Why We Fight

A hundred years since what everyone thought would be a short, victorious war left Europe broken and ruined, statesmen and policymakers of the West have demonstrated they have learned nothing – and regretted nothing – since. While the shooting remains localized so far, fighting on the economic, propaganda and political fronts is in full force. […]

Splendid Isolation

Almost a thousand Israeli personalities have already signed an appeal to European parliaments for their governments to recognize the State of Palestine. I am honored to be among the signatories, which include former ministers and members of the Knesset, diplomats and generals, artists and businessmen, writers and poets, including Israel’s three outstanding writers Amos Oz, […]

Heavy Fighting Continues Near Sinjar, 11 Killed in Baghdad

Eleven people were killed and 24 were wounded in Baghdad. The U.S. government has approved the sale of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq for $2.4 billion.

Why Did They Torture?

The Senate Intelligence Committee’s report on how the US government tortured detainees at Guantanamo and at secret "black sites" all over the world has focused on how they did it: rectal feeding, hanging detainees by their arms, "stress positions," beatings, etc. The prurience of this focus is fairly obvious, and typical of decadent societies in […]

The Senate Drone Report of 2019

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It was December 6, 2019, three years into a sagging Clinton presidency and a bitterly divided Congress. That day, the 500-page executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s long fought-over, much-delayed, heavily redacted report on the secret CIA drone wars and other American air campaigns in the 18-year-long war on terror […]

Sinjar Operation Continues; 142 Killed Across Iraq

At least 142 Iraqis were killed and eight more were wounded. The Pentagon reported the deaths of two senior Islamic State militant leaders and a third mid-level leader.

Is Government Faithful to the Constitution?

Is Government Faithful to the Constitution? When the government is waving at us with its right hand, so to speak, it is the government’s left hand that we should be watching. Just as a magician draws your attention to what he wants you to see so you will not observe how his trick is performed, […]

The Obscenity of Respectable Politics

After several years of absence from the national spotlight, former Vice President Dick Cheney has unfortunately returned in recent weeks in an attempt to defend the Bush administration and to condemn the Senate’s torture report. That report is, Cheney noted, “full of crap.” It is unsurprising that he would react that way. If there’s anything […]

Operation To Free Yazidi Town Begins; 131 Killed Across Iraq

A large number of militants were killed in northern Iraq today during an operation to liberate Sinjar. Overall at least 131 people were killed and 12 were wounded.

To My Readers

I’ve been at the doctor all day, which means I’ll miss my deadline – so, unfortunately, no column today. Which I very much regret since I had a hot topic in the pipeline: but it’ll just have to wait until Friday’s column. So please tune in then: it’s going to be a good one. NOTES […]