Trump’s Quiet Meeting With Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course With Iran

It was a lot to take in, even in these whipsawed media moments. In one 24-hour news cycle, President Donald Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, appointed the war and torture-backing CIA chief Mike Pompeo to replace him, and then tapped Gina Haspel – who covered up CIA torture in Thailand – to replace … Continue reading “Trump’s Quiet Meeting With Saudi Arabia and Israel Portends a Dangerous Collision Course With Iran”

Is This What ‘Liberation’ Looks Like? US Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul

ISIS’ occupation of Mosul, once Iraq’s second largest city, has virtually come to an end. Though small-scale fighting continues, and U.S. military strikes continued through at least July 17, ISIS control over the city has largely collapsed. Many among the ISIS forces were killed, many fled and many have probably melted back into local communities. … Continue reading “Is This What ‘Liberation’ Looks Like? US Airstrikes Have Devastated Mosul”

From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks

At least 41 people were killed in the recent bombing of Istanbul’s Ataturk Airport. The day before, suicide bombers killed five people in Qaa, a small village in Lebanon. And while the Saudi-led and U.S.-backed war in Yemen continues to rage, an ISIS affiliate claimed responsibility for attacks in the Yemeni port city of Mukalla … Continue reading “From Paris to Istanbul, More ‘War on Terror’ Means More Terrorist Attacks”

Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism

With all the discussion and debate these days about intersectionality and the need for progressives to link our movements against racism and against war, the name of Muhammad Ali belongs right up in our pantheon with Martin Luther King, Malcolm X, Harry Belafonte, Joan Baez, Howard Zinn, and so many other women and men who … Continue reading “Muhammad Ali Understood the Racist Roots of War and Militarism”

The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get To Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital

The Pentagon just made it official: No war crime was committed when a US plane attacked the Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan last year, killing 42 patients and health workers and injuring many more. At least, that’s the conclusion of its own investigation – nearly all of which remains classified. No war crime, … Continue reading “The Pentagon Shouldn’t Get To Absolve Itself for Bombing a Hospital”

Russia Is Withdrawing from Syria – and the U.S. Should Follow Suit

In a surprise announcement on March 14, Russian president Vladimir Putin announced that the Russians were withdrawing “most of our military” from Syria beginning immediately. According to the TASS news agency, Putin said he hoped the withdrawal “will become a good motivation for launching negotiations” and “instructed the foreign minister to intensify Russia’s participation in … Continue reading “Russia Is Withdrawing from Syria – and the U.S. Should Follow Suit”

Bombing Hospitals All in a Day’s Work

The destruction of the Doctors Without Borders (MSF) hospital in Kunduz, with 22 dead so far, including doctors, other staff and patients, capped a week that also saw the bombing of? another hospital in Afghanistan, plus the U.S.-backed Saudi Arabian bombing of a wedding party in Yemen set up in tents far out in the … Continue reading “Bombing Hospitals All in a Day’s Work”

Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death’

Pope Francis’ address to Congress was almost certainly not what John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and other congressional leaders had in mind when they invited the pope to speak. It probably wasn’t what they were all thinking about during the last standing ovations. But here was Pope Francis, revered as the People’s Pope, calling out war … Continue reading “Standing Before Congress, Pope Francis Calls Out the ‘Industry of Death’”

Don’t Sit Tight: Congress Can Still Tank the Iran Deal

Members of Congress are fleeing Washington’s steam bath for their August recess, making this a key time for constituents to raise their voices on crucial issues. Right now, the biggest thing lawmakers must decide is whether they’ll join the 54 percent of voters who support diplomacy over war, or if they’d rather to kill the … Continue reading “Don’t Sit Tight: Congress Can Still Tank the Iran Deal”

Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation

Almost nine months after President Obama admitted that “we don’t have a strategy yet” to challenge the Islamic State – and just days after he said he still has “no complete Iraq strategy” – the non-strategy suddenly has a name: escalation. According to reports in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, the … Continue reading “Obama Does Have a Strategy in Iraq: Escalation”