Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump

Remembering the Costs of the Iraq War in the Age of Trump

About 54 cents of every discretionary dollar in the federal budget goes to the military. And that’s been true for a very long time. Despite his claimed opposition to current wars, President-elect Donald Trump has promised to end limits on Pentagon spending, increase...
Syria Needs An Arms Embargo, Not an Economic One

Syria Needs An Arms Embargo, Not an Economic One

“We don’t need an economic embargo in Syria. We need an arms embargo,” Bennis told Kontext. “The place is awash in arms. It’s just not awash in fresh water, electricity, and medicine.” Economic sanctions hurt the poorest people with the least...
Ending the Multiple Wars in Syria: The U.S. Role

Ending the Multiple Wars in Syria: The U.S. Role

The Program Committee of the Woman’s National Democratic Club is organizing a new program series, beginning with “The U.S. Role in a Changing World,” and that kicked off with Derek Chollet’s September 29 presentation on President Obama’s foreign policy. The...
Iraq’s Artifacts Have Become Refugees, Too

Iraq’s Artifacts Have Become Refugees, Too

In the initial aftermath of the U.S. invasion of Iraq, looters swept through the National Museum in Baghdad and carted off 15,000 items of incalculable value. Some of these items were destroyed in the attempt to spirit them away. Some disappeared into the vortex of...
How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

How a Child is Made into a Suicide Bomber

In 1954, a single book destroyed the popular notion that children are innocent souls. In that book, a plane of such innocent souls crashes on a deserted island. There, in a paradise of coral and coconuts and wild pigs, the survivors soon revert to a state of nature....
Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

Can Sanders Distinguish Himself From Clinton on Foreign Policy?

Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders has distinguished himself from his party rival Hillary Clinton when it comes to domestic economic issues, but when it comes to foreign policy that distinction is a bit more vague. Referring to his “no” vote...
Who is responsible for the crisis in Syria and Iraq?

Who is responsible for the crisis in Syria and Iraq?

Via Edward Briody: The U.S. has involved itself endlessly in the affairs of Middle Eastern countries. Major interests include oil, military bases, sale of weapons, propping up friendly Governments, and limiting Russian influence. But just as the Russians provoked a...
Is It Time for the US to Pull Out of Iraq and Syria?

Is It Time for the US to Pull Out of Iraq and Syria?

On this day in 2011, President Zine el-Abidine Ben Ali fled Tunisia, following massive protests in the streets. It was the first victory of the Arab Spring. The lessons, Laila Lalami wrote in The Nation at the time, were several: “To the Arab dictators: you are not...
ISIS, War, and the Refugee Crisis:  What Happens Now?

ISIS, War, and the Refugee Crisis: What Happens Now?

Speakers: Phyllis Bennis directs the New Internationalism Project at Institute for Policy Studies, working as a writer, activist, and analyst on Middle East and U.N. issues. She is also a fellow of the Transnational Institute in Amsterdam. In 2001, she helped found...
The War Machine

The War Machine

IPS’s Peter Certo, editor for Foreign Policy in Focus, discusses the role of Saudi Arabia in the Middle East, the U.S. establishment press, the war machine, Islamophobia, and the Syrian refugee crisis on Telesur’s Interviews from Washington, DC. Watch...