Giving Trump Credit (But Not Too Much) on Iran

The Donald made the right call. Now that’s a rare statement. Calling off – or at least delaying – a military strike on Iran was prudent. Nevertheless, there was something deeply unsettling about the whole thing. The system is broken, perhaps irreparably. The president never even considered seeking congressional approval before playing emperor and unleashing … Continue reading “Giving Trump Credit (But Not Too Much) on Iran”

The Media Echo Chamber Is Silent on the Saudi War on Yemen

Since 2015, the civil war between the Saudi-backed Hadi government and Houthi rebels supported by Iran has killed nearly a hundred thousand Yemenis. Many more have been left impoverished, without access to necessities like food and water. As with most conflicts, no side is blameless. But the greatest perpetrator of violence is undoubtedly the Saudi … Continue reading “The Media Echo Chamber Is Silent on the Saudi War on Yemen”

Annexation: How Israel Already Controls More Than Half of the West Bank

A state of de facto annexation already exists on the ground in most of the occupied West Bank. Almost two-thirds of the Palestinian territory, including most of its most fertile and resource-rich land, is under full Israeli control. About 400,000 Jewish settlers living there enjoy the full rights and privileges of Israeli citizens. At least … Continue reading “Annexation: How Israel Already Controls More Than Half of the West Bank”

For Iranians, the War Has Already Begun

Not a day goes by without the Trump administration imposing a new challenge on us, the Iranian people. Those who think that the travel ban has been the hardest obstacle for Iranians need to catch up with latest foreign policy developments. Encouraged by Donald Trump’s foreign policy advisers, the Iranian people today face an increasing … Continue reading “For Iranians, the War Has Already Begun”

The Exceptionally American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ’40 Years of Unprovoked Iranian Aggression’

Someone attacked two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman last week. The Trump administration wants the world to believe that Iran is the culprit. Yet there is no serious evidence that Tehran was behind the attacks on the Norwegian and Japanese ships. Not only is there no proof of Iranian involvement, such an attack … Continue reading “The Exceptionally American Historical Amnesia Behind Pompeo’s Claim of ’40 Years of Unprovoked Iranian Aggression’”

Trump Enjoys Bipartisan Support for His Plan To Eradicate the Palestinian Cause

The White House’s prolonged financial bullying of the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Palestinians’ government-in-waiting, has reached the point where there are now credible warnings that it is close to collapse. The crisis has offered critics further proof of the administration’s seemingly chaotic, often self-sabotaging approach to foreign policy matters. Meanwhile, US officials charged with resolving … Continue reading “Trump Enjoys Bipartisan Support for His Plan To Eradicate the Palestinian Cause”

The Fake News of D-Day

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Yes, they’re now known as the “greatest generation,” while the generation that followed them is sometimes referred to as the “silent” one. In my own limited experience, however, those World War II vets, the ones I knew anyway, were remarkably silent about their wartime lives. My dad was one of them. … Continue reading “The Fake News of D-Day”

Trump’s America and Egypt’s Dictatorship Deserve Each Other

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. He was the first duly elected president in the Arab world and the first in Egyptian history. Now Mohammed Morsi is dead, collapsing on June 17 in his glass cage during his show trial in Cairo—a victim, it seems, of criminal negligence during a brutal six-year stint in prison. … Continue reading “Trump’s America and Egypt’s Dictatorship Deserve Each Other”