America’s Outdated Special Relationship with Saudi Arabia

King Salman bin Abdulaziz  of Saudi Arabia bids farewell to President Barack Obama at Erga Palace in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, Jan. 27, 2015.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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by Ryan Suto The current US presidential campaign debate on Middle East policy has focused disproportionately on the US response to the Islamic State (ISIS or IS). This series will focus instead on five alternative Middle East policy challenges facing… Continue Reading  

U.S. Special Operations Command Details Dismal U.S. Military Record


by Nick Turse Winning: it’s written into the DNA of the U.S.A.  After all, what’s more American than football legend Vince Lombardi’s famous (if purloined) maxim: “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing”? Americans expect to be number one.  First Lady Michelle… Continue Reading  

The Difficult Domestic Politics of Climate Change


by Paul R. Pillar Going into the first televised joint appearance (commonly called a debate) of the two major party presidential nominees, the 2016 election campaign has given disturbingly little attention to the looming long-term catastrophe represented by climate change.… Continue Reading  

Russia Claims “Mastery” Over Turkey in Black Sea


by Joshua Kucera Russia’s top military officer has said that the country’s Black Sea fleet is now stronger than Turkey’s navy, and emphasized that Russia is now capable of easily striking the Bosphorus straits, statements that highlight the tenuous nature… Continue Reading  

Netanyahu at the UN: Frozen Bodies, Blatant Lies, and Imaginary Children

Statement by His Excellency Benjamin Netanyahu, Prime Minister of the State of Israel 
General Assembly 70th session 22nd plenary meeting
Continuation of the General Debate

by Samah Salaime “Ahmed was the victim of a horrible terrorist act perpetrated by Jews… No words can bring comfort to this boy or to his family. Still, as I stood by his bedside I told his uncle, ‘This is… Continue Reading