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Blaming Obama for Iraq’s Chaos

As Islamic militants gain ground in Iraq, Official Washington’s neocons and the mainstream media are blaming President Obama for ending the U.S. military occupation, but they ignore their own role in destabilizing Iraq with the 2003 invasion, Robert Parry reports. By Robert Parry. After Islamic militants captured the major Iraqi city of Mosul on Tuesday, […]

Exclusive: U.S. to Support ICC War Crimes Prosecution in Syria

John Whitbeck’s commentary: According to the FOREIGN POLICY post transmitted below, the U.S. government, notwithstanding its traditional hostility to international law in general and the International Criminal Court in particular, has decided to support a UN Security Council resolution authorizing an ICC investigation into alleged war crimes committed on Syrian territory – but only subject […]

One Left Behind Comes Home: Bergdahl Must Be Treated Fairly

By Philip Giraldi. UNZ – A fighting force is tied together by the bonds of comradeship and loyalty among the individual soldiers. Elite military units have translated this sense of brotherhood into “leave no man behind, living or dead” a concept that is as old as the ancient Greeks and Romans. The Greeks assiduously collected […]

What the media aren’t saying about Yemen

Yemen is only a ‘news story’ if ‘Western interests’ are threatened, however, there is more to this country than this simplistic narrative By Ramzy Baroud. Middle East Eye – “In Yemen today, the US embassy is closed to the public. Officials telling CNN there is credible information of a threat against Western interests there,” read […]

The Western devil wears Prada

The annexation of Crimea may be problematic, but it is less problematic than the occupation of the Palestinian territories by Israel. By Gideon Levy. Haaretz – Saddam Hussein has already been executed, and so has Osama bin Laden. But all is not lost for the enlightened West. There is a new devil, and his name […]

Obama to Netanyahu: Israel Faces International Sanctions Over ‘Permanent Occupation of West Bank’

By Juan Cole. This post originally ran on Juan Cole’s Web page.  TruthDig – Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu’s visit to Washington, D.C., this week was even more of a disaster for him than might have been expected. It did not help that the Crimea crisis had broken out, which rather cast a bad light on one […]

Europe Shows Resistance to US Drone Policies

John Whitbeck’s commentary: Transmitted below is an encouraging article on the European Parliament’s overwhelming (534-49) vote condemning the U.S. government’s lawless global assassination program, President Obama’s primary means of demonstrating to his critics that he does truly believe in American “exceptionalism”, and calling for criminal accountability for those complicit in the program. By Tyler Cullis. […]

Old Testament Armed Forces: Religious zealotry runs rampant in the U.S. military

By Philip Giraldi. The American Conservative, 2/12/14 – The connection between America’s wars in the Middle East—and its wars more generally—with the more fundamentalist forms of Christianity in the United States is striking. Opinion polls suggest that the more religiously conservative one is, the more one will support overseas wars or even what many might describe as […]

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