Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About

The last time Iranians went out onto the streets in large numbers, they were protesting what they thought was a stolen election. It was 2009, and hardliner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad had convincingly won the presidency with roughly 63 percent to reformer Mir-Hossein Mousavi’s approximately 34 percent. Adopting their campaign’s green color, Mousavi’s supporters thronged the streets … Continue reading “Trump and the Neocons Are Exploiting an Iran Protest Movement They Know Nothing About”

Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City

The Israeli government is planning a series of measures aimed at fully denying Palestinians their legal rights in Jerusalem and precluding any future peace settlement based on sharing the city between Israel and a future Palestinian state. One of the most aggressive measures to date is a bill that was approved by the Israeli Knesset … Continue reading “Israel Step Closer To Making Jerusalem Jewish-Only City”

Poll: Americans Oppose Cutting Aid to Countries That Condemn US Jerusalem Policy

The Trump administration threatened to end billions of dollars in US foreign aid to countries opposing recent US recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On December 21, despite US threats, 128 UN member states voted to uphold long-standing international consensus that the status of Jerusalem can only be settled through a peace deal … Continue reading “Poll: Americans Oppose Cutting Aid to Countries That Condemn US Jerusalem Policy”

Seeing Our Wars for the First Time

Originally posted at TomDispatch. He left Air Force Two behind and, unannounced, “shrouded in secrecy,” flew on an unmarked C-17 transport plane into Bagram Air Base, the largest American garrison in Afghanistan. All news of his visit was embargoed until an hour before he was to depart the country. More than 16 years after an … Continue reading “Seeing Our Wars for the First Time”

The War Party’s Desperate Assault on ‘America First’

The major – perhaps only – redeeming virtue of the Donald’s ersatz campaign platform was his clear intent to seek a rapprochement with Russia, revamp America’s commitments to NATO and other cold war relics and to discard "Regime Change" as the core tenant of foreign policy in favor of an "America First" approach to domestic … Continue reading “The War Party’s Desperate Assault on ‘America First’”

Anti-ISIS Operations Continue near Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq

The head of the Muqdadiya City Council, Adnan al-Tamimi, warned that Islamic State militants are become more active in the area. At least 23 people were killed, and 10 more were wounded in recent violence: In Baghdad, one person was killed and three were wounded by a blast in Doura. Clashes in Dibs left a … Continue reading “Anti-ISIS Operations Continue near Mosul; 23 Killed in Iraq”