14 years on, Where’s Iraq’s Democracy?

2003 was a fateful year for Iraqis, with some hoping that there would be a new era of freedom and democracy and others sceptical about American intentions, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

The Missing Logic of Russia-gate

Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian “hacking” of the presidential election, but logic is often missing, says Robert Parry.

Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths

Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

Note to Abbas: Independence comes before despotism

Sometimes leaders who have made sacrifices serving an honour­able cause tarnish their image after getting drunk with power, describes Mamoon Alabbasi.

Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths

Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

How Trump’s Tweets Affect Relations with Iran

Trump administration’s modus operandi has been to deflect one potential crisis by creating another, says Claude Salhani.

The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow

The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more “regime change” wars, reports Robert Parry.

Trump Slips into ‘Endless War’ Cycle

President Trump’s foreign policy is falling into line behind continuing wars in the Middle East, a disappointment to supporters who hoped for a change in course, writes James W Carden.

Trump, Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood

Two parties that are especially alarmed by Trump’s Brotherhood decree are the Syrian opposition and their backers in Turkey’s JDP ruling party, says Sami Moubayed.

Mythology and Reality in US-Arab Perceptions

The problematic contrast between how Arabs see themselves and how they are generally perceived in the US public sphere of media and politics jolted me again this week, argues Rami G. Khouri.

The Democrats’ Dangerous Diversion

The Democrats won’t admit that they lost to Donald Trump because they ran a deeply flawed, corporate-oriented candidate, so they blame Russia instead, a very dangerous diversion, says Nicolas J S Davies.

A Flawed UN Investigation on Syria

U.N. investigators increasingly make their conclusions fall in line with Western propaganda, especially on the war in Syria, as occurred in a distorted report about last year’s attack on an aid convoy, explains Gareth Porter.

Dreams of ‘Winning’ Nuclear War on Russia

Official Washington’s anti-Russian hysteria has distorted U.S. politics while also escalating risks of a nuclear war as U.S. war planners dream of “winning” a first-strike attack on Russia, reports Jonathan Marshall.

Trump’s Executive Order is a Wake-up Call for Everyone

The singling out of countries where the predominant religion is Islam only serves the interests and the propaganda of the ultra-right in the United States. It is obsessed with demonising the Islamic faith by constantly associating the religion with terrorism, explains Burhan al-Chalabi.

Trump and the New Global System

By unleashing battles with nations allied with the United States since the 1940s, insulting neighbors, abandoning carefully negotiated trade agreements, and asserting that America should come first, Trump has pushed buttons around the globe, analyses Gordon Adams.

America’s Deadly New ‘National Bird’

Officially, America’s “national bird” is the eagle, but it is fast becoming the hovering, deadly drone that kills with missiles fired from half a world away, reports Dennis J Bernstein about Sonia Kennebeck’s documentary, “National Bird.”

America’s Homegrown Assault on Democracy

WikiLeaks’ new dump of CIA documents reveals that when it comes to undermining the Constitution and democracy, U.S. intelligence agencies and their political “overseers” are doing the jump quite nicely, thanks, says Norman Solomon.

Erdogan: The Sultan Of An Illusionary Ottoman Empire

The Turkish President amassed unprecedented powers and transformed Turkey from a democratic to an autocratic country, ensuring that he has the last word on all matters of state, observes Alon Ben-Meir.

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UN Syrian refugee tent finds new life as dress
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Iraq late equaliser dents Aussie World Cup hopes
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Shrine at Jesus’s tomb restored to former glory
Shrine in Jerusalem’s Old City allegedly containing Jesus’s tomb restored after being discoloured by centuries of candle smoke, visiting pilgrims.
Dubai harvests desert sun at vast solar plant
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Painting Across Generations highlights trends in art
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Iran 'affection' leaves thousands of men in jail
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Saudi film fest head wants govt investment in cinema
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Saving Nineveh and Nimrud from ISIS
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Vogue Arabia adds perspective on women’s veil
Inaugural cover of Vogue Arabia edited by Saudi Princess Deena Aljuhani Abdulaziz challenges readers, observers to reorient perceptions.
Humans to blame for bulk of Arctic sea ice loss
Climate study finds that humans are responsible for 50-70 percent of decline in Arctic sea ice since 1979.