Cheney, Bremer and the Destruction of Iraq

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Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

When the US ended the combat phase of Desert Storm on February 28, 1991, after 5 weeks of relentless air bombardment and 100 hours of land warfare, it routed the Iraqi Army out of Kuwait but left the doors open for future wars. Continue reading “Cheney, Bremer and the Destruction of Iraq”

Image of the U.S. has plunged under Trump, survey shows

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Noah Barkin

 

The image of the United States has deteriorated sharply across the globe under President Donald Trump and an overwhelming majority of people in other countries have no confidence in his ability to lead, a survey from the Pew Research Center showed. Continue reading “Image of the U.S. has plunged under Trump, survey shows”

The Price of Fear, the Price of Dictatorship

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Sami Jamil Jadallah

 

Revisiting the Arab Spring

 

I grew up when there were curfews that lasted for days, when listening to the wrong radio station could land you in jail, when a stupid, illiterate “security/mokhabarat” could haul you to jail for no reason and I remember when and actually saw “darak” policemen on horses raid villages breaking into homes mixing rice, oil, lentil and flour in the middle of the floor.

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Trump’s Military Industrial Complex

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Binoy Kampmark

 

 

“This budget will be a public safety and national security budget.”

President Donald J. Trump, Feb 27, 2017

 

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The Cost of an Unending War in Afghanistan: A Lesson to Learn

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Ratnesh Dwivedi

One of the largest military engagements the United States has been involved in after the second world war is in Afghanistan. The war in Afghanistan began on 7 October 2001 as the armed forces of the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, France, and the Afghan United Front (Northern Alliance) launched Operation Enduring Freedom.

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Are we serious in wanting to eliminate ISIS?

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Sattar Rind

Many writers, intellectuals, government or non-governmental think tank personnel and scholars are writing about and discussing the cause of ISIS’ birth.

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Grading Obama’s Middle East Strategy – Part One

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Brian Frydenborg

The cocks who crow “failure” every time the sun rises about the Obama Administration’s overall Middle East strategy—and we will be hearing their mindless crowing at its highest decibels since the competition within the Republican Party for the Party’s presidential nomination is now officially underway—have no sense of strategy themselves and dangerously substitute tactical-here-and-nows and pointless posturing for real strategy. That’s not to say some of the Obama Administration’s Middle East policies aren’t lacking, but overall the Administration has more progress and sound approaches to point to than failures and mismanagement.

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