Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy

Last spring, the Biden campaign decided to hit back hard against accusations of being soft on China. So the campaign produced a blistering ad attacking Trump’s failure to confront China in the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic. The Biden ad was xenophobic and racist. "Trump let in 40,000 travelers from China into America," says … Continue reading “Biden’s Troubling Foreign Policy”

Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?

Code Pink co-founder Medea Benjamin hasn’t forgotten a 2017 meeting with members of Senator Kamala Harris’s staff to discuss the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. The Israeli land and sea blockade was causing massive unemployment as well as shortages of food and electricity. Benjamin and other progressive activists wanted the Senator to criticize Israel’s policies and … Continue reading “Is Kamala Harris a Hawk?”

Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort To Hike Tensions With Iran

During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside Tehran, Iran’s capital. Fires broke out at an electric power station and aboard seven ships in a southern port city. Iranian government authorities say some of the incidents … Continue reading “Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort To Hike Tensions With Iran”

Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat

On June 26, in a major front page story, The New York Times wrote that Russia paid a bounty to the Taliban to kill US soldiers in Afghanistan last year. The story quickly unraveled. While the military is investigating the allegations, Mark Miley, chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says there’s no proof that … Continue reading “Russia Bounty Story Falls Flat”

Libya, the Forgotten War

I arrived at the airport in Tripoli, Libya, on assignment for CBS Radio with my paperwork in order. I even had the phone numbers of local immigration officials in case anything went wrong. It quickly did. An airport official said my papers wouldn’t allow me into the country, even though the visit had been approved … Continue reading “Libya, the Forgotten War”

Michael Flynn’s Forgotten Turkish Connection

Former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn is best known for his connection to the Russiagate investigation. Lost in that hubbub, however, was Flynn’s slimy role as a lobbyist for Turkey. A Turkish businessman paid Flynn $530,000 in 2016 to push pro-Turkey, anti-Kurd policies in hopes of influencing the Trump Administration. The American public has mostly … Continue reading “Michael Flynn’s Forgotten Turkish Connection”

Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy

We all know that President Donald Trump’s foreign policy has been a disaster. But is Joe Biden’s any better? Trump promised to stop America’s endless wars but has stationed some 80,000 troops in the Middle East. He pulled out of the Iran nuclear accord, and imposed harsh sanctions and even sent drones to assassinate a … Continue reading “Biden vs. Trump on Foreign Policy”

US Beats War Drums in Middle East

While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the US and Iran are heating up. The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat military attacks that threaten a wider war. In mid-March, Washington officials accused an Iran-allied militia of launching rockets at a US military base in Iraq, killing two American soldiers and one … Continue reading “US Beats War Drums in Middle East”

Am I the Next Typhoid Mary?

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. On February 22, I left Iran after a week of covering the country’s parliamentary elections. Ten days later, my nose started running like a faucet. Normally, I would assume it’s a cold, pop some antihistamines, and proceed with my work. But these are not normal times. Symptoms … Continue reading “Am I the Next Typhoid Mary?”

Hardliners Win Iran Elections But With Little Enthusiasm

This column was supported by the Pulitzer Center. TEHRAN – The parliamentary candidates had rented a large hall for a campaign rally, but only a few hundred supporters showed up. They came to see Mohammad-Bagher Ghalibaf, a leading hardliner and possible presidential candidate next year. As warm-up speakers droned on, the audience responded with ritualistic … Continue reading “Hardliners Win Iran Elections But With Little Enthusiasm”