Done in by the American Way of War

General Lee lies on its side aftrer surviving a buried IED blast in 2007. The Stryker was recovered and protected its Soldiers on more missions until another bomb finally put it out of action. Photo by courtesy of C-52 of 3/2 Stryker Brigade Combat Team


by Tom Engelhardt With General John Campbell’s tour of duty in Afghanistan finished, a new commander has taken over.  Admittedly, things did not go well during Campbell’s year and a half heading up the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) there,… Continue Reading  

Turkey, the EU, and the Refugee Agreement


by Robert Olson The tentative agreement reached on March 7 between Turkey and the European Union on refugees marks a significant change in how the two entities will deal with such crises in the future. The agreement is to be… Continue Reading  

Saudi Arabia is Pissed: What Are the Risks for Lebanon?


by Aurélie Daher It’s official: Saudi Arabia has declared open war on Lebanese Hezbollah. On March 2, the Gulf Cooperation Council, which gathers the six monarchies of the Arab Gulf (Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Qatar, the United Arab Emirates, Oman, and… Continue Reading  

Your Tax Dollars Are Enabling Police Brutality in Egypt


by Chris Toensing Ever since the Black Lives Matter movement exploded into the headlines, violence by American police officers has come under fire from activists and ordinary citizens alike. Less discussed, however, is how the U.S. government winks at the… Continue Reading  

The March Madness of Turkish Politics


by Robert Olson Turkey’s politics in March 2016 continues to be tumultuous. The most important developments center on three pivotal issues. The first is relations between the government led by the Justice and Development party (AKP) and Kurdistan Workers’ Party… Continue Reading