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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
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Stop Kicking Sand In Kim's Face
Who can blame the North Koreans for blowing their tops? As Trump administration mouthpieces were gabbing about peace and light, the US Air Force was getting ready to fly B-52 heavy bombers and F-22 Raptor stealth fighters around North Korea's borders and missile-armed subs lurked at sea. This provocation was the first of two major spring military exercises planned by the US and its reluctant South Korean satrap.
Sunday, May 13, 2018
Trump's War Against Iran
Now that the Trump administration has fallen fully under the influence of the pro-war neocons, an attempt to overthrow the Iranian government appears highly likely, using both military intervention and intensified economic warfare.
Sunday, April 22, 2018(2 comments)
Doctor Death From Damascus?
President Trump, whose B-52 bombers are ravaging the Mideast, Afghanistan, Somalia and Yemen calls al-Assad a "monster." Some of his relatives are indeed ruthless. But very many Syrians think of Assad as their nation's only hope of returning to normalcy.
Sunday, April 15, 2018(1 comments)
Playing With Nuclear Matches
Britain is trying to show the old lion still has some teeth. France used to be colonial ruler of today's Syria and wants to reassert its influence there. Trump may have been a Trojan Horse for US neocons. The Russians know if they back down over Syria, the US will proceed to its ultimate objective, turn Russia into a client state. This almost happened under the drunken Yeltsin and is why Putin came to power.
Sunday, June 25, 2017
Tensions Mount As The New Saudi Prince Takes Charge
A palace coup in Saudi Arabia just sidelined the kingdom's iron-handed number two, former Crown Prince and Interior Minister Mohammed bin Nayef and replaced him by 31-year old Prince Mohammed bin Salman, the favorite son of King Salman. The King is said to be seriously ill. But the 15,000-member Saudi family is not pleased by the defenestration of heir apparent Nayef.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(11 comments)
The Russian Navy Is Back
America's legions of pro-war neocons are now screaming that the Red Navy's deployment to Syrian waters is somehow a grave threat to the West. It is not. The US Navy and land-based NATO air power could easily deal with the Russians. What really worries the neocons is that the Russian flotilla might deter or impede an Israeli attack on Syria and Lebanon.
Sunday, September 4, 2016(4 comments)
Pentagon And CIA At War In Syria
The Russians have entered the fray in an effort to prevent their ally, Bashar Assad, from being overthrow by western powers. Also perfectly predictable. Russia claimed to be bombing ISIS but in fact is targeting US-backed groups. Washington is outraged that the wicked Russians are doing in the Mideast what the US has done for decades.
Sunday, July 10, 2016(27 comments)
Send Our War Criminals to the Hague Court
The men and women responsible for this biggest disaster in our era should be brought to account. As long as Bush and Blair swan around and collect speaking fees, we have no right to lecture other nations, including Russia and China, on how to run a democracy or rule of law. Bush and Blair should be facing trial for war crime at the Hague Court.
Sunday, June 5, 2016(1 comments)
War And Debt Is Why Our Trains Are Broken
History is full of empires that ignored their own infrastructure and social well-being in favor of pursuing military glory abroad. All are on the trash-heap of history. America is headed that way, addicted to debt and war. We spend close to $1 trillion annually on the military and nuclear forces. This sum is not for "defense," but for offense around the globe.
Saturday, April 23, 2016(1 comments)
Defending Democracy To The Last Drop Of Oil
Poor President Barack Obama flew to Saudi Arabia this past week but its ruler, King Salman, was too busy to greet him at Riyadh's airport. This snub was seen across the Arab world as a huge insult and violation of traditional desert hospitality. Obama should have refused to deplane and flown home. Alas, he did not. Obama went to kow-tow to the new Saudi monarch and his hot-headed son, Crown Prince Muhammed bin Nayef.
Sunday, April 17, 2016(3 comments)
The Phony War in Syria
For a variety of reasons, the much ballyhooed "final offensive" against ISIS is moving with all the speed of a medieval army of drunken foot soldiers and all the audacity of a lady's garden party. The US continues to tip-toe and lilly-dip in Syria and Iraq, likely assuring that the US will eventually get stuck in another big Mideast conflict.
Monday, March 7, 2016(1 comments)
Hillary Haunted by Libya
Neither the Democrats nor Republicans have so far dared reveal what really happened in Benghazi. The so-called 2011 "popular revolution" in Libya was an elaborate plot by France, Britain, the US, aided by the Gulf Emirates and Egypt, to overthrow Libya's four-decade long strongman Khadaffi and seize control of his high-grade oil.
Sunday, February 21, 2016(2 comments)
George W. Bush Haunts the GOP
Few Americans understand the legacies of Bush, Cheney, Hillary Clinton and the neocons. Who even remembers former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright actually saying that the deaths of over 500,000 Iraq children (UN figures) caused by US sanctions were "worth the price." George Bush is no cowboy saint. He, Cheney and their henchmen should all face justice for their crimes.
Sunday, November 22, 2015(3 comments)
The First Paris Massacre
France's long colonial rule in Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco, as well as most of West Africa, brought larger numbers of menial African workers to France. So, too, "harkis," former soldiers in France's Algerian Army. Their offspring form today's underclass in France: poor, living in ghettos, victims of racism and bigotry against Muslims.
Sunday, November 15, 2015(1 comments)
The City of Light Falls Dark
France has made many enemies for itself across the Mideast. It appears only a matter of time before France's partners in Mideast intervention, the United States and Britain, become new targets of jihadist violence. IS has put Muslims everywhere in peril as well as besmirching the name of Islam. Europe may seize the Paris attacks as an excuse to bar any further refugees.
Sunday, November 8, 2015(3 comments)
A Vile Crime... But Productive
Many inhabitants of Sinai look to the local branch of Islamic State as a legitimate liberation movement against Egypt's US and Saudi-backed military junta which has lately been also getting very chummy with Moscow. What better way to poke the eye of Cairo, Washington, and Moscow than by downing a Russian airliner over Egypt. A terrible, despicable crime, to be certain, but effective.
Sunday, November 1, 2015(11 comments)
The US and China Are Playing With Matches
America's Asian allies are too scared of China to do much about China's muscular takeover of the South China Sea -- which Beijing calls "the 9 dash zone." So the Asians are all hiding behind America's apron, hoping Uncle Sam will face down China.
Sunday, October 4, 2015(4 comments)
The Russian Bear Growls
Vlad Putin keeps his game tightly under control. I'm not so sure about the Obama White House and its confused advisers. Better make a deal with Assad, a natural US ally, and end this crazy war before Sen. John McCain and his Republican crusader pals really do start World War III.
Sunday, April 12, 2015(1 comments)
How To Deal With The Iranian Genii?
More than a dozen American efforts to overthrow the Islamic government in Tehran have failed. Washington resorted to sabotage and economic warfare, sought to throttle Iran's primary exports, oil and gas, to derail its banking system, and prevent imports of everything from machinery to vitamins.
Monday, February 2, 2015(3 comments)
March to Folly in Ukraine
The United States has just made an exceptionally dangerous, even reckless decision over Ukraine. Mikhail Gorbachev, the Soviet leader who ended the Cold War, warns it may lead to a nuclear confrontation with Russia. Rule number one of geopolitics: nuclear-armed powers must never, ever fight.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Has the US Given Israel a Green Light To Attack Syria?
Is Washington giving Israel a green light to attack Syria as a consolation prize for delaying an attack against Iran? Sending Syria into turmoil would eliminate the most important supporter of the Palestinians resistance, cut off Hezbullah, leave it vulnerable to a final assault, and isolate Iran.
Sunday, February 6, 2011
For Egypt, Bread Is As Important As Freedom
Now that the initial shock over Egypt's uprising has subsided, powerful special interests here in the United States are preparing to throw their support behind VP Suleiman or even continuation of President Mubarak's rule. The Israel lobby, the most powerful in Washington, is trumpeting exaggerated fears, fanned by neoconservatives and Israel, that Egypt is about to turn into a second Iran.
Thursday, January 20, 2011
BIG TROUBLE IN TUNISIA FOR AMERICA'S MIDEAST RAJ
The US and France have always hailed Tunisia as a poster-boy for "moderation, stability, and democracy." Translation: 1. moderation: following orders from Washington and making nice to Israel; 2. stability: crushing all opposition, particularly Islamist-oriented parties, muzzling the media, and paving the way for US business; 3. democracy: holding fake elections every few years.
Reining in U.S. rent-a-Rambos
The U.S. brands all al-Qaida suspects and Taliban "illegal combatants," denying them due process of law and the Geneva Convention's prisoner protections. It's OK to murder and torture such "terrorists," says Washington. What, then, about the army of U.S. mercenary Rambos that are running amok, who wear no uniform, kill at will and have no legal oversight?
Searching for hope in Haiti's ruins
The U.S. could do enormous good for Haiti, which needs a major rescue mission for a desperate people who have failed to govern themselves and have no other hope. Most Haitians, I think, would welcome U.S. humanitarian intervention.
Sunday, January 3, 2010(1 comments)
U.S. kicks hornet's nest in Yemen
Just before the Detroit air incident, U.S. warplanes killed 50-100 Yemeni tribesmen fighting the American-backed regime. U.S. special forces, warplanes and killer drones have been active since 2001, assassinating Yemeni militants and anti-government tribal leaders. It was only a matter of time before Yemeni jihadists struck back at the U.S.