Tag Archives: Articles about the Middle East

▶ Chomsky on ‘Sniper,’ Hebdo and Terrorism (and What We Can Do About It)

“The more we can blame some crime on some enemy, the greater the outrage,” Noam Chomsky said in Cambridge, Mass., in a recent discussion about terrorism with Kade Crockford, the director of the ACLU of Massachusetts’ Technology for Liberty Project. “The more we are responsible for it, and therefore, incidentally, can do something about it, […]

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Genocides, Not Wars

Western Wars, Not Really Wars TGP STAFF   January 23, 2015    ANDRE VLTCHEK | Simulpost with Counterpunch In ancient times, even the greatest bandits such as kings and conquerors, deranged knights and simple arch-brigands, used to lead their armies into battle. It would be unthinkable for them to hide behind; it would be so shameful! The Queen […]

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Evergreene Digest: America’s War Machine sells fear and loathing beyond Ferguson. Black and brown people pay the price.

From Afghanistan to the NYPD and back again, America’s circle of violence is already repeating itself in 2015. But now is the time to question America’s addiction to violence – and violent racism Tomgram | Adam Hochschild: Thank You for Making War!  Steven W. Thrasher, Guardian <http://www.theguardian.com&gt; Monday 5 January 2015 | The War Machine […]

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▶ Chris Hedges Greatest Speech Ever Made

Chris Hedges speaks about dismantling corporate empire, free speech, and more ….

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Tomgram: David Vine, A Permanent Infrastructure for Permanent War

The Bases of War in the Middle East From Carter to the Islamic State, 35 Years of Building Bases and Sowing Disaster By David Vine   TomDispatch.com   November 13, 2014 An anti-war protest in 2010. (Photo: Fibonacci Blue/cc/flickr) Common Dreams Introduction by Nick Nurse  In a September address to the United Nations General Assembly, President Barack […]

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Rasmea Yousef Odeh goes to trial: Interview with her lawyers

NLG attys. Michael Deutsch and Jim Fennerty are representing ‪#‎RasmeaOdeh‬, whose trial begins Tues. Listen to their interview with WBEZ Worldview, which broadcast today: “There’s a basic injustice in this case which is founded on FBI and US government surveillance and repression of people who are engaged in First Amendment activity,” Deutsch said. ‪#‎Justice4Rasmea‬ WBEZ’s […]

Gareth Porter: When the Ayatollah Said No to Nukes

In an exclusive interview, a top Iranian official says that Khomeini personally stopped him from building Iran’s WMD program. BY GARETH PORTER   ForeignPolicy.com   OCTOBER 16, 2014 The nuclear negotiations between six world powers and Iran, which are now nearing their November deadline, remain deadlocked over U.S. demands that Iran dismantle the bulk of its capacity to […]

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C.J. Polychroniou Interviews Noam Chomsky: Can Civilization Survive “Really Existing Capitalism”?

 One of the most respected mainstream US Middle East analysts, former CIA operative Graham Fuller, recently wrote that “I think the United States is one of the key creators of [ISIS]. The United States did not plan the formation of ISIS, but its destructive interventions in the Middle East and the war in Iraq were […]

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Peter Van Buren: Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition, Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over

Tomgram: Peter Van Buren, Back to the Future in Iraq Read Tom Engelhardt’s Introduction here.  Rise Up Times Editorial Note: Tom Engelhardt, editor of Tom Dispatch, writes excellent commentary on the original articles TomDispatch.com publishes. Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition: Fighting in Iraq Until Hell Freezes Over By Peter Van Buren  TomDispatch.com  September 23, 2014 I wanted to […]

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The Intercept: News Organizations Finally Realize Obama’s War Plan is a Hot Mess

“Rudderless and without a compass, the American ship of state continues to drift, guns blazing.”  —Andrew J. Bacevich     BY DAN FROOMKIN  The Intercept  September 11, 2014    President Obama’s plan to “degrade and destroy” the Islamic State counts on pretty much everything going right in a region of the world where pretty much […]

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▶ John Rees: The True Purpose of NATO

Stopping Nato and the spread of war in Ukraine and beyond    Stop the War’s John Rees on why Nato — on the coat tails of the United States — is such a threat to peace and how we can mobilise to stop the relentless drive for more war in Ukraine, the Middle East and […]

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Mary Beaudoin: Divide et Impera: Iraq and ISIS

 Breaking Iraq into three fragments will make it easier for the United States to ensure control. This is the cause of strife in Iraq. Sami Rasouli came to the U.S. in July to deliver a plaintive message about this in person: “I am here to tell you: don’t try to solve the problem of Iraq. […]

Ed Felien: Gaza and Israel, A Bit of History, Today, and A Response

BY ED FELIEN  Southside Pride  August 4, 2014 Gaza has been Arab since the dawn of civilization.  The city of Gaza was the home of the Philistines at the time of Moses.  It was an Egyptian city with an Egyptian religion and social customs.  According to the Torah the Arabs wouldn’t let the Jews pass […]

Counterpunch: Planned Chaos in the Middle East—and Beyond

An Unholy Alliance Between the Military-Security-Industrial Complex and the Israel Lobby By ISMAEL HOSSEIN-ZADEH   Counterpunch.org   Weekend Edition July 18-20, 2014 Geopolitical observers of the Middle East turbulence tend to blame the raging chaos in the area on the presumed failure of the “incoherent,” “illogical” or “contradictory” policies of the United States. Irrefutable evidence […]

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Mary Beaudoin> Gas and Pipelines to the Eastern Mediterranean

…the discovery of huge reserves of natural gas and oil in the southeastern Mediterranean Sea. In 2010, the World Petroleum Resources Project of the U.S. Geological Survey was tasked with conducting an “Assessment of Undiscovered Oil and Gas Resources of the Levant Basin Province, Eastern Mediterranean.”[i] The area described is off the coast of ISRAEL, GAZA, Lebanon, […]

▶ Bill Moyers interviews Charles Lewis: The Lies That Lead to War

Lewis details the deceptions and illusions that have caused “most Americans and their elected representatives to completely ignore facts, logic and reason in the rush to war.” A complicit partner, he says, is a media intent on preserving the status quo and never offending the ruling elite. Moyers and Company  June 27, 2014 As the […]

2014 Global Peace Index Released

U.S. ranks 101st in the GPI; Iceland #1 GPI rank ThePeaceAlliance.org  June 2014 Last week the Institute of Economics and Peace (IEP) released the 2014 edition of its annual Global Peace Index (GPI), which “ranks nations according to their level of peace.” The GPI measures the “absence of violence and absence of the fear of […]

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Tomgram: Michael Schwartz, The New Oil Wars in Iraq

It’s the Oil, Stupid! Insurgency and War on a Sea of Oil By Michael Schwartz   TomDispatch.com   June 24, 2014. Read Tom Engelhardt’s Introduction here. Events in Iraq are headline news everywhere, and once again, there is no mention of the issue that underlies much of the violence: control of Iraqi oil. Instead, the media is flooded with debate […]

Will Shapira, Star Tribune: Letter of the Day (March 1): America’s leaders and war

They have their excuses, and they’re not afraid to use them. By Will Shapira StarTribune  Updated: February 28, 2014 – 5:48 PM Photo: Barrie Maguire • NewsArt The several wire stories in the Feb. 27 Star Tribune urging that the United States remain closely engaged in military affairs in Iraq and Afghanistan for one reason or […]

Rob Prince: Military Humanitarian Intervention: the Shock Doctrine Applied to Syria

What’s needed in Syria is not military intervention, but a global peace offensive. By Rob Prince  Foreign Policy in Focus  February 14, 2014 (Note: Rob Prince teaches at the Korbel School of International Studies. Although tangentially, he has been associated with the University of Denver’s Center for Middle East Studies and has participated in a number of […]