Has President Obama Sold Us Down The River?

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Michael T. Hertz: Although supposedly Americans are in favor of taking military action against ISIL, President Obama’s decision to go forward without congressional approval and a vote makes little sense, either politically or strategically.

Lessons Learned in the Bucca Camp

Bucca Camp

Kathy Kelly: When U.S. politicians want to sell a war, their marketing is top notch: they can count on the U.S. public to buy that war at least long enough to become irretrievably committed to it, as long as the advertising for that war leaves them feeling threatened.

Jerusalem: A World Away

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Raffaele Piccolo: Israel has instituted a raft of policies as to residency and movement into and about Jerusalem. These policies seek to make the city out reach for most Palestinians.

Obama’s Sand Trap

Obama Middle East Choices

Tom Hayden: His military and diplomatic advisers are not useful caddies, because they are handing him the wrong clubs, military ones, for a struggle, which he says has no military solution.

Will Gaza Cease Fire Hold?

Gaza Cease Fire

Alon Ben-Meir: This latest round of hostilities has ironically produced a positive effect in that both sides have come to the realization that neither can defeat the other both politically and militarily with impunity, and that other options must now be explored to end the vicious cycle of violence.

A Teacher in Kabul

Kabul Schools

Kathy Kelly: Zekerullah calmly explained to the teacher that he also knew, from experience, that beating students doesn’t help them learn, that he himself had lost four years of studies because he could no longer bear the beatings. He respectfully asked the teacher to beat him instead of the next seven students in the row.

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Kathy Kelly: Durable structures of separation and domination make it difficult for many young Afghans to fulfill their longings to connect meaningfully, peacefully, and stably with a saner world united under one blue sky.

House Committee: No Benghazi Scandal

No Benghazi Scandal

Walter Brasch: Given the reality that a thorough investigation by a Republican-led House committee shows there is no scandal, you’d expect the rest of the House to drop its $3.3 million investigation that they increased for political purposes months before the November mid-term elections. Good luck with that.

Back In Iraq: We Only Want To Save You

Back In Iraq

Danny Schechter: Suddenly, the country we never wanted to have to think about again is back in the news and on our military agenda. So, after a few denials that troops would not, never, and no way be sent, sure’nuff, U.S, boots are back on the ground, but to play a very different “mission.”

You Break It, You Bought It!

Bombing Iraq Again

Lance Simmens: While it accomplishes little to reach back and point blame for the mess that Iraq has become, the overriding lesson that must be learned from this sorry episode in America’s continuing imperialist misadventures is that the consequences of a policy dictated by lies and deceit will follow us through the long-term and most assuredly adversely affect our standing on the world stage.

Is John Kerry Right?

John Kerry Peace Plan

Brent Budowsky: The repeated barrages of derision from the Israeli right toward Israel’s one great ally in a lonely world are profoundly wrong and profoundly unwise.

The Iron Dome Inside Heads of Israel’s Leaders

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Danny Schechter: It may not be much of a stretch to look at the “Iron Dome” counter-missile system utilized by the Israeli forces as a perfect metaphor for the men authorizing its deployment and use, the iron domes of the heads who head up Israel’s military, and orchestrate its most assuredly not defensive war against Gaza.

Jews Against Gaza Invasion

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Today, *we* cannot be silent as the “Jewish state” — armed to the teeth by the U.S. and its allies — wages yet another brutal war on the Palestinian people. Apartheid Israel does not speak for us, and we stand with Gaza as we stand with all of Palestine.

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