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Mosul on My Mind

Published on May 26th, 2017 | by Tom Engelhardt

by Tom Engelhardt The closest I ever got to Mosul, Iraq’s second largest city, was 1,720.7 miles away — or so the Internet assures me.  Although I’ve had a lifelong interest in history, I know next ... Read More


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Trump’s Apology Tour

Published on May 26th, 2017 | by John Feffer

by John Feffer Conservatives used to love to lambaste Barack Obama for traveling abroad and “apologizing” for U.S. conduct. Mitt Romney popularized the argument during one of the presidential debates in 2012. The “apology tour” became ... Read More


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Sun Tzu vs. Donald Trump on the Middle East

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Guest

by James Spencer “If you know others and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles,” wrote Sun Tzu, the fourth century BC Chinese general and military theorist in his seminal Art of ... Read More


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Costs of the Clenched Fist

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Guest

by Paul R. Pillar In his first inaugural address, one of President Barack Obama’s messages to America’s adversaries was that “we will extend a hand if you are willing to unclench your fist.”  A few years ... Read More


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Can the UAE Help Libya End Its Civil War?

Published on May 25th, 2017 | by Giorgio Cafiero

by Giorgio Cafiero and Theodore Karasik The overthrow of Libya’s longtime leader Muammar Gaddafi in 2011 plunged Libya into chaos almost three years before the North African country’s ongoing civil war erupted. The power vacuum left ... Read More


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