Why Must Ilhan Omar Apologize for Telling the Truth?

There can be no doubt among reasonable and informed observers that pro-Israel lobby groups and individuals are among the most influential players in US politics. Why, then, has Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) been forced to apologize for tweeting the truth about the outsize influence of the Zionist lobby on US foreign and domestic policy? Omar … Continue reading “Why Must Ilhan Omar Apologize for Telling the Truth?”

In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror

You might imagine that a report by a multinational observer force documenting a 20-year reign of terror by Israeli soldiers and Jewish settlers against Palestinians, in a city under occupation, would provoke condemnation from European and US politicians. But you would be wrong. The leaking in December of the report on conditions in the city … Continue reading “In Hebron, Israel Removes the Last Restraint on Its Settlers’ Reign of Terror”

The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan To Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent

The New York Times and CNN led media coverage last month of discussions among senior FBI officials in May 2017 of a possible national security investigation of President Donald Trump himself, on the premise that he may have acted as an agent of Russia. The episode has potentially profound political fallout, because the Times and … Continue reading “The Real Motive Behind the FBI Plan To Investigate Trump as a Russian Agent”

The US-Backed Drug War in Mexico Has Never Been Deadlier

The Trump administration is continuing to help the Mexican government wage a war on drugs despite a recent report that more than 33,000 Mexicans were killed in 2018, a new record. According to Mexico’s Secretariat of Security and Citizen Protection, there were 33,341 homicides in Mexico in 2018. The number of deaths broke the record … Continue reading “The US-Backed Drug War in Mexico Has Never Been Deadlier”

How Many Minutes to Midnight?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Consider it a marriage made in hell. Start with the groom, Donald Trump, the man who once wondered why in the world we make nuclear weapons if we can’t use them; who wouldn’t rule out using nukes, even in Europe; who insisted that a president should be “unpredictable” on the subject; … Continue reading “How Many Minutes to Midnight?”

Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Outlawing Boycotts of Israel

New legislation passed in the Senate seeks to legalize the right of individual state governments to force American companies to certify they won’t engage in economic boycotts of Israel as a condition for receiving government contracts. The "Combating BDS Act of 2019" is embedded as Title IV within the ‘‘Strengthening America’s Security in the Middle … Continue reading “Poll: 75% of Americans Oppose Outlawing Boycotts of Israel”

Kashmir Insurgency: The Spillover of the Soviet-Afghan Jihad

In the British Indian context, the divide-and-rule policy originally meant that the British imperialists used this strategy to sow the seeds of dissension and communal hatred to prolong their tyrannical rule in India, which is a valid contention. However, some Indian historians later came up with the fancy notion that colonial powers lent their support … Continue reading “Kashmir Insurgency: The Spillover of the Soviet-Afghan Jihad”