Washington Fights Fire With Fire in Libya

Is the U.S. secretly training Libyan militiamen in the Canary Islands? And if not, are they planning to? Asks Nick Turse.

The Tale of Two Anniversaries: Pat Tillman and the Boston Marathon

The Army and the government can’t use the Tillmans like they use the Boston Marathon for the simple reason that the Tillmans refuse to be used, notes Dave Zirin.

Cure Rot by Exposing It to Fresh Air

Intellectual freak shows eventually lose their appeal, because they are exposed as hollow, false, and hurtful—not only to Muslims, but to American society and the world as a whole, stresses Rami G. Khouri.

Profiling Should End

The use of racial, ethnic, and religious profiling by law enforcement is un-American and should end. Targeting people for what they look like or because of their group characteristics is discrimination at its worst and a poor excuse for law enforcement, writes James Zogby.

Israel Celebrates the Return to Status Quo

Many Israelis, Netanyahu included, were never serious about seeking a two-state solution in the peace negotiations, stresses Eric Alterman.

Will Obama and Kerry Play Their High Cards Against Israeli Hardliners?

So far, it seems that Netanyahu is leaning toward the hardliners. But Livni’s courageous stand provides crucial cover for Kerry’s decision to blame Israel for the breakdown, reports Bob Dreyfuss.

Reagan-Bush Ties to Iran-Hostage Crisis

The Senate wants to block Iran’s new UN ambassador because he was linked to the Iran hostage crisis 35 years ago, but that standard would strip honors from Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, implicated in extending the hostage crisis to win the 1980 election, reports Robert Parry.

Lebanon Rejoins the Arab World

All the ills of Arab countries are now visible in Lebanon, which suggests that the situation in the country is likely to remain volatile, as it has for some years now, argues Rami G. Khouri.

Thirtieth Meridian: Russia’s Rubicon for NATO-US Encroachment

George Bernard Shaw may have been referring to the United Kingdom, or the British Empire, when he said truth telling is not compatible with the defense of the realm, but for all intents and purposes it can also apply to the America we live in today, or for that matter to Russia, writes Ben Tanosborn.

New American Reality: An Empire beyond Salvation

The state of US foreign policy in the Middle East, but also around the world, cannot be described with any buoyant language. In some instances, as in Syria, Libya, Egypt, the Ukraine, and most recently in Palestine and Israel, too many calamitous scenarios have exposed the fault lines of US foreign policy, argues Ramzy Baroud.

Elections in Iraq, and Hope Is in Short Supply

In Iraq, all the parties, coalitions and personalities are still the same as in 2003. To change any situation democratically, countries need vigilant and concerned citizens with a will for change. Iraq has neither, says Saad N. Jawad.

Algeria Moves On, Bouteflika Doesn’t

The ailing president Abdelaziz Bouteflika is managing his fourth re-election campaign through proxies and trying to control Algeria in the same old ways. But it isn’t the same country any more, stresses Jean-Pierre Séréni.

Assad Is There to Stay

The war on Syria has taken a U-turn during the past year. Assad now firmly holds the military initiative. The long awaited foreign military intervention could not take off, notes Nicola Nasser.

The Torture Report’s Long, Winding Road

Any encouragement that torture opponents may take from an initial step toward releasing part of a long Senate report on CIA abuses during the Bush-43 years is tempered by the fact that the declassification process may be glacially slow and still leave much hidden, writes Nat Parry.

US Triumphalism and the Ukraine Mess

Besides the misleading simplicity of Official Washington’s narrative on Ukraine, the ”good guy/bad guy” storyline ignores important lessons of world history and human nature, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

What Really Happened during the Talks

The negotiations’ failure could prove an important clarifying moment, signalling the effective demise of the two-state solution, argues Jonathan Cook.

Russell Conwell: His Theology of Wealth and Today’s GOP

And so, thanks to the Supreme Court, to Conwell's litany of "money is power, money is force", we can now add that big money gives one a bigger voice. And to the list of what money can buy - in addition to bibles and preachers - we must add that it can also buy elections, stresses James Zogby.

How to Break the Israel-Palestine Deadlock

The central problem in the US-initiated round of talks – which almost never involved the Israelis and Palestinians talking to each other, just Kerry going back and forth – is that not once did the United States indicate that it was willing to put the squeeze on Israel to force Netanyahu to make the necessary concessions needed to get things moving, says Bob Dreyfuss.

 
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