Unhappy Iraq, Buffeted from Within and Without

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by Paul R. Pillar Syria is getting most of the attention these days as a Middle Eastern cockpit of competition among outside powers, with one of the latest moves being the Trump administration’s indefinite extension of the U.S. military presence… Continue Reading  

Wait, You’re Sanctioning Us?!

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by John Feffer It’s embarrassing enough to have Donald Trump as president. But now American citizens have to endure the additional pain of the sanctions that other countries are imposing on the United States. Doesn’t the world realize that we’re… Continue Reading  

Bernies of the World Unite?

Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador (Eneas de Troya via Wikimedia Commons)

by John Feffer Right-wing populists are all the rage these days. Donald Trump and his spleen control the White House, while his counterparts have taken over in Italy, Hungary, Poland, Colombia, India, and elsewhere. Steve Bannon, Trump’s former Svengali, hopes… Continue Reading  

Trump’s Border Policy: Lasting Damage to “Idea of America”

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by James J. Zogby The sights and sounds of Central American children being ripped from their parents by U.S. Border Patrol officers have, by now, spread across the globe. The experience has been traumatizing to its victims and deeply painful… Continue Reading  

World to Refugees: Go to Hell

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by John Feffer It’s a famous story, though perhaps not famous enough. The 1939 voyage of the MS St. Louis, a German ocean liner, was recounted in a 1974 book and a 1976 film (both titled Voyage of the Damned) as well… Continue Reading