Category: Syria

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David Swanson: Top 10 Reasons Why It’s Just Fine for U.S. to Blow Up Children

This latest story of blowing up 85 civilians in their homes has some people confused and concerned. Let me help you out

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Bill Fletcher: Changing the Paradigm: Women, National Liberation & Revolution in the 21st Century

A review of A Road Unforeseen: Women Fight the Islamic State, by Meredith Tax

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Marjorie Cohn: US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

In an internal “dissent channel cable,” 51 State Department officers called for “targeted military strikes” against the government of Bashar al-Assad in Syria, a proposal that President Barack Obama has thus far resisted. However, were he to accept the cable’s advice, he would risk a dangerous – possibly catastrophic – confrontation with Russia. And, such a use of military Read more…

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John Feffer: Orlando and the Future of Terrorism

It’s tempting to use a harsh epithet like “terrorism” to describe the actions in Orlando. Perhaps “mass hate crime” would be more accurate

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Patrick Cockburn: Distortions over Isis involvement in Orlando play into the hands of the jihadists

Western states are refusing to confront their Sunni allies in the Middle East whose well-funded ideology creates the conditions in which terrorism flourishes

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Robert Fisk: The US is dropping calls for Assad to go because the Syrian regime is a better bet than Isis

The Americans seem to have left the air bombing to the Russians (after complaining about it) and Putin is not afraid to say the obvious: that the government in Damascus is a better bet than Isis

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Peter Van Buren: Poof! It’s Forgotten

Five Ways the Newest Story in Iraq and Syria is… That There Is No New Story

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Patrick Cockburn: How close is Isis to losing the war?

The real test over the coming months will be the extent to which the US and Russia have the desire and capability to enforce a ceasefire

John Hanrahan: As in Libya, Avaaz Campaigns for Syria No-Fly Zone That Even Top Generals Oppose

“I worry sometimes that, when people say ‘impose a no-fly zone,’ there is this almost antiseptic view that this is an easily accomplished military task. It’s extraordinarily difficult. Having overseen imposing a no-fly zone in Libya, a force that is vastly inferior in air forces and air defenses to that which exists in Syria, it’s Read more…

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Patrick Cockburn: How the corruption revealed in the Panama Papers opened the door to Isis and al Qaeda

Local elites which hide their stolen wealth in offshore financial centers destroy their own credibility and power

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