Shapen in Dispossession

As Franz Oppenheimer and Herbert Spencer taught, the State is, in Spencer’s words “begotten of aggression”: meaning born of war, conquest, and plunder. And as Randolph Bourne taught, war is virtually the very essence of the State, which, in the words of Murray Rothbard, is basically “a bandit gang writ large.” Every state is thus, […]

Tell the Persian Gulf States to ‘Go Fish’

President Barack Obama was recently snubbed by Persian Gulf Arab leaders at a summit he threw at Camp David to pay them off for the impending U.S.-led nuclear agreement with Iran!  By staying away and playing hard to get, the heads of four of the six Gulf States, including King Salman of Saudi Arabia, were […]

The Cost of Secrecy

Early last year, Pakistani anti-drone activist Kareem Khan received an unannounced visit at his Rawalpindi home from over a dozen unidentified men, some in police uniforms. He was subsequently abducted without being offered any explanation and, over the course of the next nine days, interrogated about his anti-drone work and tortured. After a local court […]

Kurdish Rebels Declare Truce; 86 Militants Killed across Iraq

The Kurdistan Workers’ Party (P.K.K.) and the Kurdistan Democratic Party of Iran (K.D.P.I.) announced a truce after officials from the Kurdistan Regional Government intervened. At least 86 militants were killed and five more were wounded.

How To Honor Memorial Day

How best to show respect for the U.S. troops killed in Iraq and Afghanistan and for their families on Memorial Day? Simple: Avoid euphemisms like “the fallen” and expose the lies about what a great idea it was to start those wars and then to “surge” tens of thousands of more troops into those fools’ […]

In Memoriam: Our Old Republic

What better day to mourn our old republic than Memorial Day? Proclaimed by Civil War veterans in 1868 to commemorate the dead, today it evokes memories of past conflicts and those that are ongoing – all of which were (and are) the catalysts of this country’s degeneration into an empire. Yes, all of them, including […]

Obama’s Fail on Saudi-Qatari Aid to al-Qaeda Affiliate

News media coverage of the Camp David summit between President Barack Obama and Gulf Cooperation Council members has focused largely on Obama’s success in getting the GCC States to go along with the negotiation of a nuclear agreement with Iran.  But the much more consequential story of the summit is Obama’s decision not to confront […]

Kurdish Rebels Fight Each Other; 133 Killed in Iraq

Kurdish Rebel Groups fought each other in northern Iraq. Overall, 133 were killed across the country.

171 Killed across Iraq as Fight for Ramadi Begins

The fight to win back Ramadi appears to have been launched without much help from the Iraqi army. Some army, police, and tribal forces have been deployed, but it appears that most of the fighters are Shi’ite militiamen. Husaybah has already been retaken. At least 171 were killed and 19 were wounded across the country.

Militants Push East from Ramadi; 25 Killed across Iraq

At least 25 militants were killed in Iraq on Friday.