Une roquette s’abat près de l’ambassade américaine à Bagdad

Une explosion a été entendue le 19 mai au soir dans le centre de Bagdad. Selon le porte-parole du service de presse de la sécurité irakienne une roquette Katioucha a frappé la Zone verte de la capitale irakienne sans causer de pertes. Une explosion a été entendue le 19 mai au soir dans le centre … Continue reading “Une roquette s’abat près de l’ambassade américaine à Bagdad”

Une roquette s’abat près de l’ambassade américaine à Bagdad

Une explosion a été entendue le 19 mai au soir dans le centre de Bagdad. Selon le porte-parole du service de presse de la sécurité irakienne une roquette Katioucha a frappé la Zone verte de la capitale irakienne sans causer de pertes. Une explosion a été entendue le 19 mai au soir dans le centre … Continue reading “Une roquette s’abat près de l’ambassade américaine à Bagdad”

That Time North Korea Fought Israel

A statue of the muzzle and bayonet of an AK-47, given to Egypt by North Korea, honors the military partnership between the two countries While the Yom Kippur War is a well known Cold War engagement between Soviet and Western aligned forces which took place in the midst of the Vietnam War, pitting the forces … Continue reading “That Time North Korea Fought Israel”

The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power

“If we understand that the MIC exists purely to sustain itself and grow, it becomes easier to make sense of the corruption, mismanagement, and war, and understand why, despite warnings over allegedly looming threats, we remain in reality so poorly defended” For a country that spends such vast sums on its national security apparatus—many times … Continue reading “The US Military-Industrial Complex Is a Giant Malignant Virus Eating Away at America’s Actual Military Power”

Today Iraq Votes on Bill to Expel US Troops

To be thrown out for the second time this decade? Iraq has spent the better share of the last 16 years under US military occupation. Despite this, time and again US-Iraqi relations have come to be defined by US hostility toward neighboring Iran, and Iraq’s desire to not get mixed up in that. So while Iraq’s parliament … Continue reading “Today Iraq Votes on Bill to Expel US Troops”

Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran

In a sign of growing Democratic concern that U.S.-Iran tensions could escalate to all-out war, four of the seven senators running for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination have signed onto a bill that would prohibit the U.S. military from spending money to attack Iran. Three of the Democratic senators — Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Amy Klobuchar … Continue reading “Democrats Running for President Are Waking Up to the Danger of War With Iran”

Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran

Here we go again. Sixteen years after the U.S. media helped the Bush administration spread myths and lies about the threat posed by Iraq to the United States and its allies, the Trump administration is spreading similar myths and lies about the threat posed by Iran. The 64,000-rial question, therefore, is whether or not journalists … Continue reading “Four Simple Steps the U.S. Media Could Take to Prevent a Trump War With Iran”

The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New “Syraq” (Syria-Iraq)

Terrorist groups in West Africa are dangerously trying to transplant the “Syraq” model of transnational destabilization to the Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger border triangle in order to turn it into a similarly lawless region like the frontier between those two aforementioned Mideast … The post The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New “Syraq” (Syria-Iraq) appeared first … Continue reading “The Mali-Burkina Faso-Niger Border Triangle Is the New “Syraq” (Syria-Iraq)”

Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump’s Proposed Iran War

1. Iraq is 168,754 mi² and Iran is 636,400 mi²; that is, Iran is geographically 3.77 times bigger than Iraq, almost 4 times as big. 2. Iraq’s population when invaded was 26 million. Iran’s population today is 81 million. 3. … The post Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump’s Proposed Iran War … Continue reading “Top Ten Differences Between the Iraq War and Trump’s Proposed Iran War”

UN envoy begs Netherlands to bring back kids from Syria, Iraq

The Netherlands must “show grace and mercy” and bring back the children of Dutch jihadists in Iraq and Syria as quickly as possible, the special UN envoy for Children in Armed Conflicts, Virginia Gamba, said during a visit to The Hague on Thursday. The fact that these kids and their mothers are now just left … Continue reading “UN envoy begs Netherlands to bring back kids from Syria, Iraq”

Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair Many American presidents have blundered in the Middle East and the Persian Gulf, but Donald Trump’s personal involvement in the region has been particularly disastrous.  President Eisenhower introduced the CIA to the world of covert action, when he ordered the overthrow of the legitimate government of Iran in 1953.  President … Continue reading “Trump and the Middle East: a Long Record of Personal Failure”

Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran

The Battle of Borodino by Peter Von Hess, 1843. + It’s easy to plot wars when you’re at no personal risk after your plans go to shit. At the Battle of La Moscova (or Borodino, if you’re Russian) in 1812, 70 generals were killed in a single day. In all US military campaigns since the … Continue reading “Roaming Charges: Slouching Towards Tehran”

Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline

Drawing by Nathaniel St. Clair The American political establishment seems determined to go down in flames and take the rest of the world with it. Under the delusion that neoliberal, neoconservative corpse-in-waiting Uncle Joe Biden is ‘what voters want,’ the Democratic Party has once again substituted marketing logic for a political program. On the plus … Continue reading “Grabby Joe and the Problem of Environmental Decline”

Springtime for Biden and Democrats

Summertime is coming; the “debate” season is near.  It will not taper off on until the primaries and party caucuses get underway.  What a dreary prospect!  Take heart, though, in the fact that, in this post-midterms world, with the Zeitgeist moving boldly and unashamedly to the left, some good could come of it. Also, if Joe … Continue reading “Springtime for Biden and Democrats”

Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?

Image Source: James Montgomery Flagg – Public Domain Earlier in 2019, the US Congress utilized its power to wage or not wage war and voted to end US involvement in the Saudi Arabian war in Yemen. Donald Trump vetoed the bill and it died. Meanwhile, the Pentagon and US intelligence agencies were ramping up pressure … Continue reading “Uncle Sam Needs Our Help Again?”

Iran Notes

“Boys go to Baghdad, but real men go to Tehran” – Bush official, 2003 Gibbon in his The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire writes of the Romans, “They endeavored to convince mankind that their motive was not the temptation of conquest but was actuated by the love of order and justice.” West Asia, the Middle East … Continue reading “Iran Notes”

The Options Trump Puts on the Table

Is President Trump about to invade Venezuela? His advisors continue to say — in increasingly forceful terms that — “all options are on the table”, and that military intervention to restore Venezuela’s constitution” may be necessary.” For his part, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a news program last Sunday commented that President Trump could launch a military attack against Venezuela … Continue reading “The Options Trump Puts on the Table”

Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment

A new book called Bitten: The Secret History of Lyme Disease and Biological Weapons by Kris Newby adds significantly to our understanding of Lyme disease, while oddly seeming to avoid mention of what we already knew. Newby claims (in 2019) that if a scientist named Willy Burgdorfer had not made a confession in 2013, the secret that … Continue reading “Where Lyme Disease Came From and Why It Eludes Treatment”

War’s Unanswered Questions

“Over these last few years, given the wars it has waged and the international treaties it has arbitrarily reneged on, the U.S. government perfectly fits its own definition of a rogue state.” — Arundhati Roy You have the world’s largest military, you’re going to use it, right? Donald Trump and his team, led by National Insecurity Advisor … Continue reading “War’s Unanswered Questions”

A Novel We Can All Relate To

America is still discovering itself. The rise of Donald Trump alerted those citizens who thought they alone defined our culture and values to the existence of a significant population holding very different views– and the will to back a candidate who might speak for them. (Thus, the most unlikely candidate entered the White House.) Political … Continue reading “A Novel We Can All Relate To”

What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat

by Paul R. Pillar The current crisis atmosphere in U.S.-Iranian relations, in which the risk of open warfare appears greater than it has been in years, is solely and unequivocally due to the policies and actions of the Trump administration. To point this out does not mean that actions of the Iranian regime have not … Continue reading “What Makes Iran Look Like an Immediate Threat”

BREAKING: Situation Worsens In Venezuela, Bolivia, U.S., Japan, Mexico, Iraq, Spain

WASHINGTON—Confirming recent reports of conditions approaching crisis levels, sources across the globe revealed Thursday that the situation continues to worsen in Venezuela, Bolivia, the United States, Japan, Mexico, Iraq, and Spain, in addition to South Sudan, India, Gabon, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia. “What…Read more…

Dutch mission in Iraq suspended over threat

The Dutch military training mission in Iraq was suspended due to an increased threat in the region. The nature of the threat is unknown. The commander of the international coalition that coordinates training in the region ordered the mission to stop, a spokesperson for the Ministry of Defense said to NU.nl. This temporary halt applies … Continue reading “Dutch mission in Iraq suspended over threat”

War With Iran Is Endgame for America as a Republic

Who do we think we are? Truly. The latest reports that the Trump administration is considering plans for deploying 120,000 troops to the Middle East – presumably to strike Iran – demonstrates how Washington’s foreign policy has finally gone off the rails. Crazier still, the impending war with Iran isn’t even the today’s biggest news story – … Continue reading “War With Iran Is Endgame for America as a Republic”

Face à la “menace” iranienne, Washington rappelle des diplomates en Irak

Le département d’Etat américain a donné l’ordre de partir au personnel gouvernemental non essentiel de l’ambassade à Bagdad ainsi que du consulat à Erbil, au Kurdistan irakien, en raison d’une “menace imminente” venant de l’Iran. Selon le New York Times, Washington aurait été alarmé par des images aériennes montrant des missiles assemblés sur des bateaux dans le Golfe Persique.

Tensions américano-iraniennes : «La Russie n’est pas une équipe de pompiers», remarque Poutine

A Sotchi le 15 mai, Vladimir Poutine a affirmé avoir dit «aux Iraniens à maintes reprises» ne pas voir «d’utilité pour eux de se retirer de l’accord [sur le nucléaire]», malgré le retrait de Washington de ce texte. Au cours d’une conférence de presse avec le président autrichien Alexander Van der Bellen, le chef d’Etat russe a … Continue reading “Tensions américano-iraniennes : «La Russie n’est pas une équipe de pompiers», remarque Poutine”

Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course

by International Crisis Group A series of escalations in both word and deed have raised fears of U.S.-Iranian military confrontation, either direct or by proxy. It is urgent that cooler heads prevail – in European capitals as in Tehran and Washington – to head off the threat of a disastrous war. For the past year, … Continue reading “Taking the U.S. and Iran Off Collision Course”

Medea Benjamin: We Need to Build Up the Antiwar Movement to Oppose War Against Iran

The State Department has ordered all non-emergency personnel to evacuate the U.S. embassy and consulate in Iraq, in response to what the White House says is a threat linked to Iran. No further details were given. Iraqi officials expressed skepticism about any purported threats, as did a senior British official who is the deputy commander … Continue reading “Medea Benjamin: We Need to Build Up the Antiwar Movement to Oppose War Against Iran”

Bolton in Wonderland

by John Feffer Only 70 days into his presidency, Ronald Reagan faced an assassination attempt. While he was in surgery and the vice president was mid-flight over Texas, Secretary of State Alexander Haig famously declared in front of the press, “As of now, I am in control here, in the White House.” Haig’s statement was … Continue reading “Bolton in Wonderland”

Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran

Photograph Source: rockcohen – CC BY-SA 2.0 Brexiteers in Britain are denouncing the EU as an all-powerful behemoth from whose clutches Britain must escape, just as the organisation is demonstrating its failure to become more than a second-rate world power. The EU’s real status – well behind the US, Russia and China – has just … Continue reading “Europe is Powerless in Growing Conflict Between the US and Iran”

Washington demande à son personnel diplomatique non-essentiel de quitter l’Irak

Le département d’Etat américain a ordonné ce 15 mai à son personnel diplomatique non-essentiel de quitter l’ambassade de Bagdad et le consulat d’Erbil (nord), dans un contexte de tensions croissantes avec l’Iran voisin. Un «message» à l’#Iran 🇮🇷 : #Washington déploie un porte-avions et des bombardiers au Moyen-Orient#EtatsUnis 🇺🇸➡️ https://t.co/1AZnp6L2IDpic.twitter.com/t1zWFYPb8F— RT France (@RTenfrancais) 6 mai … Continue reading “Washington demande à son personnel diplomatique non-essentiel de quitter l’Irak”

British General in Baghdad Says No Truth to US Claims Iran Is Mobilizing to Attack American Forces

Comes after London has called for calm and expressed fears a war could break out by “accident” “There’s been no increased threat from Iranian-backed forces in Iraq and Syria,” U.K. Maj. Gen. Chris Ghika said Tuesday in a rare on-the-record press briefing streamed from the Baghdad headquarters of the anti-ISIS coalition. “I’m not going to go into the … Continue reading “British General in Baghdad Says No Truth to US Claims Iran Is Mobilizing to Attack American Forces”

President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East

President John Bolton has put his signature on a plan to send 120,000 troops to the Middle East in a move all too reminiscent of the invasion of Iraq. The number is close to that during the invasion and destruction … The post President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East appeared first … Continue reading “President Bolton Plans to Send 120,000 Troops to Middle East”

In 1988 the US Sank or Disabled Half of Iran’s Operational Navy

2 frigates and 1 large missile boat, as well as 3 speedboats either disabled or sunk Editor’s note: At the time Iraq and Iran were engaged in the “Tanker War” hitting tankers exporting the other’s oil. The US was indiferent to the more numerous Iraqi attacks on ships carrying Iranian oil, but used its military to … Continue reading “In 1988 the US Sank or Disabled Half of Iran’s Operational Navy”

Michel, trimardeur d’infortune : « J’ai tout fait, tout connu »

Jésus a multiplié les pains, Michel des petits boulots de survie. Du Beaujolais au nucléaire en passant par le montage de store, ce n’est plus un CV mais la condition du prolo moderne résumé dans ces lignes. Michel a 50 balais aujourd’hui. Toute sa vie a été remplie par une suite de petits boulots. Souvent … Continue reading “Michel, trimardeur d’infortune : « J’ai tout fait, tout connu »”

Pompeo Gets Cold-Shouldered on Iran in Brussels

by Eldar Mamedov Amid worrying signs of the United States escalating its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran, the Secretary of State Mike Pompeo paid an impromptu visit to Brussels on May 13. Taking advantage of an ordinary meeting of EU 28 foreign ministers and High Representative for Foreign Policy Federica Mogherini that day, Pompeo sought … Continue reading “Pompeo Gets Cold-Shouldered on Iran in Brussels”

Newspaper of Wreckage

by Derek Davison The New York Times is often called the “newspaper of record,” which is supposed to sound very authoritative. But when you consider its performance in obfuscating, overhyping, under-investigating, and/or outright lying the United States into war, maybe “newspaper of wreckage” makes more sense. From Iraq to Libya to Syria and now maybe … Continue reading “Newspaper of Wreckage”

A General with a Bias for Action

by Andrew J. Bacevich In late March, General Kenneth McKenzie became the twenty-fourth commander of CENTCOM (more formally known as United States Central Command).  On May 8, at an event sponsored by the Institute for the Perpetuation of War and the Promotion of Regime Change, more formally known as the Foundation for the Defense of … Continue reading “A General with a Bias for Action”

How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power

Finding oneself in the crosshairs of a military drone is, for most people, not the most comforting situation. Yet at an air show last fall, tens of thousands of people had a different reaction. A military drone took off from a runway, and moments later it began transmitting its view to a giant screen on … Continue reading “How Turkey Defied the U.S. and Became a Killer Drone Power”

The Media’s Handling of Bolton’s Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War

Media-savvy U.S. government officials, political operatives, and lawmakers and their staffs from all political parties and ideological persuasions have no doubt, throughout the history of our great country, duped a fair-minded but unwitting reporter into writing a juicy story in … The post The Media’s Handling of Bolton’s Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the … Continue reading “The Media’s Handling of Bolton’s Iran Threats, Recalls the Run-Up to the Iraq War”

Magnier: Iran Sabotaged Saudi Tankers to Send US a Message — Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew

On the 11thof January 2007, US forces raided the Iranian Liaison Office in Erbil, capturing several “Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps” (IRGC) officers. Nine days later, a commando led by a Hezbollah officer and Iraqi resistance members of the Moqtada al-Sadr group (Asaeb Ahl al-Haq) carried out an audacious attack in daylight in Karbala province, driving … Continue reading “Magnier: Iran Sabotaged Saudi Tankers to Send US a Message — Don’t Bite Off More Than You Can Chew”