European Union’s Imperial Overreach

The European Union’s haughty and hasty expansion into low-wage Eastern Europe may be its undoing, as the Brexit vote shows popular resistance to the westward migration of workers that followed, writes Jonathan Marshall.

Brexit and the Diseased Liberal Mind

The Brexit vote is a huge challenge to the left to face facts. We want to believe we are free but the truth is that we have long been in a prison called neoliberalism. The Conservative and Labour parties are tied umbilically to this neoliberal order, writes Jonathan Cook.

Volleyball in Iran: A Litmus Test for Women's Rights

Iranian backtracking on earlier promises to lift the ban on women for international volleyball tournaments further calls into question whether engagement instead of boycott is the more effective approach, writes James M. Dorsey.

The Fraudulent Case for a Syrian Escalation

Washington’s armchair warriors are pounding the drums for a major U.S. military escalation in Syria but a new report shows there’s little reason to think that would help, writes Jonathan Marshall.

The Numbers Racket

Did the outgoing AFRICOM chief lie to the senators about the number of missions being carried out on the continent? Is AFRICOM maintaining two sets of books in an effort to obscure the size and scope of its expanding operations? Is the command relying on a redefinition of terms and massaging its numbers to buck potential oversight? Asks Nick Turse.

The Diplomats’ Revolt on Syria

One need only look to Libya to see what happens when the United States enters a conflict with limited aims and no vision of medium- and long-term potential outcomes, observes Ali Gharib.

The State Department’s Wrong-headed Push for War with Syria

Should the regime-change war succeed in overthrowing Assad, it will be ISIS and Al Qaeda who will step in and fill the vacuum — a strategic, tactical and moral catastrophe that American foreign policy should seek to avoid, points out James Carden.

Israel’s Water Siege of Palestinians

Neocon domination of the U.S. foreign policy establishment has foreclosed serious debate over Israel’s strangling control of Palestinian water resources and what that means for the future of that ghetto-ized population, as Chuck Spinney explains.

How US Wars Have Bred Terrorism

The Reagan administration inadvertently created Al Qaeda by arming the Afghan mujahedeen in the 1980s, then George W. Bush’s Iraq War gave rise to ISIS. So, one might draw a lesson about overusing military force abroad, says Ivan Eland.

Israel’s Fear of the ‘Desert' Jews in its Midst

But more specifically the Ashkenazim feared that one day the Arab Jews might make a political alliance with the native population, the Palestinians. Then the Ashkenazim would be outnumbered, notes Jonathan Cook.

Dominating the Skies and Losing the Wars

Even as air power keeps the US military in the game, even as it shows results (terror leaders killed, weapons destroyed, oil shipments interdicted, and so on), even as it thrills politicians in Washington, that magical victory over the latest terror outfits remains elusive, explains William J. Astore.

Syria Suffers the Consequences of Incoherent Statecraft by Many

The situation today is remarkably disjointed, passive, and militant at the same time, characterized by intense military attacks in half a dozen countries alongside an almost absolute absence of a coherent and realistic political strategy to stop killing, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Trump’s Blatantly Racist Campaign

For half a century, Republicans – such as Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush – used the race card to win over Southern whites, but Donald Trump took the tactic to a new level, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The Pentagon’s Real $trategy

Given this focus, creating and maintaining an effective fighting force becomes a secondary consideration, reflecting a relative disinterest -- remarkable to outsiders -- in the actual business of war, as opposed to the business of raking in dollars for the Pentagon and its industrial and political partners, reports Andrew Cockburn.

Is Trump a New Kind of Fascist?

To complicate matters, we are witnessing Trump's political rise while at the same time extreme right-wing parties are making startling gains in many countries, including Austria, which had not seen such a development since the end of World War II, points out Sam Ben-Meir.

Islamic Terrorism is Right-wing Terrorism

Whether it’s Robert Dear shooting up a Planned Parenthood clinic or Baruch Goldstein massacring Muslims at prayer or a guy named Omar going on a killing spree in a gay nightclub in Orlando, it’s all religiously inspired right-wing terrorism, points out Joshua Holland.

America’s Many Mideast Blunders

Official Washington’s neocon foreign policy establishment looks forward to more “regime change” wars in the Mideast and more “blank checks” for Israel, but ex-Ambassador Chas W. Freeman Jr. sees such actions as a continued march of folly.

Muhammad Ali’s True Patriotism

Muhammad Ali angered much of America by declaring “I ain’t got no quarrel with the Vietcong” and refusing to fight in Vietnam, but his principled stand was vindicated by history and is a lesson for today, says Ivan Eland.

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Egypt inches towards return of militant fans to stadium terraces
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Syrian Armenians resettle in ancestral homeland
18,000 members of Syrian Armenian community have found refuge in their ancestral home since civil war broke out in Syria in 2011.
First NBA Stores to open in Qatar
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50 young Saudis arrested over ‘un-Islamic’ necklaces, haircuts
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SZBA accepts nominations in five languages
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Algeria blocks social media sites to stop exam cheats
Police arrest dozens of people as part of investigation into how parts of 2016 high school exams were leaked onto social media.
Islamists brutally attack Radiohead fans in Turkey
Group of about 20 men accost, beat up customers, employees at Velvet IndieGround music store in Tophane district.
Abu Dhabi's Louvre surrounded by sea water
Half-billion-euro Louvre Abu Dhabi becomes museum 'on the sea' in major step towards completion of project.
'Gathafi's dagger' seized in Istanbul
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'SpongeBob trousers' get Iran goalkeeper a ban
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China orders restrictions on Ramadan fasting in Muslim region
Several local government departments in Xinjiang post notices on their websites ordering restrictions on fasting during Ramadan.