Medea Benjamin: Instead of insisting on al-Nimr’s release during his years in prison and echoing Amnesty International’s condemnation of his “deeply flawed” trial, the US government was silent.
Ivan Eland: The United States mutes its criticism of Saudi Arabia’s atrocious human rights record, sweeps under the under the rug that the 9/11 attackers were mostly Saudi nationals, and ignores that Saudi Arabia is the biggest exporter of militant Sunni Islamism by its support for radical schools around the Islamic world.
Kathy Kelly: In Guantanamo, with each evening meal, Guantanamo prisoners are served tea in styrofoam cups. Many prisoners etch floral designs into their cups, which become a nightly artistic outlet for men with few other freedoms allowed them.
Gareth Porter: The notion that a political settlement will take place lacks credibility – the realities on the ground in Syria won’t allow it.
Hank Jones: The Palestinian struggle, in many ways, parallels the just struggles of the South African, my African-American and Latino brothers and sisters, and all oppressed peoples worldwide.
Majd Isreb: Both ISIL in the Middle East and the racists in the West have the same agenda: polarizing the populace into an “us against them” mentality.
Walter Moss: Unmentioned by conservatives is the fact that the greatest critic of appeasement, Winston Churchill, advocated an alliance with Soviet Russia in order to deal with the greater threat of Nazism.
Murray Polner: So it’s now official gospel: Americans are scared and whenever the next terrorist act occurs, temperatures will soar, and as our past bears out, bad things will surely happen as ambitious politicians, goaded by the mass media, rush to avenge the criminals, guilty or not.
Murray Polner: Now, with the rise of ISIS, there is the haunting fear that in pursuit of ISIS and similar groups, the blind will once again lead the blind and the crucial lessons to be learned will be ignored.
War Against the People: Israel, the Palestinians and Global Pacification, by Jeff Halper, Pluto Press n his necessary, dystopic book, Jeff Halper shows how Israel’s choice of warfare in 1948 — what Abba Eban in 1949 called choosing the doctrine of “established fact” over “prior consent” — has led to the “Jewish State” being in the […]
Terrence Fitzgerald: Take for example the current conservative darling, medically brilliant, and foreign policy and social commentator wag, Ben Carson who has recently inserted foot into mouth with his unapologetic comparison between rabid dogs and Syrian refugees.
Gareth Porter: Obama’s Europeans allies as well as US national security officials have urged the United State to downgrade the official US aim of achieving the departure of Bashar al-Assad from Syria.
Janet Phelan: The secret history of relations between the United States and Israel has been fraught with betrayal and sabotage. It is a history of duplicity and fakery, one painted with smiles and handshakes, while the hidden hand is poised to attack.