America Digs Its Own Afghan Grave

Afghanistan has long been called the “graveyard of empires,” the site of failed invasions. But the U.S. – in its 15-plus-year endeavor – seems determined to dig its own grave there, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar describes.

Democrats Trade Places on War and McCarthyism

The anti-Russia hysteria gripping the Democratic Party marks a “trading places” moment as the Democrats embrace the New Cold War and the New McCarthyism, flipping the script on Republicans, writes Robert Parry.

Banning Electronic devices: Security or Economic Protectionism?

Trump’s new ban is likely to push many of the Gulf carriers’ most loyal customers towards US airlines, which will enjoy a new subsidy from the American government in terms of preferential security regulation, argues Rashmee Roshan Lall.

Canada Struggles with Growing Islamophobia

In some ways it is not surprising that there is animosity against Muslim Canadians. The previous Conservative government led by Stephen Harper was openly anti-Muslim and during the 2015 election ran on a platform that included several provisions aimed directly at the Muslim community, notes Tom Regan.

What Lessons for Europe from the Dutch vote?

While European leaders are relieved at the result of the Dutch poll, forecasting the outcome in France remains hazardous. The only wise conclusion is — wait and see, says Francis Ghilès.

Iran: Khamenei’s Slogan, “Domestic Production” is a Mirage

Key government officials benefit more from the focus on the region versus dealing with the miserable living situation facing the Iranian people and its economy, reports Hassan Mahmoudi.

14 years on, Where’s Iraq’s Democracy?

2003 was a fateful year for Iraqis, with some hoping that there would be a new era of freedom and democracy and others sceptical about American intentions, writes Tallha Abdulrazaq.

The Missing Logic of Russia-gate

Russia-bashing and innuendos about disloyal Americans were all the rage at Monday’s House Intelligence Committee hearing on alleged Russian “hacking” of the presidential election, but logic is often missing, says Robert Parry.

Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths

Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

Note to Abbas: Independence comes before despotism

Sometimes leaders who have made sacrifices serving an honour­able cause tarnish their image after getting drunk with power, describes Mamoon Alabbasi.

Trump’s Team Embraces Iranian Myths

Key players in the Trump administration have stuck to the neoconservative insistence on “regime change” in Iran rather than take a fresh look at the reality, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains.

How Trump’s Tweets Affect Relations with Iran

Trump administration’s modus operandi has been to deflect one potential crisis by creating another, says Claude Salhani.

The Kagans Are Back; Wars to Follow

The neocon royalty Kagans are counting on Democrats and liberals to be the foot soldiers in the new neocon campaign to push Republicans and President Trump into more “regime change” wars, reports Robert Parry.

Trump Slips into ‘Endless War’ Cycle

President Trump’s foreign policy is falling into line behind continuing wars in the Middle East, a disappointment to supporters who hoped for a change in course, writes James W Carden.

Trump, Syria and the Muslim Brotherhood

Two parties that are especially alarmed by Trump’s Brotherhood decree are the Syrian opposition and their backers in Turkey’s JDP ruling party, says Sami Moubayed.

Mythology and Reality in US-Arab Perceptions

The problematic contrast between how Arabs see themselves and how they are generally perceived in the US public sphere of media and politics jolted me again this week, argues Rami G. Khouri.

The Democrats’ Dangerous Diversion

The Democrats won’t admit that they lost to Donald Trump because they ran a deeply flawed, corporate-oriented candidate, so they blame Russia instead, a very dangerous diversion, says Nicolas J S Davies.

A Flawed UN Investigation on Syria

U.N. investigators increasingly make their conclusions fall in line with Western propaganda, especially on the war in Syria, as occurred in a distorted report about last year’s attack on an aid convoy, explains Gareth Porter.

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