Iraq Attacks, Strikes Leave 203 Dead, 111 Wounded

At least 203 people were killed and 111 were wounded across Iraq.

CIA’s Torturous Maneuvers on Torture

“CIA may revamp how it is organized” announced a front-page Washington Post headline leading into an article based on remarks by unnamed “U.S intelligence officials” to the Post’s Greg Miller. The anonymous officials were authorized to share some of the contents of a Sept. 24 letter from CIA Director John Brennan to CIA staff, in […]

ISIS Attacks Ramadi; 168 Killed Across Iraq

At least 168 people were killed across Iraq and another 49 were wounded in attacks and airstrikes.

Torture, War, and No Consequences

During the Bush administration, the US engaged in the torture of terrorism suspects at prisons like Abu Ghraib, and at black sites all over Europe. Arguably, torture is still occurring in some places, through actions like the force feeding in Guantanamo Bay. However, in 2009, right after he entered office, President Obama banned torture – […]

Sharyl Attkisson vs. Obama’s Police State

If the revelations of Edward Snowden didn’t convince you that we’re living in a police state, then Sharyl Attkisson’s book, Stonewalled: My Fight for Truth Against the Forces of Obstruction, Intimidation, and Harassment in Obama’s Washington, is the clincher. Indeed, it is more convincing insofar as the reporting that came out of Snowden’s disclosures never […]

When Is a ‘Base Camp’ Neither a Base Nor a Camp?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Sometimes, to see the big picture you need to focus on the smallest part of it, as Nick Turse does in the latest of his dispatches on the U.S. military in Africa. He takes a look at that military in Chad. Yep, I said “in Chad.” At least 99% of Americans […]

Espionage Allegations Intensify Battle for Israel’s Technion Nuke File

Israel’s oldest university – Technion – is under an intensifying legal spotlight over stunning new allegations of espionage and a transparency-law fight to reveal its clandestine role in nuclear weapons development. According to information made public in a civil harassment suit filed on November 13, 2014 in the Superior Court of the State of California […]

Children Among the 118 Killed in Iraq

At least 142 people were killed across Iraq, and another six were wounded. Almost all the casualties belonged to militants; however, there is a report that several children died from exposure after being forced to flee their homes in Anbar province. Also, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is in Baghdad on a diplomatic trip.

Talk of a Third Intifada: Where to from Here, Palestine?

When a journalist tries to do a historian’s job, the outcome can be quite interesting. Using history as a side note in a brief news report or political analysis oftentimes does more harm than good. Now imagine if that journalist was not dependable to begin with, even more than it being "interesting", the outcome runs […]

Iranians Keep Hope Alive for Final Nuclear Deal

In the United States, the negotiations aimed at a final deal between world powers and Iran over its nuclear program – in a crucial phase this week – are far from the minds of average people. But for many Iranians, the talks hold the promise of a better future. “I really hope for a fair […]