Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

Escalating Casualties in Mosul Cannot Be Blamed on the Fog of War

“There is an effort to deflect responsibility. But the bottom line is this is the result of a U.S. airstrike, whether there were other factors involved or not,” IPS Middle East foreign policy expert told Rising Up with Sonali amid recent accusations of a...
There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

There Was Nothing Moderate About Trump’s Speech

Donald Trump began his recent speech to Congress with a line seemingly designed to appease his critics. “As we mark the conclusion of our celebration of Black History Month,” he said, “we are reminded of our nation’s path toward civil rights and the work that still...
Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

Dividing the Right and Conquering Trump

The resistance to Donald Trump’s presidency has been strong, sustained, and multi-dimensional. The women’s march after the inauguration deluged DC in a sea of pink hats and generated companion protests in an extraordinary 670 cities around the world. My inbox has been...
Trump is Calling for a Return to McCarthy-Era Repression

Trump is Calling for a Return to McCarthy-Era Repression

What Trump is really calling for when he talks about establishing a commission on radical Islam is a return of the House Un-American Activities Committee, Phyllis Bennis told Democracy Now! in reference to his latest speech in Ohio. HUAC was so infamously involved in...
Why ISIS Must Love Trump

Why ISIS Must Love Trump

As the sun set over New York on June 12, hundreds of Muslims gathered in Hudson River Park to break their Ramadan fast together. Iftar, the evening Ramadan meal, is often a joyous celebration of faith and family. But the mood that Sunday was solemn: That morning, news...
Burning Issues: Taking on ISIS

Burning Issues: Taking on ISIS

In order to eliminate the threat of ISIS, the United States has to support eliminating the conditions that have led people in Syria and Iraq to conclude that ISIS is the lesser of two evils, says Phyllis Bennis, a fellow at the Institute for Policy Studies, in this...
How Should We Name the Attack in Orlando?

How Should We Name the Attack in Orlando?

The Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the recent tragedy that left 49 dead at a gay bar in Orlando. The shooter, Omar Mateen, declared his allegiance to ISIS in a 911 call he made during the massacre. President Obama and much of the news media have declared...
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...
Lacking a Real Foreign Policy Strategy, Trump Would Turn to War

Lacking a Real Foreign Policy Strategy, Trump Would Turn to War

There’s a certain kind of danger that comes with a presidential candidate who has made a commitment ahead of time to focus on war. But there is a another type of danger that comes from a candidate who is so vague about his foreign policy, that he himself...
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....