Rightsizing the Transnational Jihadist Threat

Sinai militia carrying al-Qaeda flags head for a funeral of killed militants (Hisham Allam/IPS)

by Sam Heller A recent report from the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) has warned that the worldwide jihadist menace is more dangerous than ever. The November 2018 report, “The Evolution of the Salafi-Jihadist Threat”, estimates there may… Continue Reading  

Historic Senate Vote Sets Stage for End to U.S. Role in Yemen

U.S. Senators Mike Lee and Bernie Sanders (YouTube)

by William Hartung Last week’s 56 to 41 Senate vote to end U.S. support for the brutal Saudi/UAE war in Yemen was historic on several fronts. It marked the first time the Senate used the War Powers Resolution of 1973… Continue Reading  

Intelligence and Trump’s War Against Truth

President Donald Trump (Evan El-Amin / Shutterstock.com)

by Paul R. Pillar The Trump administration’s tendency to disregard conclusions of the U.S. intelligence community has become, as the Washington Post’s Greg Miller has reported, a habit. Initially, Trump’s shoving aside of the intelligence agencies’ assessments was all about… Continue Reading  

Iranian Missiles: Hypocrisy And Paradox

UK Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt (Wikimedia Commons)

by Peter Jenkins It is hard to know why Britain’s Foreign Secretary, Jeremy Hunt, claimed, in a statement on December 5, that Iran’s testing of a medium-range missile on December 1 demonstrated that Iran’s missile-related activities “go beyond what can… Continue Reading  

Europe’s Extreme Right is in Bed with MEK

Alejo Vidal-Quadras (Wikimedia Commons/Jfuertesf)

by Eldar Mamedov Until recently Spain was the envy of Europe. While in most countries the resurgence of the populist right was reshaping national politics, Spain was able to dodge the trend: a centre-right government lost power six months ago… Continue Reading