Friday, 16 November , 2018

Afghanistan

America’s True Role in Syria

By Jeffrey Sachs, Syria’s civil war is the most dangerous and destructive crisis on the planet. Since early 2011, hundreds of thousands have died; around ten million Syrians have been displaced; Europe has been convulsed with Islamic State (ISIS) terror and the political fallout of refugees; and the United States and its NATO allies have more than once come perilously

We Love to Talk of Terror

The frightful and bloody hours of Friday night and Saturday morning in Munich and Kabul – despite the 3,000 miles that separate the two cities – provided a highly instructive lesson in the semantics of horror and hypocrisy. I despair of that generic old hate-word, “terror”. It long ago became the punctuation mark and signature tune of every facile politician, policeman, journalist and think tank crank in the world.

Combat Robots: On the Surface and Underwater

There is the widespread belief that unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, are used as an alternative air reconnaissance and for strikes against distant targets. The United States used them in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Iraq, Somalia and other countries

Terrorism: A Matrix of Lies and Deceit

So how is your war on “terrorism” going? I’m not doing too well at it since I have no idea who the enemy is. Like the American black comedian, Dick Gregory, who, on hearing that President Johnson had declared a war on poverty, ran out onto the street with a hand grenade to throw it at some poor people, I have no idea who the real enemy is, who to throw a grenade at

Mapping Allegations of an American War Crime

Three years ago, 10 men were detained in Nerkh, a volatile district in central Afghanistan, and subsequently disappeared. According to dozens of eyewitnesses—mostly civilians and Afghan government officials—they were all arrested between November 2012 and January 2013 by the same US Army Special Forces unit, ODA 3124. On April 6, 2013, about a week after the American unit was forced out of the district by local protests, Afghan officials began finding bodies buried outside the Special Forces’ former base. Relatives identified the bodies as belonging to the missing men.

The Tragedy of Syria and the Middle East at Large

By Peter Koenig and Amin Abadi, The Kayhan Institute A few weeks ago, Amin Abadi from the The Kayhan Institute of Teheran asked me for...

Roof Knocking and the Problem of Talking With Bombs

By Itamar Mann “Roof knocking” is a controversial method of bombing ostensibly intended to minimize civilian casualties. Israel introduced the method in its campaign in...

The Economy of Middle East in one Map

  By JEFF DESJARDINS If we could only show you one map to explain the economy of the Middle East, it would be this one.     In one fell...

Bin Laden’s Legacy

By Scott Stewart May 2 marked the five-year anniversary of the U.S. raid in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden....

Is There a Unifying Alternative to the Empire of Chaos? A...

By Prof. John McMurtry The interview (transcript below)  from questions with Prof. John McMurtry was conducted for the 15th Anniversary of “Geopolitika” a journal of geopolitical and cultural...