Sirte, Libya in 2013 (By Saifuddin Shahin Creative Commons)
13 May 2016

Rival Libyan Armies Prepare for Sirte Battle, Pentagon Reveals US Troop Deployment

The Obama administration revealed that US special operations forces have been deployed in Libyan “outposts” for months along with other western forces.

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Golan Heights (left, by R. Ertov, wikimedia). Shavit launch vehicle believed to be derivative of the Jericho missile (right, by טל ענבר wikimedia)
06 May 2016

Golan Cowboys And That Time Israel Prepared To Nuke Syria And Egypt

AP and the New York Times published a colorful report of the cowboys of the Golan Heights and their intent to stay on this land.

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Screen shot from the CNN debate in Brooklyn, New York on April 14
18 Apr 2016

Palestine Activists Warm To Sanders While Clinton Spreads Israeli Propaganda

Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, despite sharing the belief that “Israel has a right to defend itself,” are arguably worlds apart on the occupation.

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Hllary Clinton stares down Bernie Sanders as he talks about why Palestinians have a right to dignity and respect. (Screenshot from CNN debate)
17 Apr 2016

Hillary Clinton’s Hawkishness On Full Display In New York Primary

The Democratic presidential debate in Brooklyn, which was characterized by establishment media as a “Brooklyn brawl,” featured an extraordinary moment, where Bernie Sanders affirmed the humanity of the Palestinians in the face of Hillary Clinton. The affirmation confounded Clinton, who appeared to counter Sanders by channeling Israel Prime Minister Benjamin

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Bernie Sanders delivers remarks on Israel and Palestine
22 Mar 2016

Sanders Declines To Pander To Israel Lobby In Speech Prepared For AIPAC

Bernie Sanders, who was denied the opportunity to address AIPAC remotely, gave a speech in Utah, which sharply contrasted with Clinton’s speech.

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Democratic Presidential Candidate Hillary Clinton speaks at the AIPAC Policy Conference, March 2016.
21 Mar 2016

At AIPAC, Clinton Supports Young People On ‘Front Lines of Battle’ Against BDS

Hillary Clinton spoke at the pro-Israel AIPAC policy conference and praised students on “the front lines of the battle” against the nonviolent BDS movement.

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Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan in Ankara, Sept., 2014 (by DoD)
18 Mar 2016

Erdogan Calls Out Europe ‘Dancing on a Minefield,’ ‘Nursing a Viper’

Next Cold War 3/18/16 The EU is wrangling with Turkey over an agreement to take back migrants and change their laws in exchange for political and financial rewards and calls out EU for their support of terror groups and treatment of migrants. Turkey is under pressure from a number of

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Russian President Putin with Foreign Minister Lavrov, Defence Minister Shoigu. March, 2016. (by Kremlin via CC 4.0)
16 Mar 2016

Russian Semi-Withdrawal, US and Allies Prepare New Anti-Assad Offensive

Next Cold War Roundup 3/16/16 Geneva talks are on. Russia does a surprise semi-withdrawal from Syria, leaving a well equipped Syrian coalition but increasing pressure on Assad to compromise. The US brings to the table a weakened position on the ground but a threat of a Turkish invasion and the

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Civilians in Misrata, Libya. June, 2011 (by UNHCR/H. Caux)
02 Mar 2016

Escalation in Libya and Iraq; Syrian War May Expand to Lebanon

Next Cold War Roundup 3/2/16 The US military is escalating their role in Iraq and Libya.  Saudis are threatening to destabilize Lebanon and open a new front in the Syrian war on its border with northern Lebanon by arming Sunni proxies there.  Turkey is on shaky ground with its NATO

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Palestinian flags wave during a demonstration for Gaza in Dublin on June 10, 2009. (Flickr / Albert White)
26 Feb 2016

Ruling: Judge Improperly Blocked Torture Testimony At Palestinian American Activist’s Trial

The court ruled a PTSD expert should have been allowed to testify at the trial of Rasmea Odeh, imprisoned Palestinian-American activist facing deportation.

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