US soldiers prepare to raise the American flag during a memorial ceremony in Kabul to commemorate the 16th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on Sept. 11, 2017. Photo: Reuters/Mohammad Ismail

9/11 and the Unsolvable Afghan Drama

Sixteen years after 9/11, and the subsequent US bombing that toppled the Taliban, where do we stand? Osama bin Laden is no more. Al-Qaeda is not in Afghanistan but swarming Idlib province in Syria, metastasized into Hayat Tahrir al-Sham (HTS), the former Jabhat al-Nusra; 30,000 jihadis with combat experience who absorbed brigades from other “moderate …

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Leaked UAE Emails: Saudi Arabia Came Close to ‘Conquering’ Qatar

Saudi Arabia came close to “conquering” Qatar, according to a recent email purportedly sent by the Emirati ambassador to the US, Yousef al-Otaiba. The claim came in a new batch of leaked emails, released online overnight on Wednesday, by an unknown party. In a May 2017 email thread with former US diplomat Elliot Abrams, Otaiba …

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Who Rules America? The Power Elite in the Time of Trump

Introduction In the last few months, several competing political, economic and military sectors – linked to distinct ideological and ethnic groups – have clearly emerged at the centers of power. We can identify some of the key competing and interlocking directorates of the power elite: 1. Free marketers, with the ubiquitous presence of the ‘Israel …

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Venezuela Stops Accepting Dollars For Oil Payments

Did the doomsday clock on the petrodollar (and implicitly US hegemony) just tick one more minute closer to midnight? Apparently confirming what President Maduro had warned following the recent US sanctions, The Wall Street Journal reports that Venezuela has officially stopped accepting US Dollars as payment for its crude oil exports. As we previously noted, …

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"I saw soldiers beating old people whose only crime was their ethnicity. There was blood everywhere" (MEE/Luca Ortello)

Afghans in Iran: No SIM Card, No House, No Rights

Abdul-Ali doesn't accurately know his own age, but believes that he turned 65 a few years ago. He approaches the overflowing handcart, close to a dump at the edge of the street. Farukh, his seven-year old granddaughter, takes advantage of the stop to eat some candy. It's Friday night. The roads of the ancient city …

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Israel Is Getting Ready for a Major War — and No One Is Talking About It

Last week, Israel began holding its largest military drill in 20 years, and it was specifically designed to simulate a war with Hezbollah. From the Independent: “The Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has deployed thousands of air, sea and land personnel to the Lebanese border for its biggest military drill in almost two decades, a show of strength designed …

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An Economic Lesson for China and Russia

Is there anyone in Trump’s government who is not an imbecile? After years of endless military threats against Russia—remember CIA deputy director Mike Morell saying on TV (Charlie Rose show) that the US should start killing Russians to give them a message, and Army Chief of Staff Mark Milley threatening “We’ll beat you harder than …

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At least 10,000 Palestinian refugees live in Shatila today, and the camp has accepted some 10,000 Syrian refugees. Lacking citizenship in any state, Palestinian refugees in Lebanon cannot work in more than a dozen professions. Two-thirds of the camp’s residents are under 40; most have grown up entirely within the confines of the camp. Photo: Wojtek Arciszewski / Al Jazeera

On the 35th Anniversary of Sabra and Shatila: The Forgotten Refugees

This September will be the thirty-fifth anniversary of the Sabra-Shatila Massacre in West Beirut. Three thousand unarmed refugees were killed from 15-18 September 1982. I was then a young orthopedic trainee who had resigned from St. Thomas Hospital to join the Christian Aid Lebanon medical team to help those wounded by Israel’s invasion of Lebanon. …

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How Universities Betray Students & Society

I'd only send my son to university if he had no talent. The modern university is not devoted to truth, quite the opposite. Feminist and homosexual shibboleths are rampant on campus but they are only symptoms of a much more profound problem. Modern Western "culture" is based on the fraudulent assumptions of the "Enlightenment," a …

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