The US Has a Long History of Weaponizing Aid to Other Countries

Reprinted from Truthout with permission. The spread of the coronavirus will not save Iran from sanctions, the U.S. cried. “Our policy of maximum pressure on the regime continues,” US Special Representative for Iranian Affairs Brian Hook said, as the State Department added more sanctions on Iran, one of the countries worst hit by the pandemic. … Continue reading “The US Has a Long History of Weaponizing Aid to Other Countries”

Germ Warfare: How Trump Is Weaponizing Covid-19

As the United Nations implores countries to cease hostilities and wars to help fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is finding ways to use the COVID-19 pandemic to fight its wars. While Saudi Arabia promises to begin a ceasefire in Yemen in response to the U.N. call for … Continue reading “Germ Warfare: How Trump Is Weaponizing Covid-19”

The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter wars accomplish what the more cacophonous wars accomplish without the public outcry and condemnation. Medical … Continue reading “The Quiet and Lethal Wars Against Iran”

Quieter and Quieter: The Evolution of Latin America’s Silent Coups

American interference with Latin American regimes began early and happened often. As early as the close of the nineteenth century, McKinley had betrayed and stolen Cuba. In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt severed Panama from Columbia, declared it an independent nation and put in power a government whose first act was to sign over the future Panama … Continue reading “Quieter and Quieter: The Evolution of Latin America’s Silent Coups”

Lies, Missile Strikes and a Whole Lot of History

Recently, two stories have been in the news – though not enough in the news. They have been in the news because they are both stories of American missile strikes that importantly changed events and because they are both stories of missile strikes that were justified by lies. They have been not enough in the … Continue reading “Lies, Missile Strikes and a Whole Lot of History”

A Pattern of Passing Up Peace

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear agreement with Iran was working. Iran was consistently in compliance, the US and Iran were talking and diplomacy was working. Then Trump turned his back on peace, shattered the diplomacy and resuscitated the hostile relation with Iran. This pass that Trump took on peace was not the … Continue reading “A Pattern of Passing Up Peace”

The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani: Imminent Threat of Peace

On January 6, just days after the U.S. assassination of Iranian general Qassem Suleimani, Agnes Callamard, the United Nations special rapporteur on extrajudicial executions, requested that U.N. Secretary General António Guterres "establish an impartial inquiry into [the] lawfulness of Soleimani’s killing" under Article 99 of the U.N. charter, which gives the Secretary General the power … Continue reading “The Assassination of Qassem Suleimani: Imminent Threat of Peace”

Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup

The U.S. says it wasn’t a coup. Trump’s official statement "applauds" the Bolivian regime change for preserving democracy. Trump identifies the event as "a significant moment in democracy" because it stymied Bolivian President Evo Morales’ attempt "to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people. . .." But all three White House claims … Continue reading “Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup”

The Cries of the Kurds

The way you frame a question can shape the answer you’ll get. On October 6, 2019, the US removed its troops from the Kurdish region of northeast Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish invasion of the region that followed three days later. Trump’s decision was born of a phone call with Turkish President Recep … Continue reading “The Cries of the Kurds”

Iran, Islam, and Banning the Bomb

Yesterday In 1982, Iraq changed the nature of their war on Iran. They began using chemical weapons. At first, it was only tear gas. But, within a year, Iraq was using mustard gas and the nerve agents sarin and soman on, not only Iranian soldiers, but Iranian civilians. The downpour of chemicals was prodigious: the … Continue reading “Iran, Islam, and Banning the Bomb”