his “politically incorrect” religion-bashing, but his excessive attacks on Islam more aptly reflect a “politically correct” bigotry, as JP Sottile explains.

Where Was CIA’s Pompeo on Syria?

As President Trump was launching his missile strike against Syria, CIA Director Pompeo and other intelligence officials weren’t at the table, suggesting their doubts about Bashar al-Assad’s guilt, reports Robert Parry.

Trump’s Initial Reaction to Syria’s Suffering Says a Lot

It would take a heart of stone not to be moved but Trump’s gut response was to attack Obama, reports Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Trump’s 59-Tomahawk ‘Tweet’

In what amounted to a 59-Tomahawk middle-of-the-night “tweet,” an impulsive President Trump reacted emotionally, not rationally, in attacking Syria, says ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

Trampling the US Constitution for War

Donald Trump’s unilateral decision to attack Syria under a preposterous claim of protecting a “vital national security interest” of the U.S. was another case of a President violating the U.S. Constitution, as Daniel C. Maguire explains.

Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment

President Trump earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to attack Syria and kill about a dozen Syrians, but his rash act has all the earmarks of a “wag the dog” moment, reports Robert Parry.

 
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