Kerry’s Latest Reckless Rush to Judgment

Though the investigation of the shoot-down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 has barely begun, the Obama administration and the US media have sold the world on the narrative blaming Russia’s President Putin, with Secretary of State Kerry sealing the deal, writes Robert Parry.

Creating Stability and Lasting Peace in Libya

If the Libyan leaders and well-wishers establish Prevention Wings of the Military, they will ease high tensions, reverse mistrust, hatred, create stability and permanently prevent future unrest, writes Dr. David Leffler.

US Plays Decisive Role in Israel's Attack on Gaza

Washington’s good faith as honest broker goes largely unquestioned in the US, even though the country annually provides Israel with billions of dollars in aid and military support, notes Jonathan Cook.

Washington Absurdity, Arab Helplessness

Washington’s quest for a ceasefire in Gaza while wholeheartedly supporting and arming Israel’s onslaught against Palestinian civilians reflects the frightening extent of bankrupt Arab diplomacy and the true nature of the US government siding with Israel, analyses Rami G. Khouri.

A Nation on the Brink

The ongoing crisis has sent the government in Baghdad into free-fall just as the opportunistic Kurds of northern Iraq have called for a referendum in the next two months to address a long-fostered desire to become an independent country, writes Dahr Jamail.

Human Catastrophe at Gaza’s Hospitals

The US mainstream media is again downplaying the horror of Israel’s latest invasion of Gaza. The Washington Post’s front-page headline said “Israel edges into Gaza.” But the carnage is more dramatic at Gaza’s overflowing hospitals, as Dr. Mads Gilbert explained to Dennis J Bernstein.

Why an Iran-Nuke Deal Could Succeed

US hardliners still dream about “regime change” in Iran – and thus want more sanctions rather than a deal that would constrain Iran’s nuclear energy program – but the Obama administration has found that talks can work if Iran’s independence is respected, say Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett.

The Nightmare of Gaza Continues

Like average Syrians and Iraqis, Palestinians want to live normal lives. They want to be able to provide for their children and see their children's children grow and prosper, writes James Zogby.

Obama and Fast-Moving Global Crises

The three big international crises – Ukraine/Russia, Israel/Gaza and Iran/nuclear – mark a choice for President Obama, stick with Israel and the old alignments or shift toward more cooperation with Russia and Iran. But the pieces on this global chessboard are fast moving, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

What Is Israel’s End Game in Gaza?

By invading Gaza, Israel claims to be addressing short-term security concerns but it is also damaging what remains of the peace process — and the offensive raises troubling questions about the future of the Palestinians trapped in Gaza, writes former Congressman Dennis Kucinich.

Prospects for Iran Nuke Deal Brighten

Though neocons and congressional war hawks are still hoping to sink an Iranian nuclear deal, the Obama administration and Iranian negotiators appear to have cleared some key hurdles toward a workable plan for keeping Iran’s program peaceful, writes Gareth Porter for Inter Press Service.

War and Forgetfulness

The architects of our foreign-policy disasters would prefer we simply forget the past, notes Eric Alterman.

Death and Destruction in Gaza as Israel Launches Ground Invasion

There are no sirens in Gaza, no shelters, no air defense system. There is only destruction and death, stresses Sharif Abdel Kouddous.

The Three Dimensions of War

What does Israel expect to achieve by attacking Gaza with a large land force, following ten days of attacking from the air and suffering Palestinian counter-attacks by far less effective small rockets? Asks Rami G. Khouri.

Assaults on Iraqi Sovereignty

In recent weeks, the menace to Iraqi sovereignty has taken a new turn. This new turn has been reinforced by four factors, argues Khalid Sanjari.

Opposing the Israel Lobby and Changing US Middle East Policy

Our movement isn’t strong enough yet to end US enabling of the carnage in Gaza—but the shift in public discourse is a crucial first step in changing US policy, observes Phyllis Bennis.

The Palestinians Must Put an End to Suicidal Hamas

In the 1970s and 1980s, Israel’s intelligence service helped Hamas organize and gain power. Decades later, Hamas has emerged as the perfect foil for Israeli rightists and advocates of Greater Israel, such as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as Bob Dreyfuss explains.

 
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