Future headlines from Bizarro America

In fact, there’s a certain repetition factor in our increasingly bizarro American world that lends predictability to that future, argues Tom Engelhardt.

The Kids Aren't All Right

As Nick Turse points out in his latest reportage: the young, desperately divided nation of South Sudan is something of an American-sponsored creation, its military heavily supported by Washington, and so its child soldiers -- and it has plenty of them -- turn out not to be quite the same sort of scourge they are in Burma, Syria, or elsewhere.

Post-Britain: Does it matter?

Cameron should savor his unexpected victory in the British elections because he (and Great Britain's financial elites) may actually come to regret it — quite soon, writes Immanuel Wallerstein.

A Summer of War or Peace

After the final deal to restrict Iran’s nuclear program is finalized – expected in June – a crucial series of votes will follow in Congress as Republicans and some Democrats seek to scuttle the deal, a prospect that Jamal Abdi and Trita Parsi of the National Iranian American Council warn could mean war.

US Politics Gives Saudis an Edge

If President Obama were speaking solely for US national interests, he would offer a stern rebuke, not gentle reassurance, to Saudi Arabia and the Gulf States during a Camp David summit, but domestic politics and Israeli pressure will constrain any frankness, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

A Government Neither By Nor For The People

The makeup of the new coalition gives the Palestinian Authority (PA) no reason to believe that Netanyahu will advance the peace process, argues Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

The American Military Uncontained

William Astore transports his younger military self from 1990 to 2015 and asks how he would react to two things.

The second battle for Kobane

After Kobane’s resistance, it is now time for reconstruction, says Vicken Cheterian.

‘The Iranians are coming!’

Juan Cole’s report from the Ninth Annual Al Jazeera Forum in Doha, Qatar.

Israel must open its doors to Palestinian refugees trapped by Syria’s war

For Palestinian refugees living in Syria, a tenuous existence has turned into a struggle for survival, reports Rula Jebreal.

The Wars Come Home

It is no longer unusual but predictable for peacefully protesting citizens to face military-grade weaponry and paramilitary-style tactics, as the counterinsurgency school of protest policing has become the new normal in our homeland security state, observes Michael Gould-Wartofsky.

Who Counts?

Tom Engelhardt returns to the “body count” of the Vietnam era and offers a little history of counting bodies, then and now.

Accounting for the Pentagon

When it comes to Pentagon spending, the White House and Congressional Republicans aren’t really squabbling about hard numbers, notes Peter Certo.

The Mullahs’ Quiet Victory

If Iran’s leaders are reassured by the prospect of an end to direct confrontation with the United States and Europe, and choose change, they will need a model to follow, argues Shervin Ahmadi.

Don’t be Blinded by the Hillary Clinton Hologram

Voters must try to pierce through the "hologram" of American politics. So I'm getting in line behind the Democratic frontrunner even though I personally believe that ideological duels among like-minded partisans is healthy and good; and even though I personally dislike Hillary Clinton, reports John Stoehr.

The Kingpin Strategy

Andrew Cockburn takes us back to the drug wars of the 1990s, opening a window on just why the drone is the modern age's blowback weapon, par excellence.

Integration Is The Open Secret To Deradicalization

Unlike assimilation, where an individual stands to lose his identity by absorption into the mainstream culture, integration involves a mutual recognition and respect of the other—a harmonization that includes difference rather than denies it, stresses Alon Ben-Meir.

Political Violence: Retiring the Word Terrorism

The list of internationally - recognised political leaders who can trace their roots to political violence and terrorism is long. Yet, they and their predecessors disavowed what is termed political violence once they achieved their goals, says James M. Dorsey.

Al-Azhar pleads for protection of Syria ancient city
Leading Sunni Muslim body says world must unite in ‘battle of all humanity’ to prevent Islamic State group from destroying Palmyra.
Ex-boyfriend charged in shooting of Turkish young singer
Attack has attracted huge attention in Turkey, where anger has been growing over horrifying frequency of crimes against women.
Peace-making mission of Blatter crumbles
Palestinians vow to press efforts to have Israel suspended at upcoming world football congress.
'Lebanon's Kardashians' TV show ‘boring’
All that glitters not TV gold for stars of 'The Sisters' as their show is accused of ignoring educated, hardworking, down-to-earth Lebanese women.
Israel to mull Palestinian football improvements
Netanyahu says Israel will consider ‘certain’ measures after Palestinians asked to get Israeli association thrown out of world governing body FIFA.
Pope canonizes two saints from 19th century Palestine
Church officials are holding up new saints as sign of hope and encouragement for Christians across Middle East.
200 publishing deals signed under ‘Spotlight on Rights’ at ADIBF
Business Club at 25th Abu Dhabi International Book Fair has witnessed numerous bilateral meetings between publishers, authors and translators to sign publishing agreements, purchase translation rights.
Syria artist brings civil war portraits to London
‘World Civil War Portraits’ focuses on faces of displaced, tortured and killed, young and old.
Kalima Project announces new series for publication
Translation initiative run by TCA Abu Dhabi is publishing a new subseries of translated narrative, critical works from French, consisting of 100 books.
Iran considers ‘new approach’ to replace censorship
Internet and proliferation of satellite technology mean Iran can no longer control foreign news and television broadcasts.
Oldest example of Ten Commandments displayed in Jerusalem
One of 870 scrolls discovered between 1947 and 1956 in Qumran caves above Dead Sea.
UAE reaches for Mars on ambitious space mission
Emirati scientists hope probe, which will not land on surface of red planet, will provide deeper understanding of Martian atmosphere.