An operation near the Syrian border left several militants dead.
Many progressives call for Canada to "do more" around the world. The assumption is that this country is a force for good, a healer of humankind. But if we claim to be the "doctors without borders" of international relations, shouldn’t Canada swear to "first do no harm" like MDs before beginning practice? At a minimum … Continue reading “On Libya: First, Do No Harm”
By the end of his second term, President Ronald Reagan, who had called the Soviet Union an "evil empire," was strolling through Red Square with Russians slapping him on the back. Bliss was it in that dawn to be alive. And how have we husbanded the fruits of our Cold War triumph? This month, China’s … Continue reading “Has Russia Given Up on the West?”
Caught up in the moment – that describes the human condition 99% of the time, and all the more so in this age of unabated information flow. This particular moment is filled with the juiciest nonsense: Kavanaugh, and sex, another mass moral panic, and sex, and … The real news – the news that will … Continue reading “Korean Breakthrough!”
Like vultures, Israeli soldiers descended on Khan Al-Ahmar, on September 14, recreating a menacing scene with which the residents of this small Palestinian village, located East of Jerusalem, are all-too familiar. The strategic location of Khan Al-Ahmar makes the story behind the imminent Israeli demolition of the peaceful village unique amid the ongoing destruction of … Continue reading “Why Israel Demolishes: Khan Al-Ahmar as Representation of Greater Genocide”
Bob Woodward’s book Fear has been a sensation in many respects. But one aspect has barely been mentioned. After two years of exhaustive research for his book, Woodward says that he has found no evidence of collusion between Putin’s government and Donald Trump’s campaign in 2016. Zilch, nada, zero. And Woodward strained very hard looking … Continue reading “Woodward: No Evidence of Trump-Russia Collusion, I Searched Hard for Two Years“
A bomb targeted a Dawa party office in Kirkuk.
On September 17, Politico reports, US president Donald Trump partially declassified a government surveillance application targeting former campaign consultant Carter Page and directed the US Department of Justice to publicly release text messages relating to the “Russiagate” probe between former FBI Director James Comey and other DoJ/FBI personnel. Whether or not this is a SMART … Continue reading “Two Cheers for Trump’s Declassification Order”
Originally posted at TomDispatch. It was the rarest of graphics in the American news media: a CNN map in which recent Saudi air strikes in Yemen were represented by little yellow explosions. Below them were the number of civilians killed (“97,” “155,” “unknown casualties”) and, below those, the names of the makers of the weapons … Continue reading “The American War in Yemen”
Targeting buses, ISIS was able to kill or injure various security personnel.