Mosul, Epicenter of ISIS Conflict, Is a Devastated Iraqi City

As Iraq this month faces the threat of new conflicts – including a proxy war between the US and Iran – the shadow of the last conflict runs long. Two years ago the Iraqi prime minister declared victory over ISIS, but parts of Ninewa and Anbar are still in ruins, some 1.5 million people remain … Continue reading “Mosul, Epicenter of ISIS Conflict, Is a Devastated Iraqi City”

Iraq, Syria, Iran – Some Truths About Social Media Truth

Social media can be a marvelous thing. With it, one may be fascinated by myriad mysteries of the world. Without it, there is scarcely a possibility we would have bona fide evidence of ghosts…or monsters…or UFOs vexing us on daily basis. Far be it from this author to question the veracity of such origins of … Continue reading “Iraq, Syria, Iran – Some Truths About Social Media Truth”

The Impeachment Show: Asking All the Wrong Questions on Ukraine

Apathy and misplaced priorities: the twin diseases of this generation. I spent this past Saturday afternoon speaking through a bullhorn in opposition to war – or at least opposition to escalating the existing state of war – with Iran, during a local rally as part of the International Day of Action on the subject. Street … Continue reading “The Impeachment Show: Asking All the Wrong Questions on Ukraine”

US Admits Yemen’s Houthis Aren’t an Iranian Proxy as the Death Toll Climbs

The death toll in Yemen has reached 102,000 according to data released by the Armed Conflict Location & Event Data Project in October of 2019. Since the war started in 2015, the United States government has maintained one steadfast talking point. The Houthis are an Iranian proxy in Yemen. Government officials and those in mainstream … Continue reading “US Admits Yemen’s Houthis Aren’t an Iranian Proxy as the Death Toll Climbs”

A Pattern of Passing Up Peace

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran was working. Iran was consistently in compliance, the US and Iran were talking and diplomacy was working. Then Trump turned his back on peace, shattered the diplomacy and resuscitated the hostile relation with Iran. This pass that Trump took on peace was not the … Continue reading “A Pattern of Passing Up Peace”

Adam Schiff’s Very Scary Warmongering Speech

All the usual suspects are praising Adam Schiff’s marathon two-and-a-half-hour Senate speech on Wednesday to the skies. Neocon columnist Jennifer Rubin calls it "a grand slam" in the Washington Post. Legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin describes it as "dazzling" on CNN. New York Times columnist Gail Collins says it was "a great job" and that Schiff … Continue reading “Adam Schiff’s Very Scary Warmongering Speech”

US Foreign Policy Goes Off the Rails

Originally posted at TomDispatch. What’s the value of an American life in the age of Donald Trump? If you were judging by the death of Nawres Hamid, an Iraqi-American contractor killed in late December after an American base in Iraq was mortared by a Shiite militia believed to have ties to Iran, the answer would … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy Goes Off the Rails”