Stop the Political Grandstanding on Refugees

Lately, a heated debate has broken out over the question of admitting Syrian refugees. On the Republican side, Donald Trump’s previously hyperbolic suggestions of an ISIS "Trojan Horse" have essentially become mainstreamed. Meanwhile, on the Democratic side of the aisle, President Obama has criticized the Republicans for demonizing Muslims and has argued that accepting Syrian […]

166 Killed across Iraq; Militia Accused of Seizing Hospital

Shi’ite militiamen are accused of seizing a hospital in Tuz Khormato.

Turkey’s Stab in the Back

War is the great clarifier, and in the case of the battle against Islamist insurgents, including ISIS and al-Qaeda in Syria, the downing of the Russian war plane by the Turkish military has demonstrated this principle quite dramatically. The US and its NATO allies, including Turkey, claim to be fighting ISIS, otherwise known as the […]

The Endless Cycle of Terrorism

In the wake of the heinous attacks on civilians in Paris, the French are now prone to repeating the same mistakes the United States made after the even more barbaric 9/11 attacks. The natural reaction of politicians – whether they be Democratic, Republican, or Socialist as in the case of President Francois Hollande in France […]

They Sow the Cyclone – We Reap the Blowback

“For they have sown the wind, and they shall reap the whirlwind” — Hosea 8:7 It may be surprising to hear, but it is a plain historical fact that modern international jihad originated as an instrument of US foreign policy. The “great menace of our era” was built up by the CIA to wage a proxy war […]

Declare Victory, Come Home?

I have no idea who was involved in the latest atrocity in Paris, the Russian airplane bombing in the Sinai, the attacks in South Beirut or recent siege in Mali, but I’m pretty sure there will be a long line of those only too willing to take credit for the mayhem; and even more talking […]

81 Killed across Iraq; Canada Accused of Bombing Civilians

At least 81 people were killed in Iraq. Canadian forces are being accused of bombing civilians in Mosul.

The Left and Right Must Stop the Establishment’s Perpetual War Machine

In the aftermath of the 9/11 attacks, some of us tried to raise questions of U.S. foreign policy. I got my mic cut on O’Reilly’s show. Others got far worse – a friend basically felt he had to move out of his neighborhood he was so reviled for criticizing the US’s militarism. Oh, yeah, and […]

Myths of Empire

The release of The Man in the High Castle, a streaming film series produced by Amazon and based very loosely on Philip K. Dick’s 1962 novel of the same name, is an occasion for us to examine the myths of empire – that is, the narratives that are woven around actual historical events, which are […]

Baghdad Cancels Flights over Missile Fears; 101 Killed across Iraq

Iraq suspended flights between Baghdad and Kurdistan due to a threat posed by Russian missile strikes on Syria. At least 101 were killed and 12 were wounded: A blast at a booby-trapped home in Sinjar killed nine Peshmerga. Some of them were Yazidi. In Baghdad, a bomb killed two civilians and wounded eight more. Militants […]