Women Call for Israel-Palestine Peace

Though the Israel-Palestine conflict has been mostly off the mainstream media’s radar recently, this long-running crisis drew the attention this month of two women Nobel Peace Prize winners, reports Ann Wright.

The Profitable Racket of War

How else to explain that in the past 15 years Washington DC’s so called bipartisan foreign policy elite has promoted wars in Iraq and Libya, and interventions in Syria and Yemen, which have opened Pandora’s Box to a trusting world, to the tune of trillions of dollars, a windfall for military contractors, observes Dennis Kucinich.

The return of the Blob

The geniuses who brought you the Iraq War are at it again: Washington’s bipartisan foreign policy elite are pushing for renewed influence in the next administration, says Robert L. Borosage.

Words of Wisdom from Another ex-general

When the Arab uprisings erupted in late 2010, the total Arab population was 348 million; today, it is 400 million. Former general John Allen called for a Middle East ‘Marshall Plan’, says Rami G. Khouri.

Russia’s Very Different Reality

The demonization of Russian President Putin and Russia, in general, has reached alarming levels in the West with a new “group think” taking hold that ignores Russian realities and interests, writes Natylie Baldwin.

A tale of two Aleppos

Beyond terrible human loss, the world is losing a big piece of history, a city as old as civilisation itself, explains Shadi Martini.

Washington’s New Lock-Step March of Folly

Confident in a Hillary Clinton victory, Washington’s foreign policy elite is readying plans for more warfare in Syria and more confrontations with nuclear-armed Russia, an across-the-spectrum “group think” that risks life on the planet, says Robert Parry.

The Open Wounds of Mideast Conflicts

Beyond Hillary Clinton’s insults about Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin — and finger-pointing about ISIS — foreign policy has gotten little attention in Campaign 2016 and that’s especially true about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, reports Dennis J Bernstein.

Pushing the Envelope: The World Cup and Arab Revolts Drive Change

The pushing of the envelope may be the most marked in Qatar because the prospect of the World Cup in the Gulf state has focused attention on how it will deal with the expected influx of large numbers of soccer fans from less conservative and non-Muslim societies, writes James M. Dorsey.

Hariri’s Presidential Move: Surrender or Political Realism?

Hariri’s move brings Lebanon closer to ending more than two-and-a-half years of a presidential vacuum and Aoun near to achieving his long dream of becoming president. It falls short, though, of appeasing the anger and fears of many of Hariri’s supporters and allies who saw the change as a capitulation to Hezbollah and Iran, says Dalal Saoud.

Jill Stein: On War, Trump Is Safer Than Clinton

The Green Party’s Jill Stein has spoken an inconvenient truth, that on the existential issue of a strategic war with nuclear-armed Russia, Donald Trump is less dangerous than Hillary Clinton, writes John V. Walsh.

The Risks of Clinton’s Syrian ‘No-Fly Zone’

Hillary Clinton’s scheme for a “no-fly zone” – if implemented without the Syrian government’s approval – would be an act of war and a risk of a nuclear showdown with Russia, says ex-Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Clinton Repackages Her Syrian ‘No-Fly’ Plan

In a surprise twist, Hillary Clinton dramatically revised her scheme for a “no-fly zone” over Syria, presenting it as a subject for negotiation with Syria and Russia, reports Robert Parry.

Israel’s Bogus History Lesson

In a sign of the prevailing mood, Israel’s education ministry has recently banned from the curriculum two novels featuring romantic attachments between Jews and Arabs. At the same time, the “green line” that once demarcated the occupied Palestinian territories has been erased from Israeli classroom maps, implying instead that it is all Greater Israel, notes Jonathan Cook.

Changed calculations between Israel and Hezbollah

Israelis are convinced they would win next war but they acknowledge that cost in would be much greater than any of six major wars and countless smaller engagements, reports Ed Blanche.

The Common Test facing Mosul, Iraq, and the Entire Arab World

Mosul and Iraq capture many of these problems, and so also clarify the big tests to come, as we appreciate better when examining how we got here. The fact that Mosul was taken over by ISIS forces two summers ago without a serious fight from any Iraqi armed forces, police, or citizens captures the low point of Iraq’s dysfunctional statehood since the Anglo-American war on it in 2003, observes Rami G. Khouri.

Congress Sinks to New Depths

The sad state of American democracy – from the presidential race to Congress – is easy to lament as something beyond correction, but change is possible if the electorate starts taking citizenship seriously, says Mike Lofgren.

Muslims for Trump: more than you might think

Donald Trump’s presidential campaign has angered Muslims internationally, yet survey suggests 7% of American Muslims could vote for him, reports Ibraheem Juburi.

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