84 Dead, 85 Injured Tuesday in Iraq

Updated at 11:10 p.m. EDT, Oct. 3, 2006 Twelve new military deaths and at least 72 Iraqi deaths were reported Tuesday and overnight Monday. There were at least 85 reported injuries in various incidents as well. The International Organization for Migration released figures on the number of displaced Iraqis. They reported an estimated 190,000 have … Continue reading “84 Dead, 85 Injured Tuesday in Iraq”

Bloody Day in Iraq Leaves 263 Dead

Updated at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Oct. 3, 2006 In the last day, the body count in Iraq exploded as at least 263 were killed or found dead; 30 of those were insurgents killed in Ramadi. Tensions are particularly high due to two mass kidnappings that occurred in Baghdad. At least 16 of a total of … Continue reading “Bloody Day in Iraq Leaves 263 Dead”

These Days, Everyone Dares Call Everything Treason

During the American Civil War, President Lincoln suspended the writ of habeas corpus three times – all under the pretense that the government needed to “keep the peace” and “to protect its military operations.” As a result, dozens of journalists in the North were imprisoned for reporting about various military and executive activities. The Espionage … Continue reading “These Days, Everyone Dares Call Everything Treason”

Sheba’a Farms: Much Ado About Nothing?

Friday evening, the UN unanimously adopted Resolution 1701, a cease-fire between Israel and Lebanon; the resolution still awaits approval from the Lebanese and Israeli governments, who will meet over the weekend to address it. Although both countries have said they are ready to accept this version, it was touch-and-go this week as Lebanon rejected the … Continue reading “Sheba’a Farms: Much Ado About Nothing?”

Is the US Encouraging Israel to Attack Syria?

Despite Israel’s repeated insistence that it does not want an armed conflict with Syria, could the United States be encouraging the Israelis to attack Syria, or to goad the Syrians into attacking Israel first? According to Sunday’s Jerusalem Post, IDF officials have been "receiving indications from the United States that the U.S. would be interested … Continue reading “Is the US Encouraging Israel to Attack Syria?”

Israeli Onslaught May Spark Aounist Resurgence

Even as the war in southern Lebanon heats up and a cease-fire looks increasingly distant, thoughts turn to what will happen in the aftermath. Since the 1960s, Lebanon’s many religious groups have had strained relations, but a unified Lebanon could be one of the few positive results of the current violence. For most of the … Continue reading “Israeli Onslaught May Spark Aounist Resurgence”

‘The Israel Lobby’ Revisited

Professors John Mearsheimer and Stephen Walt created quite a stir earlier this year with their report "The Israel Lobby," which contends that Israeli influence has led the U.S. to adopt self-destructive policies in the Middle East. In the following video links, Lenny Charles of INN discusses this thesis with Dr. Mearsheimer. Mearsheimer interview, part 1 … Continue reading “‘The Israel Lobby’ Revisited”

Lebanon Reeling as Israel Refuses Cease-Fire

For the sixth straight day, Lebanon found itself under attack from Israel, which is retaliating against the capture of its soldiers by Hezbollah militants. As deaths mounted, Lebanese citizens fled major cities while Israel targeted ports, highways, and other infrastructure, as well as Hezbollah strongholds. World leaders urged a cease-fire, and several foreign nations began … Continue reading “Lebanon Reeling as Israel Refuses Cease-Fire”

Israel Strikes Lebanon’s Hapless Military

Israeli air strikes on a Lebanese army base in Kfar Chima killed 11 Lebanese soldiers and injured 35 others. The strike on the base, which is located outside of Beirut, is part of a growing number of attacks on Lebanon’s infrastructure. Today’s attack was not the first on Lebanese military sites. On Thursday, Israeli warplanes … Continue reading “Israel Strikes Lebanon’s Hapless Military”