Iraq: 9 Years of War and Activism. Is It Over?

We’ll hear stories from lots of actors in the anti-Iraq occupation movement – activists, veterans, artists and more- about how the past nine years impacted them and their lives, and the lasting lessons for us as a movement. If you’re interested on...
Iraq and the Limits of U.S. Power

Iraq and the Limits of U.S. Power

“Washington has lost a valuable opportunity to nurture and support a key counterweight to Iranian influence among Shiites in the Arab world,” lament Danielle Pletka and Gary Schmitt of the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute in an op-ed for the...

Darned Ingrate Iraqis!

Excerpted from Other Words. Iraq is a gift that keeps on giving. We kicked out their murderous dictator for them, helped them institute democracy, poured hundreds of millions of dollars into their recovery, and tried our best to interrupt their civil war. Then we left...
In Iraq, Occupation by Another Name

In Iraq, Occupation by Another Name

Two recent reports appearing on the same day last week in The New York Times and The Washington Post illustrate U.S. intentions in Iraq. What they reveal is that despite the heralded “end” of U.S. participation in the war there, U.S. policy continues to...
A Conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis and Ethelbert Miller

A Conversation with IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis and Ethelbert Miller

Poet, writer and IPS Board Chair E. Ethelbert Miller will interview IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis about her life and work. Today, Phyllis is a leading scholar-activist and voice of reason on the Middle East and on the U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. She works in the...
Iran and Post-Withdrawal Iraq

Iran and Post-Withdrawal Iraq

With the United States formally ending its military operations in Iraq, many analysts are beginning to examine Iran’s deep influence in the country. In light of of Iran’s growing tensions with the West over its burgeoning nuclear program, Tehran’s...
The Not-About-Iraqi-Oil Iraqi Oil Map

The Not-About-Iraqi-Oil Iraqi Oil Map

Dahr Jamail’s report on energy majors in Iraq reminds us of one of the other, other, other reasons for the U.S. invasion of Iraq, the one nearest and dearest to neoconservatives’ political action committees: oil. Ostensibly, “oil” was part of...
The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah

The Under-Examined Story of Fallujah

Seven years after the U.S. invasion of Fallujah, there are reports of an alarming rise in the rates of birth defects and cancer. But the crisis, and its possible connection to weapons deployed by the United States during the war, remains woefully under-examined. On...
America Is Not Broke

America Is Not Broke

A misplaced obsession with our national debt and austerity has overtaken the national debate on the economy, with a resounding call to slash government spending to balance the budget. Some lawmakers are asserting that the country is broke, that we must tighten our...
Ten Years and One Month Later

Ten Years and One Month Later

When I look back on the news cycle over the last two months, I think of 9/11 and floods. On the morning of August 28, I turned on the television and watched as the local newscaster showed the Hudson River lapping against the top of the concrete bulkhead, threatening...
Afghanistan’s Energy War

Afghanistan’s Energy War

Violence escalated daily in Afghanistan with the approach of the 10-year anniversary of the U.S. invasion on October 7. At the same time, a little-noted energy agenda is moving rapidly forward that may not only deny Afghans the much needed economic benefits their...
Why Al-Qaeda Won

Why Al-Qaeda Won

With the tenth anniversary of the crime that was 9/11, the question inevitably crops up: who won, the United States or al-Qaeda? According to the politically correct answer, although al-Qaeda has been decimated, it has been a Pyrrhic victory for Washington. In...