Tag Archives: Islamic State

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.

Gosling: ‘ISIL Could Be Closed Down In Blink Of An Eye.’

Originally posted on THE ONENESS of HUMANITY:
by Jerry Alatalo “That action is best which procures the greatest happiness for the greatest numbers.” – FRANCIS HUTCHESON (1649-1746) Scottish professor of moral philosophy ometimes you wonder if the day will ever arrive when all world leaders speak nothing but truth and investigative journalism becomes unnecessary. Think…

“The way to respond to ISIS is not through violence.”

Originally posted on Come Home America:
by Joe Scarry I’ve predicted that ISIS is one of two topics that presidential candidates are going to have to address in the 2016 election cycle. (The other isBlackLivesMatter.) (See What Will Dominate Election 2016? (ANSWER: ISIS and #BlackLivesMatter) ) Since I wrote that, I’ve been researching and thinking…

Kathy Kelly/Buddy Bell | No Warlords Need Apply: A call for credible peacemaking in Afghanistan

Kelly: Recanting such threats and removing drones from the skies of Afghanistan during peace talks would inspire respect for the idea of peace processes. Rural populations — the “constituency” of the Taliban in Afghanistan– fear the drones and look for protection, making them vulnerable to recruitment by armed militias vowing to eject the foreign militaries.

Sonali Kolhatkar: We Have Failed Afghanistan Again and Again

Kolhatkar: In the 14 years it has occupied Afghanistan, America’s longest war has achieved mostly bloodshed. Despite spending billions of dollars—the U.S. offered its largest share of foreign aid to Afghans last year—there is little to show for it. Nearly $10 billion was spent on arming and training Afghan forces. But as the dismal state of the Afghan National Army shows, that money may as well have been poured down the drain.

Mark Fiore: Who Created ISIS? (animated cartoon)

Fiore: With the fall of Ramadi in Iraq and Palmyra in Syria, fingers are pointing faster than you can say “Preemptive War.”

Tomgram: Nick Turse, The U.S. Military’s Battlefield of Tomorrow

Turse: In 2013, the combined total of all U.S. activities on the continent reached 546, an average of more than one mission per day. Last year, that number leapt to 674. In other words, U.S. troops were carrying out almost two operations, exercises, or activities — from drone strikes to counterinsurgency instruction, intelligence gathering to marksmanship training — somewhere in Africa every day.

▶ Sami Rasouli | Iraq: Back in the Eye of the Storm

What is happening in Iraq today?
What is ISIS? Is the Iraqi army as bad as ISIS?
What is the U.S. military doing in Iraq? Is a new major U.S. war in Iraq imminent?
What is the role of Islamophobia in the west in justifying U.S. intervention?
What is happening in Mosul?
Who is benefiting from Iraqi oil resources?
After the loss of thousands of lives in Iraq over the past 11 years, millions of refugees later, and trillions of dollars spent, the U.S. is starting a new military intervention in that country.

▶ Endless War: As US Strikes Tikrit and Delays Afghan Pullout, “War on Terror” Toll Tops 1.3 Million

Dr. Robert Gould, the figures laid out in this report say 1.3 million people have died in Iraq, in Afghanistan and in [Pakistan]. And it says that this could possibly be not an overestimate; it says it’s the minimum numbers. It could possibly be as high as two million. Can you talk about the significance […]

John Pilger: Why the Rise of Fascism Is Again the Issue

From the article: Above all, they want Ukraine’s mighty neighbour, Russia. They want to Balkanise or dismember Russia and exploit the greatest source of natural gas on earth. As the Arctic ice melts, they want control of the Arctic Ocean and its energy riches, and Russia’s long Arctic land border. Their man in Moscow used to be Boris Yeltsin, a drunk, who handed his country’s economy to the West. His successor, Putin, has re-established Russia as a sovereign nation; that is his crime.

AP Poll: Police Killings of Blacks Voted Top Story of 2014

List of top 10 stories, in order.

In a year crowded with dramatic and often wrenching news developments around the world, the No. 2 story was the devastating outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, followed by the conflict in Iraq and Syria fueled by the brutal actions of Islamic State militants.

Kathy Kelly: Stop the Killing

When the U.S. insisted on imposing crushing and murderous economic sanctions on Iraq for the next 13 years [after the Iran-Iraq war in the 1980s], these sanctions directly contributed to the deaths of a half million children under age five. BY KATHY KELLY  LAProgressive.com  October 20, 2014 On August 9, 1983, three people dressed as […]

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Corporate Media Beating the Drums of War — Mnar Muhawesh Speaks Out

Mnar Muhawesh, Founder and Editor In Chief, MintPress News, talked about how the tightly controlled corporate media ignores reporting and good journalism to follow directives on creating enemies and promoting wars. Almost all of the media outlets in this country are owned by a few corporations. Thank you so much for having me, I’m honored to be […]

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 […]

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 […]

▶ Coleen Rowley, Sami Rasouli: A new chapter of U.S. war: Iraq, Syria, ISIS and U.S. Intervention

Published on Nov 5, 2014 Sami Rasouli is an Iraqi-American who lived in Minnesota for many years before returning to Iraq after the 2003 U.S. invasion. Sami works in Iraq with the Muslim Peacemakers Team (MPT), a group dedicated to the principles of nonviolence. Coleen Rowley is a retired FBI Agent and former Minneapolis Division […]

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 […]

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 […]