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Terrorism: A History of Violence

Few concepts are as muddled as terrorism but David Anderson, the UK’s outgoing terrorism legislation watchdog, has brought insight and scrutiny to bear on one of the defining issues of our age, writes Peter Oborne Politicians of all parties and many countries have sought to persuade their societies that terrorism is a unique and special … Continue reading Terrorism: A History of Violence

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Is The Trump Administration Already Over?

Hopes for the Trump administration are not burning brightly. Trump’s military chief, Gen. Mattis, is turning out to be true to his «mad dog» nickname. He has just declared that Iran «is the single biggest state sponsor of terrorism in the world». Where is the evidence for this ignorant accusation? There is none. If truth be spoken, … Continue reading Is The Trump Administration Already Over?

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Someone’s Navy has been Shelling Yemen for Days, US Denies Blame

Someone’s Navy Has Been Shelling Yemen For Days, US Denies Blame According to several Yemeni government officials, someone has been shelling al Qaeda positions from a naval vessel off the coast. The officials say it seems to be the US, but the Pentagon denies it. Yemeni officials say it appears US warships are conducting strikes … Continue reading Someone’s Navy has been Shelling Yemen for Days, US Denies Blame

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Syria: ‘Opposition Groups’ Form Coalition Led by Al-Qaeda

ISIS units have been developing an advance on the al-Sin air base in eastern Qalamoun near the city of Dumayr. The terrorist group launched the offensive last night and seized certain Syrian army checkpoints in the area. But the terrorists failed to reach the air base, according to pro-government sources. The ISIS advance on the … Continue reading Syria: ‘Opposition Groups’ Form Coalition Led by Al-Qaeda

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Syria: Undeclared US-NATO War of Aggression, Using Al Qaeda Terrorism as An Instrument of Death and Destruction

The following eight concepts are intended to clarify the nature of the war on Syria.  It was never “a civil war”. It was an undeclared war of aggression using Al Qaeda affiliated terrorists as the foot-soldiers of US-NATO and their Middle East allies. From day one, terrorists were involved in the killing of civilians.  It … Continue reading Syria: Undeclared US-NATO War of Aggression, Using Al Qaeda Terrorism as An Instrument of Death and Destruction

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Al-Qaeda Consolidates Its Front Groups In Syria

A few days ago Al-Qaeda in Syria and the Salafist Takfiri group Ahrar al Sham produced a show claiming they were fighting each other. I fell for it and wrote: The Turkish, Russian and Iranian governments had agreed on talks in Astana in Kazakhstan between delegations from "moderate" militant groups in Syria and the Syrian … Continue reading Al-Qaeda Consolidates Its Front Groups In Syria

Making a joint statement on Yemen, with left – right, US Secretary of State John Kerry, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and UN Special Envoy for Yemen Ismail Ould Cheikh Ahmed, at Lancaster House in London Sunday Oct. 16, 2016. (Justin Tallis/AP)

Strange Bedfellows: US, Saudi, Al-Qaida & ISIS Interests Align in War on Yemen

The people of Yemen continue to suffer amid a humanitarian catastrophe created by foreign and domestic forces alike -- almost all of whom stand to profit as long as war and chaos have a hold on the impoverished country. As Yemen remains entrenched in the protracted, multi-fronted military conflict led by Saudi Arabia and funded … Continue reading Strange Bedfellows: US, Saudi, Al-Qaida & ISIS Interests Align in War on Yemen

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Down the Rabbit-Hole to Trump’s Victory

There are several key reasons why Donald Trump won, such as that he achieved a 1,405,004 nationwide popular-vote victory in all states except California, where he lost by an enormous 4,260,978-vote margin to Hillary Clinton (and so Hillary beat him in all 50 states by 2,864,974 votes) — and the Electoral College represents all 50 states, not … Continue reading Down the Rabbit-Hole to Trump’s Victory

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US Senators are Even More Neoconservative than are Trump’s Appointees

The confirmation hearings for the members of incoming President Donald Trump’s national-security team show that neoconservatism dominates the U.S. government today: neoconservatism didn’t end after George W. Bush’s alleged certainty that «Saddam’s WMD» existed in 2002, turned out to have been merely an excuse —not an authentic reason — to invade Iraq, and so to spread death and … Continue reading US Senators are Even More Neoconservative than are Trump’s Appointees