The Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis

Recent weeks have seen tensions between the United States and Iran soar, initially after a May 2019 incident in which four commercial vessels were struck in the Gulf of Oman (two Saudi oil tankers, one Norwegian and an Emirati ship), ebb thereafter and escalate yet again when a similar attack took place one month later … Continue reading “The Instigators of a Persian Gulf Crisis”

‘World Refugee Day’: Palestinians Keep Their Right of Return Alive Through Hope, Resistance

The United Nations’ World Refugee Day, observed annually on June 20, should not merely represent a reminder of "the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence." It should also be an opportunity for the international community to truly understand … Continue reading “‘World Refugee Day’: Palestinians Keep Their Right of Return Alive Through Hope, Resistance”

US Foreign Policy Exposed

In the last week, the realities of US foreign policy have been exposed by a leaked audio tape, a leak about a US attack on the Russian electrical grid, and US attempts to extradite Julian Assange. All the information points to a foreign policy that violates international law and standards, perpetrates wars and conflict and … Continue reading “US Foreign Policy Exposed”

For Israel, Annexation of the West Bank Is a Long-Established Goal

When Israeli prime ministers are in trouble, facing difficult elections or a corruption scandal, the temptation has typically been for them to unleash a military operation to bolster their standing. In recent years, Gaza has served as a favorite punching bag. Benjamin Netanyahu is confronting both difficulties at once: a second round of elections in … Continue reading “For Israel, Annexation of the West Bank Is a Long-Established Goal”

Palestinians: Forever Refugees

The United Nations has designated June 20 World Refugee Day. Like other designated international days, the goal is to raise global awareness and to foster a sense of responsibility for the approximately 70 million people driven from their homes due to war, violence and persecution. On June 20, the world will focus on the expanding … Continue reading “Palestinians: Forever Refugees”

The Flaw in Tulsi Gabbard’s Foreign Policy

Earlier this month Congresswoman and 2020 presidential hopeful Tulsi Gabbard hosted a town hall in New York City, one of the many Democrats hoping to make a run against President Trump. What sets Gabbard apart from the other Democrats is she decided to make foreign policy her central issue on the campaign trail. A big … Continue reading “The Flaw in Tulsi Gabbard’s Foreign Policy”

Crowdstrike Never Produced Final Report on Alleged Russian Hacking

CrowdStrike, the controversial cybersecurity firm that the Democratic National Committee chose over the FBI in 2016 to examine its compromised computer servers, never produced an un-redacted or final forensic report for the government because the FBI never required it to, the Justice Department has admitted. The revelation came in a court filing by the government … Continue reading “Crowdstrike Never Produced Final Report on Alleged Russian Hacking”

War With Iran Would Become ‘Trump’s War’

President Donald Trump cannot want war with Iran. Such a war, no matter how long, would be fought in and around the Persian Gulf, through which a third of the world’s seaborne oil travels. It could trigger a worldwide recession and imperil Trump’s reelection. It would widen the "forever war," which Trump said he would … Continue reading “War With Iran Would Become ‘Trump’s War’”

US Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective

While the mystery of who is responsible for sabotaging the two tankers in the Gulf of Oman remains unsolved, it is clear that the Trump administration has been sabotaging Iranian oil shipments since May 2, when it announced its intention to “bring Iran’s oil exports to zero, denying the regime its principal source of revenue.” … Continue reading “US Sanctions: Economic Sabotage That Is Deadly, Illegal, and Ineffective”