If Trump Wants China To Pressure North Korea, He Must Also Compromise

During his campaign, Donald J. Trump proposed to deal with the problem of North Korea by pressuring China to convince its ally to give up nuclear weapons and the missiles designed to carry them. Yet after North Korea’s recent test firing of several missiles, China proposed a solution to the problem, which the Trump administration […]

Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War and Hunger in Yemen?

This week marks the beginning of year three of the Saudi-led military intervention in the civil war in Yemen, an intervention that has resulted in an epic tragedy of destruction and starvation. Tens of thousands of Yemenis marked the occasion by pouring into the streets of the capital, Sanna, to call for an end to […]

The Next Phase in the War on BDS: Why Israel Detained Omar Barghouti

The Israeli state has violated international law more than any other country, yet has rarely, if ever, been held accountable for crimes and misconduct. Israel’s successful public relation campaigns through the ever-willing western media partners, coupled with the relentless work and pressure carried out by its powerful backers in Washington DC, London, Paris and elsewhere, […]

Bomber Strikes in South Baghdad; 201 Killed Across Iraq

A suicide truck bomber found plentiful victims at a checkpoint in Baghdad on Wednesday.

Body Count for the American Century

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Recently, the historian Marilyn Young, an old friend, died. She spent her life writing about America’s wars and a country at war. Her New York Times obituary quoted this telling passage from a speech she gave to the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations: “I find that I have spent […]

A Tale of Two Protests

Upon waking this [Tuesday] morning, with some vague idea of what I’d be writing about today – the weakness of the antiwar movement, the utter uselessness of what passes for the “left,” the seeming impossibility of accomplishing anything meaningful in the current political atmosphere – I went directly to my computer. As is my wont, […]

The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate

Although many details are still hazy because of secrecy – and further befogged by politics – it appears House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes was informed last week about invasive electronic surveillance of senior U.S. government officials and, in turn, passed that information onto President Trump. This news presents Trump with an unwelcome but unavoidable […]

Heavy Fighting In Mosul’s Old City; 209 Killed in Iraq

Heavy battles and civilian executions continue in Mosul.

Did the Government Spy on Trump? Of Course. It Spies on All of Us!

There was high drama last week when Rep. Devin Nunes announced at the White House that he had seen evidence that the communications of the Donald Trump campaign people, and perhaps even Trump himself, had been “incidentally collected” by the US government. If true, this means that someone authorized the monitoring of Trump campaign communications […]

New Civilian Casualties in Mosul Airstrikes; 127 Killed in Iraq

Fresh civilian casualties in airstrikes were reported on Monday.