Vijay Prashad: Iran’s system of universal health coverage has been deeply damaged by the sanctions, and that Iran is at “a high risk of moving towards a severe situation for the provision of health services with a potentially substantive impact on mortality and morbidity.”
Nick Turse: After President Trump abruptly ordered the withdrawal of most U.S. forces from Syria earlier this month, a Turkish military incursion into the area those troops had previously occupied set off a humanitarian catastrophe — sending nearly 200,000 civilians fleeing from the Syrian frontier, about one third of them children.
Allegra Harpootlian: Since Donald Trump entered the Oval Office more than 1,000 days ago, the U.S. has only expanded its war on terror, increasing both the number of countries we’re bombing and the number of people we’re killing.
Kathy Kelly: Along with the abuses of prisoners in places like Camp Bucca, FOB Mercury, Abu Ghraib, and Guantanamo, U.S. warfare predictably led to the buildup of ISIS and Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi’s commitment to “an eye for an eye.”
John Peeler: Practically everyone outside Trump’s hard core base thinks he screwed up badly in Syria, but there is no agreement on what should be done instead.
Meredith Tax: With one careless phone call, Donald Trump destroyed an alliance that was fundamental to the defeat and continued containment of ISIS and handed Rojava to the wolves. This is a world class betrayal.
Kathy Kelly: Fragments of Raytheon and other U.S. manufactured weapons dot blast sites where Yemeni survivors struggle to collect body parts and scattered bits of clothing, which are needed to compile lists of the dead.
John Peeler: The US has turned its back on faithful Kurdish allies who have done most of the fighting and dying in the fight against IS. This obviously will cause others we are allied with around the world to question the reliability of US support.
Michael Krikorian: Starting at Florence and Normandie, the brutal street war of Los Angeles left not only the city, but the entire United States in shock. Once again. the Kurdish Army was not there.
John Peeler: No Turkish government up to the present day has ever admitted to [the Armenian] genocide, and the Kurdish leadership has never admitted to the Kurds’ role.
Jodie Evans: While John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have been considered the main drivers of Trump’s maximum pressure campaign against Iran, Mandelker has been the person behind the scenes actually executing the policy
Medea Benjamin: While human rights groups work to hold the private sector accountable, the biggest obstacle to holding Saudi Arabia accountable is the Trump administration’s continued support.
H. Scott Prostermann: The campaign billboards, “In Another League,” with the two men in a warm embrace, reminded some Israeli voters that they wanted a Prime Minister and not an imperial ruler.