Ivan Eland: If Turkey feels more insulated from ISIS and the Syrian civil war—as the safe zone created by Turkish and coalition bombing will ensure—it is even more unlikely to use its army to battle ISIS.
David Swanson: Irael is trying to expel the population of a village for the crime of not being Jewish, the same crime for which Israel bombs the people of Gaza for a month or so every few years and blockades them in between these bursts of violence.
Lila Garrett: By attacking Iran, we could very easily have resorted to drones armed with nuclear bombs because we have the technology, we have the will , and we have the Republicans.
Gareth Porter: Iranian counter-pressure on the US, through its nuclear programme, finally compelled the Obama administration to begin negotiations
Gareth Porter: Access to Iranian sites continues to be a thorny issue and the Americans may be playing a dirty game in the media.
Martha Hennessy: Of the estimated two million child laborers in Afghanistan, 60,000 work in Kabul, competing for meager wages. They sell bread and shine shoes on the streets to support their families so that they may eat.
Gareth Porter: Secretary of State John Kerry gave further legitimacy to a long-running official scam over the demand for a confession from Iran last week, even as he argued that getting details of Iran’s alleged past work on nuclear weapons wasn’t necessary for a nuclear agreement.
Brent Budowsky: It is not acceptable to fail to provide effective and sufficient ground troops. Nor is it acceptable to be dependent on Iranian-supported Shiite militia that wages sectarian conflict against Sunnis.
Joe Mathews: How the Golden State can strengthen its democratic stride by watching Tunisia take its first step.
Stephen Menendian: The massacre of more than one million Armenians raises serious questions about the ability of the international community to prevent or punish acts of genocide nearly a century later.
Gareth Porter: Iranian research and development on advanced centrifuges research & development (R&D) remains unresolved
Trita Parsi: They have not only been wrong in how to handle the Iranian nuclear program – they have been wrong on almost anything about Iran.
Gareth Porter: The US and its allies have made no effort in hiding their intention to maintain the “sanctions architecture” in place for many years after a nuclear agreement