"Transnational Affairs"

By Jan Oberg | The magazine for conflict-resolution, nonviolence and peace-building from TFF - The Transnational Foundation - in Lund, Sweden. Visit www.transnational.org

Iran, Turkey, Egypt must save Mideast from chaos and destruction: professor

TEHRAN - Professor Farhang Jahanpour, part-time tutor on the Middle East in the Department of Continuing Education at the University of Oxford, tells …

Qatar and the Lack of U.S. Strategy

<i>by Robert E. Hunter</i>The most recent crisis in the Persian Gulf, pitting Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates against Qatar, is underscoring a …

Middle East

Trump’s Escalations of War in Syria

<i>by Reese Ehrich</i>With its escalation of the undeclared war in Syria, the Trump Administration risks a direct military confrontation with Russia.On June …

Syria

Israel’s slow creep into the Syrian civil war

“We’re working productively with Jordan, as we are working with Israel, and I’m not hiding anything from you,” Russian Defense...<p>Want to enjoy 'Zen' …

Trump‘s Red Line

President Donald Trump ignored important intelligence reports when he decided to attack Syria after he saw pictures of dying children. Seymour M. …

War

More Reasons Have Emerged To Doubt The Official Narrative About Syria

The highly decorated Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Seymour Hersh is back again, throwing yet another monkey wrench in the …

Journalism

Abolishing war

<b>By Jonathan Power</b><p><i>June 20th 2017</i><p>Frederick the Great of Prussia was a friend of Voltaire and enjoyed ribald evenings with the philosopher discussing …

Nobody Wants Trump in Office More Than Democrats

By David Swanson Ordinary people who identify themselves as Democrats have a variety of mostly noble intentions and desires. Elected Democrats in …

Donald Trump

Rural Poverty? Cooperatives!

The primary purpose of rural cooperatives is to feed themselves by sharing risks, and share gains on top of that. Members are both farmers and farm …

Saudi Arabia and Qatar – Trump Inflames the Family Feud

By backing Saudi Arabia’s vision of the Middle East and boosting the Saudi-Israeli entente against Iran president Trump has sparked a geopolitical earthquake in the region, especially within the Saudi-led Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC). Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Bahrain and …

Middle East

Fred Skolnik and The Politics of Vilification

<b>[Prefatory Note</b>: <b>I feel somewhat apologetic to blog subscribers. In most respects I realize that I am wasting the time of readers by posting this</b> …

How America Armed Terrorists in Syria

Three-term Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard of Hawaii, a member of both the Armed Services and Foreign Affairs committees, has proposed legislation that …

Syria

Syria’s White Helmets, Subject of Oscar-Winning Film, Caught Dumping Dead Soldiers, Fire Volunteer

The Syrian Civil Defense, aka the White Helmets, have received global recognition for rescue efforts, but also have been accused of supporting rebels.

Syria

The US seems keener to strike at Syria's Assad than it does to destroy Isis

The extraordinary destruction of a Syrian fighter jet by a US aircraft on Sunday has precious little to do with the Syrian plane’s target in the …

Syria

At Security Council briefing, diplomat cites Gazan who likens Strip to ‘concentration camp’

During a briefing with the UN Security Council on Tuesday, a senior Algerian diplomat said too little had been done by the international community to …

Israel

64 Years Later, CIA Finally Releases Details of Iranian Coup

New documents reveal how the CIA attempted to call off the failing coup -- only to be salvaged at the last minute by an insubordinate …

Russia Warns U.S. After Downing of Syrian Warplane

WASHINGTON — Long-running tensions between the United States and Russia erupted publicly on Monday as Moscow condemned the American military’s downing of a Syrian warplane and threatened to target aircraft flown by the United States and its allies west of the Euphrates.<p>The Russians also said they …

War

Iraq/Syria: Danger From US White Phosphorus

Expand Smoking and burning white phosphorus streaks to the ground in west Mosul on June 2, 2017. © 2017 Getty Images(Washington, DC) – The use of …

War

Senate votes to punish Russia and Iran over election interference, aggression

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted overwhelmingly Thursday to place new sanctions on Iran and Russia, setting up a possible confrontation with the Trump administration as it attempts to improve relations with Moscow.<p>Republican and Democratic senators said the sanctions, approved by a vote of 98-2, are …

Iran

Why Afghanistan? Fighting a War for the War System Itself

US Army paratroopers watch as a CH-47 Chinook helicopter descends to pick them up for an air-assault mission July 17, 2009, during a dust storm at …

War

What We Didn’t Know or Chose to Ignore About the ’67 War

<i>by James J. Zogby</i><p>In June of 1967, I was in the midst of my final weeks in college when the war broke out. At the time, I knew little about the Middle …

America will regret helping Saudi Arabia bomb Yemen

Selling weapons to Saudi Arabia has consequences. The intense anti-US sentiment in Yemen should be a wake-up call for Americans<p>“USA Kills Yemeni People”, screams graffiti plastered on walls in Yemen’s capital Sana’a. The Yemeni people who have been on the receiving end of US bombs dropped by Saudi …

Middle East

Reacting to the Tehran Attacks in Europe and the US

<i>by Eldar Mamedov</i>The European Parliament started its plenary session last week with a minute of silence to honor the victims of the recent terrorist …

Iran

Remembering Father Miguel D’Escoto: A Voice for Peace and Palestine

<b>[Prefatory Note: The following article was initially published in The Nation on June 15, 2017. It was written jointly with my friend and longtime</b> …

UN General Assembly

U.S. aircraft shoots down a Syrian government jet over northern Syria, Pentagon says

A U.S. strike aircraft shot down a Syrian government fighter jet Sunday shortly after the Syrians bombed U.S.-backed fighters in northern Syria, the Pentagon said in a statement.<p>The Pentagon said the downing of the aircraft came hours after Syrian loyalist forces attacked U.S.-backed fighters, …

Syria

The Siege of Doha

<i>by Gary Sick</i>There are several things that I find confounding about the current conflict within the GCC:First, as a member of the US policy team that …

Middle East

Qatar: A convenient scapegoat in a broken system

Comment: Qatar's policies, many of which were until recently mainstream in the Gulf, have led it to be hounded simply for not toeing the regional …

UN Security Council Urges Peaceful Settlement in Yemen

The U.N. Security Council Thursday urged the parties to the conflict in Yemen to work towards a peace settlement to prevent the country from slipping …

Middle East

Does Donald Trump Support Terrorism Against Iran?

It took 14 hours after terrorist attacks abroad before Donald Trump assumed his now standard roll as the bull in a china shop. What was Trump’s vile response to grieving Iranians after terrorists struck Iran’s parliament and the mausoleum of Ayatollah Khomeini, killing and injuring dozens? You …

Iran