Omar Mateen’s Motive

America doesn’t understand Orlando shooter Omar Mateen’s motive. The New York Times speculated that Omar was probably radicalized over the Internet, that he was anti-gay or perhaps a frustrated self-hating gay, finally concluding that we might never know. Many American media outlets reported that Omar was motivated by ISIS propaganda and that he was infected […]

Brexit: A Glorious Victory

As the results of the British referendum on remaining in the European Union rolled in, and the victory of “Brexit” became apparent, UK Independence Party leader Nigel Farage summarized its meaning: “Dare to dream that the dawn is breaking on an independent United Kingdom! ”This, if the predictions now are right, this will be a […]

Iran Artillery Fire Wounds Civilians; 93 Killed in Iraq

Iran fired upon Kurdish territory, injuring a number of civilians.

Militia Accused of Destroying Homes; 112 Killed in Iraq

Once again the Shi’ite militias have been accused of destroying Sunni homes.

Brexit Wins: Why That’s Great News for Europe, Too

British voters have elected to leave the European Union in a national referendum. The UK Independence Party (UKIP) leader Nigel Farage declared Friday Britain’s “independence day.” That is quite a statement given British history. A little over two and a quarter centuries ago, America had its own first Independence Day, and the British Empire was […]

The Second Coming of Ehud Barack

Suddenly, a familiar face, almost forgotten, appeared on the TV screen. Well, not entirely familiar, because it now sports a prominent black beard. (If I were he, I would quickly shave it off.) Yes, there he was. Former Chief of Staff, former Prime Minister, Ehud Barak. Barak in a new format. Aggressive. Outspoken. Damning Binyamin […]

Kurdish Media Office Attacked; 87 Killed in Iraq

The Erbil offices of a media group were attacked.

Lies, Damned Lies, and Statistics… and US Africa Command

Originally posted at TomDispatch. One of the strangest news developments of our time is the way the media now focus for days, if not weeks, 24/7, on a single event and its ramifications. Omar Mateen’s slaughter of 49 people at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is only the latest example of this. If no other […]

Be Careful With Those Secret Watchlists, Congressman

The horrifying June 12 massacre at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando is just the sort of tragedy that demands government action. The death toll – whether it was the worst mass shooting in US history depends entirely on your definition of the former – was 49 people; around 50 were injured. Government rode into action […]

Fallujah Displaced Desperate; 69 Killed in Iraq

Fallujah’s displaced civilians are overwhelming aid agencies who simply lack enough supplies for the large, sudden influx of people.