Sanctioning Yourself in the Foot

"Sanctions," Iran’s new president, Ebrahim Raisi, told the UN General Assembly, "are the US’s new way of war with the nations of the world." At least nineteen countries are currently besieged by the economic warfare of US sanctions. As when they wage military war, the US is willing to accept the high civilian cost of … Continue reading “Sanctioning Yourself in the Foot”

Fate of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming Assange Hearings

Within just a few days, the United States will once again make its case in a UK court that it has a right to extradite WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange to be tried under the Espionage Act, in what remains this century’s most dangerous attack on global press freedom. These hearings, taking place on October 27 … Continue reading “Fate of Anti-War Journalism Lies in Upcoming Assange Hearings”

Do You Want a New Cold War?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Let me make my own position on China all too clear. I’m distinctly “soft” on that country. I always have been. After all, it represents a remarkable civilization, one I studied in graduate school. Among my greatest regrets is never having visited there, never having made it to the Great Wall … Continue reading “Do You Want a New Cold War?”

The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel

The pro-Israel crowd on social media was quick to pounce on award-winning Irish novelist, Sally Rooney, as soon as she declared that she had "chosen not to sell … translation rights of her best-selling novel, Beautiful World, Where Are You to an Israeli-based publishing house". Expectedly, the accusations centered on the standard smearing used by … Continue reading “The Cultural Genocide in Palestine: On Sally Rooney’s Decision to Boycott Israel”

NATO, Nukes, and Nazis: The Untold Story of West Germany’s Entry Into the Cold War

One of the key events which is often talked about in western (particularly American) histories of the Cold War is the rearmament of Germany. During the early 1950s as the Cold War was ramping up, the West German military was rebuilt following its dissolution at the end of WWII, which ultimately culminated with the country’s … Continue reading “NATO, Nukes, and Nazis: The Untold Story of West Germany’s Entry Into the Cold War”

Ban the Use of Drones as Weapons

Everyone who followed the withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan was horrified by the drone attack, called a “tragic mistake” by the Pentagon, which killed ten members of a single family, including 7 children. Zemari Ahmadi, who worked for Nutrition and Education International, a U.S.-based aid organization, became the target because he drove a white … Continue reading “Ban the Use of Drones as Weapons”

Powell Lied, People Died: Justice Delayed Was Justice Denied

On October 19, 96-year-old Irmgard Furchner appeared in a German court to answer charges of aiding and abetting 11,412 murders. The murders took place between 1943 and 1945 at the Stutthof concentration camp, where a much younger Furchner worked as secretary to the camp’s commandant. A day before Furchner’s indictment, Colin Powell, the US government’s … Continue reading “Powell Lied, People Died: Justice Delayed Was Justice Denied”

‘Needlessly Provocative’: Austin Rebuked for Again Opening NATO Door to Ukraine and Georgia

Anti-war advocates on Monday warned that U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin would be making a dangerous strategic blunder if he suggests that Ukraine and Georgia have a welcome mat toward full integration into the NATO military alliance – a move critics say would dramatically increase the risk of war between Washington, D.C. and Moscow. … Continue reading “‘Needlessly Provocative’: Austin Rebuked for Again Opening NATO Door to Ukraine and Georgia”