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Wilkerson: The Hypocrisy of U.S. Syria Policy (1/2)
As Putin visits Iran, Col. Lawrence Wilkerson and Paul Jay discuss the U.S./Saudi alliance in Syria and a relationship shrouded in secrecy

  November 24, 2015

Between ISIS and Intervening Powers, Perpetual Conflict is Common Goal
York University Professor Sabah Alnasseri discusses the strategy of ISIS and regional actors following the attacks in Paris and Beirut

  November 19, 2015

The Pentagon and Bernie Sanders Agree: Terrorism Linked to Climate Change
NYU's Christian Parenti explains how we can connect the dots between droughts, neoliberal policies and terrorism

  November 20, 2015

Why Did ISIS Target Paris?
Journalist Barry Lando explains how French airstrikes on ISIS, its military presence in Africa, and contentious relationship with its Muslim community planted the seeds for an attack

  November 18, 2015

The Media's Skewed Portrayal of the Bombing in Beirut
Rania Masri and Vijay Prashad say the western media's reporting on the ISIS bombing in Lebanon is deeply racist and accepts the ISIS narrative by describing the southern Beirut neighborhood as a "Hezbollah bastion"

  November 13, 2015

Iran Agrees to Political Transition Where Assad is Not the Main Focus
Trinity College's Vijay Prashad discusses how no Syrian voices were represented at the Vienna peace talks, but geopolitical interests were front and center

  October 30, 2015

Turkish Elections: Will Erdogan Garner a Majority This Time?
Scholar and activist Sardar Saadi says the likely outcomes on Sunday include more seats for the AKP and greater momentum behind the pro-Kurdish Peoples' Democratic Party

  October 30, 2015

Iran to Join Syria Talks
Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies says the invitation to Iran is late but an essential move for a diplomatic regional solution, made possible by Russia's escalated involvement in Syria

  October 27, 2015

Netanyahu's Record on Inciting Violence Against Palestinians
Max Blumenthal, author of The 51-Day War: Resistance and Ruin in Gaza, says Netanyahu absolved Hitler of the final solution by placing the blame for the Holocaust on the Palestinians

  October 22, 2015

Who Are the Targets of Russian Airstrikes in Syria?
Russians claim to be targeting ISIS while United States says the strikes are hitting pro-Western rebel forces, but London Metropolitan University's Sami Ramadani says these two groups are practically one in the same

  October 18, 2015

No End to The War in Afghanistan (2/2)
Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat

  October 16, 2015

No End to The War in Afghanistan (1/2)
Junaid S. Ahmad, Professor of Law at Lahore University says after fourteen years of occupation nothing has improved, none of the objectives have been met, the situation is far worse and the US is in greater threat

  October 16, 2015

A Syria Without Assad?
Journalist Patrick Cockburn, who just returned from Syria, speaks about the impact of the Russian airstrikes in Syria and whether it can play a role in bringing the civil war to an end

  October 9, 2015

Russians Could Force New Negotiations Over Syria
Phyllis Bennis of IPS says there are many players that need to be at the table for negotiations that could be conducted in phases to bring about a real solution

  October 7, 2015

Saudi Arabia Silences UN Human Rights Council Over Its War Crimes in Yemen (2/2)
Omer Aziz says the Saudis are blocking an inquiry into one of the worst humanitarian disasters in recent times

  October 7, 2015

US Ruling Circles Split On Use of Jihadists in Syria
Executive editor and founder of Black Agenda Report Glen Ford says that objections to Russia's bombing of Syria expose policy rifts within the U.S. ruling elite

  October 7, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (2/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein debate what are the real goals of the U.S. in Syria

  October 5, 2015

Inter-Imperial Feuds and the Lost Revolution in Syria (1/2)
Joseph Daher and Jennifer Loewenstein argue that Russian and US interests in the region must heed the domestic forces that could provide a real political solution that could benefit majority of the Syrian people

  October 2, 2015

Is Obama Fighting ISIS, Assad or Russia?
Prof. Sabah Alnasseri of York University says Obama speech at the UN pushes anti-ISIS forces towards Russian strategy

  September 29, 2015

Netanyahu Meets Putin Looking for Existential Threat to Israel
Shir Hever says Netanyahu made misleading statements after his trip to Russia about coordinated military action in Syria

  September 24, 2015

Clinton Calls U.S. Policy in Syria a "Failure"
Glen Ford of BlackAgendaReport.com discusses his qualified agreement with Hilary Clinton on the "failure" of U.S. policy In Syria

  September 21, 2015

Is the U.S. Secretly Welcoming Increased Russian Syria Involvement?
Col. Lawrence Wilkerson tells Paul Jay that cooperation with Russia and Iran is the only way to resolve the situation, but U.S. policy is catering to Saudi Arabian, Turkish and Israeli ambitions

  September 19, 2015

The Guardian Reveals the West Ignored Russian Offer to Have Assad Step Aside in 2012
Policy analyst Phyllis Bennis says the United States has a moral responsibility to address the Syrian refugee crisis after The Guardian UK reveals Russia offered to help depose Assad three years ago. Note: The headline of this story has been updated for accuracy

  September 15, 2015

Pro-Kurdish Party's Offices Attacked as Turkey Escalates Operations Against the PKK
The escalating violence in Turkey prior to the November elections can not be delinked from President Erdogan's goal to weaken the pro-Kurdish HDP party, says Baris Karaagac

  September 11, 2015

Afghan Refugees in Greece in Limbo
Former Afghan Refugee and advocate Mohamad Mizray in Greece reports that Afghan refugees are being deprioritized in favor of Syrians, he argues that they should all be treated equally and with dignity no matter what country they are arriving from

  September 13, 2015

Exodus from the Syrian Ruins
Patrick Cockburn, correspondent for the Independent, says we are in an era of extreme violence where nine bloody and cruel civil wars are at the root of the refugee crisis

  September 10, 2015

Another Weapons Deal Inked as Saudis Strike Yemen with US Bombs
Just Foreign Policy's Robert Naiman discusses Saudi King Salaman's meeting with President Obama

  September 5, 2015

Veolia Pulls Out of Israel
Electronic Intifada's Ali Abunimah says Veoila has lost billions due to the BDS movement

  September 1, 2015

Is Erdogan Creating a Perfect Storm to Get His Party in Power?
With escalating violence with the Kurds and the arrest of VICE reporters, Trent University's Baris Karaagac explains how the AKP is appealing to their base

  September 2, 2015

US Condemns Israel's Plan to Demolish West Bank Village - Just Lip Service?
After Israel's high court orders demolition of homes in West Bank village of Khirbet Susiya, Gaza Unsilenced co-editor Refaat Alareer says this reflects a move away from a two-state solution

  July 24, 2015

Wilkerson: Iran Deal Creates World's Most Intrusive Inspection Regime
Larry Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, says the nuclear accord will lead to greater U.S.-Iranian cooperation over Mideast policy

  July 14, 2015

Turkey Planning Next Move After ISIS Commits Massacre in Kobani
Patrick Cockburn and Baris Kaargaarc discuss recent news that Turkey is considering military intervention in northern Syria

  July 1, 2015

U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance to Overthrow Assad (2/2)
In an extended discussion, investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss how weakening Hezbollah is driving Israel's interest in collaborating with Saudi Arabia and Turkey to overthrow the Assad regime

  June 18, 2015

U.S. Counter-Terrorism and the Saudi-Turkish-Israeli Strategic Alliance to Overthrow Assad (1/2)
Investigative journalist Gareth Porter and TRNN's Paul Jay discuss U.S. policy in Syria and Iraq as its allies in the region push for the overthrow of the Assad regime

  June 18, 2015

"Insanity": Critics React to the Troop Increase in Iraq
The Real News spoke to former Army Lt. Col. and Iraq vet Daniel Davis, journalist Dahr Jamail and policy expert Stephen Miles about the recent decision to build a new military base and send some 500 'advisors' to the Anbar province.

  June 12, 2015

Men's World Cup Exposes Massive Global Labor Contradictions
Journalist Reese Erlich discusses his reporting into the abuse of labor in Qatar

  June 10, 2015

Will Turkey's Elections Lead to an Expansion of Presidential Power?
Istanbul-based journalist Dalia Mortada explains how Sunday's parliamentary election could give Turkish President Erdogan a supermajority, and therefore the authority to change the political system to a presidential one

  June 7, 2015

Without Arms Embargo, No Political Solution in Iraq and Syria
Institute for Policy Studies Fellow Phyllis Bennis argues that collateral damage from military strikes and corrupt governance are only strengthening the Islamic State

  June 5, 2015

Neoliberal Policies and Foreign Intervention Fueling Violence in Yemen
Souciant.com's Bilal Ahmed discusses recent events in Yemen and how sectarianism is a result of, and not fueling the current conflict

  June 3, 2015

ISIS Gains Strategic Ground in Iraq and Syria
Reese Erlich, author of Inside Syria, says that ISIS showcased its tactical and military savviness in Ramadi. The problem for the US is that it still has no reliable allies that can fight on the ground.

  May 28, 2015

Not a Single House Has Been Rebuilt One Year After Israeli War on Gaza
Dan Cohen, Correspondent for Mondoweiss says Gaza looks the same as it did the day of the ceasefire and this is an intentional policy of de-development

  May 25, 2015

Assad Has Lost Over Fifty Percent of Syria to ISIS
Larry Wilkerson, former Chief of Staff to Colin Powell, says that Syria could turn into another Afghanistan with US and Saudi policies creating significant blowback in the region

  May 25, 2015

Is Assad on the Brink of Defeat?
Vijay Prashad: Al-Qaeda linked rebels have made strong advances due to weak morale of Assad fighters and rebel groups with strong financial backing from Saudi Arabia and Qatar.

  May 10, 2015

The Dismal Failure of "Operation Decisive Storm" in Yemen
Restoring former leadership in Yemen and targeting Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula are the real objectives of "Protective Edge", says Bilal Ahmed, associate editor of Souciant.com

  May 8, 2015

The Roots of Inequality for Ethiopian Israelis
As mass protests erupt against police brutality in Israel, journalist Lia Tarachansky explains how Ethiopian Jews are seen as third class citizens in Israel's ethnocracy

  May 10, 2015

The Return of the Taliban
Sonali Kolhatkar, the co-author of Bleeding Afghanistan: Washington, Warlords and the Propaganda of Silence, discusses the latest round of talks between Taliban and the Afghan government in Doha, Qatar

  May 8, 2015

Why Saudis Derailed Imminent Yemen Deal with Airstrikes
Wall Street Journal UN correspondent Joe Lauria discusses how a former UN envoy came forward with details of a power-sharing deal in Yemen and why Saudi Arabia would want to prevent that deal from becoming a reality.

  April 28, 2015

Houthi Arms Came from Saleh, not Iran
Gareth Porter says the claim that Iran is supplying Houthis with weapons ignores that the group was flush with American arms from ex-president Saleh

  April 25, 2015

My Reports on 1995 Human Rights Abuses in Bahrain Ignored by State Department - John Kiriakou on Reality Asserts Itself (3/10)
On Reality Asserts Itself, Mr. Kiriakou tells Paul Jay that from Iraq to Bahrain, it was becoming clear to him that commercial interest, particularly arms sales, was driving U.S. policy in the Middle East

  April 19, 2015

Iraqi Prime Minister Seeking More Funding to Fight ISIS
Journalist Reese Erlich says the U.S. bombing campaign doesn't have a major impact in Syria because it has no allies on the ground other than the Kurdish Peshmerga

  April 20, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (3/3)
Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief

  April 13, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (2/3)
Daniel Martin Varisco: What went wrong in Yemen is what usually goes wrong when you have a history of colonialism, ongoing interference from outside forces, sectarian blindness, and massive wealth at the service of mischief

  April 12, 2015

Oil, Iran and Palestine - What's at Stake for Saudi Arabia (3/3)
Madawi al-Rasheed tells Paul Jay that since the Arab uprising in 2011, we don't hear the Saudis talking about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict; it has identified its enemy first as Iran

  April 6, 2015

ISIS and What's at Stake for Saudi Arabia? (2/3)
Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis contend with ISIS to be the leaders of the Sunni world, but their interests converge as both regard Iran and the Shia as their enemy

  April 5, 2015

Yemen Rebels Take Presidential Palace, What's At Stake for Saudi Arabia? (1/3)
Madawi Al-Rasheed says the Saudis want to prove their military prowess as defenders of Sunni Muslims and to install a pro-Saudi government in Yemen

  April 2, 2015

Proxy Morons: The Demolition of Yemen (1/3)
Daniel Varisco, President of the American Institute for Yemeni Studies, talks about the days events and who the players are in Yemen

  April 4, 2015

Operation Decisive Storm in Yemen May Not Be So Decisive
Patrick Cockburn says wars in Yemen, Syria, Iraq and Libya are escalating, intensifying and cross-infecting each other, and the contradictory positions the US faces gives the IS an advantage

  April 1, 2015

Arms Sales Fuel Middle East Conflicts
William Hartung says Saudi Arabia has become the second leading arms importer in the world

  April 1, 2015

Strategy of Using Gulf Monarchies to Project US Power in Mideast is Unraveling
Glen Ford says US-backed Saudi-led air attacks on the Houthis, who are dedicated fighters against al-Qaeda, are making al-Qaeda the real winners in this war

  April 1, 2015

Saudi Arabia Attacks Yemen, Targeting Houthis
Yemeni Houthi movement has more to do with the internal conflict within Yemen and less to do with the projected Shia-Sunni rivalry in the region, says Bilal Ahmed, graduate student at SOAS, University of London

  March 27, 2015

Phyllis Bennis: Netanyahu or Herzog, Little Will Change in Israeli Policy
While there is a difference in rhetoric between the two leaders, there's not much Netanyahu can do to block a U.S. deal with Iran and Herzog would not change Israeli policy towards the Palestinians

  March 18, 2015

Did Kerry Open the Door to Negotiating with Assad?
Larry Wilkerson says Assad is not going anywhere, and the US is late in recognizing that reality

  March 17, 2015

How Iran's Fight Against ISIS in Iraq Helps American Interests
Professor Vijay Prashad discusses Iran's major offensive against ISIS in Iraq and the need for a Mideast coalition against ISIS

  March 9, 2015

The Class That Ruled Egypt Under Mubarak Remains in Power
The security forces and the police are their tools, and the fight against ISIS has simply emboldened them, says Professor Seif Da'na (pt. 3/3)

  March 1, 2015

What Role Can Social Media Play in Supporting Protests Against Egypt's Military Regime?
Professor Seif Da'na says though the broad underlying discontent against the Egypt's military regime persists, future uprisings won't take the shape of the Jan. 25, 2011 uprising (2/3)

  February 26, 2015

Libyan Chaos and the Islamic State (2/2)
Vijay Prashad, author of "Arab Spring, Libyan Winter," says Libya is awash with weapons and fighters, much like Afghanistan 25 years ago after the withdrawal of Russia

  February 18, 2015

Anonymous Hackers Declare Cyber War Against ISIS
Ola Bini of Thoughtworks explains the war strategy and its effectiveness

  February 11, 2015

Why ISIS Burning Jordanian Pilot May Unify Arab World
Prof. Vijay Prashad discusses the significance of the of anti-ISIS protests after the immolation of a Jordanian pilot and the possible future outcomes of these events

  February 7, 2015

Militant Islam is an Instrument of Saudi-Pakistan-US Policy (1/2)
Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that the fulcrum of U.S. military policies in the region is at one end Saudi Arabia and Israel, and the other is Pakistan - ISIS is a product of the failed policies of this alliance

  February 3, 2015

Medieval Monarchies and Islamo-Fascism (2/2)
In part two, Newsclick's Prabir Purkayastha tells Paul Jay that if the Gulf State medieval monarchies are not removed, there won't be a long-term solution to the crisis in the region

  February 5, 2015

Will the Kurdish Coalition Hold Kobani?
Edmund Ghareeb, author of The Kurdish Question in Iraq, says hundreds of Kurdish villages and small towns remain under the control of the Islamic State

  January 27, 2015

US Resumes Drone Strikes in Yemen Despite Political Leadership Vacuum
Scholar and journalist Waalid Al-Saqaf says continued US drone strikes and foreign involvement will push Yemen towards a civil war and do nothing to address the growing humanitarian catastrophe

  January 28, 2015

The Saudis - Oil, ISIS and Revolution
Loretta Napoleoni says little will change after death of King Abdullah, but the Saudis cannot sustain low oil prices for much longer; they have lost control of ISIS; and their big fear is revolution

  January 25, 2015

American Sniper: Honoring a Fallen Hero or Whitewashing a Murderous Occupation?
Journalist Max Blumenthal says the film American Sniper promotes lies falsehoods about Navy SEAL Chris Kyle along with the US invasion and occupation of Iraq

  January 26, 2015

Endemic Corruption in Iraqi Gov. Will Hamper Anti-ISIS Efforts
Professor Sabah Alnasseri of York University says the systemic corruption of the Iraqi state, institutionalized by the U.S. in order to ensure loyalty of the Iraqi elites, is at the core of all social misery in Iraq

  January 15, 2015

Will the ICC Charge Israel With War Crimes?
Michael Ratner, Chair of the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights in Berlin, says it's uncertain if the move by Palestinians to join the ICC will lead to cases on the last military assault on Gaza or the continued settlement construction

  January 7, 2015

Iraqi-Kurd Oil Accord
Will the accord pave the way to a united Iraq to fight the IS? Antonia Juhasz, the author of The Tyranny of Oil: The World's Most Powerful Industry, discusses its implications

  December 3, 2014

The Geopolitics of Tumbling Oil Prices
Michael Klare, the author of The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources, connects the dropping oil prices to global politics and climate change

  December 2, 2014

OPEC Steps On The Gas Pedal
Gas and oil production is dropping in the US because it is reliant on $100 a barrel, anything less is not feasible for shale oil producers says journalist Steve Horn

  December 2, 2014

Growing Rift Between US & Turkey Over Arming Kurds
Baris Karaagac: Ankara remains opposed assisting to PKK-linked Kurdish rebels, whom they consider a terrorist organization

  October 24, 2014

Kurdish Fighters Move to Regain Kobani
The coalition is not what it appears to be - Vice President Biden was right, says Patrick Cockburn the author of The Jihadis Return: Isis and the New Sunni Uprising

  October 23, 2014

US Dropping Arms and Ammunition to Syrian Kurds in Kobani
Reese Erlich, freelance correspondent and author of Inside Syria, says the irony of the support to the Kurds in Kobani is that the PKK is considered a terrorist organization by the US

  October 22, 2014

Nearly Four Years After the Revolution, Where is Egypt Headed?
Journalist Sharif Abdel Kouddous and scholar Mervat Hatem discuss the current social and political situation in Egypt - The Global African - Telesur

  October 20, 2014

Does Turkey Want Kobane to Fall?
Baris Karaagac explains Turkey's position towards the Islamic State

  October 9, 2014

US and Iran are Indirectly Coordinating Efforts against IS
The idea of Iran as partner of the US in the battle against IS will not have sufficient political support in Iran, among the allies, or domestically, says Trita Parsi, president of the National Iranian American Council

  October 8, 2014

Canadian MPs Vote to Expand Support to Fight IS
Prime Minister Harper is an honorary conservative American, says Ariel Salzmann, associate professor at Queen's University

  October 8, 2014

Turkey Joins the War Campaign against the Islamic State
Scholar Edmund Ghareeb explains how the authorization for military force against IS by the Turkish parliament will affect peace negotiations with the Kurds

  October 4, 2014

Thousands of New Israeli Settlements Approved as Netanyahu Pledges Two-State Solution
During a White House visit, President Obama and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu ignore tough issues around Israeli-Gaza conflict while protestors demand Netanyahu be held accountable for war crimes

  October 2, 2014

Turkish-Syrian Border "The Great Hole" in Obama's UN Speech
Vijay Prashad says Obama's comments at the UN on enforcing international norms have no credibility with most people around the world and are aimed at appeasing liberal unease

  September 23, 2014

What Role Is Turkey Playing in the War against ISIS?
Lecturer Baris Kaaragaac says Turkey is trying to manage its response to the Islamic State in such a way to prevent the Kurds from consolidating political or military power

  September 22, 2014

U.S. Intelligence Official: No Evidence ISIL Is Planning Imminent Attack on America
Obama's plan to support the Shi'a and Kurds in Iraq could worsen sectarianism fighting, and a new report says arms sent to moderate Syrian rebels have ended up in ISIS's hands

  September 11, 2014

ISIS Wants the US Drawn into a Ground War
Andrew Levine says the Islamist forces have learned that a ground war is to their advantage

  September 10, 2014

Obama's Syria Plan Will Strengthen IS and Warlordism
Omar Dahi says Obama is wrong to say the Assad regime has no legitimacy, as most Syrians want an end to war, the creation of a broad-front government, and a national army to confront warlords and extremism

  September 10, 2014

Israel Facing Major Economic Consequences for 50 Day War on Gaza
Political Economist Shir Hever of the Alternative Information Center says the latest conflict with Gaza began after a crisis emerged in Israel over the defense budget

  September 10, 2014

New Iraqi Government Will Abide by U.S. Regional Goals
Professor Sabah Alnasseri says the purpose of the campaign against ISIL is to enable continued political and military intervention by the U.S. throughout the Middle East

  September 9, 2014

Is The Anti-ISIS Campaign Attempting to Renew War Against Assad?
Glen Ford: The U.S.-Saudi strategy of using jihadists as proxies in their wars is collapsing before our very eyes

  September 5, 2014

US-Israel Pressure Palestine Not to Join the ICC
Michael Ratner: Will the Palestinian Authority join the ICC despite intimidation?

  September 4, 2014

Why America Failed to Anticipate the Rise of the Islamic State
Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn discusses how the U.S. narrowly defined the jihadist threat as al-Qaeda affiliates, thereby failing to taking the Islamic State seriously

  August 27, 2014

The Islamic State, Assad, and the Contradictions Faced by the US in Syria
Investigative journalist Patrick Cockburn says the U.S. will need to work with Syria and Iran to defeat ISIS, thereby reversing its policy towards Assad

  August 26, 2014

The Powers Behind The Islamic State
Investigative journalist Nafeez Ahmed gives specific examples of how Saudi, Qatari, and American interests have supported the group formerly known as ISIS, and what the global community can do now to rein them in

  August 22, 2014

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