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.

 
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