Friday, February 21, 2020

Iran Deal: Do the Critics Want War?

Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft have long time favored war over negotiation, preparing talking points against any eventual deal. So what will their bad advice cost us this time around?

US Still Seeks Jail for ‘Fighter’ Captured at 15 in Afghanistan

While a Canadian judge honored the release of Omar Khadr, who was captured by the U.S. as a child soldier in Afghanistan and held at Guantanamo illegally, the U.S. is still after him when really we should be apologizing for his years of torture and confinement without charge.

Will Europe Obediently Follow the US into a Catastrophic War?

The EU has the opportunity to avoid taking the same steps the U.S. did when it comes to war. They have the opportunity to move in a positive direction and reject the dictates of Washington. But will they?

Brussels Is Under High Security Alert, But Will Europe Address Muslims in "Marginalized Ghettos"?

Belgium’s capital city of Brussels is on its highest alert as residents remain on lockdown. People are being told to stay away from their windows, and schools remain closed as police and soldiers carry out raids in the search for suspects in the Paris attacks ten days ago that killed 130 people.

What’s the Point in Any of It?

One day, in one life, when the attractions of the sensory world have lost their charm, when we begin to see the truth of the Buddha’s words – that desire is cause of all suffering; when television, video games, sex, drugs and alcohol fail to fill the inner emptiness; when we sit in a pub with a friend and ask aloud, what the point of it all is.

How Can Obama Claim the Alternative to a Nuclear Deal with Iran is War?

Is President Obama's nuclear agreement bullying an already weakened Iran, who faces tough US-led economic sanctions and a brutally low world price for oil? At least the tentative agreement will help humanity with the limit of Iran's nuclear program.

Three Exceptional Facts About America

A tide of paranoia is mounting with the litany of predictions of doom and disaster for the U.S. Tom Engelhardt discusses why it's safe to be a paranoid American living in today's world.

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.

Writing History Before It Happens

With an emphasis on the U.S. national security state and its follies, Tom Engelhardt explores nine repeat headlines, each a "surefire" news story guaranteed to appear sometime in the U.S. news stream between June 2015 and the unknown future.

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.