Burning Babies and Stabbing Gays in Messianic Israel

Terror struck twice in Israel this Thursday. First, an ultra-orthodox zealot went on a slashing rampage at the Jerusalem Gay Pride Parade, stabbing six, and fatally wounding a 16-year-old girl. Then, extremist Jewish settlers firebombed the house of a Palestinian Arab family in the West Bank village of Douma, critically wounding three, and burning an […]

Helping Turkey Create a Safe Zone in Syria Is Not a Good Idea

The United States and Turkey have reached an agreement, long sought by the Turks, to establish a safe zone in Syria to insulate Turkey from the multi-sided civil war in Syria and to provide a sanctuary to which many of the two million Syrian refugees now in Turkey can be repatriated. In return, the Turks […]

Mass Executions Terrorize Mosul; 141 Killed in Iraq

Mass Executions Terrorize Mosul where women, young men and even taxi drivers were targets for slaughter.

Study: Hundreds of Civilians Reported Killed in First Year of Coalition Airstrikes

A six-month investigation into alleged civilian and ‘friendly fire’ deaths from Coalition airstrikes in Iraq and Syria has identified more than 120 incidents of concern to June 30th according to an Airwars report published today – three times more problem events than the Coalition itself was aware of. Airwars believes that for 57 of these […]

Our (Neocon) Man in Odessa

"People compare my style with that of J.F.K., but in terms of substance, I feel much closer to Ataturk or Ben-Gurion or General de Gaulle – people who had to build nation states." ~ Mikheil Saakashvili If you had to use one word to sum up newly minted Odessa Governor and former Georgian president Mikheil […]

In Washington, War Is Peace

The Intercept has an article on the “U.S. Institute of Peace,” a government agency founded in 1984 supposedly dedicated to promoting “nonviolent resolution of conflicts”: author Lee Fang is shocked – shocked! – that USIP chairman Stephen J. Hadley, a former national security advisor to George W. Bush, wants to arm Ukraine so as to […]

132 Killed across Iraq as Airstrikes Continue

At least 132 were killed and 25 were killed in the violence: A Yazidi woman who escaped her militant captor told the media that her three children were poisoned after being taken to Syria. In Baghdad, a bomb killed three people and wounded 11 more. Mortars killed three people and wounded another, including a woman […]

At Least 4,693 Killed across Iraq in July

At least 4,693 were killed and 2,210 were wounded across Iraq during July. These should be considered lowball estimates. At least 96 were killed and 45 were wounded in fresh violence.

The Kurdish Elephant and the Great Middle East War

Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about. Because it would be stitched together from bits and pieces of […]

Just Listen to What Western Officials Are Saying About Russia

If you want a sleepless night – or month – just listen to what Western security officials are saying these days about a possible confrontation with Russia. “If you want to talk about a nation that could pose an existential threat to the United States,” warned General Joseph Dunford, the chairman of the U.S. Joint […]