Republicans Candidates Bashing Obama Over Iran Forget Bush’s Role

Rather than a contest between two or three viable candidates, U.S. presidential elections have historically been a referendum on the administration holding power. With at least some awareness of this fact, Republican candidates are busy criticizing President Barack Obama’s foreign policy and desperately trying to link Hillary Clinton, his former Secretary of State and still […]

Australian Bombs Won’t Bring Peace to Syria, So Why Do It?

It would appear that the Abbott government has its heart set on bombing Syria. But it is hard to understand why. Unlike Australia’s complicity in the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, this proposal has nothing to do with consolidating the US alliance. Speaking about Islamic State’s (IS) presence in Iraq and Syria, Prime Minister […]

Can the GOP Deal With Iran?

Ten weeks before the first U.S.-Soviet summit ever held in Moscow, in May 1972, North Vietnam, with Soviet-supplied armor and artillery, crossed the DMZ in an all-out offensive to overrun the South. President Nixon responded with air and naval strikes on the North. Yet Nixon went to Moscow and signed the first strategic arms agreement […]

150 Killed in Iraq, including Rutba Demonstrators

At least 150 were killed in Iraq, including several people who had demonstrated against ISIS over the weekend.

Militarism Run Amok: Russians and Americans Get Their Kids Ready for War

In 1915, a mother’s protest against funneling children into war became the theme of a new American song, “I Didn’t Raise My Boy to Be a Soldier.” Although the ballad attained great popularity, not everyone liked it. Theodore Roosevelt, a leading militarist of the era, retorted that the proper place for women who criticized war […]

Exodus to Europe: Who’s to Blame?

As thousands of refugees wash up on the shores of Europe – over 107,000 in the last month – it is a scene of horror and misery untold. A truck load of 71 dead migrants was recently discovered in Austria: they had suffocated, and body fluids from their decomposing bodies dripping out of the back […]

Iranian Exiles Embrace Israel’s Drive Against Nuclear Deal

Since July 14 when the Vienna nuclear agreement between Iran and P5+1 – the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council plus Germany – was announced, its opponents have been waging an all-out war against it. In particular, the same pundits who lied to us to lead the United States to a catastrophic […]

Canada’s Violation of International Law in Libya

Since the start of the Canadian election campaign a series of posts have detailed the Harper Conservatives repeated abuse of power. The Tyee published "Harper, Serial Abuser of Power", which listed "70 Harper government assaults on democracy and the law." But the widely disseminated list omitted what may be the Conservatives’ most flagrant – and […]

ISIS Militants Fight, Execute Each Other; 169 Killed across Iraq

At least 169 were killed across Iraq today.

Arrests in Anti-ISIS Protest; 102 Killed across Iraq

Scores were arrested after an anti-ISIS protest in western Iraq.