Sanctions Rebound To Hit Europeans

The Financial Times commented on August 10 that in reaction to the chaos in Ukraine, “Western policy has become a mere knee-jerk escalation of sanctions”, and for once the FT has got it right about foreign affairs. The US and its disciples in Europe and Australia have imposed sanctions on Russia for its alleged interference […]

A Note

I’ve had to deal with some medical issues – nothing serious, but still taking up a substantial amount of my time. So there’s no column today. But I’ll be back on Friday, so stay tuned to this space – and, don’t’ forget, we are still running our fundraising campaign, which is absolutely essential to our […]

Another Bombing in Baghdad; 80 Killed in Iraq

Baghdad was hit by another car bomb today, but the number of casualties in the city was low compared to yesterday. Across Iraq, though, at least 80 people were killed. However, reports of militant deaths are becoming fuzzier with each passing day. Dozens more were reported killed in airstrikes, but even vague estimates are no longer being offered in many for many of the attacks. Another 58 were wounded.

Police Response in Ferguson Rooted in Systemic Violence and Militarism

The police response to public protests in Ferguson, Missouri in the wake of the deadly August 9 shooting of Michael Brown, Jr., an unarmed eighteen-year-old black man killed by a white police officer, was a prime illustration of the hyper-aggressive nature of policing in America today. The residents of Ferguson fed up with hostile and […]

Any Nuclear Agreement with Iran Must Have Proper Approval from Congress

Republicans have justifiably criticized President Obama for skirting the constitutional need to obtain legislation for his agenda in issues from climate change to immigration to health care. Although some of this condemnation is political – because Obama has issued fewer executive orders since Grover Cleveland in the late 1800s – Obama is almost certain to […]

Bombers Return to Baghdad; 212 Killed, 184 Wounded

Baghdad and two cities south of the capital suffered from a number of bombs targeting civilians. Across the country, at least 212 people and 184 more were wounded.

ISIS: Made in Washington, Riyadh – and Tel Aviv

The Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) is being touted as the newest "threat" to the American homeland: hysterics have pointed to Chicago as the locus of their interest, and we are told by everyone from the President on down that if we don’t attack them – i.e. go back into Iraq (and even […]

Ferguson: The War Comes Home

America’s attention recently turned away from the violence in Iraq and Gaza toward the violence in Ferguson, Missouri, following the shooting of Michael Brown. While all the facts surrounding the shooing have yet to come to light, the shock of seeing police using tear gas (a substance banned in warfare), and other military-style weapons against […]

119 Killed in Iraq As Airstrikes Continue

At least 119 people were killed and 31 more were wounded, mostly in airstrikes. There were more reports of casualties but no solid numbers were given in them.

The History of the Islamic State

On August 7th, President Obama authorized airstrikes on Iraq in nominal support of a besieged population of about 10,000 Yezidis, a Kurdish ethnic minority, who were placed under siege by the Sunni Jihadist Islamic State, henceforth to be referred to as (ISIS). In mainstream media, the intervention has been criticized as backtracking on what is […]