Tag Archives: Articles about the Middle East

Noam Chomsky: No Wonder the World Is Terrified of America — We’re the Biggest Threat

Author, historian and political commentator Noam Chomsky. (photo: Ben Rusk/flickr)   By Noam Chomsky  AlterNet  06 February 14 Reader Supported News s the year 2013 drew to an end, the BBC reported on the results of the WIN/Gallup International poll on the question: “Which country do you think is the greatest threat to peace in […]

The Corbett Report: Mimi Al Laham (“Syrian Girl”) Breaks Down the Geneva II Syrian “Peace” Talks

Mimi Al Laham (aka “Syrian Girl”) joins us once again to discuss the latest round of Syrian peace negotiations in Geneva, Switzerland. We talk about what Syria hopes to accomplish with the talks, where we can expect negotiations to go from here, the chemical weapons disarmament issue, and questions about Al Qaeda’s relation to the […]

Mon., Feb. 3, Trial and Rally: Support Anti-Drone Protesters

Beale AFB, April, 2013   TRIAL DATE:  Monday, Feb. 3, 9:00 am     Occupy Beale AFB Anti-Drone Protestors to Put Drone Warfare on Trial  (Defendants:  Martha Hubert, Robin Ryan, Bill Doub and Toby Blome)   In April, 2013, 5 activists were arrested while attempting to deliver a letter to the Commander at Beale AFB during a nonviolent protest of drone warfare.  The letter […]

Tomgram: Andrew Bacevich, Bashing “Isolationists” While at War in the World

Always and Everywhere The New York Times and the Enduring “Threat” of Isolationism By Andrew J. Bacevich  October 24, 2013  tomdispatch.com Read Tom Engelhardt’s introduction here. The abiding defect of U.S. foreign policy? It’s isolationism, my friend. Purporting to steer clear of war, isolationism fosters it. Isolationism impedes the spread of democracy. It inhibits trade and therefore prosperity. […]

From Afghan youth to leaders of today: Daylight is almost here

The daylight of a global awakening By Dr. Hakim  16 September 2013  Voices for Creative Nonviolence  VCNV.org We, the Afghan Peace Volunteers, are finding strength amidst our dark nights because, in the daylight of a global awakening, we see people throughout the world refusing to comply with oppressive systems.   We see that we aren’t alone […]

Ray McGovern: How War on Syria Lost Its Way

Exclusive: What looked like another U.S. march to war in the Mideast has turned toward a peaceful accord that carries hope of getting Syria to relinquish its chemical weapons and achieving a cease-fire, maybe even an end to the civil war. But some want to resume the drive toward a U.S. attack, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern says. By […]

[Video] Noam Chomsky: Chomsky: 9/11 and Syria and Instead of “Illegal” Syria Threat, U.S. Should Back Chemical Weapons Ban Worldwide

Part I Part 2  democracynow Published on Sep 11, 2013 Noam Chomsky, the world-renowned political dissident, linguist and author, weighs in on today’s 12th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks and how the civil war in Syria appears destined to permanently break the country apart. “[9/11] was very significant, a major terrorist act, thousands of […]

[Video] Rania Masri and Chris Hedges On Obama’s Syria Address

Published on Sep 11, 2013 Scholar Rania Masri and writer Chris Hedges respond to President Obama’s Major Syria Address  TheRealNews Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on the item of interest to view. WAMMToday is also on […]

Henry A. Giroux> Hope in a Time of Permanent War

What does hope teach us at a time in which government lies and deception are exposed on a daily basis in the media and yet appear to have little effect on challenging the deeply authoritarian attacks on civil liberties initiated by President Obama?  By Henry A Giroux  Posted on Sep 6, 2013  truthdig.com This piece first appeared […]

Patrick L. Smith: Lapdog Media Beats War Drums Again

Remember how the media sold us their wars? (photo: Luke Frazza/AP) By Patrick L. Smith  31 August 13  Salon via Reader Supported News s of this writing, early Thursday morning, some Syrians are scheduled to pay with their lives for America’s “credibility.” The bombarding of an already war-ravaged country is acknowledged as “symbolic,” intended simply to […]

Diana Johnstone: US Uses Past Crimes to Legalize Future Ones

Justifying the Unjustifiable by DIANA JOHNSTONE  August 26, 2013  counterpunch.org Paris. The liberal warhawks are groping around for a pretext they can call “legal” for waging war against Syria, and have come up with the 1999 “Kosovo war”. This is not surprising insofar as a primary purpose of that US/NATO 78-day bombing spree was always […]

Glenn Greenwald> Snowden: UK government now leaking documents about itself

Glenn Greenwald  theguardian.com, Friday 23 August 2013 The NSA whistleblower says: ‘I have never spoken with, worked with, or provided any journalistic materials to the Independent’ GCHQ’s headquarters on the outskirts of Cheltenham. Photograph: Barry Batchelor/PA (Updated below) The Independent this morning published an article – which it repeatedly claims comes from “documents obtained from the NSA by Edward Snowden” – […]

Gen. Dempsey: Syria No-Fly Zone an ‘Act of War,’ Would Cost Billions

Move Would Cost $1 Billion Per Month by Jason Ditz  July 22, 2013  antiwar.com In a letter to Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin (D – MI), Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey warned that establishing a no-fly zone would be an “act of war” and would cost an average of $1 billion […]

Helen Thomas, a Great Journalist, Dies at 92

Helen Thomas, a Great Journalist and Friend of The Real News, Dies at 92 July 20, 2013  TheRealNews.com Subscribe or “Follow” us on WAMMToday.org. For the TC EVENTS calendar and the ACTIONS AND ACTION ALERTS click on the tab at the top of the page and click on the item of interest to view. WAMMToday is also on FACEBOOK! […]

Iraq: Between Drug Dealers And Death Squads

What has tragically replaced education, stability and employment is an increasing subservience to alcohol and drugs, with “violence, unemployment and poverty” leading to a dramatic “increase in alcohol abuse,” according Younis Obeidi, a psychiatrist at the Ibn Rushd Hospital. Drugs have also become an alternative to the squalor of poverty, as the first three years […]

Mary Beaudoin> Syria: the Mediterranean Piece

What’s left out when the U.S. talks about Syria is that it is in a key position for exporting natural gas. Adding weapons to the region makes it explosive. by Mary Beaudoin   July 2013  Women Against Military Madness Newsletter We know that the Syrian people have suffered terribly from the violence that has erupted. […]

Noam Chomsky: Who Owns the Earth?

A minor event, but it forcefully brought home a lesson: The legitimacy of borders – of states, for that matter – is at best conditional and temporary. By Noam Chomsky  05 July 2013  Truthout | Op-Ed (Photo: Michael Kamber / The New York Times)  (This article is adapted from a commencement speech by Noam Chomsky on June 14, […]

Why Obama is Declaring War on Syria

The End of Syria as We Know It? by FRANKLIN LAMB  WEEKEND EDITION JUNE 14-16, 2013  counterpunch.org Beirut. The short answer is Iran and Hezbollah according to Congressional sources. “The Syrian army’s victory at al-Qusayr was more than the administration could accept given that town’s strategic position in the region. Its capture by the Assad […]

U.S. Promises Smooth Transfer of Quagmire from Afghanistan to Syria

“Harland Dorrinson, executive director of the National Quagmire Institute, a think tank dedicated to promoting the United States’ involvement in intractable conflicts around the globe, said . . .” POSTED BY ANDY BOROWITZ  JUNE 19, 2013  The New Yorker DAMASCUS (The Borowitz Report)—Supporters of the United States’ twelve-year quagmire in Afghanistan cheered the news today that the […]

Patrick Cockburn on U.S. Plans to Arm Syrian Rebels: Where is the Skepticism About Chemical Weapons?

 democracynow Published on Jun 14, 2013 http://www.democracynow.org – Veteran foreign correspondent Patrick Cockburn of the Independent joins us to discuss the Obama administration’s decision to begin directly arming Syrian rebels after concluding the regime of President Bashar al-Assad has used chemical weapons. “There must be some doubts about this,” Cockburn says, adding that it “reminds me of […]