How Not to Defeat ISIS
Jan26

How Not to Defeat ISIS

  Lo and behold, the “Presidential ritual” continues; as journalist Glenn Greenwald points out, every President in the last 30 years has bombed Iraq. Like with the Iraq War in 2003, the mainstream US media has largely featured pro-war voices in its coverage of the conflict against ISIS. Opposition to US foreign policy in Iraq and Syria based on moral grounds has always been too easy – we helped install Saddam Hussein’s...

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American Amnesia
Sep11

American Amnesia

  September 11th, 2001 is a day no American adult can forget. The day 2,977 people perished at the World Trade Center is still etched into American consciousness, as we observe a moment of silence on every anniversary of September 11th. Last year, I wrote about how American foreign policy breeds the resentment that ultimately led to 9/11. This year, I again urge you to look past simplistic notions of patriotism and understand...

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War Crimes in Gaza
Aug26

War Crimes in Gaza

  In my previous posts, I debunked some myths and laid bare the pretexts surrounding the Israeli assault on Gaza. Despite the awful carnage, some good news has emerged out of the Gaza Strip: There is a new, longer-term but indefinite ceasefire, and Hamas has declared support for an investigation by the International Criminal Court (ICC) of war crimes. Hamas may be implicated for its practice of launching rockets at Israeli...

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Israel’s Pretexts Behind the Gaza Assault
Aug22

Israel’s Pretexts Behind the Gaza Assault

  With Operation Protective Edge underway yet again, it’s important to understand how Israel’s assault on Gaza began 1 month ago. Israel has offered a number of pretexts for the invasion since the Operation began; nowadays, states are required to form pretexts before declaring war. That’s the only way to get a majority of your population to support aggression. Israel’s been successful in this regard, as...

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6 Myths About The Brutal Siege on Gaza
Jul16

6 Myths About The Brutal Siege on Gaza

  It’s Day 8 of Israel’s brutal siege on Gaza, Operation Protective Edge, with 222 dead, 1,670 wounded, and over 17,000 displaced as of this writing. If you haven’t been keeping up, the background is a bit complex: Three Jewish teenagers were kidnapped near Israeli settlements in the West Bank, for which Israel blames Hamas (but provides no evidence), while a Palestinian teen was killed by vigilantes in...

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The Ignored Crisis in Bahrain
Jun28

The Ignored Crisis in Bahrain

  In contrast to my last ambitious mega-post on the “partisan divide,” this short article is meant to simply outline the situation in Bahrain, put it in the context of the Arab Spring, and explain what it indicates for US foreign policy. Decades ago, Noam Chomsky made the distinction between “worthy” and “unworthy victims” to describe the way the American media ignores certain crises or...

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