Conversations with an Ex-Soldier of the Islamic State

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by Giorgio Cafiero During May and June 2018, I met an incarcerated ex-fighter for the Islamic State (ISIS or IS) from North Africa in a Turkish “deportation center.” He had fought in major battles in Syria and Iraq beginning in… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Assault on Europe

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by John Feffer Donald Trump didn’t fly to Europe to meet with NATO, European leaders, and Russian President Vladimir Putin. He got there by stepping through the looking glass. Once on the other side, Trump made a series of extraordinary… Continue Reading  

Iran Debates Ties with Russia

Ali Akbar Velayati and Vladimir Putin

by Kaveh L. Afrasiabi There is an ongoing and lively debate in Iranian media and in the parliament on the nature of Iran-Russia relations. The recent summit between Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki, where both leaders… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Environment: The Grass Beneath Two Fighting Elephants

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by Fatemeh Aman U.S. sanctions aimed at making Iran act like a “normal country” have had a disastrous effect on Iran’s environment and that of the entire region for generations to come. A famous proverb of Kenya’s Kikuyu people warns:… Continue Reading  

Congress Can Help Stave Off New Humanitarian Disaster in Yemen

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by William D. Hartung  The war in Yemen is a humanitarian disaster. The Saudi/UAE intervention that began in March of 2015 has resulted in thousands of civilian deaths through indiscriminate air strikes, put millions at risk of famine, and spurred… Continue Reading