Displaced Kurds are being told to say away from Tuz Khormato because the situation is still too volatile there. Hundreds of homes have been destroyed.
In what is likely to be the final battle to reclaim Kirkuk province, several civilians were killed or wounded.
Predictably, the news media spent most of the week examining words Donald Trump may or may not have spoken to the widow of an American Green Beret killed in Niger, in northwest Africa, in early October. Not only was this coverage tedious, it was largely pointless. We know Trump is a clumsy boor, and we … Continue reading “Dying for the Empire Is Not Heroic”
Security forces described as Shi’ite militiamen shot at protestors in two recently acquired cities.
Barely a month after President Donald Trump announced plans to deepen and extend the now 16-year-old U.S. war in Afghanistan, reports surfaced of plans to expand another signature Obama-era policy: the drone war. Specifically, The New York Times reported in late September that the administration is relaxing Obama-era restrictions on who can be targeted and … Continue reading “Trump Plans to Make It Easier to Kill Civilians with Drones. Sadly, We Can Thank Obama for That.”
A hospital in Kurdistan revised it’s casualty figures for Peshmerga troops.
Some people are living symbols, sheer embodiments of a concept that fits their persona as snugly as their skin: e.g. the Dalai Lama personifies Contemplative Piety, Harvey Weinstein is the incarnation of Brazen Vulgarity, and John McCain’s very person exudes the sweaty blustery spirit of Empire. His entire history – born in the Panama Canal … Continue reading “McCain As Metaphor”
The Trump administration has declared a war on media leaks and called for the U.S. federal workforce and contractors to receive “anti-leak” training. The centerpiece of Trump’s anti-leak campaign, aside from early morning tweet-storms railing against leakers and media, is the National Insider Threat Taskforce. The Insider Threat Program is not Trump-era creation. In then-secret … Continue reading “Insider Threat Program Training and Trump’s War on Leaks: A Chilling Combination for Whistleblowers”
With the operation against the Kurds ending, civilians are returning home to Kirkuk.
To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China’s clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse has been growing at a rapid speed. The US’ belated "pivot to Asia" to … Continue reading “The Real Reason Behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in North Korea”