West Bank: A Rocky Separation

west bank wall

Steve Hochstadt: Twenty feet high, sunk deep into the ground, topped with barbed wire, the Israeli walls of separation prevent movement, separate people and interrupt that very life.

Can There be Peace in the Middle East?

miss israel

Steve Hochstadt: Younger American Jews tend to believe that the Israeli government is not making a sincere effort to find peace. Few believe that building settlements contributes to Israeli security.

The Challenge of the Islamic State and U.S. Policy

Ending US Colonialism

Karl Meyer and Kathy Kelly: It is now past time for the United States and other world powers to recognize that the age of neo-colonial military, political and economic domination, especially in the Islamic Middle East, is decisively coming to a close.

Why the CIA Tortured

Enhanced Interrogation

Gareth Porter: Bureaucratic momentum, the desire to be ‘important’, helped drive torture program to point where officials involved had too much to lose to call a halt.

Israel and Academics

Israel Palestine Conflict

Steve Hochstadt: Academics, and anyone else, who ignores the murderous behavior of both sides contributes to further polarization. I despair of ever seeing peace come to the one place where Jews are not a minority.

How Much of $20 Billion Did Ghost Soldiers Cost Americans?

Iraqi Ghost Soldiers

Larry Wines: The U.S. paid for 14 Iraqi military divisions, each with 12,500 troops. It turns out that four of those divisions are phantoms that take money for corrupt superiors, but do not exist. Now you know why ISIL/ISIS thinks it can take over.

Uncomplicated, in Afghanistan

Afghanistan Non-combat Mission

Kathy Kelly: The Secretary General of NATO noted that NATO will soon launch a new chapter, a new non-combat mission in Afghanistan. But it’s difficult to spot new methods as NATO commits itself to sustaining combat on the part of Afghan forces.

Illogical Logic of Our Iraq Policy

Illogical Iraq Policy

Munir Moon: The Beltway Beast is busy scaring the hell out of American people by claiming how lethal the new terrorist groups are – each group being more lethal than the previous one. First, Al-Qaeda was formidable, then ISIS/ISIL and now Khorasan, even though they may only be a few thousand of them.

In Singapore, Afghanistan and the Arena of Ideas

Singapore Fighting in Afghanistan

Teck Young Wee: The more Singaporean and other coalition forces support military operations to identify and kill fighters in Afghanistan and elsewhere, the angrier these fighters will become. Bombing the IS ideology from skies far away from Singapore makes its followers more intensely vengeful. Everyone becomes more endangered.

Israel, Iran, and the Republican Victory

Israel and Republicans

Trita Parsi: Israel has tried to hinder diplomatic efforts by pushing for unrealistic demands during negotiations, threatening military action whenever the United States hints at a compromise, and helping to impose next-to-irreversible sanctions on Iran.

On the List in Kabul

Afghan Peace Volunteers

Kathy Kelly: Along with bringing needed warmth to destitute families, it invites people from different walks of life to work together. And, in a society where women have few if any economic opportunities, the women’s earnings help put food on the table and shoes on their children’s feet.