The Kurdish Elephant

The Kurdish Elephant

Let’s mix some metaphors in the Middle East, all of them involving elephants. In the crisis zone that encompasses Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, the Kurds are the elephant in the room. They are the “problem” that no one really wants to talk about. Because it would be...
Talking Points: Why We Shouldn’t Attack Syria

Talking Points: Why We Shouldn’t Attack Syria

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD – PRINT FORMAT THE CHOICE IS NOT WAR OR NOTHING: WE HAVE OTHER OPTIONS We can call for a second UN weapons inspection team, to determine who was responsible for the chemical weapons attack. We can recommend that whoever is found...
Syria: The Threats, the Claims, the Costs, the Lives

Syria: The Threats, the Claims, the Costs, the Lives

This piece originally appeared on Open Democracy. Politically-driven demands for direct U.S. intervention in Syria — more arms to the rebels, establishing a “no-fly” zone, creating a safe area somewhere — have been flying around for months. So...
Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Way Worse Than a Dumb War: Iraq Ten Years Later

Full article available at The Nation. Editor’s Note: This statement on the tenth anniversary of the launch of the Iraq War was signed by Phyllis Bennis, John Cavanagh and Steve Cobble (Institute for Policy Studies); Judith LeBlanc and Kevin Martin (Peace...
February 15, 2003. The Day the World Said No to War.

February 15, 2003. The Day the World Said No to War.

Ten years ago people around the world rose up. In almost 800 cities across the globe, protesters filled the streets of capital cities and tiny villages, following the sun from Australia and New Zealand and the small Pacific islands, through the snowy steppes of North...

Calling for a Ceasefire in Libya

The undersigned organizations and individuals call on Congress to support peace, not war, in Libya. The four-month NATO military intervention in Libya, in which the U.S. Africa Command plays a vital role, has reached a stalemate, and is killing civilians rather than...

All-American Decline in a New World

This is a global moment unlike any in memory, perhaps in history. Yes, comparisons can be made to the wave of people power that swept Eastern Europe as the Soviet Union collapsed in 1989-91. For those with longer memories, perhaps 1968 might come to mind, that...

Pox Americana

Oh yes, in the name of its War on Terror, Washington had for years backed most of the thuggish governments now under siege or anxious that they may be next in line to hear from their people. When it came to Egypt in particular, there was initially much polite (and...

New Year 2011, Okinawa and the Future of East Asia

Can the militarization and confrontation that gathered momentum through 2010 in the spiral of incidents (Cheonan in March, Senkaku in September, Yeonpyeong in November) and massive regional war rehearsals by the US and its allies be halted and reversed? The fear that...

New U.S. Ship Deployment to Costa Rica Heightens Tensions

The Costa Rican legislature on December 20 approved another deployment of dozens of U.S. ships to its territory for the next six months, but denied permission for warships to deploy to the country until a full debate occurs after the New Year. The decision came at a...

The Urge to Surge: Washington’s 30-Year High

Just as 2010 ended, the American military’s urge to surge resurfaced in a significant way. It seems that “leaders” in the Obama administration and “senior American military commanders” in Afghanistan were acting as a veritable WikiLeaks...
The 2010 “Are You Serious?” Awards

The 2010 “Are You Serious?” Awards

Cross-posted from Dispatches From the Edge. Each year the column Dispatches From The Edge awards news stories and newsmakers that fall under the category of “Are you serious?” Here are 2010’s winners. The Harry Potter Award to the British technology...