Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child

An Israeli soldier was convicted for the death of a 15-year-old Palestinian boy during the Great March of Return protests last year at the border fence that separates the Gaza Strip from Israel. This soldier is the first Israeli to be convicted of anything since the protests began in March 2018. Not surprisingly, this soldier … Continue reading “Israeli Soldier Gets Slap on the Wrist for Murder of Unarmed Child”

Somali Villagers Say US Drone Strike Kills Civilians Gathering Frankincense

A recent US drone strike targeting Islamic State (IS) militants in northeastern Somalia accidentally killed two civilians gathering frankincense, according to village elders and a survivor interviewed by Voice of America. VOA reports the attack occurred during the afternoon on October 25 near Ameyra, a remote village in the Golis Mountain region of Bari province … Continue reading “Somali Villagers Say US Drone Strike Kills Civilians Gathering Frankincense”

Israel’s New Moves To Airbrush the Occupation

The United Nations’ independent expert on human rights in the Palestinian territories issued a damning verdict last week on what he termed “the longest belligerent occupation in the modern world”. Michael Lynk, a Canadian law professor, told the UN’s human rights council that only urgent international action could prevent Israel’s 52-year occupation of the West … Continue reading “Israel’s New Moves To Airbrush the Occupation”

Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and It’s Feeding the Anti-POTUS Mob

The prepared statement of the latest UkraineGate whistle-blower is well worth the read. It tells you all you need to know about why the Deep State apparatchiks are coming out of the woodwork in a massive assault on America’s duly elected president. They are deathly afraid Trump will begin to dismantle a far-flung Empire which … Continue reading “Yes, Virginia, There Is a Deep State and It’s Feeding the Anti-POTUS Mob”

Kurdish Participation in the Armenian Genocide

A bipartisan 405-11 majority of the US House of Representatives decided Tuesday to condemn the 1915 massacre of Armenians by the Ottoman Empire. The result came after decades of attempts by the Armenian lobby, which had been successfully opposed by Turkey and its friends in the United States, especially – until recently – the pro-Israeli … Continue reading “Kurdish Participation in the Armenian Genocide”

Iraq Daily Roundup: US Soldier Among 3 Killed; Hundreds Wounded in Protests

A U.S. soldier died on October 27 in a non-combat incident at Camp Taji. Coincidentally, Camp Taji was the target of a rocket attack a day later. At least three were killed, and 228 more were wounded in protest-related violence. So far, 250 deaths have been reported throughout October. Over 8,000 demonstrators have been wounded. … Continue readingIraq Daily Roundup: US Soldier Among 3 Killed; Hundreds Wounded in Protests”

Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. That’s right, sandwiched between Trump’s standard braggadocio about how he single-handedly secured “a better future for Syria and for the Middle East,” and his cynical pivot to decry his opponents’ supposed desire to accept “unlimited migration from war-torn regions” across the U.S. border, was one of the strongest blasts … Continue reading “Trump’s Antiwar Speech Deserved a Better Reception”

Drone Strikes and Tears

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It wasn’t until this sentence in the sixth paragraph of the September 23rd New York Times article on the killing of Afghan civilians that the wedding slaughter was even mentioned: “But Haji Attaullah Afghan, head of the provincial council in Helmand, said a two-vehicle wedding convoy was fired upon by military … Continue reading “Drone Strikes and Tears”

The Cries of the Kurds

The way you frame a question can shape the answer you’ll get. On October 6, 2019, the US removed its troops from the Kurdish region of northeast Syria, clearing the way for the Turkish invasion of the region that followed three days later. Trump’s decision was born of a phone call with Turkish President Recep … Continue reading “The Cries of the Kurds”