In this February 14, 2006 photograph, members of U.S. Navy assigned to Guantanamo Bay place shackles on a prisoner's arms in preparation for moving him from his cell.  (Flickr / U.S. Navy / Photographer's Mate 1st Class Brien Aho)
11 Mar 2016

US Puts Militants At Risk Of Torture By Transferring To Iraq

Transferring captives to the Iraqi government instead of Guantánamo does not satisfy human rights concerns. It may be even worse.

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Pres. Obama and Sec. of State Kerry at State Dept. Russian Pres. Putin in a TV Address. February, 2016 (Photos by State Dept, Kremlin)
26 Feb 2016

Obama’s Tone Skeptical, Putin’s Optimistic, Kerry’s Threatening on Syria Truce That Begins Today

Next Cold War Roundup 2/26/16 The Cessation of Hostilities in Syria is scheduled to begin today at 5pm Eastern (Feb 27 00:00 Damascus time).  There was a significant contrast between the words and tones of Pres. Obama and Pres. Putin in their delivered messages to their respective countries on the ceasefire

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US Air Force F15E prior to strike operations in Syria (by USAF)
15 Feb 2016

Mini World War in Aleppo Region of Syria, Race for Raqqa

Next Cold War Roundup 2-15-16 The Munich Security Conference, which turned into a summit for negotiations and discussions on the broadening and escalating Syrian war, concluded with an agreement to work on cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid for beseiged areas — an agreement that few have confidence will change

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Sec. State John Kerry and Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov at ISSG Meetings in Munich. Feb. 11, 2016 (by Dept of State)
12 Feb 2016

ISSG Negotiating Cessation of Hostilities, Saudi & British Troops Near Syrian Border

Next Cold War Roundup 2/12/16. The Syrian war continues to become more complicated and escalates. The International Syria Support Group in Munich agreed to form a task force with dual goals of cessation of hostilities and humanitarian aid to besieged towns.  At the same time NATO defense ministers are meeting

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President Barack Obama makes a phone call in a darkened Oval Office on Oct. 16, 2015. (Flickr / The White House)
09 Feb 2016

Obama Builds On Record Of Transparent Secrecy, Won’t Disclose Thousands Of Torture Photos

Under pressure from the ACLU & the courts, the Pentagon released 200 carefully selected torture photos, but the new photos obscure more than they reveal.

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Syrian Kurdish fighters. People's Protection Units/YPG in 2015
29 Jan 2016

War Escalation on Syria-Turkey Border

Next Cold War Roundup 1/29 Turkey Threatens to Enter War on Syrian Border. _ The Times in UK claims that Russia is working on a deal to create a Kurdish “enclave” and the Times frames this as a Russia provoking Turkey: “Kremlin provokes Akara with deal to secure Kurd enclave“:

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Actor and author Viggo Mortensen poses for a photograph at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 10, 2011. (Wikimedia Commons / Josh Jensen)
27 Jan 2016

VIDEO: Empires & Justice In The Middle East With Viggo Mortensen

The empire continues to crumble, but like most empires, if not all of them, when they go down they don’t go down gracefully. – Viggo Mortensen

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Sec Def Ash Carter and Fareed Zakaria at Davos, 2016 (DoD)
27 Jan 2016

Syria Peace Talks Delayed by Opposition Groups, Carter Announces More US Troops

Next Cold War Roundup 1/27/16 Syrian Peace Talks Delayed. Opposition Groups Still Undecided on Attendance. _ Syrian “opposition” has three main categories: Sunni groups organized by Saudi Arabia into something called the “High Negotiation Committee” (HNC), Syrian Kurds (YPG) and Syrian political groups. The HNC contains some jihadist groups that

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New (unconfirmed) US air base in northeast Syria - Rimelan, Al Hasakah
21 Jan 2016

Did The US Just Create A Military Base In Syria?

The United States’ imperial intervention in the Syrian Civil War may have just escalated further with the creation of a US military base in northern Syria.

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Secretary of State John Kerry and Russian Federation Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Switzerland, March 2015 (Dept of State)
18 Jan 2016

Battles in Idlib and Aleppo May Trump Peace Talks in Syria

Next Cold War Roundup 1/18/16 Iran Sanctions Lifted, Prisoners Swapped, US Treasury Slapped New Ballistic Program Sanctions "We’ve achieved this historic progress through diplomacy, without resorting to another war in the Middle East." —@POTUS #IranDeal — The White House (@WhiteHouse) January 17, 2016   _ #JCPOA (Iran nuclear deal) criteria were

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