Tag Archives: Islamic State

Bases, Bases, Everywhere … Except in the Pentagon’s Report, by Nick Turse

“U.S. bases abroad cost upwards of $50 billion per year to build and maintain, which is money that could be used to address pressing needs at home in education, health care, housing, and infrastructure,”

Scapegoating Iran, by Chris Hedges

The warmongers have no more of a plan for “regime change” in Iran than they had in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya or Syria.

Empire of Destruction:  Precision Warfare? Don’t Make Me Laugh 

Tomgram: Engelhardt, Bombing the Rubble   

Chris Hedges | The Age of Anger

Western elites, rather than accept their responsibility for the global anarchy, self-servingly define the clash as one between the values of the enlightened West and medieval barbarians.

‘Soft Coup’ on Trump, Hiding in Plain Sight

Exclusive: Official Washington is abuzz about ex-FBI Director Comey’s testimony and excited about possibly impeaching President Trump, but that misses the underlying story of a “soft coup” by the Intelligence Community, says Robert Parry. By Robert Parry  Consortium News  June 8, 2017 So what were we watching in ex-FBI Director James Comey’s testimony on Thursday: […]

Robert Parry | Another Dangerous Rush to Judgment in Syria

Exclusive: The U.S. government and the mainstream media rushed to judgment again, blaming the Syrian government for a new poison-gas attack and ignoring other possibilities, reports Robert Parry.

Congress Is Missing in Action as Trump Escalates War in Syria Amid Russia Probe

A handful of progressive Democrats and one Republican in Congress are demanding a halt to the military escalation in Syria. They introduced legislation this week that would prohibit the Defense Department from putting more boots on the ground without congressional approval. By Mike Ludwig   Truthout | News Analysis  March 25, 2017 President Donald Trump speaking […]

ISIS in America: The Terror Trial That Shook Minnesota (Video)

An ISIS cell. An undercover FBI agent. A community torn apart.

Chris Hedges | Fooled Again

The criminal gangs that deliver migrants to Europe make about $100 million a month for their work. They exploit and traffic human beings just as highly paid CEOs do.

Matt Pearce: I was just another reporter sent to cover radicalization in Minneapolis. Then 2 local Somalis took me on a tour

These weren’t foreigners, strangers, outsiders. These were hometown kids who went to local schools, now young men in their early 20s.

Sign by Coleen Rowley

Tomgram | Peter Van Buren, The Snapchat Version of American Victory: Poof It’s Forgotten

Despite the estimated $26 billion the U.S. spent training and equipping that military between 2003 and 2011, whole units broke, shed their uniforms, ditched their American equipment, and fled when faced with relatively small numbers of ISIS militants in June 2014, abandoning four northern cities, including Mosul. This, of course, created the need for yet more training, the ostensible role of many of the U.S. troops now in Iraq.

Chris Hedges: States of Terror

Hedges: All the major candidates for president, including Bernie Sanders, along with a media that is a shameless echo chamber for the elites, embrace endless war. Lost are the art of diplomacy, the ability to read the cultural, political, linguistic and religious landscape of those we dominate by force,

VIDEO | Glen Greenwald: “Submissive” Media’s Drumbeat for War and Anti-Muslim Scapegoating, Parts I, 2

Discussion of media fearmongering, anti-Muslim scapegoating, ISIL’s roots, and war profiteering with Glenn Greenwald, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and co-founder of The Intercept. “Every time there’s a terrorist attack, Western leaders exploit that attack to do more wars,” Greenwald says.

DN! Exclusive VIDEOS: Air Force Whistleblowers Risk Prosecution to Warn Drone War Kills Civilians, Fuels Terror

“Numbing & Horrible”: Former Drone Operator Brandon Bryant on His Haunting First Kill

Global Research: NATO Vows Biggest Buildup against Russia since Cold War

Van Auken: The NATO ministers, including US Defense Secretary Ashton Carter, seized upon Moscow’s airstrikes in Syria against Islamist militias seeking the overthrow of the government of President Bashar al-Assad as the pretext for more aggressive deployments of military forces on Russia’s border.

Judy Bello: The EU Refugee Crisis Flows From Western Wars

Bello: Yes, these people are refugees. People who are not safe in their homes, who live in countries which no longer have untainted water supplies and where economic “opportunities” are either nonexistent or too dangerous to pursue are refugees.

Video | Chris Hedges: ISIS, The New Israel

In this episode of Days of Revolt, Chris Hedges and Sabah Alnasseri discuss how US foreign policy and class struggle created the conditions for the rise of ISIS, and compare ISIS’s colonialist strategies to those of the Israeli independence movement in Palestine.

Robert Parry: Should US Ally with Al Qaeda in Syria?

Parry: …the hysterical anti-Russian bias of The New York Times and the rest of the mainstream media means that whatever Putin does must be cast in the most negative light.

Nick Turse: Problem Partners, Ugly Outcomes U.S. Special Ops Missions in Africa Fail to Stem Rising Tide of Terror Groups, Coups, and Human Rights Abuses

Tomgram: Nick Turse, Nothing Succeeds Like Failure  By Nick Turse   Tom Dispatch  September 10, 2015 Let’s take a moment to consider failure and its options in Washington. The U.S. has been warring with the Islamic State (IS) for more than a year now. The centerpiece of that war has been an ongoing campaign of bombings […]

Diane Johnstone: Turning the Cradle of Civilization Into its Graveyard

Johnstone: Western leaders share major responsibility for making much of the world unfit for normal human habitation. And so far, they are getting away with it. The massive refugee crisis swamping Europe is just the beginning of the troubles that these unscrupulous leaders have brought on their own countries.