Our sanctions managed to kneecap a secular, woman-friendly state and turn it into a fundie breeding ground: As independent journalist Rania Khalek explained earlier this year: Contrary to popular imagination, Iraqi women enjoyed far more freedomunder Saddam Hussein’s secular Ba’athist government than women in other Middle Eastern countries. In fact, equal rights for women were enshrined in Iraq’s […]
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Freddie DeBoer: The emails filling my box about Israel function as a remarkable document. They are a record of seemingly reasonable people who have completely lost track of basic moral reasoning. And that represents itself nowhere more consistently or powerfully than here: treating what could possibly happen to Israelis as more important than whatalready is happening to Palestinians. […]
I don’t care that they behead people — I care that they execute people. The beheading part is for shock value, and Americans fall for it every time. Our reaction shouldn’t be any different than it would be if they’d shot James Foley in the head. What to do about? I don’t have a clue. […]
This is what it was like after 9/11, and that public attitude led to the founding of Drinking Liberally — a place where the small anti-war minority could speak openly. But keeping people out of bomb shelters? That’s criminal: For Jewish Israelis, and even more so for Palestinians inside Israel, opposing war is a dangerous […]
It drives me crazy when people try to rehabilitate this crook: The new release of extended versions of Nixon’s papers now confirms this long-standing belief, usually dismissed as a “conspiracy theory” by Republican conservatives. Now it has been substantiated by none other than right-wing columnist George Will. Nixon’s newly revealed records show for certain that […]
Don’t worry, they’re “just” advisers! And special ops! What could possibly go wrong?
Great article in Counterpunch: Critics say the DHS represents a classic case of mission creep, expanding its mission into multiple facets of civilian law enforcement, with its overall budget soaring from $29 billion in 2002 to $61 billion in 2014, according to the Journal. Even former Bush administration Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was taken […]
What a dance of rhetorical bullshit. Jodi Roduren has made it clear she believes her job is to support Israel. Apparently her bosses are okay with that: On August 5, The New York Times published a highly problematic article “Civilian or Not? New Fight in Tallying the Dead from Gaza Conflict”, that presented information supporting dubious Israeli […]
Defense contractors really like it when we bomb shit, since it means we have to buy more bombs to replace them. Win/win! Well, all those dead people, but…
They just asked for an apology? WTF? Still think the CIA wasn’t behind our political assassinations? WASHINGTON — An internal investigation by the C.I.A. has found that its officers penetrated a computer network used by the Senate Intelligence Committee in preparing its damning report on the C.I.A.’s detention and interrogation program. The report by the agency’s […]