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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
Articles on foreign affairs published in
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(11 comments) SHARE Saturday, November 19, 2016 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, September 4, 2016 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.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, August 12, 2018 To Hell With U.S. Jobs, Let's Get Iran!
Turkey and Iran remain the last significant supporters in the region of the Palestinians. Trump and the New York City real estate developers, and the money men who surround him, are determined to show the independent-minded Iranians and Turks who is the big boss.Trump could be cutting off his nose to spite his face.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Monday, March 7, 2016 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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 15, 2020 The Man Who Would Be King
Last week, the Senate voted 55/45 for a new bipartisan War Powers Act to constrain military action against Iran. The Congress voted a similar act. Both are designed to start returning the right to make war to Congress, as the Constitution clearly intended. The president is not the Warlord-in-chief in spite of what he thinks.
(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.
SHARE 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, November 18, 2019 Plundering Iraq
Iraq remains a US-occupied nation. We hear nothing about the billions of dollars of Iraqi oil extracted by big US oil firms since 2003. For the US, Iraq was a treasure house of oil with 12% of world reserves. It was OPEC's 2nd largest producer.
(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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, October 4, 2015 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.
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.
(3 comments) SHARE Monday, February 2, 2015 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.
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.
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.
(27 comments) SHARE Sunday, July 10, 2016 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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 26, 2020 The Plagues From China
A new plague threatens the West: the Wuhan Coronavirus.
Officially named 2019-nCoV, the new virus has so far infected over 800 people in China. This latest plague erupted in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, population 11 million, which is located on the Yangtze River and is an important hub for national communications.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, December 15, 2019 Afghanistan: Graveyard of Empires
America's media, with a few small exceptions, has promoted the Pentagon's war against the Afghan people and totally covered up its atrocities and egregious lies. This war has become a giant, money devouring killing machine that boosts politicians and military contractors.
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.
SHARE Saturday, December 7, 2019 Frenchmen. To Arms!
Trump does not know or care that France saved America from British mis-rule. He wants revenge because France which taxes nearly everything seeks to tax US IT firms like Google and Amazon. Trump considers this a personal affront.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 12, 2015 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.
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 12, 2020 How the US Runs Iraq
Never in the past half-century have we seen the Arab states so pathetically feeble. Never have we seen Israel so strongly guiding US Mideast policy, including the murder of Gen. Soleimani.
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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 22, 2018 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.
(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.
SHARE Sunday, March 1, 2020 Trump Does The Taj
President Donald Trump's 36-hour whirlwind visit to India this past week was designed to show Americans just how adored abroad their president really is. Unluckily for Trump, his campaign stop at this behemoth nation of 1.3 or 1.4 billion proved a fiasco.
(11 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 1, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, March 29, 2020 A Foretaste of the Horror of Biological Warfare
The world is getting a grim foretaste of what biological warfare would be like. Those not cowering in terror in their homes would likely be amazed to learn that some of their governments are still churning out highly toxic chemical and biological agents in hidden factories.
(2 comments) SHARE Saturday, February 1, 2020 Grand Theft Property
Under Trump's "deal," Israel is to formally annex about 30% of the West Bank, the Arab area it conquered in the 1967 war. This will include all Jerusalem and an archipelago of Jewish settlements on the West Bank that were implanted to thwart any possible creation of a viable Palestinian state.
SHARE Sunday, January 19, 2020 Ike Was Right
As General Eisenhower warned, military spending has engulfed the nation. A trillion annual military budget represents just about half the world's military expenditures. The Pentagon is bustling with activity as if the nation was on a permanent war footing.
(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."
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.
(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, April 26, 2020 Trump's Kool-Aid
President Donald Trump has clearly gone off the rails with his crazy suggestion that the public might try injecting potent disinfectants to combat COVID-19. Where did the world's most powerful elected official who now threatens war against Iran and Venezuela get this loopy notion?
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 22, 2020 Payback By Mother Earth?
As the coronavirus spreads, our self-proclaimed "War Leader" has drawn his sword to defend endangered America. But Trump can't decide if he is waging war against a vicious virus or fear itself. For the first two weeks of the epidemic he dismissed it as a "hoax" spread by lefties.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 17, 2016 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.
SHARE Sunday, April 19, 2020 Lies Won't Stop Covid-19
As the bodies of COVID-19 victims pile up from New York to New Zealand, politicians are waging a furious blame game over the pandemic. At first, President Donald Trump dismissed COVID-19 as a simple cold or flu and, in the best dictatorial tradition, scared into silence scientists and politicians who disagreed with him for over a month.
(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.
SHARE Sunday, May 20, 2018 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.
SHARE 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, June 5, 2016 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, April 15, 2018 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.
(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.
(1 comments) SHARE Saturday, April 23, 2016 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.
(2 comments) SHARE Sunday, February 21, 2016 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.
SHARE 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.
(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.
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 8, 2015 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.
(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 Tuesday, September 15, 2020 Is This the Man with His Finger on the Button?
Trump likes to add military props and lots of flags to his orations and speak of "his generals," but, beyond that, military affairs are of no evident interest to our tough-talking president who likes to style himself a "war president."
(3 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 22, 2015 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, November 15, 2015 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.
SHARE Sunday, January 17, 2010 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.
(1 comments) SHARE Sunday, January 3, 2010 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.
SHARE 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.
(4 comments) SHARE Sunday, March 21, 2010 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?