In the Heart of a Dying Empire

Mike Pompeo and Jim Mattis (State Department)

by Tom Engelhardt When you think about it, Earth is a relatively modest-sized planet — about 25,000 miles in circumference at the Equator, with a total surface area of 197 million square miles, almost three-quarters of which is water. It’s not so… Continue Reading  

Russian-Israeli Conflict in the Skies of Syria

Benjamin Netanyahu and Vladimir Putin

by Paul R. Pillar The sudden ruffling of Israeli-Russian relations over the accidental shootdown by Syria of a Russian surveillance aircraft, killing 15 crew members, is the sort of incident apt to happen when a modus vivendi joins parties with… Continue Reading  

Beating War Drums at the UN

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by Mitchell Plitnick Just a few sentences into Donald Trump’s speech to the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday, the entire world was laughing at the President of the United States. Reactions to the rest of his speech might have… Continue Reading  

Israel Project President Urged Funders to Anonymously Promote Pro-Israel Messaging

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by Eli Clifton A pro-Israel advocacy organization, The Israel Project (TIP), was identified last week as operating a series of Facebook groups as part of an under-the-radar effort to spread pro-Israel messaging without identifying the source of the content. Its… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Problems with America Won’t End with Trump’s Departure

John Kerry and Javad Zarif (U.S. State Department via Flickr)

by Shireen T. Hunter According to reports in the U.S. media, former Secretary of State John Kerry in meetings with Javad Zarif , Iran’s minister of foreign affairs, expressed the view that it would be better for Tehran to wait… Continue Reading