When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

When States Dream, Is Syria Their Nightmare?

The war in Syria is a nightmare. It’s a nightmare for all the civilians who suffer from constant aerial bombardment, who are trapped without food and medical assistance inside crumbling cities, who experience the retribution of either the Islamic State or the regime...
Big Pharma Needs a Cure for its Tax Allergy

Big Pharma Needs a Cure for its Tax Allergy

Millions of families live in constant dread of what an unexpected encounter with a bee, a food additive, or even a dye  could bring. One slip, and breathing could quickly become difficult, or a heartbeat dangerously low. Severe allergies, untreated, can kill. But...
The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

The $1.7 Trillion Status Expenditure

Among the Kwakiutl and several other indigenous cultures of the Pacific Northwest, the potlatch was a ritual of hospitality. The host would invite guests to a big feast and then distribute gifts. The distribution was a way of demonstrating the host’s status: the more...
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...
Is The U.S. Fighting for Regime Change in Syria?

Is The U.S. Fighting for Regime Change in Syria?

While Secretary John Kerry talks of some kind of peace process for Syria, Washington appears to be doubling down on the same failed policy. Nonetheless, if the Russian deployment has bought time for diplomacy to take place, it has also bought time for the Syrian army...
Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

Will the U.S. Appease Netanyahu and Increase Military Aid to Israel?

U.S. President Barack Obama met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the White House Monday. It’s the first time the two leaders have met in more than a year. For more on the significance of this meeting and whether it would help smooth over strained...
Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

Is President Obama Using Faulty Logic to Justify ISIS Airstrikes?

As the Obama administration ramps up airstrikes against Islamic State fighters in Syria in order to protect the small number of US-trained rebels, activist are arguing that that White House hasn’t looked for better options and is using faulty logic to justify the...
Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

Understanding ISIS and U.S. Foreign Policy Since 9/11

IPS’s Phyllis Bennis discusses U.S. foreign policy since the September 11, 2001 attacks, anti-terrorism efforts, and the Iran nuclear agreement with C-SPAN’s Brian Lamb. Watch below: For the full interview transcript, visit CSPAN’s website...
A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

A Victory for Diplomacy Over War

Phyllis Bennis joins The Last Word with Lawrence O’Donnell to discuss the ramifications of the negotiated nuclear agreement between the U.S. and Iran, both in terms of future relations between the two countries, as well as for diplomacy at large: “I think...
Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

Why the World Is Becoming the Un-Sweden

Imagine an alternative universe in which the two major Cold War superpowers evolved into the United Soviet Socialist States. The conjoined entity, linked perhaps by a new Bering Straits land bridge, combines the optimal features of capitalism and collectivism. From...
Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

Fast Track Bill Ignores Lessons of Financial Crisis

In a move that elicited a collective groan from virtually all of progressive America, the Obama administration and congressional Republicans reached a deal on April 16 on so-called “fast track” trade authority. This is the legislation needed to ram new trade...