Trump Escalates Anti-Leak Campaign

President Trump has made clear his anger about “leaks,” but he is far from alone among recent US presidents waging war against whistleblowing, write Jesselyn Radack and Kathleen McClellan for ExposeFacts.

Why the Vengeance Toward Sgt. Bergdahl

The angry politics around Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s “desertion” in Afghanistan revolve around right-wing hatred for President Obama who engineered Bergdahl’s freedom from the Taliban, as Matthew Hoh describes.

The Thwarted Dreams of Kurdistan

Almost a century ago, European powers promised the Kurds a state but soon reneged on the deal, leaving Kurdish nationalists to fume for generations and leading to Iraq’s recent military capture of Kirkuk, reports Lawrence Davidson.

What the Nobel Prize for Economics Might Tell us about Peace in the Middle East

It would be disingenuous to say the Israeli electorate has been unaware for more than a decade about Netanyahu’s disinterest in peacemaking, says Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Turkey and the Belt of Evil

Turkey is today paying the cost of its mistakes that it made in the previous years. It turned a blind eye to the IS activities and then it started to face the adverse effects of such opportunistic perform, explains Diyari Salih.

The real reasons Trump is quitting Unesco

By Jonathan Cook - NAZARETH

Washington’s claim that UNESCO is biased against Israel obscures the real crimes the agency has committed in US eyes, explains Jonathan Cook.

The Changed Face of Washington

By Oussama Romdhani - TUNIS

Today’s mood in Washington seems more acutely polemical than ever, writes Oussama Romdhani.

The Empire Comes Home

For nearly five decades, Americans have been mesmerized by the government’s declarations of “war” on crime, drugs, and — more recently — terror. In the name of these perpetual struggles, apathetic citizens have acquiesced in countless assaults on their liberties, argues Danny Sjursen.

The Kurdish Referendum and the Geopolitical Polarizations

This Kurdish dream of self-determination threatens the national security of Iran and Turkey and puts their territorial integrity at risk, explains Diyari Salih.

Will The Palestinians Ever Play Their Cards Right?

Since it is widely assumed, however, that without Hamas no Israeli-Palestinian peace can endure, the question is how to persuade Hamas to accept the two preconditions without losing face, asks Alon Ben-Meir.

Russia replacing US as Middle East’s political Centre of Influence

Even America’s staunchest ally in the Middle East, Israel, has been inching closer to Moscow, observes Claude Salhani.

Monetising Grief: Humanitarian Television in Refugee Settlements

By stripping away the context, the perilous journey refugees embarked on to reach the camps is discounted, writes Nazli Tarzi.

Kurdish Referendum Roils the Mideast

The Kurdish referendum seeking independence from Iraq has created more uncertainty in the turbulent Mideast with Israel appearing to see value in the new chaos, reports ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke.

America’s Long History of Warfare

Americans like to view their country as a force for peace in the world when the historical reality is almost the opposite, a reality ignored by the PBS Vietnam War documentary, writes Lawrence Davidson.

King Salman, Putin and the Syrian Elephant in the Room

Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz hopes to build on commonalities with the United States while simultaneously bridging an entire century of differences with Moscow to get a piece of the Syrian cake that Putin has been delicately slicing since his army rumbled into Syria in September 2015, explains Sami Moubayed.

President Zigzag

President Trump boasts about his “zigzag” foreign policy as if inconsistency is an attribute in dealing with a fragile world, but his zigzagging endangers backchannel intermediaries handling outreach to North Korea, reports Robert Parry.

Las Vegas Shooting was Terrifying but not Terrorism

So far as is known, Paddock was not pursuing political aims in mystifyingly stockpiling weapons and ammunition in his Vegas hotel room and mowing down 59 of his fellow Americans. He terrorised the crowd but he was not a terrorist, reports Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Rise of Far Right Signals End of German Exceptionalism in Europe

A xenophobic party in the Bundestag will complicate the way Germany interacts with Europe, says Francis Ghiles.

 
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