Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

When US politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the US public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened, explains Kathy Kelly.

Torture Chambers of the Mind

Convinced that solitary confinement is an ineffective, dangerous and costly practice antithetical to any pretense of rehabilitation, Sarah Shourd has spent the last four years advocating against its use through journalism, advocacy, theater and a memoir she co-authored with her fellow hostages.

In the Hands of IS

Thousands of Kurdish residents in towns like Raqqa and Tel Abyad were forced to leave for the YPG-controlled areas (often without their belongings) while hundreds of others were kidnapped or simply disappeared, reports Carl Drott.

Dishing Up International Law a la Carte

Official Washington honors international law when it’s politically useful, such as in condemning a global adversary, but then dismisses it as useless if it gets in the way of some desired US action. This “international law a la carte” undermines the concept’s fundamental value, says Lawrence Davidson.

The Reluctant Posse

It is not surprising that when the threat becomes really serious, Arab leaders wait for the United States to save their skins, argues Rami G. Khouri.

China and the Middle East : Embarking on a Strategic Approach

As the United States becomes embroiled in yet another military intervention in the Middle East, China is embarking on a long-term approach to the region that would secure its access to resources and trade, and enable cooperation with the US on Chinese terms, observes James M. Dorsey.

Why We March

We march because the world has left the Holocene behind: scientists tell us that we’ve already raised the planet’s temperature almost one degree Celsius, and are on track for four or five by century’s end, say Eddie Bautista, La Tonya Crisp-Sauray, and Bill McKibben.

The United States Heading for a Crash

The people of the Middle East want to run their own show, not fulfill a US vision of what's said to be good for them, writes Immanuel Wallerstein.

Cheney’s Dangerous Mideast Nostrums

The extremist group ISIS asserts that only brutality will drive Westerners, including Israelis of European descent, from the Middle East. But the flip side of that coin is the demand from the likes of Dick Cheney for ever increasing repression of political Islam, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar notes.

Neocons Revive Syria ‘Regime Change’ Plan

President Obama plans to violate international law by launching airstrikes inside Syria without that government’s consent, even though Syria might well give it. Is Obama playing into neocon hands by providing a new argument for “regime change” in Damascus? Asks Robert Parry.

Off on Another ‘War’ Against ‘Terror’

The original post-9/11 “war on terror” rejected a targeted police-oriented response toward al-Qaeda, which also would have focused on root causes of Sunni extremism, and instead demanded a military “war.” Now, 13 years later, few lessons have been learned, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Palestinian reconciliation at crossroads

It appears that President Abbas has, indeed, prioritised “peace with Israel.” He has devised plans for resuming negotiations, and is still banking on American support for such talks. This is the only explanation for the current anti-Hamas media campaign, analyses Nicola Nasser.

Look Who Is Paying the Pro-War Pundits

Warmongering talking heads are all over the news media fanning fears of ISIS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors? Asks Lee Fang.

No to the Criminals of History, Yes to the Children to Come

Wouldn’t it be sad to say that humanity’s greatest achievement was to exploit to the fullest two energy sources -- the atom and fossil fuels -- capable of destroying the basis for our lives on this planet, and potentially much other life as well? Asks Tom Engelhardt.

Hard to Be Confident in the Coalition-to-Come

Several troubling aspects of the American-led military plan to defeat the “Islamic State”, points out Rami G. Khouri.

The Speech on Diplomacy That Obama Should Have Given

President Obama should have spent his fifteen minutes of prime time Wednesday night talking about diplomacy. Instead of a four-part mostly military plan, he should have outlined four key diplomatic moves, suggests Phyllis Bennis.

Fighting the Islamic State: What about the day after?

The US military operations against Islamist jihadists in Iraq and possibly Syria risk repeating the West’s failure to embed kinetic interventions in post-conflict reconstruction policies to address the core grievances of populations in the Middle East and North Africa, reports James M. Dorsey.

Who do Iraq’s ‘Disputed Territories’ Belong to?

Many now believe that the Iraqi Kurdish military will not withdraw from the areas they have managed to take control of over the past few months, notes Nawzat Shamdeen.

 
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