While Saudi Arabia Goes to War Abroad, It’s Simmering at Home

To hear Saudi leaders tell it, the primary threat to the kingdom’s stability is the Islamic Republic of Iran. Worried over Washington and Tehran’s slowly improving relationship, Riyadh has projected an increasingly militarized and sectarian foreign policy aimed at countering Iran’s alleged hegemonic aims in the Middle East. Yet tension with Iran is only one […]

Explaining My Absence

By the time you read this, I’ll already be undergoing yet another unpleasant medical procedure – yes, old age beckons! Which means, unfortunately, there’s no column today: and I’ll be recuperating through Tuesday, which means I won’t be back at the old stand until Friday. But never fear – I will be back. See you […]

Still Waiting for USS Liberty’s Truth

Israel’s chokehold over U.S. politics and politicians has been so powerful for so many decades that this obvious reality is routinely denied, a collective gagging of the truth that is itself a measure of how strong the Israeli grip is. The most potent and poignant example of how much American independence has been surrendered to […]

US Spin On Access to Iranian Sites Has Distorted the Issue

VIENNA – A public diplomacy campaign by the Obama administration to convince world opinion that Iran was reneging on the Lausanne framework agreement in April has seriously misrepresented the actual diplomacy of the Iran nuclear talks, as my interviews with Iranian officials here make clear. President Barack Obama’s threat on Tuesday to walk out of […]

248 Killed across Iraq as Battles Rage in Anbar

Iraqi strikes on multiple locations in Anbar province killed dozens of people, but it is unclear whether all the victims were militants. Fighting also increased throughout the province and into the Baiji area. At least 248 were killed and 128 were wounded.

Another Spate of Bombings around Baghdad; 125 Killed across Iraq

On Friday, Iraqi jets dropped leaflets over Mosul, advising residents to listen to a new radio station that will give them further instructions once it begins to broadcast. The operation appears to imply that Iraqi forces are readying to liberate Mosul. At least 125 were killed and 60 were wounded in violence across the country, including several bombings in and around Baghdad.

Demonizing Iran To Prevent the Nuclear Agreement

Since April 2 when the Lausanne Accord was signed by Iran and P5+1 – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – the opposition, namely, the neoconservatives, the Republican Party, Israel, Saudi Arabia, and their lobbies in the United States has been in high gear to prevent the signing of […]

79 Killed across Iraq as ISIS Blows Up 700-year-old Tomb

Islamic State militants destroyed a 13th century tomb near Hawija. At least 79 were killed and 64 were wounded in other violence.

Yemen Is Starving, and We’re Partly To Blame

Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. That’s 80 percent of the country’s population, which according to UN agencies badly needs emergency supplies of food and water, along with fuel and medicine. This almost unimaginable crisis sounds like something out of […]

Liberty, Sovereignty, and US Foreign Policy

As we celebrate Independence Day, honoring the American colonists’ successful fight to be free of the British crown and establish their own sovereign state, it is instructive to note that the US is, today, the greatest enemy of sovereignty on earth. When the British surrendered at Yorktown, the redcoat band played “The World Turned Upside […]