Iraq

The Uyghur militant threat: China cracks down and mulls policy changes

August 13, 2018

By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. China, responding to United Nations criticism, academic and media reports, and an embarrassing court case in Kazakhstan, has come closer to admitting that it has brutally cracked down on the strategic north-western province of Xinjiang in what it asserts is a bid to prevent the kind of mayhem…

Iraq’s protests: What you need to know

July 23, 2018

DW. Protests against corruption, poor services and unemployment are challenging the Shiite political class that since 2003 has pilfered the country’s resources. Demonstrations in Iraq are not new, but these are different. July has witnessed soaring temperatures in southern Iraq that have boiled over into popular mass mobilization against corruption, wretched services and unemployment. Mass…

America’s Regime Change Toolbox

June 30, 2018

By Barbara Koeppel / Truthdig. Regime change here, regime change there. Officials argue for or against it and the press and media routinely report on it. There are good guys (the U.S. and its current allies) and bad ones. Although the list shifts—today North Korea is trustworthy, Canada is not—one thing is unchanged: Regime change…

Why Is the Anti-War Movement Still so Weak Under Trump?

June 22, 2018

The anti-war movement, once strong under Bush, died under Obama, and still is weak under Trump. TRNN’s Ben Norton speaks with CODEPINK’s Ariel Gold about the power of the military-industrial complex and the campaign to stop the US-Saudi assault on Yemen

Israel Kills 52 Syrian/Iraqi Anti-ISIS Fighters, as US Takes Aim at Iran

June 20, 2018

An air attack in eastern Syria killed 52 Syrian and Iraqi government-backed forces who were fighting ISIS. They blamed the US, but it said Israel is responsible. Max Blumenthal says this is part of a larger campaign to destabilize and fragment Syria and weaken its ally Iran

Erdogan Accelerates Attacks on Syria and Iraq in Lead-up to Turkish Election

June 20, 2018

Turkish President Erdogan is escalating military intervention in northern Syria and Iraq as the snap election approaches. Scholar Baris Karaagac says this is part of a political strategy to unite right-wing nationalist forces. It is also a continuation of a decades-long war on Kurds

Whither the Kurds?

June 12, 2018

This story was originally published in Europa Ethnica, Vol. ½, 2018 By James M. Dorsey / Mid-East Soccer. Palestinians have long been known for a history of missing opportunities. By contrast, Kurds spread across several Middle Eastern nations appeared to have a keener understanding of geopolitics and were seemingly willing to embrace the art of…

Class and Corruption Take Center Stage in the Iraqi Election

Class and Corruption Take Center Stage in the Iraqi Election

May 15, 2018

Moqtada al-Sadr, the cleric known for organizing uprisings against the U.S. military and rejecting Iranian influence, led the Alliance of Revolutionaries for Reform to victory in Iraq. We speak to professor Sabah Alnasseri

Netanyahu's Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake 'WMDs' in Iran and Iraq

Netanyahu’s Long History of Crying Wolf over Fake ‘WMDs’ in Iran and Iraq

May 7, 2018

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has a long history of crying wolf over supposed nuclear weapons in Iran and Iraq – Ben Norton reports.

Bolton Acted Against US Interests to Push Israel’s Agenda in Lebanon

March 30, 2018

When Israel invaded Lebanon in 2006, then-Ambassador John Bolton worked to prevent a ceasefire, acting as “an asset for Israel against the interests of his own secretary of state, his own State Department, his own superiors, and his own president,” says Phyllis Bennis of the Institute for Policy Studies