The Obama Administration Is Misreading Public Opinion on Israel

The Obama Administration Is Misreading Public Opinion on Israel

Shortly before the New Year, the Obama administration broke with its usual behavior at the United Nations and abstained from a Security Council resolution against Israel’s illegal settlements in Palestinian territory. By abstaining instead of vetoing the...
The Obama Administration’s Important Shift on Israeli Settlements

The Obama Administration’s Important Shift on Israeli Settlements

“The Obama administration made the decision that Israel had gone too far,” Phyllis Bennis told Press TV concerning the United States’ abstention from a UN Security Council vote on Israeli settlements in the occupied Palestinian territories. Allowing...
Saudi Arabia is Using U.S. Weapons to Kill Yemeni Civilians

Saudi Arabia is Using U.S. Weapons to Kill Yemeni Civilians

Fighting in Yemen is back in full-scale after UN peace talks broke down last week. “We should be clear that this is very one-sided fighting,” Phyllis Bennis told the Real News Network. Saudi Arabia is moving against the Houthis who have loose ties to Iran,...
The Coming Drone Blowback

The Coming Drone Blowback

The targeted assassination of Taliban leader Mullah Akhtar Mohammad Mansour last weekend wasn’t just another drone strike. First of all, it was conducted by the U.S. military, not the CIA, which has orchestrated nearly all drone strikes in Pakistan. Second, it didn’t...
The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy

The People’s Budget: Pushing Us Toward a Peace Economy

The Obama administration’s budget proposal for 2017 would jack up military spending higher than it’s been since World War II.  The Republican leadership in Congress wants to jack it up higher than that.  Fortunately these aren’t our only choices.  The Congressional...

Obama: The Fairy-Tale President?

In fairy tales, the hero makes a wish. After a few trials, the wish comes true, and everyone lives happily ever after. But only in this Disney version of fairy tales is wish fulfillment so straightforward. In Goethe’s modern fairy tale, a scholar dreams of knowledge...

Five Signs the Drone War Is Undermining the ‘War on Terror’

The Intercept — a website launched by First Look Media with Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill in the wake of the Snowden revelations last year — was founded to promote official transparency and accountability. This fall, it scored maybe its biggest...
Why Does Senator Schumer Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal?

Why Does Senator Schumer Oppose the Iran Nuclear Deal?

[youtube id=”7wVjOzp_s2M” align=”left” mode=”normal” autoplay=”no”] Last week, President Obama delivered his Iran nuclear deal speech at American University.  Obama took the moment to further connect his legacy to that...
Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

Arts Event: Salsa not Sanctions

In the beginning of March of this year, President Obama ominously called Venezuela a “threat to US national security” and imposed sanctions on Venezuelan government officials, creating a new wedge between Washington and Latin America. Only July 8, CODEPINK, the...
Faking It While the World Burns

Faking It While the World Burns

Rex Tillerson, of all people, just did the climate movement a big favor. He didn’t hand the Sierra Club tens of millions of dollars to fight the coal industry like former New York City mayor Mike Bloomberg. Nor did the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil follow former...
Closing the Door on Torture

Closing the Door on Torture

After I blew the whistle on the CIA’s torture program in 2007, the fallout for me was brutal. To make a long story short, I served nearly two years in federal prison and then endured a few more months of house arrest. What happened to the torture program? Nothing....
Burning Our Bridges

Burning Our Bridges

To generate funds to shore up our nation’s crumbling infrastructure, the U.S. Congress is considering giving corporations large tax cuts on their offshore profits. Under current law, corporations can defer U.S. tax payments on overseas earnings until they bring the...