16 Jul 2015

The Fire Next Time: On the Next Gaza War

Before Homes Are Even Rebuilt in the Ruins of the Gaza Strip, Another War Looms By Max Blumenthal “A fourth operation in the Gaza Strip is inevitable, just as a third Lebanon war is inevitable,” declared Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman in February. His ominous comments came just days after

15 Jul 2015

How Hawks Are Using Iraq War Talking Points to Stoke Fear Over Iran Deal

By Sarah Lazare In the immediate aftermath of Tuesday’s announcement of a deal between world powers and Iran, drivers of the 2003 invasion of Iraq are expressing certainty that Iran’s alleged “nuclear weapons program” and “malign activities” pose a grave threat—issuing warnings that analysts say sound eerily similar to their

14 Jul 2015

Iran Deal Creates World’s Most Intrusive Inspection Regime

FDL alum and Emptywheel contributor, Jim White, wrote a great post today… Iran, P5+1 Reach Historic Final Agreement, Frustrating Opponents Who Push for War It has been nearly 20 months since the group of P5+1 countries (China, France, Germany, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States) and

13 Jul 2015

Terminating Our Terminators?

By Tom Engelhardt Since November 2002, when a CIA drone strike destroyed the SUV of “al-Qaeda’s chief operative in Yemen,” Qaed Salim Sinan al-Harethi (“U.S. kills al-Qaeda suspects in Yemen”), it’s been almost 13 years of unending repeat headlines. Here are a few recent ones: “U.S. drone strike kills a

11 Jul 2015

Clowns Who Run for President Vs. Comedians Who Do

By Spocko I was in downtown Chicago this week by the river. A woman next to me was taking a photo, of Trump Tower. I asked her, “So are you voting for him?” She burst out laughing, “No!” Donald Trump running for President is a massive gift to the media,

10 Jul 2015

Multimillion-Dollar Ad Campaigns Aim to Influence Congressional Votes

By Medea Benjamin A nuclear deal with Iran could be a game changer for US foreign policy and for the Middle East. The P5+1 (the U.S., China, Russia, France and the United Kingdom, plus Germany) and Iran have been developing a comprehensive agreement that would freeze Iran’s ability to create

09 Jul 2015

Unsilencing Gaza: One year since ‘Operation Protective Edge’

By Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad This essay is the Introduction to Gaza Unsilenced, an anthology co-edited by Refaat Alareer and Laila El-Haddad and published by Just World Books to mark the anniversary of Israel’s 2014 assault on Gaza. The essay is reproduced here by permission of Just World Books

08 Jul 2015

On the One-Year Anniversary of Israel’s Attack on Gaza: An Interview with Max Blumenthal

By Glenn Greenwald One year ago today, Israel invaded, bombed and shelled Gaza, and continued to do that for the next seven weeks. According to the U.N., at least 2,104 Gazans were killed — 1,462 of whom (69 percent) were civilians, including 495 children. A total of 6 Israeli civilians,

06 Jul 2015

A Month in Palestine

By Tom Blanx This May, I travelled to the West Bank in occupied Palestine. I had a fairly good idea of the kind of things I would see when I went, but wanted to take a closer look at what I think is an unfair and asymmetrical situation. I don’t

06 Jul 2015

Joe Wilson: What He Didn’t Find in Africa

FDL’s own bluewombat (aka Jon Krampner), whose last literary endeavor in these parts was his December 2012 peanut butter book salon, focuses on politics in his latest effort. On July 6, the 12th anniversary of Ambassador Joseph Wilson’s New York Times op-ed piece “What I Didn’t Find in Africa,” blue