Our Homemade Weapons of Our Own Mass Destruction

We know very well what will be the dark fate of the 12.3 million children and young adolescents in our region who are out of school, the over six million who are at risk of dropping out, and the three million children who have stopped going to school in Syria and Iraq, notes Rami G. Khouri.

America’s Overuse of the Sanctions Option

America’s use of economic sanctions to punish various foreign adversaries has grown so promiscuous that US businesses often don’t know when they might be crossing some legal line, thus inflicting financial pain not only on other countries but on the US economy, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar.

The Transition from Fossil Fuels to a Green Energy Era is Gaining Traction

The major fossil fuel companies have mounted well-financed campaigns for years to sow doubt about the reality of climate change, while politicians, often in their pay, have obstructed efforts to place restraints on carbon emissions, reports Michael T. Klare.

Negotiations and their enemies

What does a focus on such negotiations, including those that are not taking place, tell us about the state of the world? Asks Immanuel Wallerstein.

2044 or Bust

As Nick Turse writes today of AFRICOM’s growth, bad news from the African front after the US military moved onto the continent in a big way only led to a further “swelling of bases, personnel, and funding” -- and, of course, no blowback at all when it comes to the officials directing all of this.

Critical decisions ahead for the United States and Iraq

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider Abadi visit to Washington this week comes at a decisive moment for his country and the entire region. Fragile conditions inside Iraq in four key spheres must be discussed in Washington, notes Rami G. Khouri.

Libya’s Second Civil War

Although no one has publicly called for partition, it is not clear how the Libyans can return to peaceful coexistence. Some advocate a second foreign military intervention, but this would only worsen the situation, writes Patrick Haimzadeh.

The Iranian Ascendancy

Imagine if you had told an American soldier -- or general -- leaving Iraq in 2011 that, just a few years later in the country where he or she had watched friends die, the US would be serving as Iran's close air support, says Peter Van Buren.

15 questions Hillary Clinton should answer right now

As Clinton launches her second presidential bid, serious questions remain about her positions on key economic and foreign policy issues, observe Richard Kim and George Zornick.

Dance for Kobane

Our musical solidarity work with migrants has shown us something important. In an alien, racist and hostile land, song and dance empowers them, and should be part of every programme of humanitarian aid for uprooted peoples, writes Ed Emery.

Israel’s Unsavory New ‘Allies’

The American people, who still want to stop Al-Qaeda and the Islamic State, are only dimly aware that longtime US “allies” – Israel and Saudi Arabia – have shifted into an effective alliance with those Sunni jihadists as part of their regional war against Iran and Shiite Islam, as Lawrence Davidson explains.

Why America Needs Iran

President Obama is tiptoeing around the sensitivities of Israel and Saudi Arabia as he depicts the Iran-nuclear deal as a one-off affair. But broader cooperation with Iran may be vital to salvage US interests in the Mideast, say Flynt and Hillary Mann Leverett.

Militant Soccer Fans: Egypt's Hans Brink Plugs the Dam against Radicalization

As a result, uncritical engagement with the Al-Sisi government by the Obama administration and European nations serves to perpetuate a situation in which men like Ahmed and Mr. Salheen resemble Hans Brinker, the eight-year old fairy tale Dutchmen who stopped a flood by putting his finger in a hole in the dike, observes James M. Dorsey.

IS is here to stay

IS has finally achieved the kind of permanent presence implied by Al-Qaida’s own name, “the base”; IS has a popular base, a territorial base and a military base. What Al-Qaida began, IS has turned into an expanding movement with a territorial base, adept at propaganda and using extreme violence, says Julien Théron.

Doubts Remain on Iran Sanction Relief

While Iran expresses confidence that it can fulfill the restrictions on its nuclear program – to ensure that it remains peaceful – there is less certainty about the lifting of US and international sanctions against Iran, creating some possible trouble for the April 2 deal, writes Gareth Porter for Middle East Eye.

Iran Deal: A Possible Crossroads to Peace

The Israeli-Saudi alliance and the American neocons are furious over the framework agreement for a peaceful settlement to the Iran nuclear dispute, but the deal gives hope to people who see the need to end the perpetual wars that have roiled the Middle East and deformed the US Republic, writes Robert Parry.

While Conflicts Rage, Morocco-US Relations Continue Apace

The Strategic Dialogue is a vehicle for both sides to take time to listen and explain how their mutual interests in security, stability, prosperity, and human development can be enhanced in concrete terms through greater cooperation and collaboration, explains Jean R. AbiNader.

The right way to end terrorism

That yesterday’s terrorist is today’s state leader has been a global commonplace for 70 years. Perhaps it is time to retire the word, and the concept, of terrorism. Isn’t it time we assessed the effectiveness of the war on terror since 2001 in the light of its declared aims? Asks Alain Gresh.

 
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