Donald Trump in South Sudan


by Nick Turse I’m sitting in the dark, sweating. The blinding white sun has long since set, but it’s still in the high 90s, which is a relief since it was above 110 earlier. Slumped in a blue plastic chair,… Continue Reading  

Chernobyl: Thirty Years Later


by Tatyana Ivanova The thirtieth anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant took place at the end of last month. Considered the radiation disaster of the century because of its size and long-term consequences, Chernobyl has affected hundreds… Continue Reading  

Illusion Meets Reality in the Green Zone

U.S. Army Pfc. Robert Wimegar, left, and Sgt. Troy Bearden, both from Alpha Company, 2nd Battalion, 16th Infantry Regiment, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 1st Infantry Division, pull security on the rooftop of the District Council Hall in the Mashtal area of East Baghdad, Iraq, March 13, 2007.  (U.S. Army photo by Spc. Davis Pridgen) (Released)

by Paul R. Pillar The temporary takeover of the Iraqi parliament building and other facilities in the fortified Green Zone in central Baghdad by followers of Muqtada al-Sadr was a demonstration not only of current fractures in Iraqi politics but… Continue Reading  

Iran: Flawed Convictions for Journalists


by Human Rights Watch An Iranian court convicted three journalists and a family member of another journalist on April 25, 2016 on vague national security charges, Human Rights Watch said today. The four, along with a fifth journalist, have been… Continue Reading  

For Most Israelis, Palestinian Lives Don’t Matter


by Mairav Zonszein A 24-year-old Palestinian and her teenage brother were shot and killed by Israeli troops after allegedly trying to stab Border Police officers. The police’s version of the events doesn’t add up, but nobody in Israel, including the media,… Continue Reading