An Unending U.S. War in Syria

An Unending U.S. War in Syria

Photo: James Jeffrey – Special Representative for Syria Engagement in the United States (Hudson Institute via Flickr)   By Paul R. Pillar September 19, 2018 Amid a week of attention-grabbing drama about the dysfunction of Donald Trump’s presidency, it almost escaped notice that his administration is putting U.S. troops in harm’s way in a foreign […]

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

Part 10 • Learn the lessons from US/Western invasions and regime change policies: Not Iran Too!

  Utterly destructive, self-defeating and spelling the end of the U.S. Empire   By Farhang Jahanpour September 22, 2018 In view of the macro-historical perspective on the Middle East-West relations and the concrete cases referred to in this series – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya and Syria – it is clear that the demonization of Middle Eastern […]

Part 9 • Syria – Attempted regime-change based on a false narrative

Part 9 • Syria – Attempted regime-change based on a false narrative

    By Farhang Jahanpour September 20, 2018   1. An ally in warfare and torture Although the tragic events in Syria are too close to us to pass a definitive judgement about what has happened there and we need some perspective before we can make any definitive statements, nevertheless, some of the outlines of […]

Part 8 • Libya – humanitarian pretext for creation of a failed state

Part 8 • Libya – humanitarian pretext for creation of a failed state

    By Farhang Jahanpour September 20, 2018   On 20 March 2018, the former French President Nicolas Sarkozy was taken into police custody in Paris to be questioned over allegations that he received millions of Euros in illegal funding from Qadhafi for his presidential campaign. Investigators were examining claims that Qadhafi’s regime secretly gave […]

Part 7 • Iraq: Invasion, occupation and regime change

Part 7 • Iraq: Invasion, occupation and regime change

    By Farhang Jahanpour September 18, 2018   1. Some omitted facts and perspectives Prior to the Iraq war, the only thing that one heard on most Western channels about that country was Saddam Hussein and his alleged chemical and nuclear weapons. Saddam Hussein became synonymous with Iraq. Nothing was said of Iraq’s long […]

Part 6 • US policies of invasion and regime change: Afghanistan

Part 6 • US policies of invasion and regime change: Afghanistan

    By Farhang Jahanpour September 18, 2018   1. The Carter Doctrine, Brzezinski and the Stinger missiles

 After the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan on Christmas Day 1979, President Jimmy Carter issued his Carter Declaration, stating that the Persian Gulf was part of America’s vital interest and America would defend it by all means possible. […]

End the demonization of Russia in a new Cold War era

End the demonization of Russia in a new Cold War era

    By Mairead Maguire Nobel Peace laureate and TFF Associate September 17, 2018 In examining the future, we must look to the past. As we watch the media today, we are spoon fed more and more propaganda and fear of the unknown, that we should be afraid of the unknown and have full faith […]

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner ‘Deal of the Century’

Decoding the Pipes/Trump/Kushner  ‘Deal of the Century’

From L to R – Jared Kushner, senior adviser to Trump; David Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel; Ron Dermer, Israeli Ambassador to US; Jason Dov Greenblatt, Trump special aide   By Richard Falk September 13, 2018 • You didn’t have to be a ‘never Trump’ loyalist to have qualms about proposing to bring peace to […]

Why Iran Prefers the Eastern Bloc Over the West

Why Iran Prefers the Eastern Bloc Over the West

Photo: Hassan Rouhani of Iran, Vladimir Putin of Russia, and Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey   September 12, 2018 By Seyed Hossein Mousavian* As the military phase of the Syrian conflict reaches its final stages, the leaders of Russia, Iran, and Turkey met in Tehran on September 9 and reiterated in a joint statement that […]

18 years of mass murder in Guatemala

18 years of mass murder in Guatemala

  Jonathan Power  September 11, 2018 In 1981 on the editorial page of the New York Times, I wrote a column showing that the mass atrocities against the Indian population of Guatemala were carried out under the direct orders of the then president, Fernando Lucas Garcia. His former vice-president, Francisco Villagran Kramer, had given me […]

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