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What Trump is Doing in the Middle East While You are Distracted by COVID-19 by ROBERT FISK

And still the virus shrouds†Donald Trumpís mischief in the†Middle East. First it was his sly retreat from†Iraq; now itís his cosy military exercises with the†United Arab Emirates†Ė famous in song and legend as a former Saudi ally in the bloody … Continue reading

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White saviours must stop speaking over Arab women

One of the first viral videos to come out of the Middle East and North Africa region this year was from Saudi Arabia. It was a song sung in a local Saudi dialect that expressed female frustration at the patriarchal … Continue reading

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Non-French War Deaths Matter by David Swanson

We are all France. Apparently. Though we are never all Lebanon or Syria or Iraq for some reason. Or a long, long list of additional places. We are led to believe that U.S. wars are not tolerated and cheered because … Continue reading

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Wars for Resources? by JOHN FOSTER

Recent conflicts in Iraq, Libya, Syria, and Ukraine have ostensibly been about ‚Äúbad guys‚ÄĚ who threatened peace with weapons of one kind or another, or stifled freedom and democracy. Whatever the accusation, concerns about petroleum ‚ÄĒ oil and gas ‚ÄĒ … Continue reading

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How the West Created the Islamic State by NAFEEZ AHMED

Part 1 ‚Äď OUR TERRORISTS ‚ÄúThis is an organisation that has an apocalyptic, end-of-days strategic vision which will eventually have to be defeated,‚ÄĚ Gen Martin Dempsey, chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff, told a Pentagon press conference in … Continue reading

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The Privatization of Repression РBlackwater’s Death Machine by NORMAN POLLACK

Obama is excellent at multitasking in navigating the waters of international politics, seeking to construct a political-structural framework of American global hegemony, formally (for who knows the full extent of the forces standing behind him?) presiding over a Juggernaut of … Continue reading

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Iraq on the Brink of a Ferocious Religious War by PATRICK COCKBURN

The meltdown of American and British policy in Iraq and Syria attracts surprisingly little criticism at home. Their aim for the past three years has been get rid of Bashar al-Assad as ruler of Syria and stabilise Iraq under the … Continue reading

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Who is the Jihadi Leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi? – Patrick Cockburn

In the space of a year he has become the most powerful jihadi leader in the world, and on Monday night his forces captured Mosul, the northern capital of Iraq. Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, also known as Abu Dua, the leader … Continue reading

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Iraq: the Biggest Petroleum Heist in History? – Mike Whitney

‚ÄúPrior to the 2003 invasion and occupation of Iraq, US and other western oil companies were all but completely shut out of Iraq‚Äôs oil market. But thanks to the invasion and occupation, the companies are now back inside Iraq and … Continue reading

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American Hypocrisy on International Law – Curtis Doebbler

The threat of Russian intervention in Ukraine has caused American lawyers and diplomats to raise their voices about the legality of Russian military action in Ukraine. These complaints, however, are based more on political rhetoric and posturing than on an … Continue reading

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