By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – In the past two days, the Syrian Arab Army and its Shiite militia allies (Hizbullah from Lebanon and others from Iraq) has taken a third to forty percent of the Eastern Aleppo pocket. The northeast zone of the pocket has collapsed, with rebel fights apparently declining […]
Archives for November 2016
Right-wing Israeli master plan injures rights in Palestinian E Jerusalem
Ma’an News Agnecy | JERUSALEM (Ma’an) — A recent master plan presented by right-wing Jewish activists envisions a “greater Jerusalem” extending far beyond the current municipal boundaries, and a future for the city which sees Palestinians as virtually nonexistent, according to a Monday report by Israeli newspaper Haaretz. The plan, dubbed “Jerusalem 5800,” was privately […]
Will Trump Bring in a New Era of Surveillance and Torture?
TeleSur | – – Trump’s picks for important security positions look intent on rolling back civil liberties. While there are many questions about what U.S. President-elect Donald Trump will change once he officially takes office on Jan. 20, one of the biggest questions, and indeed concerns, is what a Trump administration will bring in terms […]
Trump’s Pentagon Hunger Games: The Generals “haven’t done the job.”
By Andrew J. Bacevich | ( Tomdispatch.com | – – President-elect Donald Trump’s message for the nation’s senior military leadership is ambiguously unambiguous. Here is he on 60 Minutes just days after winning the election. Trump: “We have some great generals. We have great generals.” Lesley Stahl: “You said you knew more than the generals […]
Is Jimmy Carter right that Obama should Recognize Palestine?
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Jimmy Carter wrote and NYT op-ed yesterday in which he called on Barack Obama to arrange for the UN Security Council to recognize Palestine and pass resolutions reaffirming the illegality of Israeli squatting on Palestinian land in the West Bank. Carter points out that there are […]
Will Trump cancel Iran deal or practice the Art of the Deal?
by Mohammed Nuruzzaman | (Informed Comment) | – – US President-elect Donald Trump’s bluster about the Iran nuclear deal has created a lot of confusions and uncertainties about the fate of the deal. The anti-deal statements he made during and after the race to the White House election campaign ranged from direct threats to “tear […]
Neofascist Roof will conduct own defense in Murder Trial
TeleSur | – – Roof allegedly shot and massacred nine African-American churchgoers. Dylann Roof, the white supremacist charged with shooting up a Black church in Charleston, South Carolina, killing nine parishioners, was granted Monday the ability to represent himself in his upcoming trial. Facing 33 charges of hate crime murder, U.S. District Judge Richard Gergel […]
The Last Days of Democracy?
By Adil E. Shamoo and Bonnie Bricker | Foreign Policy in Focus | – – A fraudulent campaign has resulted in the election of a fraudulent president. What can be done to save American democracy? The recent presidential campaign season brought political pornography to the American people. Donald Trump and Steve Bannon, his senior counselor […]
Conspiracy Theorist in Chief: Trump’s falsehood about 2 mn. illegal votes only tip of Melting Iceberg
By Juan Cole | (Informed Comment) | – – Americans have given the nuclear codes to that crazy uncle you have to sit through Thanksgiving with who watches nut cases like Alex Jones and red-facedly proclaims that FEMA is keeping Americans in concentration camps. Donald Trump still has his Twitter account and obsessed over the […]