Demonstrations are turning into deadly riots in southern Iraq.
On the heels of the Great March of Return in Gaza, when Israeli soldiers killed 112 Palestinian protesters and wounded thousands more, a four-ship Freedom Flotilla will set sail for Gaza this month from a port in the Mediterranean Sea. Although it is an act of piracy for Israel to confiscate ships in international waters, … Continue reading “Why Is a Retired Accountant From Texas Risking His Life To Sail to Gaza?”
Russian bombs rained down on towns of southern Syria as an estimated 320,000 civilians fled for their lives. Over the past several weeks tens of thousands walked to the Jordanian and Israeli borders hoping to escape the onslaught. Rula Amin, a spokesperson for the UN refugee agency UNHCR, based in Jordan, told me the displaced … Continue reading “Netanyahu, Putin, and Trump – Jockeying for Power in Syria”
Protests over jobs at an oil field near Basra are escalating.
Iraqi forces are preparing to fight a large group of militants who crossed over from Syria.
The kookification of the “mainstream” continues, with none other than Jonathan Chait – the most conventional sort of boring corporate liberal – producing an unhinged diatribe purporting to prove that Donald Trump has been a Russian agent since 1987 – and that his path to the presidency was paved by his Russian handlers, who were … Continue reading “Are the Russia-gate Fanatics Crazy, Or Just Cynical?”
The Great Disrupter was in fine fettle Wednesday. First he scolded Germany for investing in a natural gas pipeline from Russia that makes all the sense in the world and then blasted it for not spending money on defense it doesn’t need. Well, I have to say, I think it’s very sad when Germany makes … Continue reading “Time for a Mercy Killing at NATO”
As US President Donald Trump heads to Helsinki for a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin, Trump’s critics continue to inveigh against what they consider an illicitly close relationship between the two, a perspective stemming from the “Russiagate” scandal drummed up by supporters of Hillary Clinton to explain her defeat in the 2016 presidential election. … Continue reading “Helsinki: How About a Fresh START?”
Israel finally built an access road to the West Bank village of Khan Al Ahmar last week, after half a century of delays. But Israel only allows vehicles like the bulldozers scheduled to sweep away its 200 inhabitants’ homes. If one community has come to symbolize the demise of the two-state solution, it is Khan … Continue reading “Israel Bulldozes Khan Al Ahmar and Buries the Two-State Solution”
Just as Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was about to leave for denuclearization negotiations in Pyongyang, a spate of media stories reported that North Korea is deceiving the Trump administration by seeking to hide some of its nuclear facilities. Those stories suggest an effort by some Trump administration officials, led by National Security Adviser John … Continue reading “Media, Hardliners Play Up North Korean Nuclear ‘Deception’ Claim”