Tag Archives: IS

Rania Khalek: Drone-Strike Feminism

 Of all the justifications the Obama administration has employed to sanctify yet another war on Iraq, none have been more disingenuous than the portrayal of the latest US bombing campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS, aka ISIL) as a feminist rescue mission. By Rania Khalek  www.truth-out.org   PopularResistance.org   November 8th, 2014 […]

Common Dreams: Dozens of Civilians Killed by US-Led Bombing of Syria — Report

In addition to hundreds of fighters reported killed in month of airstrikes, women and children among the many innocent bystanders left dead  By Jon Queally, staff writer  Common Dreams  October 23, 2014 Thick smoke from an airstrike by the US-led coalition rises in Kobani, Syria, as seen from a hilltop on the outskirts of Suruc, at […]

Kathy Kelly: Stop the Killing

I believe we should try very hard to hear the grievances of people in Iraq and the region, including those who have joined the Islamic State, regarding U.S. policies and wars that have radically affected their lives and well-being over the past three decades. By Kathy Kelly  October 19, 2014 This article first appeared on […]

Medea Benjamin, The Fourth Estate in Flames: On the US Media’s Award-Winning War Propaganda

 Day after day, night after night, the press relied on propaganda from both ISIS and the US government to whip up fear and a thirst for revenge in the American public. Gruesome beheading videos distributed by Isis were played over and over.  By Medea Benjamin  Common Dreams  October 10, 2014 Like these cars in the Syrian city […]

▶ Two on Iraq from Democracy Now! Jeremy Scahill and Embedded Journalist Abdul-Alhad

The tragedy of the Sunnis in Iraq.  Need a social contract, not money and weapons. “The war that ISIS is raging on the Iraqi government is a coalition of many different tiny little wars,” Abdul-Ahad says. “Everyone has his own grievances against the central government of Iraq, yet ISIS has managed to include them all […]

Barry Grossman: ISIS was inevitable and foreseeable consequence of US policy against Assad

The ISIS monster would never have emerged without the US policy of overthrowing Assad, Barry Grossman writes. Barry K. Grossman, whatsupic.com  PressTV  Fri Oct 10, 2014 We should avoid always falling into the trap of assuming the various elements comprising the US dominated “Empire” security apparatus hatch, plan and execute their operations in the same […]

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Inside the American Terrordome

ISIS in Washington: America’s Soundtrack of Hysteria     By Tom Engelhardt October 7, 2014 It happened so fast that, at first, I didn’t even take it in. Two Saturdays ago, a friend and I were heading into the Phillips Museum in Washington, D.C., to catch a show of neo-Impressionist art when we ran into someone he knew, heading […]

Tom Tomorrow: Climate of terror

Tom Tomorrow on ISIS, or is it ISIL? Tom Tomorrow  Daily Kos  September 29, 2014

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 […]

Coleen Rowley: Why Do Americans Hate Beheadings But Love Drone Killings?

 It’s depressing otherwise to learn how many uninformed people there are that still think “bombing the village to save it” somehow can work. Such “war on terror” propaganda is actually effective on the liberal-minded who are more vulnerable to having their emotional buttons — fear, hate, greed, false pride and blind loyalty — pressed than […]

Henry A. Giroux; ISIS and the Spectacle of Terrorism—Resisting Mainstream Workstations of Fear

Surely, fighting “the inhuman” does not justify the indiscriminate killing of Syrian civilians by drones and high-tech fighter jets, among other dastardly crimes? The human and inhuman too often bleed into each other, destroying this wretched, unreflective rhetoric. This is a dangerous binary because it closes down questions of history, politics, power, justice and the […]

▶ Brave New Films: How Perpetual War Fuels Terrorism

Since 1980, we have militarily intervened at least 35 times in more than 27 countries. We keep bombing, we continue spending trillions of dollars, but we’re no safer as a result. CALL YOUR SENATOR: http://www.bravenewfilms.org/callyour… Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this […]

First Dog on the Moon on … Isis’s letter to the west

Isis has sent a heartfelt letter of encouragement to the west. We give you the best extracts The Guardian  September 24, 2014 • Hear First Dog talk through the cartoon • Having trouble viewing this cartoon? Click here. Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for […]

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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 […]

Obama bombs Syria: More Dirty War

Too much of the world is a battlefield. Cover of Jeremy Scahill’s book, Dirty Wars BOMBS AWAY IN SYRIA Huffington Post U.S. and Allies Strike ISIS Targets in Syria New York Times Bombs From Air and Sea Target Militants’ Stronghold By HELENE COOPER and ERIC SCHMITT9:56 PM ET Airstrikes against the Islamic State unleashed a […]

Chelsea E. Manning: How to make Isis fall on its own sword

Degrade and destroy? The west should try to disrupt the canny militants into self-destruction, because bombs will only backfire Chelsea E Manning in Fort Leavenworth  The Guardian 16 September 2014 If properly contained, Isis will not be able to sustain itself on rapid growth alone, and will begin to fracture internally. Photograph: via AP The […]

The Nation: Who’s Paying the Pro-War Pundits?

Talking heads like former General Jack Keane are all over the news media fanning fears of ISIS. Shouldn’t the public know about their links to Pentagon contractors? Lee Fang  TheNation.com  September 12, 2014 Retired General Anthony Zinni, retired General Jack Keane and former Bush administration official Fran Townsend If you read enough news and watch […]

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 […]

▶ The Real News: Obama Syria Plan will Strengthen, not Defeat, IS and Warlordism

Omar Dahi says the forces likely to be armed by the US are as destructive as IS; Obama is wrong that the Assad regime has no legitimacy, most Syrians want an end to war, the creation of a broad-front government, and a national army to confront warlords and extremism Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up […]

The Real News: American Bombs Will Not Defeat ISIS

Vijay Prashad says the Saudis and Iran must be part of a regional solution that includes ending support for jihadists in Syria; the solution will not come from the US military Subscribe or “Follow” us on RiseUpTimes.org. Rise Up Times is also on Facebook! Check the Rise Up Times page for posts from this blog and more! “Like” […]