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Gateway Policies: ISIS, Obama and US Financial Boots-on-the-Ground
Nomi Prins
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President Obama’s neo-Cold War is not about ideology or respect for borders. It is about money and global power. The current battle over control of gateway nations - strategic locations in which private firms can establish the equivalent of financial boots-on-the-ground - is being waged in the Middle East and Ukraine ...

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Should US Policy Toward Islamic State be Containment?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The US launched air strikes on Tuesday on ISIL targets, south of Baghdad and also in the north.  The ones south of Baghdad were in support of the Iraqi Army, for the first time since the ISIL crisis broke in early June.

US close air support to the Iraqi army and the Kurdistan Peshmerga shouldn’t be necessary.  The Iraqi military should be able to deploy helicopter gunships ...

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Shiite Militias of Iraq Reject US Return, Threaten to Attack US Forces
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The pan-Arab, London-based daily, “Al-Sharq al-Awsat” (The Middle East) reports that the major Shiite militias of Iraq are denouncing Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi for welcoming US air support in the fight against the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL). 

Prime Minister al-Abadi himself rejected conventional US ground troops for Iraq on Wednesday, even ...

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Sacrificing the Vulnerable, From Gaza to America
Chris Hedges
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Chris Hedges gave this speech Saturday at the Sauk County Fairgrounds in Baraboo, Wis., before a crowd of about 2,000. His address followed one there by U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Vermont independent who seems to be preparing to run in the Democratic presidential primaries. The Fighting Bob Fest, the annual event at which they ...

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Joe Conason
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Minutes after President Barack Obama concluded his strong and sensible address explaining how he intends to destroy the terrorist organization the Islamic State, Republicans popped up on television like political snipers. He should have kept a "residual force" in Iraq, complained Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and he is to blame for the Islamic State's advances. He sounds just like George W. Bush, gloated former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, and he is reluctantly enacting the ...

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Norman Solomon
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The editorial board of the New York Times has an Orwellian knack for war. Sixteen months ago, when President Obama gave oratorical lip service to ending “perpetual war,” the newspaper quickly touted that end as a democratic necessity. But now -- in response to Obama’s speech Wednesday night announcing escalation of war without plausible end -- the Times editorial voice is with the endless war program.

Under the headline “The End of the ...

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Will it Be a 3 Years War? Obama to Bomb Syria in Fight Against ISIS
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Juliet Eilperin and David Nakamura at WaPo report on a Monday evening dinner at the White House attended by foreign policy experts, in which President Obama expressed confidence that he had the authority to bomb ISIS positions in Syria. 

In other reports, Obama officials have leaked that they think this is a 3 years war.  (Ronald Reagan began vastly increasing the aid ...

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Ceasefires in Which Violations Never Cease
Noam Chomsky
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On August 26th, Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA) both accepted a ceasefire agreement after a 50-day Israeli assault on Gaza that left 2,100 Palestinians dead and vast landscapes of destruction behind. The agreement calls for an end to military action by both Israel and Hamas, as well as an easing of the Israeli siege that has strangled Gaza for many years.

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Mission Never-Ending
Jim Hightower
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Ready or not, here we go again. The Pentagon is barreling back into the chaos of Iraq. Apparently, “Mission Accomplished” is “Mission Never-ending.”

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U.S. Public Worried About ISIL and Putin but Climate Change Is the Real Challenge
Juan Cole
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In a new Pew/ USA Today poll, the American public shows itself alarmed by the rise of the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant in northern Iraq and Syria as a threat to U.S. security, finding it more threatening even than Russia’s Vladimir Putin, who has risen on the villain scale quite a lot.  Iran is seen as less menacing, as is North Korea.  The Israel-Palestinian struggle is seen as a threat to the U.S. by a little over half.  More Americans ...

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Top 5 Ironies of U.S. Reaction to Egypt/UAE Bombing of Libya
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

  The diplomatic angst issuing from Washington around the United Arab Emirates and Egypt bombing ...

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The Guns of August
Amy Goodman
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In her epic, Pulitzer Prize-winning book “The Guns of August,” historian Barbara Tuchman detailed how World War I began in 1914, and how the belligerence, vanity and poor policies of powerful leaders led millions to gory deaths in that four-year conflagration. Before people realized world wars had to be numbered, ...

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Iraq: Bombs and Bullets vs. Political Process
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

A series of bombings and shootings left some 35 dead in Iraq on Saturday, following on a massacre of 68 worshipers Friday at a Sunni Mosque in mixed Diyala Province.  This violence was strategic, not random.  One side effect was a severe setback in the attempt of Haidar al-Abadi, the prime minister designate, to form a government of national unit that includes Shiites, Kurds and Sunni ...

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How the Brutalized Become Brutal
Chris Hedges
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The horrific pictures of the beheading of American reporter James Foley, the images of executions of alleged collaborators in Gaza and the bullet-ridden bodies left behind in Iraq by the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant are the end of a story, not the beginning. They are the result of years, at times decades, ...

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Iraq: If Terrorists Hit Southern Iraq Oil Fields, $5-$7 a Gallon Gas?
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

Iraq’s former oil minister, Ibrahim Bahr al-Ulum, warned on Thursday that the so-called “Islamic State” terrorist organization could hit the Iraqi oil fields in the south around Basra.

Basra is deep in the Shiite south, so IS could not take the city of 2 million as it did largely Sunni Mosul.  But Bahr al-Ulum is pointing out that Basra’s oil ...

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ISIS to US: We’ll Drown You in Blood; Beheads US Journalist, Holds Tikrit
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The Iraqi military made a push on Tikrit north of Baghdad on Tuesday, but had to call off their campaign when they ran into minefields, booby-trapped buildings, sniping and artillery and mortar fire on the part of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), which now styles itself the “Islamic State” (IS).  It took the Sunni Muslim stronghold, birth place of Saddam Hussein, last July.  The ...

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What We’ve Paid for War and Afghanistan and Iraq
Jim Hightower
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War is Hell.

Major General Harold Greene could certainly tell you all about that — but, sadly, he's dead. On Aug. 5, General Green became the highest-ranking American soldier ...

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War in Gaza: Criticizing Israel, Crossing Lines and Creating Facts
Thomas Magstadt
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Are Jews who criticize Israel for its conduct of the war in Gaza crossing the line?  Are high-profile pubic figures here in the United States who are moved to question the military necessity, political prudence, or moral justification behind a strategy that targets densely populated neighborhoods – killing, injuring, and traumatizing many thousands of civilians (yes, including children) while destroying homes, mosques, and schools – guilty of deserting Zionism in an hour ...

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The Cruel Jest of American ‘Humanitarian Aid’ to Iraq
Juan Cole
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This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.

The United States of America has no claim on the language of “humanitarian aid” to Iraq ...

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Hiroshima and Nagasaki, 69 Years Later
Amy Goodman
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“I hate war,” Koji Hosokawa told me as we stood next to the A-Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, Japan. The skeletal remains of the four-story building stand at the edge of the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Park. The building was one of the few left standing when the United States dropped the atomic bomb on Hiroshima at 8:15 a.m. on ...

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Apocalypse Now, Iraq Edition
Peter Van Buren
Op-Ed
ISIS: Unanswered Questions
Chris Kanthan
Op-Ed
There is No Future in War: Youth Rise Up, a Manifesto
Ben Norton, Tyra Walker, Anastasia Taylor, Alli McCracken, Colleen Moore, Jes Grobman and Ashley Lopez
Op-Ed
The U.S. and ISIS
Stephen Zunes
Op-Ed
How America Made ISIS
Tom Engelhardt
Op-Ed

NOC BULLHORN

Oil

Activists in Columbia County blockaded the tracks that lead to Port Westward to protest against oil trains and the climate chaos they create.

Fukushima Progress

More than 16,000 people rallied together in downtown Tokyo to protest the restart of Japan’s nuclear plants.

Animals

Already classified as critically endangered and on the International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources’ Red List, Irrawaddy dolphins now face further extinction. Sign the petition and help save these dolphins.

Animals

Rhino poaching is on the rise and if the trend continues, the species could face extinction.

Genetically Modified Foods

Stand up to Monsanto and tell the Obama administration to support mandatory GMO labeling.

Environment

On Sunday, a group of 100 members of the Waterkeep Alliance joined the People’s Climate March in New York City to hold polluters accountable for tainting our waterways.

Politics

"war on drugs" has taken a horrible human toll while utterly failing to stem drug use, but an independent campaign is putting forward an alternative to the two-party consensus.

Climate Change

With more than 400,000 protesters swarming the streets of New York City, climate justice is echoing around the world.

Workers’ Rights

With more than 13 million restaurant workers in the U.S., most tipped employees are living below the poverty line while the NRA is pocketing around $660 billion in revenue.

Animals

Unfortunately, sea turtles are vital for Mexico’s black market for their shells, meat, and eggs.

Climate Change

If you are unable to make it to the People’s Climate March today, you can still be part of the march wherever you are.

Climate Change

The People's Climate March has been billed as the largest demonstration of its kind in history.

Climate Change

Today, people will be arriving in New York City for the historic People’s Climate March.

Fracking

A declaration calling for an immediate end to fracking is on the table.

Tar Sands

Now six years into the fight against Keystone XL pipeline, the opposition grew into a national movement that has united the world.

FROM THE BLOGS

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Part I - The Heritage of Westernization   The cultural situation in much of the Middle East ...
*We now have a huge war machine that dwarfs President Eisenhower’s warning about the undue ...
A system is a dynamic, self regulating  network of interrelated elements. Our defense system ...
*Santiago, Chile..… September 16:* A CNN news flash…another senseless massacre at a U.S. ...
Part I - The Two-State Solution   Peter Beinart is a “liberal Zionist” who has written a piece ...
As Obama punted his decision on going to war with Syria to the Congress, here is a quick list ...
*Found at last! After searching for 10 years, the Iraqi weapons of mass destruction have ...
Abdel Fattah el Sisi announcing the overthrow of the elected government     Part I – ...
How culpable is the person who watches a mugger rob someone and does nothing? What is our ...
Damascus Under Fire   If you ever doubted the erosion of popular democracy in the U.S., the ...