Saudi Arabia: Back to Baghdad

Iraqi cleric Moqtada Al Sadr with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (Saudi Press Agency)

by International Crisis Group Saudi Arabia is re-engaging with Iraq after nearly a quarter-century of broken ties. The rapprochement began in 2016, sharply accelerated in mid-2017 and stands to move even faster after Iraq’s general elections in May 2018, particularly… Continue Reading  

Taking the US Commission on International Religious Freedom from Bad to Worse

US Commission on International Religious Freedom (State Department)

by James J. Zogby The GOP’s appointment of prominent purveyors of anti-Muslim hatred to positions on the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF) is both disturbing and instructive. It exposes the cynical and misguided approach Republicans have taken to… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Destructive Policies in the Mideast

Jared Kushner at the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem (U.S. Embassy Jerusalem via Flickr)

by Emile Nakhleh If President Trump and his Secretary of State Mike Pompeo had planned to deepen chaos and instability, promote war, and hurt American interests in the Middle East, they could not have executed a more effective strategy than… Continue Reading  

Pompeo’s Demands On Iran at Odds with Reality

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by Seyed Hossein Mousavian Secretary of State Mike Pompeo laid out a list of demands on Iran in a speech threatening to “crush” the country on Monday. His bellicose words come weeks after President Donald Trump pulled the United States… Continue Reading  

A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

Air Force Academy cadet (Pixabay)

by Tom Engelhardt As I was putting the finishing touches on my new book, the Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute published an estimate of the taxpayer dollars that will have gone into America’s war on terror… Continue Reading