US Policy Adapts to Russian-Backed Syrian Gains

The major developments on the Syrian battlefield in recent months have brought a corresponding shift in the Obama administration’s Syrian policy. Since the Russian military intervention in Syria upended the military balance created by the victories of the al-Qaeda affiliate al-Nusra Front and its allies last year, the Obama administration has quietly retreated from its […]

In the 2016 Campaign, US Foreign Policy Establishment Not Faring Well Either

After months of reality-show media coverage of the 2016 presidential campaign, the voting process is thankfully starting. As the voters begin to speak, perhaps the coverage will have more actual reality in it. In recent years, it is no secret that media coverage of elections virtually ignores where the candidates stand on major issues, in […]

Opposing the Plutocracy Means Opposing the Warfare State

Bernie Sanders wants to stay on message. So his presidential campaign has focused on economic issues. The American economy is rigged, Sanders says, in the interests of the wealthy and well connected. Banks and Wall Street brokerage houses get what they want at the expense of everyone else. The government should step in on the […]

Troops Recapture Anbar Town; 120 Killed Across Iraq

At least 120 were killed in Iraq. Security forces recaptured a town near Ramadi.

Peace is the Keystone of Liberty

The anti-war movement desperately needs libertarian leadership. And the libertarian movement urgently needs to be strongly anti-war. So in this essay I will offer some chief reasons for every libertarian to be 100% non-interventionist and actively engaged in the cause of peace. Libertarianism embraces the individual’s right to life, liberty, and property. The meaning of […]

When in Rome: ‘Criminal Consequences’ for Assange’s Tormentors?

“How sweet it is” and “screw the UN” seem to be the major media tag lines to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Detention’s ruling in favor of political prisoner Julian Assange: The former from Assange himself, welcoming vindication of his claim that more than five years under house arrest and/or confined to Ecuador’s UK […]

The US Military Bombs in the Twenty-First Century

Here’s my twenty-first-century rule of thumb about this country: if you have to say it over and over, it probably ain’t so. Which is why I’d think twice every time we’re told how “exceptional” or “indispensable” the United States is. For someone like me who can still remember a moment when Americans assumed that was […]

Danger Ahead

I try to be optimistic, and while sometimes it’s hard, I usually succeed in taking the long view that the case for peace and liberty will ultimately triumph simply because war and tyranny are incompatible with the requirements of an industrial civilization. That’s why the Soviet Union fell, and why, in my view, the Nazis’ […]

ISIS Executes Hundreds in Iraq

At least 464 were reported killed in Iraq. This includes at least 300 people executed in Mosul.

Suicide Bomber Strikes near US Base; 125 Killed Across Iraq

At least 125 people were killed across Iraq. A suicide bomber struck near a base that is home to U.S. personnel.