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As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

    As Trump ‘Goes Nuclear’ Against Iran and China, What’s Next?

At least it is clear; it’s explicit. The “We’re America, Bitch” formulation by an American official strips away the humbug of soft power. It’s not about ‘democracy’ or ‘freedom’: the global universal order never was. And, President Trump, to his credit, makes no bones about it: Why apologise over American power? It’s use it, or lose it…

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On July 4, The United States Celebrates Independence

    On July 4, The United States Celebrates Independence

On the 4th of July, the United States – a nation in the midst of doing all it can to preserve its hegemony and waning global dominance – gears up to celebrate its independence from former empire Britain. Ambitions on such a day, even for a country whose political class routinely touts self-indulgent precepts of “exceptionalism,” run…

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Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns

    Israel Preparing for Complete Annexation of the West Bank, UN Warns

Just prior to a United Nations Human Rights Council meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week, a UN legal expert has declared that Israel is moving closer to formal annexation of the West Bank. “After years of creeping Israeli de facto annexation of the large swathes of the West Bank through settlement expansion, the creation of…

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Saudis Trash UN Report on Child Casualties in Yemen Before Its Release

    Saudis Trash UN Report on Child Casualties in Yemen Before Its Release

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA — In the lead-up to the release of a UN report focusing on mass child casualties in the Yemen conflict, the Saudi-led coalition that has largely been blamed for those deaths is already contesting the results of the report, some of which were leaked to the press late last month. According to…

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Lindsey Graham Warns U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be “Terrible” During Surprise Visit to Manbij

  Lindsey Graham Warns U.S. Withdrawal from Syria Would Be “Terrible” During Surprise Visit to Manbij

MANBIJ, SYRIA – After meeting with Turkish leadership over the weekend, Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) made a “surprise visit” on Monday to Manbij, where they met with members of Manbij Military Council (MMC), a Kurdish militia that operates as part of the umbrella group, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). After visiting…

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The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers

  The Trump Administration was Just Ordered to End Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers

Immigrant rights advocates on Tuesday applauded a federal judge’s ruling that the Trump administration cannot detain asylum seekers who are awaiting immigration hearings—a practice that breaks the government’s own policies as well as international law. Today’s ruling means the Trump administration cannot use indefinite detention as a weapon to punish and deter asylum seekers. It…

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The NSC’s Newest Member Set to Aid Bolton’s Efforts to Derail Korea Peace Talks

  The NSC’s Newest Member Set to Aid Bolton’s Efforts to Derail Korea Peace Talks

WASHINGTON — Evidence continues to mount that elements of the U.S. government are determined to sabotage the Korea peace talks, and the newest member of the Trump administration’s National Security Council is just the latest indication that such efforts are indeed underway. On Monday, Anthony Ruggiero — North Korea expert and senior fellow at the…

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CODEPINK Co-Director Ariel Gold Denied Entry and Deported by Israel for Her Pro-BDS Stance

  CODEPINK Co-Director Ariel Gold Denied Entry and Deported by Israel for Her Pro-BDS Stance

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL — Just a few months after Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry released a full list of organizations whose activists will be barred from entering Israel for advancing the cause of the Boycott, Sanctions and Divestment (BDS) movement, Jewish-American activist and CODEPINK national co-director Ariel Gold was denied entry and then deported from Israel…

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Is the US-Kurdish Alliance Over? New Agreement Between Kurds and Assad Could Spell End for U.S. Role in Syria

  Is the US-Kurdish Alliance Over? New Agreement Between Kurds and Assad Could Spell End for U.S. Role in Syria

DAMASCUS, SYRIA — For over a year, much of northeastern Syria has found itself under de facto occupation by the United States and its military proxy, the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF). The occupied territory, accounting for nearly a third of Syria’s total landmass and including large portions of the al-Hasakah, al-Raqqa and Deir Ez-Zor regions,…

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Ongoing Bombardment of Hodeida Belies UAE Claim of Ceasefire

  Ongoing Bombardment of Hodeida Belies UAE Claim of Ceasefire

HODEIDA, YEMEN — The United Arab Emirates Minister of Foreign Affairs, Anwar Gargash, announced on Sunday a pause in the U.S.-backed, Saudi-led attacks against Yemen’s port city of Hodeida. He claimed the halt is intended to allow United Nations efforts to resolve the conflict to take place. Despite the announcement, however, the Saudi-led coalition is,…

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