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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Benny Gantz, the former Israeli general turned party leader, agreed late last week to join his rival Benjamin Netanyahu in an “emergency government” to deal with the coronavirus epidemic. Two weeks ago he had won a wafer-thin majority vote in the parliament that gave him first shot at trying to...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Some wars are fought with bombs and bullets. These are the wars in Syria and Iraq, in Afghanistan and Yemen. Then there are quieter wars executed by drone. These cowardly wars also kill people, but not our people. These quieter wars accomplish what the more cacophonous wars accomplish without...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-31 - Original post - cached version

Several small attacks took place.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Four Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

The great enemy of clear language is insincerity. When there is a gap between one’s real and one’s declared aims, one turns, as it were, instinctively to long words and exhausted idioms…" ~ George Orwell, "Politics and the English Language" (1946) Lieutenant General Robert P. White. Remember his...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-30 - Original post - cached version

The US Justice Department unsealed an indictment on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro and other government officials last week, accusing them of "narco-terrorism." The move is reminiscent of the 1988 indictment of former CIA asset and Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega. The Noriega indictment...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-29 - Original post - cached version

Turkish strikes continue.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 9 Killed; Ongoing Anti-PKK Strikes appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-28 - Original post - cached version

For the past three years, several dozen New Yorkers have gathered each Saturday at Union Square, at 11:00 a.m. to vigil for peace in Yemen. Now, however, due to the coronavirus, the vigil for peace is radically altered. Last week, in recognition of the city’s coming shelter in place program,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

Victor Charlie debuted in 1954 as the Saigon-Cholon Peace Committee. Mid-1950s Vietnamese revolutionaries, inside US-occupied zones, morphed into: "the Front" – joining patriotic, Buddhist and peace societies en masse. By 1962, 250,000 activists enlivened myriad societies whilst gathering info...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

While the world focuses on the coronavirus pandemic, tensions between the US and Iran are heating up. The two countries are engaging in tit-for-tat military attacks that threaten a wider war. In mid-March, Washington officials accused an Iran-allied militia of launching rockets at a US military...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-27 - Original post - cached version

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has often declared that he considers himself to be a devout evangelical Christian, and in November 2019 told the New York Times Magazine that the Bible “informs everything I do.” Given that his religious convictions are based on the Bible, he is doubtless...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

Exceptionalism, triumphalism, chauvinism. These characteristics define most empires, including, like it or not, these United States. The sequence matters. A people and national government that fancies itself exceptional – an example for the rest of the world – is apt to assert itself militarily...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-26 - Original post - cached version

A P.K.K. attack left two Turkish Soldiers dead.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Turkish Soldiers Among 16 Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-25 - Original post - cached version

The Middle East region, battered by wars and adjoining humanitarian crises that have left millions of people stateless, hungry and diseased, is in urgent need for peace, security and reconstruction. Thanks to the US, Russian, French, Israeli and other weapons manufacturers, however, it is now...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Last Monday, a bipartisan group of Senators and a coalition including libertarian and progressive activists thwarted a scheme to ram through the Senate legislation renewing three provisions of the USA FREEDOM Act (previously known as the USA PATRIOT Act). The bill had already been rushed through...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

COVID is changing everything, including foreign policy. Just a few weeks ago, the United States thought it was a swell idea to station troops in more than 150 countries, five of them war zones. Even in Afghanistan, a hopeless quagmire if ever there was one, it found it easier to throw good money...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-24 - Original post - cached version

Three dumped bodies were found together.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 10 Killed; Dumped Bodies Found appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

With the shutdown of many sectors of the economy in response to coronavirus, US news outlets are expected to take a big hit. Major outlets that rely on advertising money and print newspapers will hurt the most. The Stranger, a free weekly newspaper based in Seattle, has asked its readers for...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Though my father served in World War II (an experience he would seldom talk about), I was never in a war myself, nor has the rest of my family been. Nothing strange there. It’s typical, in fact, of American life since the draft was abolished in 1973 and the all-...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

"Red" (Morgan Freeman): "Hope is a dangerous thing my friend, it can kill a man…" Andy (Tim Robbins): "Remember, Red. Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies." ~ The Shawshank Redemption (1994) Two futures lie before us. Like the classic visions of late-Old...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-23 - Original post - cached version

Airstrikes killed ISIS members in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 16 Killed; Airstrikes on ISIS Sites appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

The administration of President Donald Trump may escape the most recent conflict with Iran without war, however, a dangerous escalation is just over the horizon. And as before, the key factors driving the belligerence are not outraged Iraqi militia leaders or their allies in Iran, but Trump’s...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

Last week the US District Judge Anthony Trenga released Chelsea Manning from detainment after concluding that the grand jury that she had been subpoenaed to testify before no longer needed her, since it was being disbanded. Manning was incarcerated because of her principled stance against the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-21 - Original post - cached version

A man was killed by an old landmine, while mortars fell elsewhere.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: One Killed; Rocket Attacks Continue appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

I was delighted with the wide distribution given to my last essay on the ‘Tereshkova Amendment’ to the Russian Constitution which, when the reform of the Basic Law is approved by nationwide referendum, as widely anticipated, will set the presidential terms served up to now by Vladimir Putin back...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Big news Monday night: Buried amid the panic over the corona virus. Robert Mueller's prosecutors got the green light to flush down the toilet  one of their major cases alleging that Russia hacked the 2016 U.S. Presidential election – US District Court Judge Dabney Friedrich on Monday evening...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-20 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Nick Turse began covering what might be thought of as the secret history of American war in this century – the rise and spread of American Special Operations forces – for TomDispatch in 2011. That was the year when he first revealed that special-ops deployments...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

On the one hand, many Americans have nothing but time on their hands. With folks out of work, working from home, and socially quarantined, there’s never been a better time to make a sizable dent in their book queues and catch up on the sort of analytical articles found here at Antiwar.com. At...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

For the past three years the new narrative of Russian interference in U.S. elections has bound corporate news media more tightly than ever to the interests of the national security state. And no outlet has pushed that narrative more aggressively – and with more violence to the relevant facts –...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-19 - Original post - cached version

U.S. sanctions against Iran, cruelly strengthened in March of 2018, continue a collective punishment of extremely vulnerable people. Presently, the US"maximum pressure" policy severely undermines Iranian efforts to cope with the ravages of COVID-19, causing hardship and tragedy while...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

While the world is consumed with the terrifying coronavirus pandemic, on March 19 the Trump administration will be marking the 17th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq by ramping up the conflict there. After an Iran-aligned militia allegedly struck a US base near Baghdad on March 11, the US...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

As Crown Prince Muhammad bin Salman arrests his nearest relatives on treason charges, Saudi Arabia is bracing itself for a new reign of terror. But rest assured, it’s only temporary. At the end of the line lies something even worse: full-scale collapse. Yeah, yeah, we’ve heard it all before from...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

“I am a Zionist. You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist,” current Democratic Presidential candidate, Joe Biden, said in April 2007, soon before he was chosen to be Barack Obama’s running mate in the 2008 elections.  Biden is, of course, correct, because Zionism is a political movement that...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-18 - Original post - cached version

Mortars wounded several in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Two Killed; Mortar Attacks in the North appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

As Americans are gripped with fear over the coronavirus, the cholera epidemic quietly continues in Yemen. The disease spreading in Yemen is not some new untreatable virus, but a well-known illness that can be easily prevented with access to clean water, or with a cheap oral vaccine. The outbreak...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

The US and EU sanctions on Syria have taken a toll on the health and welfare of the Syrian people for many years. They were designed to “hurt” the Syrian government, but have only hurt the innocent unarmed Syrian civilians caught in the middle of a US-NATO-EU attack on the Syrian population for...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. It’s been almost eight years since Chalmers Johnson died.  He was the author of, among other works, Blowback: The Costs and Consequences of American Empire and Dismantling the Empire. He was also a TomDispatch stalwart and a friend . As I watch the strange...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-17 - Original post - cached version

A clash occurred at a protest in Baghdad.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: One Killed; Clashes at Baghdad Protest appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Fresh attacks on security personnel over the weekend.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Four Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-16 - Original post - cached version

Look, I’m no doctor; not a scientist; certainly no expert in epidemiology. So I’ve kept silent, for the most part, on the Coronavirus. Being more than a little out of my depth on the subject, I’ll continue to do so. Nonetheless, it is striking how the disease outbreak has swallowed the news...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-14 - Original post - cached version

Back in 2009, I was in Strasbourg for a “No to NATO” protest. Running from tear gas and being escorted out of a French military base by German soldiers, I spent some time with Malalai Joya – then the youngest member, and one of the few women, in the Afghan parliament. It was eight years …...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

This story was supported by the Pulitzer Center. On February 22, I left Iran after a week of covering the country’s parliamentary elections. Ten days later, my nose started running like a faucet. Normally, I would assume it’s a cold, pop some antihistamines, and proceed with my work. But these...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

The US conductes retaliatory strikes on militia targets believed to be behind yesterday's attack on Camp Taji.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Two Killed; Retaliatory US Strikes appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-13 - Original post - cached version

Alexandria – Yesterday, March 12, prosecutors in the Eastern District of Virginia ended the grand jury of Julian Assange and Wikileaks in which Chelsea Manning refused to testify. As a result, US District Court Judge Anthony Trenga ordered the immediate release of Chelsea Manning. HUGE NEWS:...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

This week, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), Saudi Arabia’s 34-year-old de facto ruler, was on a tear. He arrested members of his own royal family and initiated an oil price war with Russia that has sent the price of oil – and the world’s stock markets – plummeting. Behind the headlines,...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-12 - Original post - cached version

For the second time this week, Coalition members were killed in Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: US, UK Servicemembers Among Four Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Merely two weeks after Palestinian Authority President, Mahmoud Abbas, declared that the PA will suspend all “security coordination" with Israel, Palestinian security forces in the West Bank killed unarmed teenager, Salah Zakareneh. Zakareneh is not the first and, sadly, will not be the last...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Volodymyr Zelensky used to play a school teacher on a hit Ukrainian TV show called "Servant of the People." The premise was simple: a video goes viral of the teacher sounding off about corruption and, before you know it, he’s elected president. The program did so well that Zelensky formed a...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s latest gamble in Syria’s civil war appears to have come up snake eyes. Instead of halting the Damascus government’s siege of the last rebel held province, Idlib, Turkey has backed off, and Erdogan’s newest Syrian misadventure is fueling growing domestic...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-11 - Original post - cached version

The home of a former governor of Basra was subjected to a bomb attack.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Nine Killed; Bomb Attack on Former Basra Governor’s Home appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-03-10 - Original post - cached version

American interference with Latin American regimes began early and happened often. As early as the close of the nineteenth century, McKinley had betrayed and stolen Cuba. In 1903, Theodore Roosevelt severed Panama from Columbia, declared it an independent nation and put in power a government...

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