The White House is Dangerously Ratcheting Up Pressures with Iran

The White House is Dangerously Ratcheting Up Pressures with Iran

Ratcheting up pressures with Iran is making the situation in the region far worse, IPS Middle East policy expert Phyllis Bennis told MSNBC in regard to the White House’ reaction to  Iranian ballistic missile testing. “There’s been no claim by the...
Book Event: Arabia Incognita

Book Event: Arabia Incognita

We invite you to attend the launch and discussion of the anthology Arabia Incognita: Dispatches From Yemen and the Gulf with editor Dr. Sheila Carapico at the Institute for Policy Studies. IPS’s Middle East expert Phyllis Bennis will be moderating the Q & A...
U.S. Support for the Saudi Regime is a Humanitarian Disaster

U.S. Support for the Saudi Regime is a Humanitarian Disaster

Although the Saudis have promised a high-level committee to investigate civilian deaths from their airstrikes in Yemen, they continue to strike civilian targets with countless deaths and destructions. For instance, among those recently killed in an airstrike on an...
When Will the Dirty Wars End?

When Will the Dirty Wars End?

Director Rick Rowley and journalist Jeremy Scahill’s much talked about docu-thriller Dirty Wars: The World Is a Battlefield opened on June 7th to strong positive reviews. A companion piece to Scahill’s book of the same name, Dirty Wars details the growing use of...
Postcard from Yemen

Postcard from Yemen

The village is called Kupbagan. At least that is what fisherman and village resident Muhammad Annas said. The small cluster of houses is not on any map, and is unlikely to be noticed by any except those who live there. There are thousands of rural habitations like...
Embassy Protests and Middle East Unrest in Context

Embassy Protests and Middle East Unrest in Context

It seems bizarre that right-wing pundits would be so desperate to use the recent anti-American protests in the Middle East—in most cases numbering only a few hundred people and (except for a peaceful Hezbollah-organized rally in Lebanon) in no cases numbering...
A Rotten Cop on the Beat

A Rotten Cop on the Beat

In mid-July, relatives of three U.S. citizens killed by drone strikes in Yemen filed a wrongful death lawsuit against top security officials. Their complaint charges that the lethal strikes “violated fundamental rights afforded to all U.S. citizens, including...
Plain Old Murder

Plain Old Murder

Drones are President Barack Obama’s weapon of choice in the War on Terror. Since taking office, he has ordered over 280 drone strikes in Pakistan alone. That’s more than eight times as many as George W. Bush authorized and doesn’t even count the...

Target: Africa

An informal competition took place during the Bush years for the title of “second front” in the war on terror. Administration officials often referred to Southeast Asia as the next major franchise location for al-Qaeda, with the Philippines in particular...
Poets Stand Up

Poets Stand Up

In Paris, poets staged a flash mob outside the Louvre Museum. In North Carolina, they sent poems to their state legislators, calling on them to restore arts education funding to the decimated state budget. In Vancouver, BC, poets cleaned up a beach before their...

U.S. Escalates War Against Al-Qaeda

WASHINGTON, Jun 14 (IPS) – Increasingly worried that Al-Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) is taking advantage of the growing political chaos in Yemen, the administration of President Barack Obama has tasked the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) to use drone...

Bunkum and Debunk ‘Em

The wounded leader of Yemen, Ali Abdullah Saleh, left the country over the weekend for Saudi Arabia. The opposition is thrilled. But the country might still descend into chaos, and the biggest beneficiary may be the local al-Qaeda chapter. Or, at least, I believe that...