American War Is Off the Charts

by Tom Engelhardt Here’s a statement it might be hard to disagree with: American war is off the charts. Still, I’d like to explain — but I’m nervous about doing so. I know perfectly well that the next word I… Continue Reading  

The Real Reason Al-Shabaab Banned Plastic Bags

by Austin Bodetti Terrorism is no laughing matter. But the notorious Somali terrorist group al-Shabaab managed to become the subject of derision in the news media when it declared last year that it was banning plastic bags. Al-Shabaab, al-Qaeda’s affiliate… Continue Reading  

Governments Are Starving Yemenis Through Anti-Terror Legislation

by Christina Bennett The news coming out of Yemen these days paints a bleak picture – more than 10,000 conflict related deaths, an ongoing cholera epidemic and now the risk of famine for 14 million people. Even more shocking is the fact this… Continue Reading  

Somalia and the Gulf Crisis

by International Crisis Group The bitter rivalries underpinning the crisis among members of the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) have added a dangerous new twist to Somalia’s instability. Competition between the United Arab Emirates (UAE), on the one hand, and Qatar… Continue Reading  

War and the Imperial Presidency

by Danny Sjursen It may be too late. The president of the United States is now a veritable autocrat in the realm of foreign policy. He has been since at least 1945, when the last congressionally declared war finally ended. Wars… Continue Reading