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‘Peacemaker’ Kushner Promotes Settlers’ West Bank Expansion

The Kushner family has given money in past years to the group, which funds construction of the Bet El settlement outside the Palestinian city Ramallah, as Haaretz first reported. But this appears to be the first time they’ve done so while Kushner, whose title is senior adviser to the president, is the lead administration official brokering a peace plan.

December 7, 2017

How Trump Will Blow Up Kushner’s Peace Deal

That’s a question one asks all too often about the president. But the contradiction between President Donald Trump’s expected announcement that he will recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel — at the very same time his son-in-law is trying to concoct the “ultimate” deal between Israelis and Palestinians — is downright schizoid.

December 6, 2017
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Jared Kushner Failed To Disclose West Bank Funding

Jared Kushner failed to disclose his role as a co-director of the Charles and Seryl Kushner Foundation from 2006 to 2015, a time when the group funded an Israeli settlement considered to be illegal under international law, on financial records he filed with the Office of Government Ethics earlier this year.

December 4, 2017
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Report: Tillerson Fears Kushner Meddling In Mideast

U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson is reportedly “alarmed” by private talks between President Donald Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. The Bloomberg report cites three unnamed sources who say Tillerson is concerned that…

December 3, 2017
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Lobbyists Push US-Saudi Nuclear Deal

The Saudi government wants nuclear power to free up more oil for export, but current and former American officials suspect the country’s leaders also want to keep up with the enrichment capabilities of their rival, Iran.

November 30, 2017
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Rightists Eroding Science In Turkish Schools — And Here, Too

At a time when hate crimes against Muslims are at an all-time high in the United States, it’s hard to believe religious extremists in the U.S. could have much in common with religious extremists in Turkey, where the population is over 90% Muslim.

November 27, 2017

Saudi Prince’s Tantrum Has Global Impact

What ails the royal court of Saudi Arabia? The Crown Prince—Mohammed Bin Salman—has arrested 11 rich and powerful princes and about 200 businessmen. These men of great wealth and might are being held in the Ritz Carlton hotel in Riyadh. Their assets are being seized in stages.

November 18, 2017
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Russian Threat More Dangerous Than Overt Terrorism

Earlier this week, an Uzbek national named Sayfullo Saipov, apparently unhappy with his life here and radicalized by watching Islamic State group videos, allegedly plowed a rental truck into a busy bike path in Manhattan, mowing down as many cyclists and pedestrians as he could, killing eight and injuring at least a dozen more.

November 5, 2017
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Truck Attacks: A Sign Of ISIS Weakness, But Hard To Stop

As ISIS loses territory on the battlefield, U.S. counterterror officials have been bracing for the sort of lone-actor vehicle assault that left eight people dead yesterday in lower Manhattan. The question that lingers for all of the world’s major cities is what more can be done to protect against such attacks.

November 2, 2017

Trump Slaps New Sanctions On Iran But Retains Nuclear Deal

President Donald Trump on Friday announced new restrictions on Iran — “a terrorist nation like few others” — but stopped short of scrapping the landmark nuclear deal that was the Obama administration’s signature foreign policy achievement.

October 14, 2017

How The CIA Staged Sham Academic Conferences To Thwart Iran’s Nuclear Program

A decade ago, the CIA secretly funded conferences to lure Iranian scientists to defect. If President Trump scuttles the Iranian nuclear agreement, the agency may seek more defectors — and orchestrate more such “conferences.”

October 11, 2017

Trump’s Dangerous Confusion On The Iranian Deal

In his tirade at the United Nations, the president said the accord is “one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into.” During the campaign, he promised to dismantle it. But eight months after he took office, his administration is still abiding by it.

September 25, 2017
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Congress Does Not Want Its War Power

he amendment, introduced by Sen. Rand Paul, R, Ky., would have repealed the 2001 authorization for the use of military force against the perpetrators of the 9/11 attacks and the 2002 resolution approving the war in Iraq. The repeal would have taken effect in six months, giving Congress time to consider the justification for continued U.S. military involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and the various other countries supposedly covered by those resolutions.

September 24, 2017

The Vietnam Syndrome: How We Lost It, Why We Need It

The Vietnam War was the greatest U.S. military catastrophe of the 20th century. A conflict begun under false pretenses, based on ignorance and hubris, it killed 58,000 Americans and as many as 3 million Vietnamese. It ended in utter failure. Never in our history have so many lives been wasted on such monumental futility. It was a national trauma worse than any since the Great Depression, and it left deep gashes in the American psyche. It instilled an aversion to wars of choice that became known as the Vietnam syndrome.

September 22, 2017

Trump’s New Strategy For Afghanistan Is The Disaster You’d Expect It To Be

On August 21, President Donald Trump announced that he plans to send more thousands of U.S. troops to Afghanistan to extend the American war that began in 2001. The speech Trump gave has no details, only a tweetable line: ‘We are not nation-building again. We are killing terrorists.’

August 26, 2017

Trump And The Forever War In Afghanistan

“A core pillar of our new strategy is a shift from a time-based approach to one based on conditions,” he announced. “America’s enemies must never know our plans or believe they can wait us out.” Afghanistan, the longest conflict in American history, has been called “the forever war.” Now it’s the forever-and-a-day war.

August 25, 2017
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Pentagon Chief Says He Hasn’t Decided On Number Of U.S. Troops For Afghanistan

U.S. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said Tuesday that the new strategy for Afghanistan will try to replicate “a lot” of the tactics that have successfully pushed Islamic State from large parts of Iraq and Syria since 2014.

August 23, 2017
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Why Did ISIS Target Spain? The Answer May Lie In History

One, could be Spain’s involvement in the fight against the group in Syria and Iraq. Although Spain is not involved militarily in the fight against ISIS, it has provided logistical help and training for the Iraqi forces. Another reason goes further back in history, according to Mia Bloom, professor of communication at Georgia State University and author of “Dying to kill: The allure of suicide terror.”

August 20, 2017

Saudis Are Killing Their Own People, With Help From The U.S. And Canada

Government forces have been terrorizing the people of Awamiyah in Saudi Arabia’s eastern province of al-Qatif for months. On May 10th, the Saudis launched a military campaign to tear down Al-Mosawarah, a 400-year-old neighborhood that is an important cultural and heritage center for the roughly 30,000 Shia Muslims that live there.

August 12, 2017

McCain Issues His Own Military Strategy For Afghanistan War Amid White House Delay

McCain, an Arizona Republican and chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, has urged the Trump administration for months to submit to Congress a new Afghanistan strategy due to the worsening security situation. Nine U.S. troops have been killed in the country thus far this year — as many as were killed in all of 2016.

August 11, 2017

Is Trump About To Push Us Into War With Iran?

On June 14, when United States Secretary of State Rex Tillerson went before the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee, Republican Congressman Ted Poe of Texas asked him about the government’s policy toward Iran. “Well,” Tillerson paused, “our Iranian policy is under development.”

August 9, 2017

A Million Children Are At Risk Of Death By Cholera In Yemen

Last Thursday, the head of the UN Children’s Agency (UNICEF), Anthony Lake, arrived in Amman, Jordan after a heart-wrenching tour of war-ravaged Yemen. ‘Stop the war,’ said Lake. It was a clear message. No subtlety was needed.

August 4, 2017

Trump Lays Groundwork To Sabotage Iran Nuclear Deal

Something extraordinary has happened in Washington. President Donald Trump has made it clear, in no uncertain terms and with no effort to disguise his duplicity, that he will claim that Tehran is cheating on the nuclear deal by October—the facts be damned. In short, the fix is in. Trump will refuse to accept that Iran is in compliance and thereby set the stage for a military confrontation.

August 1, 2017
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First LGBT Unit Created To Fight ISIS In Syria

LGBT supporters are fighting back against the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) on the Syrian battlefield after three years of persecution in which their community suffered stonings, executions from rooftops and a deadly shooting at an LGBT nightclub in Orlando, Florida.

July 26, 2017
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Will The Federal Government Make It Illegal To Protest Israel?

Named the Israel Anti-Boycott Act, the bill so far has garnered support from 29 Republicans and 14 Democrats in the Senate. A similar piece of legislation introduced in the House of Representatives has 237 co-sponsors—63 Democrats and 174 Republicans.

July 21, 2017