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US foreign policy in the Middle East doesn’t exist anymore

Time was when a mere statement from a Secretary of State – let alone a US president – would have the phones jangling across the Middle East. The …

Middle East

OPINION: The US invaded Iraq in 2003... will it be North Korea in 2018?

<b>Robert J. Traydon</b><p>There's mounting concern around the world that history is set to repeat itself in 2018, and under similarly dubious circumstances. …

North Korea

Amir Taheri - Exclusive- Lebanon: Is Cheat-and-Retreat Back on the Menu?

The Arab League holds an emergency meeting on Lebanon. France and the United States agree to work together to contain the Lebanese “Hezbollah.” …

Middle East

Iran Sees Enemies Ganging Up as Israelis Talk Up Saudi Alliance

The shock and awe unleashed by Saudi Arabia’s crown prince has prompted concern in Iran, where speculation is mounting that the U.S. and Israel may …

Middle East

A look at some of the world’s most notorious dictators

<b>The people of Zimbabwe exploded into the streets to celebrate as Robert Mugabe’s reign of terror finally came to an end.</b><p>During his near four decades …

Kim Il-sung

Israel and Saudi Arabia: What's shaping the covert 'alliance'

Defence and diplomatic correspondent<p><b>To all intents and purposes, Saudi Arabia and Israel are de facto allies in the struggle against Iran's rising influence in the region. It's a developing, but highly sensitive relationship, but every so often there is a hint of what may be going on beneath the</b> …

Middle East

Russia claims the U.S. is supporting "terrorism" instead of fighting ISIS in Syria

Russia has accused the U.S. of hampering efforts to defeat ultraconservative Sunni Muslim militant groups in Syria, where the jihadis were on the …

Syria

Has southern actress Parvathy taken a dig at Salman Khan s Tiger Zinda Hai

<i>Parvathy</i><p>Southern belle Parvathy took Bollywood by storm with her acting in the film 'Qarib Qarib Singlle'. She romanced actor Irrfan in the film and …

Tiger Zinda Hai

Iraqi sculptor hoping for new life in U.S.

Under Saddam Hussein, artist Alaa Al-Saffar was forced to sculpt large statues to suit the dictator’s whims.<p>After Hussein fell from power, Al-Saffar …

Donald Trump

How offsets on arms sales into Abu Dhabi have helped finance its Louvre

This is not a book in praise of the Gulf museums—the Louvre Abu Dhabi, which opened this month, or the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, open since …

Middle East

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‘Slow, painful death’ of Yazidi woman’s body and soul while enslaved by the Islamic State

<i>Alia Malek is a journalist and the author of “The Home That Was Our Country: A Memoir of Syria” and “A Country Called Amreeka: U.S. History Retold Through Arab-American Lives.”</i><p>The Islamic State’s attempt to exterminate the Yazidi people of Iraq did not involve only murder. When the militants swept …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Op-Ed: Newly Declassified Documents Prove America's North Korea Strategy Has Failed

<b>By Daniel R. DePetris</b><p>The situation with North Korea was getting critical. The lights, to use the worn-out phrase, were blinking red.<p>The State …

North Korea

George W. Bush Owes Donald Trump a Big Thank-You

EDITOR’S NOTE: This article originally appeared at TomDispatch.com. To stay on top of important articles like these, sign up to receive the latest …

Liberal View

The best analogy to Donald Trump in 2017 is George W. Bush in 2005

Elections have (unpredictable) consequences.<p>We are living through unusual times, and the tendency is to reach for extreme historical analogies. I have seen this era compared to the run-up to the Civil War, to Watergate, to the dawn of Nazi Germany, to the presidency of Andrew Jackson, to the rise …

Politics

Iraq to resume oil reparations to Kuwait for Gulf War devastation, says UN

The UN Security Council's compensation agency has announced Baghdad's desire to settle war reparations by 2021. Iraq had suspended compensation …

Islamic State (ISIS)

Estimating The Costs Of War, Then And Now

Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com<p>Who even remembers that, back in September 2002, Lawrence Lindsey, then President George W. Bush’s chief economic adviser, offered an upper limit estimate on the cost of a future war in Iraq at $100 billion to $200 billion? He also suggested that the “successful …

Foreign Policy

The Case Against America’s Brand of 'Ethical War'

<i>Our country would benefit greatly if every soldier and every citizen engaged in conversations about the morality of our wars. Those conversations</i> …

Liberal View

How Trump blamed bin Laden’s crimes on Iran to stir war - Salon.com

Donald Trump claimed during his campaign that he would change U.S. foreign policy, opportunistically condemning Hillary Clinton over her support for the “failed policy of … regime change.” Pundits predicted that Trump would usher in a new era. But as president, the far-right billionaire has doubled …

Middle East

Kim Jong Un sentences Trump to death? Here are 5 ways Trump could kill Kim

Last week, North Korean state media called President Trump a "hideous criminal sentenced to death by the Korean people."<p>It's not a clever threat. …

North Korea

China, USA and North Korea

It may seem strange - but it is not so for those who look to the issue carefully- that in the same days there was a Sino-Russian joint naval-air-land …

North Korea

No British judge on world court for first time in its 71-year history

Indian candidate fills 15th and final place on bench of international court of justice after UK withdraws its pick for post<p>The UK will not have a judge on the bench of the international court of justice for the first time in its 71-year history after withdrawing its candidate for the seat following …

Black Culture

Anti-propaganda classic 'PsyWar' is available to watch online for free

In these spin-filled times, the documentary PsyWar feels as relevant as when it was released. Metanoia Films has made it available for free to all, …

Propaganda

America has no idea how many innocent people it's killing in the Middle East

In February 2003, Elliott Abrams, a US official convicted of lying to Congress over the Iran-Contra affair but cleared by President George HW Bush, …

War

Why Do These Wars Never End?

Weaker enemies, by design, do not threaten stronger powers existentially; ‘proportionality’ means stalemate.<p>From the Punic Wars (264–146 b.c.) and …

Conservative View

The Iraq intervention ensued and we said “never again”

<b>“The world has abandoned us,” was the message that was sent loud and clear last year to the global community from the victims of Aleppo, Syria. There</b> …

Pakistan

Russia's T-72 Tank: Over 40 Years Old and Key to Russian Army

<i>While Russia has 3,500 T-80s, that tank seems to be a dead end. While the T-14 Armata is an intriguing and sophisticated next-generation tank, it</i> …

Military History

Why Robert Mugabe Is Like The Horned Owl In A Folktale From Zimbabwe

When I was a boy growing up in Zimbabwe, our primary school textbook had a story about an owl that ruled all the other birds.<p>The current situation in Zimbabwe, with the end of the 37-year regime of President Robert Mugabe, has reminded me of that folktale from the Shona, a Bantu ethnic group native …

Africa

The Secret History of the Bomb

Daniel Ellsberg on North Korea, Nixon, and the "Strangelove paradox."<p>Daniel Ellsberg became a household name—and, according to Henry Kissinger, “the most dangerous man in America”—in 1971, when he leaked the Pentagon Papers, a massive study of how the U. S. blundered in Vietnam that Ellsberg …

North Korea