Turkish Airstrikes Leave Casualties; 77 Killed Across Iraq

A unknown number of people were killed or injured in a Turkish air strike in northern Iraq.

Palestine’s Nelson Mandela

I have a confession to make: I like Marwan Barghouti. I have visited him at his modest Ramallah home several times. During our conversations, we discussed Israeli-Palestinian peace. Our ideas were the same: to create the State of Palestine next to the State of Israel, and to establish peace between the two states, based on […]

Qatari Hostages Freed; 16 Killed in Iraq

A group of hunters who were kidnapped in 2015 were finally released.

The Spy State Unleashed

After hearing about an alleged Russian plot to throw the election to Donald Trump for eight months, amid leaks by “former government and intelligence officials,” this media narrative being pushed relentlessly by Rachel Maddow and the fake journalists over at CNN has come to naught. I’ve pinned a tweet to the top of my Twitter […]

ISIS Leader’s Relative Reported Killed in Mosul; 63 Killed in Iraq

Security forces reported killing a relative of Daesh leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.

Through the ‘War on Terror’ Looking Glass

The Airwars.org U.K.-based monitoring group reports that 41 U.S-led air strikes targeting ISIS in Iraq and Syria killed at least 296 civilians during the week after the chemical weapons incident on April 4. US cruise missiles reportedly killed another nine civilians in villages near the Shayrat airbase that was targeted on April 7th. But the […]

Bodies Floating in Tigris River; 17 Killed in Iraq

Residents report seeing bodies floating by in the Tigris River near Qayara.

Pompeo vs. WikiLeaks: It’s No Contest

Last July, while stumping for then-candidate, now-president Donald Trump, US Representative Mike Pompeo (R-KS) gleefully referenced nearly 20,000 Democratic National Committee emails released by the transparency/disclosure journalists at WikiLeaks. “Need further proof that the fix was in from Pres. Obama on down?” Pompeo tweeted. The emails showed that DNC officials had worked overtime to rig […]

When ISIS Is Defeated: Who Will Fill the Intellectual Vacuum in the Arab World?

Back in the Middle East for a few months, I find myself astounded by the absence of the strong voices of Arab intellectuals. The region that has given rise to the likes of Michel Aflaq, George Habash, Rached Al-Ghannouchi, Edward Said and numerous others has marginalized its intellectuals. Arab visionaries have either been co-opted by […]

Who Really Started the Korean War?

Originally published July 28, 2013 The sixtieth anniversary of the "end" of the Korean war saw President Obama attempt to rescue that classic example of interventionist failure from history’s dustbin. Addressing veterans of that conflict, he declared: “That war was no tie. Korea was a victory. When 50 million South Koreans live in freedom, a […]