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Aiding and abetting: the British media and the invasion of Iraq

On 6 July, more than 13 years after the British government joined the USA, Australia and Poland in invading Iraq with the stated purpose of removing …

Middle East

Possible presidential spoiler Gary Johnson speaks to The Times editorial board about siphoning votes from Hillary Clinton

T<i>he following is a transcript of Gary Johnson's meeting with the Los Angeles Times</i> <i>editorial board</i><i>.</i><p>Nicholas Goldberg(editor of the editorial pages): So let me kick it off with a question that you've gotten 10,000 times before and I'm sure you have a well-prepared answer to it. Your campaign seems to …

Israel to UNHRC: ‘You’ve never cared for us, how do you expect us to take you seriously?'

Envoy to UNHRC Eviatar Manor charges that the body “needs a moral compass” and that it “does not and will not contribute to peace in our …

What America Keeps Getting Wrong in the Middle East

<i>Editor’s Note: The following is drawn from remarks that Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. delivered at a meeting at the Center for the National</i> …


Dozens of casualties in truck bomb attack on Libya police center

A bomb has targeted a police training center in the Libyan city of Zliten. Dozens of police recruits and civilians have been killed.<p>An …

Middle East

Syria conflict: Civilians under siege

<b>Opposition activists in Syria have told the BBC that people are dying of starvation in the government-besieged town of Madaya, near Damascus. Reports say residents have resorted to eating grass in two Shia villages further north, Foua and Kefraya, which have been blockaded by rebel forces for even</b> …

Middle East

Dore Gold: "You Can't Try and Railroad Israel"

A week before Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was to deliver his controversial 2015 speech to a joint session of Congress, Dore Gold …

Adventures in Islam: The Myths and Legends of Muslim Homogeneity

As we watch the presidential debates unfold, one could be excused for thinking that there was an imminent threat of an Islamic takeover of the United States.<p>According to NPR, at a New Hampshire rally, Donald Trump followed up his proposed ban on all Muslims entering the country with the comment …


Iraq must walk a fine line amid Iranian, Saudi tensions

BAGHDAD (AP) — While many Iraqi Shiites took to the streets in outrage over Saudi Arabia's execution of a prominent Shiite cleric, the country's prime minister has had to walk a more cautious line, trying to contain Iraq's own explosive sectarian tensions.<p>The execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr has …

Middle East

Earth is 'experiencing a global warming spurt'

Climate Central: Scientists say cyclical changes in the Pacific Ocean have thrown Earth’s surface into what may be an unprecedented warming spurt, following a global warming slowdown that lasted about 15 years<p>While El Niño is being blamed for an outbreak of floods, storms and unseasonable …

Global Warming

The US' best-case scenario for Syria has Assad staying in power when Obama leaves office

An internal timeline prepared for U.S. officials dealing with the Syria crisis sets an unspecified date in March 2017 for Assad to "relinquish" his position as president and for his "inner circle" to depart. That would be more than five years after Obama first called for Assad to leave.<p>The timeline …

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Yom Kippur at the UN

On the Isaiah wall, overlooking the United Nations Headquarters, the hopeful words of that Hebrew prophet are etched in the granite stone.<p>"Nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore."<p>Isaiah's inspiring vision of world peace and fraternity among nations lies …

Marco Rubio Has Gone Full Neocon

Invade here! Invade there! Invade everywhere! And don't forget the waterboard.<p>Marco Rubio, still waiting out there for the surge in the polls that he and many pundits know is coming, hitched up the big-boy foreign policy pants again in order to accuse the president of being indifferent to America's …


Fierce fight for Helmand as Afghan Taliban gains ground

Sangin district has fallen to the Taliban just a day after Helmand province's deputy governor used Facebook to plead with the Afghan president for help in holding off the armed group.<p>Sangin fell to the Taliban after hours of fierce clashes that killed more than 90 soldiers in two days, an Afghan …

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The Arctic Has Hit a Temperature Not Seen Since 1900

The Arctic has recorded its highest air temperature since 1900, and is warming twice as fast as anywhere in the world.<p>As a result, the decline in sea …

Global Warming

Dangers of U.S. Addiction to Regime Change

On the last day of the Paris climate talks, President Barack Obama issued an ominous warning to Russian president Vladimir Putin against intervening in Syria's civil war to preserve President Bashar al-Assad's regime. To emphasize his desire for regime change, Obama declared that al-Assad must …

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How Each Of The Great Powers Helped Start the First World War

It's the 100th anniversary of the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by a Serbian terrorist — an event that escalated into unprecedented …

Why Japan's Elderly Are Endangering Its Military

An autonomous, artificially intelligent entity could task itself with inciting hatred to millions, even without being designed for that purpose.