Rawah was recaptured on Friday. No casualties were reported there, but 17 were killed elsewhere.
A proposed law at the Italian Parliament is set to punish the boycott of Israel. In the past, such an initiative would have been unthinkable. Alas, Italy, a country that had historic sympathies with the Palestinian cause has shifted its politics in a dramatic way in recent years. Most surprisingly, though, the Left is as implicated … Continue reading “Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara Is Winning in Italy”
The latest news about Afghanistan varies from the profoundly dismal to the fatuously absurd. One depressing story is the UN Office of Drugs and Crime report of November 15 that opium production for manufacture of heroin jumped to 9,000 metric tons so far in 2017, up 87 percent from 4,800 metric tons last year. It … Continue reading “Losing the War in the Colony of Afghanistan”
I am furious. And I have good reason to be furious. I was going to write an article about a subject I have been thinking about for a long time. This week I opened the New York Times and lo, my yet unwritten article appeared on its opinion pages in full, argument after argument. How … Continue reading “A History of Idiocy”
After the 19th national congress of the Chinese Communist Party in October, one may discern Premier Xi Jinping’s vision of the emerging New World Order. By 2049, the centennial of the triumph of Communist Revolution, China shall have become the first power on earth. Her occupation and humiliation by the West and Japan in the … Continue reading “Is America Up for a Second Cold War?”
Seventy-seven million people in North and South Korea find themselves directly in the line of fire from the threat of a Second Korean War. The rest of the world is recoiling in horror from the scale of civilian casualties such a war would cause and the unthinkable prospect that either side might actually use nuclear … Continue reading “America’s Renegade Warfare”
A journalist was killed during fighting near Qaim, while Turkish soldiers were killed in battles in northern Iraq.
The most surprising part about Donald Trump’s Wednesday speech, directed at the North Korean regime via Tokyo, is that more people of a certain type weren’t gushing over it. After all, if sending cruise missiles at Syria makes a man presidential, condemning North Korea accurately as “a hell that no person deserves” and sounding vaguely … Continue reading “Flirting With War in North Korea”
On November 3, professor John Mearsheimer made a short and stunning presentation at "U.S. Foreign Policy in the Trump Era: Can Realism and Restraint Prevail?" conference held at George Washington University in Washington, DC. In the unipolar world after the collapse of the Soviet Union, he claimed, realists urged nonintervention and staying out of conflicts … Continue reading “Poll: Americans Would Cut Middle East War Spending”
Operations against the Islamic State militants in a rural part of Anbar province were restarted.