Category: War and Peace

Juan Cole: Deal with Saudis? Why does the US care if Russia bombs al-Qaeda and its Allies in Syria?

The fact is that the United States has bombed the Support Front/ al-Qaeda on several occasions, itself, so it is odd to criticize Russia for that

David Swanson: Hillary Offers Syria a Libyan-Iraqi-Style Paradise

The United States still dreams of overthrowing Assad on the cheap without a massive U.S. occupation, and without bombing quite the whole country

Robert Fisk: Syria’s civil war and the refugee crisis

The award-winning journalist Robert Fisk is a rare breed. A lover of the English language, his reporting and analysis of the world’s hotspots cannot resist going after the Orwellian phrases and talking points that are the stock-and-trade of the world’s most awful politicians and tyrants. And, readers can take great delight in his savaging of Read more…

Vijay Prashad: The Syrian dilemma

The failure of U.S. strategy is clear from CIA estimates that the I.S. has three times the number of fighters it had last year

Pepe Escobar: Obama, Putin: Checkmate

What’s certain – for the overwhelming majority of the Global South – is that the Empire of Chaos made a mess everywhere

Gareth Porter: Rouhani’s dual messages and Iran’s security strategy

Rouhani’s UN message has opened the door on engagement with the US but insists that cooperation on resisting IS is the priority in Syria

Juan Cole: The Final Collapse of Bush’s Nation-Building: Kunduz falls to Taliban

On Monday, the Taliban swept into the provincial capital of Kunduz, taking it in half a day from a large and well-equipped Afghan National Army force. Tuesday’s riposte had only mixed success, with the ANA saying it had taken back the (no-empty) prison. An attempt to take back the airport failed, and when the Taliban Read more…

Juan Cole: Why Obama and Putin are Both Wrong on Syria

If Putin ties himself too closely to the sinking ship of Bashar, he will go down with it

Nicola Nasser: Time for UN to shift mission in Yemen

Peace in Yemen will continue to be elusive unless the United Nations shifts its mission from sponsoring an inter-Yemeni dialogue to mediating ceasefire negotiations between the actual warring parties, namely Saudi Arabia & allies and the de facto representatives of Yemenis who are fighting to defend their country’s territorial integrity and independent free will, i.e. Read more…

Greg Grandin: Debacle, Inc.

How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our “Proliferated” World

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