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Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit

    Beyond Racism, Immigrant Mass Detention Is All About Profit

BELLINGHAM, WA – While Donald Trump’s stepped-up repression of unauthorized migrants has been touted as a “get tough” policy meant to stem a flood of “animals” affiliated with transnational criminal groups, his draconian policies remain unlikely to deter desperate asylum-seekers from seeking entry to the United States. Instead, family separations and arbitrary prosecution and incarcerations…

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In Yemen, Selling, Borrowing, Begging To Save Loved-Ones as Cholera Rages

    In Yemen, Selling, Borrowing, Begging To Save Loved-Ones as Cholera Rages

SANA’A, YEMEN — When his wife’s vomiting and diarrhea simply wouldn’t stop, 40-year-old Ali Sherwaid, an English teacher, did a quick accounting in his head, calibrating the catastrophe that had befallen him. With cholera ravaging his wife, 28 years-old and nine-months pregnant with the couple’s first child, Sherwaid needed to get her medical treatment. Problem…

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Hodeidah Bombardment Reveals UAE’s US-Backed Rise in Regional Power

    Hodeidah Bombardment Reveals UAE’s US-Backed Rise in Regional Power

HODEIDAH, YEMEN – In defiance of pleas from the United Nations, aid groups and others, the Saudi-led coalition has begun its offensive on the Yemeni port city of Hodeidah, an offensive that is likely to result in mass civilian casualties and gravely worsen the country’s humanitarian crisis. The battle is expected to be the largest…

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Pro-War Liberals Resist Trump’s Modest Accomplishments at North Korea Summit

    Pro-War Liberals Resist Trump’s Modest Accomplishments at North Korea Summit

SENTOSA ISLAND, SINGAPORE – The summit between the leaders of the United States and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea at Singapore’s Sentosa Island has come and gone. While it may not have been the comprehensive solution to all outstanding issues between the two countries, it surely has lived up to the hype befitting a…

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Amnesty: US-Led Coalition Committed War Crimes In Raqqa, Syria

  Amnesty: US-Led Coalition Committed War Crimes In Raqqa, Syria

LONDON — Last year’s Washington-led coalition effort against the Islamic State (ISIS) group in the Syrian city of Raqqa included numerous “disproportionate or indiscriminate” attacks on the city, showing little regard for civilian lives and constituting potential war crimes, a new report by Amnesty International stated Tuesday. The campaign to seize Raqqa spanned June to…

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A View from the Rubble of Sana’a: What Happens When an Airstrike Hits Your Street

  A View from the Rubble of Sana’a: What Happens When an Airstrike Hits Your Street

SANA’A, YEMEN — The late morning sun conspired with a cloudless blue sky to frame the Al Tahir commercial district here in a shimmering champagne glow. With the noon hour approaching, swatches of life unfurl like images in a Diego Rivera mural: Al Qasr Street begins to swell with cars, courier trucks and bicycles, while…

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In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

  In Face of US Threats, Iranians I Met Remain Calm and Confident in Their Strength

TEHRAN, IRAN — The look on people’s faces when I mention that I had just returned from visiting Iran is priceless. Even if the trip had been a terrible failure, it still would have been worth it just to see these expressions of confusion, disbelief and sometimes disdain at the mere mention of a visit…

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Trump Set to Recognize Israel’s Claim to Occupied Golan Heights and Its Sizable Oil Reserves

  Trump Set to Recognize Israel’s Claim to Occupied Golan Heights and Its Sizable Oil Reserves

TEL AVIV, ISRAEL – While President Trump has reneged on many of his campaign promises — namely, those more populist and non-interventionist in nature — he has undeniably fulfilled those that appealed to his pro-Israel, Zionist supporters. First, Trump announced late last year that his administration would officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.…

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Trump Scraps North Korea Summit to Save Face – What Comes Next?

  Trump Scraps North Korea Summit to Save Face – What Comes Next?

WASHINGTON — United States President Donald Trump’s cancellation of next month’s summit with the Supreme Leader of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK), Kim Jong-un, came as a bit of a surprise and a jarring break from developments such as the release of three U.S. hostages by Pyongyang and the country’s apparent follow-through on…

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US Embassy Move Tears Last Fig Leaf Off of Long-Standing US-Israeli Designs for Palestine

  US Embassy Move Tears Last Fig Leaf Off of Long-Standing US-Israeli Designs for Palestine

It is our right to transfer the Arabs … The Arabs should go!” – Yosef Weitz, leading Zionist figure, director of the Land and Afforestation Department of the Jewish National Fund (JNF), 1940 The Arabs will have to go, but one needs an opportune moment for making it happen, such as a war.” – David…

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