Friday, September 17, 2021

Today’s Top Seven Myths About Islamic State

While ISIS continues to haunt the nightmares of Western journalists and security analysts, Juan Cole points out some assertions about the "Islamic State" that are truly exaggerated and completely incorrect.

The New Battle of Seattle

While fossil-fuel corporations are exploring the world’s oil, protesters in Seattle are banding together to stop Shell’s plans to drill for oil in the Arctic. And they don't plan on backing down to these catastrophic effects on climate change.

Obama: There Will Be No Mideast NATO, but the U.S. Is Committed to the...

In his speech after the summit, Obama asserted that his Arab guests were reassured about his Iran negotiations, and he reaffirmed US commitment to their security. He also chastised Iran for “meddling” in the region.

In the New Gilded Age, Social Protest Dominates Academy Awards Ceremony

Oscar winners at the 87th Academy Awards took advantage of their stage time by making statements on behalf of minorities and the discriminated-against. It's being hailed the most politically progressive Oscars ever.

Letting Deadly Bosses off the Hook

Corporate giants have hatched a scheme to stiff employees hurt or even killed on the job. Now national corporations have launched an initiative to gut our nation’s workers compensation program by allowing companies to opt out of it.

We Don’t Have to Fight World War III in the Middle East

John Kerry and Mohammad Javad Zarif have demonstrated that we don’t have to fight World War III in the Middle East with the framework of the nuclear deal. Diplomacy can work—war is not the only available policy tool.

Anticipatory Bribery

It's about time the people that run for office feel the burden of revealing payments based on their economic worth, not anticipated political clout. Have we entered a future of anticipatory bribery?

The Terror We Give Is the Terror We Get

Is the barbarism we condemn the barbarism we commit? Chris Hedges discusses the line that separates the U.S. from the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) and how terror has become the engine of war.

States of Terror

We waded into conflicts in the Middle East we did not understand, propelled forward by fantasy. And our folly spawned a death spiral of political, social and economic collapse, widespread poverty, massive displacement, misery and radical jihadism.

How GOP Candidates Would Deal with Syria (the Short Version) (Video)

During the second GOP debate at CNN, anchor Jake Tapper asked the question: "What would you do right now if you were president, to get the Russians out of Syria?" Watch as each candidate dodges the question.