Possible Motives for Ousting Hagel

At the start of Barack Obama’s second term, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was seen as the best hope for standing up to the neocons, inside and outside the administration. Though Hagel proved to be a weak champion, his sudden removal could portend more trouble ahead, writes Robert Parry.

Arab Americans: Confident and Concerned

Arab Americans have not lost their personal sense of optimism in the future—with two-thirds saying that they have some confidence that their children will have a better life than they have right now, notes James Zogby.

Will the Iran Deal-Wreckers Prevail?

Iran appears ready to sign an agreement tightly constraining its nuclear program in exchange for some sanctions relief, but neocons and other US hardliners appear determined to wreck the deal, which could make Mideast tensions even worse, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

Delusional US ‘Group Think’ on Syria, Ukraine

Official Washington’s “group think” on Syria and Ukraine is so delusional that it is putting the whole world in danger, but – as with the Iraq War – the mainstream US news media is part of the problem, not part of any solution, writes Robert Parry.

Why US Balks at Accord on Children’s Rights

With its powerful political-media apparatus, America’s right wing can create hysteria over pretty much anything, even something as innocuous as a UN agreement on the rights of children, leaving the US as one of only three countries not to ratify it a quarter century later, writes Joe Lauria.

A Base Camp, an Authoritarian Regime, and the Future of U.S. Blowback in Africa

Nick Turse takes us to Chad, a country 99% of Americans have never heard of, and shows us just how deeply that military is embedding itself on that continent and just how poor the results have been.

After Fear-mongering Kills the NSA Reform Bill, What’s Next?

The Senate’s failure to bring even a narrow, watered-down reform to a final vote underscores that Congress is for the most part disinterested and/or incapable in exercising its constitutional duty to oversee the intelligence community, writes Zoë Carpenter.

Gaza Bombings Rock Palestinian Reconciliation

The perpetrators may have been motivated by personal interests but the consequences cannot possibly serve Palestinian interests, factional or otherwise. They can only serve the occupation authority and its state, argues Nicola Nasser.

The Fall Of The Would-Be Emperor

Erdogan has never been fazed by the fact that today’s Turkey is not the Ottoman Empire and that the Ottomans were not as admired by the peoples they governed, as Erdogan wants to believe, stresses Dr. Alon Ben-Meir.

NSA Reform Is Blocked

The vital cause of NSA reform—which seemed to be gaining strength as not just citizens but their elected representatives came to recognize the consequences of the issues raised by Edward Snowden’s leaks—has hit a rough spot in recent weeks, notes John Nichols.

Iraq: The American Unprotected Protectorate

The architects of the invasion and destruction of Iraq have deliberately sought to transform the country unto an entity that is incapable of functioning on its own and where its people are deprived of integrity, pride, and courage, argues Abbas J. Ali.

Fossil-fueled Republicanism

Another way to understand the Republican embrace of fossil fuels is to focus on the relative importance of oil, gas, and mining operations to the economies of certain predominantly “red” states with built-in Republican majorities, argues Michael T. Klare.

Only active citizens can save their precarious states

The precarious status of half a dozen countries, which run the risk of collapsing or fragmenting into smaller units, is a defining issue of the Arab world today, observes Rami G. Khouri.

Arab Americans Getting Ready for 2016

Thirty years ago, the obstacles confronting the community were quite different. Back then, Arab Americans, as an organized constituency, were excluded from the mainstream of American political life. Today, there are hundreds of proud Arab Americans working in the federal government, in Congress, in human and civil rights groups, and in policy-formulating institutions in Washington, notes James Zogby.

America’s Pseudo-Democracy

US pundits mock countries, like Iran or China, where candidates are screened before they go on the ballot, but America has a similar approach, with candidates needing approval from plutocrats and special interests. But that’s just one problem of US democracy, writes Lawrence Davidson.

Can the World Avert a New Cold War?

The West is charging off into a new Cold War with Russia under banners of hypocrisy, from charges of “expansionism” to complaints about disrespect for individual rights. This lack of balance could have grave consequences for the world, says former British intelligence officer Annie Machon.

Did America just shift to the right?

At the most obvious level, it does not matter because it does not end political gridlock. Any legislation passed by the Republican majority can be vetoed by Obama. The huge divergence between the parties’ views virtually guarantees that little will get done, says Harvey B. Feigenbaum.

NATO: Danger To World Peace

NATO and what it symbolizes today represents a severe danger because it represents the claim of western countries to interfere everywhere in the name of western interpretations of geopolitical realities, writes Immanuel Wallerstein.

 
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