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Contributing Foreign Editor/Syndicated Foreign Affairs Columinist -
Sun Media Group
(Pakistan's leading English language Newspaper)
Gulf Times (Qatar)
Khaleej Times (Dubai)
Frequent Commentator on foreign affairs: CNN, CNN International, MSNBC, Fox News, Canadian Broadcasting Corp., CTV (National Canadian TV).
Author of "War at the Top of the World - the Stuggle for Afghanistan and Asia" Routledge 2002
Winner of 1998 South Asian Journalist Assn. Award for writing on India
Articles on foreign affairs published in
NY Times, Wall Street Journal(s), American Conservative Magazine, Washington D.C., Houston Post, International Herald Tribune, Los Angeles times, Toronto Globe & Mail, Gulf News, Chicago Tribune, Miami Herald.
SHARE Saturday, October 12, 2019 Turkey Beats The War Drums
Trump rightly calls the fracas in Syria "a stupid war." But many pro-war forces play on this tired, confused president who has gotten himself deep into the Syrian morass, a problem of largely American but also Turkish making.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 22, 2019 Who Launched That Mystery Attack?
Attacking Iran, even if just from the air, risks a much wider Mideast war just as the Trump administration which originally campaigned against "stupid" Mideast wars faces next year's elections. But the administration is under intense pressure from its pro-Israel base to go after Iran.
SHARE Monday, September 2, 2019 It's Time to Liberate Afghanistan
America faces historic defeat in Afghanistan. By not winning, it loses. How this loss would affect the rest of America's empire remains to be seen. But the sooner America ends this shameful colonial war the better.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 25, 2019 Burn the Amazon!
Cut down the trees. Kill the wild animals. Burn the bush. Pollute the rivers. Pave over the grass. Raise more beef, pigs and poultry in cages. That's the credo of the new right. Hatred of Nature is an integral part of its politics. President Donald Trump is the high priest of such environmental vandalism. In his narrow land-developer mind, Nature is a left-wing liberal conspiracy.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 18, 2019 Hong Kong: Don't Provoke the Dragon
This week, Hong Kong airport was besieged and shut down by thousands of young local demonstrators protesting China's attempt to impose a new extradition law on Hong Kong that would allow Beijing to arrest Hong Kong residents for "anti-state" activities.
SHARE Saturday, August 10, 2019 High-stakes Chicken in Kashmir
Two of the world's most important powers, India and Pakistan, are locked into an extremely dangerous confrontation over the bitterly disputed Himalayan mountain state of Kashmir. Both are nuclear armed.
SHARE Sunday, July 21, 2019 The Honey Trap on East 71st Street
Were Trump or Clinton involved? How much did they "party" with Epstein and revel in his fleshmart? There was talk of some sort of "intelligence" that spared him a harsh sentence. causeA respected former CIA official, Phil Giraldi has come right out and accused Epstein of being an Israeli agent of influence. Epstein was let off with a slap on the wrist on his first child abuse charge, because of his Israeli connections.
SHARE Monday, June 17, 2019 Will the Real Bombers Please Stand Up
Who is attacking oil tankers in the Gulf between Oman and Iran? So far, the answer is still a mystery. The US, of course, accuses Iran. Iran says it's the US or its local allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.
(3 comments) SHARE Tuesday, June 4, 2019 India's "Trump" Wins Big
Modi has sometimes been called 'India's Trump.' He was governor of India's most business-oriented state, Gujarat. Modi is openly antagonistic to Muslims and Sikhs, and failed to halt the massacre of thousands of Muslims during his tenure. He commands wide public support for his Muslim-bashing and anti-Pakistan invective. Modi likes to wave the scimitar and vaunt his military muscle.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, May 19, 2019 Fire the Nutcases Leading Us to War
The Murdoch-owned media, New York Times and Washington shamelessly promoting more war in the Mideast. US media has made little progress since the yellow journalism era of William Randolph Hearst. As the great Mark Twain said, "if you don't read the daily newspapers you are uninformed. If you do read them, you are misinformed."
(5 comments) SHARE Saturday, May 4, 2019 Sure. Let's Invade Venezuela. Another Jolly Little War.
The administration's frenzied neocons want to start a war against Venezuela, a large, developed nation of 32.7 million, at the same time we are threatening war against Iran, interfering all around Africa, and confronting Russia, China and perhaps North Korea. Large parts of the Mideast and Afghanistan lie in ruins thanks to our "liberation" campaigns.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 27, 2019 Trump's Crusaders March To War
The oil embargo not only violates international law, it sets the US on a collision course with some of its most important allies and vassal states. Brazen threats against Iran by Trump's two main enforcers, National Security adviser John Bolton and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, have reinforced America's unfortunate image as an imperial power that threatens war against disobedient satraps and independent-minded nations.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 24, 2019 Iraq: How We Were Lied into War
When Saddam grew too big for his britches, Washington lured him into invading Kuwait, another American-British oil satrapy. A hue and cry went out from Washington and London that Iraq had secret nuclear weapons that threatened the entire globe. War, thundered US-British propaganda, was urgent and necessary.
(10 comments) SHARE Monday, March 18, 2019 Boeing's Doomed 737 MAX's
Ethiopia refused to hand over the crashed 737's black boxes (actually they are red) to the FAA, as is normal with US-built aircraft. Instead, Addis Ababa sent the data boxes for analysis to BEA, France's well-regarded aviation accident investigator. Clearly, Ethiopia lacks confidence in the veracity and impartiality of the FAA and the White House.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 10, 2019 More Power To You Miss Omar
Presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren have come to the defense of Ilhan Omar against the usual charges that she is anti-Semitic. So have black groups and smaller liberal Jewish groups. The Democratic Party, that once received half its financial support from Jewish sources, is badly split over the Palestine crisis.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, March 2, 2019 A Long Way To Go For Dinner
Either Trump was so anxious to get out of Washington to avoid the rising storm of scandals he faces or he thought he could flatter the North Korean leader into giving up his nuclear weapons, the only thing that prevents a US invasion of North Korea or a regime change operation.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 23, 2018 Time to Get Out of Syria
If the US deployment actually goes ahead: it will remove a major risk of war with nuclear-armed Russia, whose forces are in Syria at the invitation of the recognized government in Damascus. The US has no strategic interest in Syria and no business at all being militarily involved there. Except perhaps that the war party wants never-ending wars abroad for arms production and promotions.
SHARE Sunday, November 18, 2018 Le Bull In La French China Shop
Trump's evident hatred for Europe and calls by his neocon Praetorian Guard for the US to dominate the entire globe have made Europe turn away from its old subservience to Washington and talk about real independence. But the EU must have its own defense capabilities if it is to escape permanent thralldom to the United States.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 4, 2018 The U.S. Backs The Mideast's Most Reactionary Nation
The clumsy, ham-handed meddling of President Trump in Saudi dynastic affairs propelled the bull in a china shop Crown Prince into power. The machinations of Trump's son-in- law, Jared Kushner, and his Israeli allies have ignited the current crisis. Trump & Co have very much to learn about the Mideast. So far, their attempt to play colonial viceroys has been a fiasco.
SHARE Sunday, October 21, 2018 The Khashoggi Murder -- Worse Than A Crime, A Mistake
Khashoggi was murdered and cut up into pieces in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, to where he was lured last week and from whence he never emerged alive. Turkish intelligence secretly monitoring the Saudi consulate picked up the gruesome details as Khashoggi's fingers were reportedly cut off, followed by his head.