Donald Trump in South Sudan

This is a story that ought to be told and told and retold. And yet here in Leer, like everywhere I went in South Sudan, I couldn’t get away from Donald Trump. So many — South Sudanese, Americans, Canadians, Europeans — seemed to want to talk about him. Even in this ruined shell of a town, Trump was big news, says Nick Turse.

Creating a Culture of Hate

There are terrible precedents for attacking immigrant culture — such as the well organised and sponsored US campaign one hundred years ago against German Americans, warns Pierre Rimbert.

The Israeli-Palestinian Conflict: Breaking The Deadlock

Hamas’ policy failures and the insistence of the Israeli government to return to dialogue under its own terms provide a breeding ground for more hostile activities that will prevent pacific coexistence, observes Alon Ben-Meir.

The Fateful Battle Over Arab Public Space and Ideas

Maintaining reasonable degrees of freedom of expression and assembly in Arab societies is critical because these are the last lines of defense against total state control of people’s minds, actions, and lives, argues Rami G. Khouri.

From Cairo to Goldberg

Seven years later, the promise of that Cairo speech (given by Obama) remains unfulfilled. And expectations have been dashed to the ground. The reasons for the failure are many—some, though not all, of which can be planted at the feet of the weaknesses in the Arab World, writes James Zogby.

The Music Says So: The Battle for Citizen Rights Will Be Won

Victory for freedom of expression and cultural pluralism is significant because it touches on the critical foundation of citizens expressing their views that we need to build in order to achieve the stable, prosperous, and humane societies, writesRami G. Khouri.

Trump’s Attempted Foreign Policy Makeover

The centerpiece of Trump’s presentation was a series of 5 criticisms of American foreign policy as it has been carried out of late. To those familiar with Trump’s standard stump speech, the litany was awfully familiar: We are overextended. We don’t win anymore. Our allies take advantage of us. Obama is bad to our friends. He bows to our enemies, points out James Carden.

The Pentagon’s Medal Inflation

Like grade inflation in college, the Pentagon has engaged in medal inflation, diluting awards for actual heroism by proliferating ribbons for bureaucratic skills, as Chuck Spinney and James Perry Stevenson explain.

Debacle at Doha

It is hard to overstate the significance of the Doha debacle. At the very least, it will perpetuate the low oil prices that have plagued the industry for the past two years, forcing smaller firms into bankruptcy and erasing hundreds of billions of dollars of investments in new production capacity, observes Michael T. Klare.

Requiem for American Foreign Policy Change

At that match for the political heavyweight crown, Hillary Clinton will be introduced as the Democratic Joan of Arc, champion of women and progressive knight-in-armor for the underdog. In turn, Donald Trump will be introduced as the savior needed by the Republic to fortify our borders and make sure that in a global economy America only entertains “good deals,” explains Ben Tanosborn.

The Real Meaning of Donald Trump

Donald Trump, in other words, is the first person to run openly and without apology on a platform of American decline, notes Tom Engelhardt.

Hidden Costs of US Air War

When Russian air strikes kill civilians in Syria, it is big news in U.S. newspapers, but there is near-total silence when U.S. bombs kill civilians in Iraq or Syria, a human rights dilemma addressed by Nicolas J S Davies.

Yemenis' Last Glimmer of Hope

Optimism is strong this time, but pessimism also has a place particularly when people remember the previous peace talks in the Geneva that reached a dead end, observes Khalid Al-Karimi.

A Benchmark April Day of Arab Despair and Radical Change

Four very different events on the same day all confirm once again the hard consequences of the unsustainable policies that all Arab governments, without exception, pursued since the 1970s, stresses Rami G. Khouri.

African-American Voters have a Good Reason to Support Hillary Clinton

Bernie Sanders has propelled economic inequality to center stage. But older African Americans have known about inequality for a long time, says Eric Foner.

The Al-Qaeda Leader Who Wasn’t

Rebecca Gordon offers a horrifying look at the case of the man the CIA waterboarded 83 times and who -- though it’s gotten next to no attention – wasn’t the al-Qaeda figure he was supposed to be and so gave the CIA information under torture that was based on nothing.

Ten Observations on the Wars in Syria

Syria reminds us that the great missing element in the modern Arab world remains today, as it has been for a century, the self-determination of citizenries, writes Rami G. Khouri.

No Reward for Sanders’s Israel Stance

Sen. Sanders showed guts when he broke from the political lock-step of unrestrained praise for Israel, but his loss in the New York primary shows there’s little reward for such courage, writes Robert Parry.

 
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