A Staggeringly Well-Funded Blowback Machine

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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  

Is GOP Mideast Policy “Bought and Paid for” by Likudist Republican Group?

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by Jim Lobe and Eli Clifton Mega-billionaire and the Trump campaign’s single biggest donor Sheldon Adelson has pledged to contribute $30 million to the Congressional Leadership Fund (CLF) Super PAC to defend the Republican majority in the House of Representatives… Continue Reading  

Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East

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by International Crisis Group Editor’s Note: What follows is the executive summary of a recent report from the International Crisis Group, “Iran’s Priorities in a Turbulent Middle East,” which tries to analyze Iran’s activities in the Middle East from Iran’s perspective. As the… Continue Reading  

It’s a New Dance: The Syrian Missile Strikes Are For Show

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by Gordon Adams Ah the Syrian ballet; ya gotta love it. We’ve been dancing for days around the missile strikes on Syria, strikes that were full of movement, explosions, and military fury, signifying nothing.

The Rise, Fall, and Rise Again of the Politics of Middle Eastern Soccer

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by James M. Dorsey Edited remarks at The Beautiful Game? Identity, Resentment, and Discrimination in Football and Fan Cultures conference, Center for Research on Antisemitism, Berlin, 12-13 April 2018 The virtually continuous role of soccer as a key player in… Continue Reading