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AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-17 - Original post - cached version

For declaring in March that the U.S. economy might be reopened by Easter, President Donald Trump was roundly mocked. Yet, it appears his political instincts were correct. He was more in tune with his country than were his critics. By early Easter week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the governors of six...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-17 - Original post - cached version

A bomb planted by the P.K.K. killed a Turkish soldier.

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

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-16 - Original post - cached version

The Palestinians of Gaza know all about lockdowns. For the past 13 years, some two million of them have endured a closure by Israel more extreme than anything experienced by almost any other society – including even now, as the world hunkers down to try to contain the Covid-19 pandemic. Israel...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Iraq is now on its third attempt to choose a prime minister. Parliament has requested the government to expel American troops. The Trump administration’s economic war against Iran has strengthened hardline factions, which remain determined on revenge for the January assassination of Qasem...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Unbeknownst to most Americans, as we are grappling with this terrifying pandemic, the Trump administration is currently carrying out the largest military operation in Latin America in 30 years, and has made it clear that alleged Venezuelan “narco-terrorism” is the target. It’s worth noting that...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-16 - Original post - cached version

Turkish strikes killed civilians and wounded Peshmerga.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Seven Killed in Turkish Airstrikes on PKK Targets appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

On April 7, 2018, horrifying images of an alleged chemical weapons attack in Syria flooded the internet. Appalled, the media jumped on the story and resolutely pointed the finger at the regime of Assad. One week later, yesterday exactly two years ago, the United States, Britain and France...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

It is important in these days of constant calls to heed the advice of "experts" on the spread of the Coronavirus to recall the intimate historical links between the concept of technocracy and the practice of authoritarianism. As soon as the ideal of a truly representative democracy moved to the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-15 - Original post - cached version

Anti-ISIS activity continuted in Kirkuk prvoince.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 12 Killed; Operations in Kirkuk appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Matthew Hoh is a Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy. He resigned in protest from his post in Afghanistan over US strategic policy and goals in Afghanistan in September 2009. Prior to his assignment in Afghanistan, Matthew served in Iraq; first in 2004-5 in Salah ad Din Province...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Coronavirus has hit the US harder than most countries around the world. A new think-tank made up of the country’s biggest China hawks is using the crisis to turn public opinion against Beijing. An American public living in fear over this crisis is particularly vulnerable to anti-China propaganda...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

The United States is experiencing an upheaval from the Coronavirus pandemic that is deeper than anything in modern American history, and military and civilian Pentagon elites have responded to it in a way that seems certain to further magnify the broader corrosive impact of the crisis on their...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-14 - Original post - cached version

Clashes between security personnel and ISIS members took place in Kirkuk province.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 27 Killed; ISIS Clash in Kirkuk appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

The British court system continues to mock the Magna Carta. Bowing vassal-like to U.S. pressure it persists with Star Chamber proceedings against WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange until he is either extradited to the US or winds up dead. The judicial pantomime under way in London, under the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Empire exposure is the ghastly gift of coronavirus. Not that everyone can see it: consider that the "Drop Dead Fred” effect of corporate media duopoly. Imperialism has, after all, long been America’s imaginary friend: unspoken, publicly invisible – those who dare discern it branded as juvenile...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

At least 70 countries have signed on to the March 23 call by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres for a worldwide ceasefire during the Covid-19 pandemic. Like non-essential business and spectator sports, war is a luxury that the Secretary General says we must manage without for a while. After U...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-13 - Original post - cached version

Several small attacks left seven killed.

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

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Call it a "quarantine", a "shelter-in-place", a "lockdown" or a "curfew", we Palestinians have experienced them all, though not at all voluntarily. Personally, the first 23 years of my life were lived in virtual "lockdown". My father’s "quarantine" was experienced much earlier, as did his father...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Decades ago, when I began teaching international history, I used to ask students if they thought it was possible for nations to end their fighting of wars against one another. Their responses varied. But the more pessimistic conclusions were sometimes tempered by the contention that, if the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Mark Sommers QC, the extremely erudite and bookish second counsel for Julian Assange in his extradition hearing, trembled with anger in court. Magistrate Vanessa Baraitser had just made a ruling that the names of Julian Assange’s partner and young children could be published, which she stated...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-11 - Original post - cached version

Turkish jets bombed a PKK site in northern Iraq.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Seven Killed; Turkish Strike on PKK Target appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, with the world screeched to a halt, the prosecution of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange continues. At the case management court hearing on Tuesday, April 7, Judge Vanessa Baraitser ruled that Julian Assange’s extradition hearing would resume in May as previously...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

As the United Nations implores countries to cease hostilities and wars to help fight the SARS-CoV-2 virus that is causing the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States is finding ways to use the COVID-19 pandemic to fight its wars. While Saudi Arabia promises to begin a ceasefire in Yemen in response...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Originally posted at TomDispatch. I’m sure you still remember them. The president regularly called them “my generals.” They were, he claimed, from “central casting” and there were three of them: retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, who was first appointed secretary of the Department of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-10 - Original post - cached version

Small attacks continue in the north.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 12 Killed, Including Farmers appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-09 - Original post - cached version

Small attacks against security personnel continued in the north.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed; Attacks Against Security Personnel Ongoing appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Mea culpa. In "Coronavirus Lays Low the Military" (Antiwar.com, Apr. 2), I wrote that "it’s taken the military several weeks to realize what’s going on" with Covid-19, and that "judging from the mixed messages sent by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, it still hasn’t figured it all out." This was...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Donald Trump’s failure to act decisively to control the coronavirus pandemic has likely made the Covid-19 pandemic far more lethal than it should have been. But the reasons behind failure to get protective and life-saving equipment like masks and ventilators into the hands of health workers and...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-08 - Original post - cached version

Two Peshmerga fighters were killed durign an attack.

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

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version

"To everything (turn, turn, turn) There is a season (turn, turn, turn) And a time to every purpose, under heaven… A time to kill, a time to heal… A time for peace, I swear it’s not too late" ~ "Turn, Turn, Turn," as performed by the Byrds (1965) – adapted from Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 It shouldn’t …...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version

The coronavirus pandemic is exposing the cruelty of US imperialism to the world as Washington’s crippling economic sanctions remain in full effect. The decades-old US embargo on Cuba blocked a coronavirus aid shipment from a Chinese entrepreneur last month, another example in a long list of US...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-06 - Original post - cached version

A protest organizer was murdered by unknown assailants.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed; Protest Organizer Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-04 - Original post - cached version

Clashes in Dhi Qar province left dozens dead or wounded.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: Six Killed; Protest Violence Resumes appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Tunisia is the Middle East’s greatest success story, according to the findings of the V-Dem Annual Democracy Report 2019. One of the world’s most regarded annual reports on democracy and good governance, the V-Dem Report is produced by the V-Dem (Varieties of Democracy) Institute at the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-03 - Original post - cached version

Benny Gantz, leader of the Blue and White party, abandoned the central plank of his platform at the weekend – that he would never sit in a coalition with Benjamin Netanyahu, who has led Israel continuously for the past 11 years. A former military general, Gantz justified his dramatic change of...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version

Don’t look now but, for all intents and purposes the US war machine has ceased to exist. It’s not the case for defensive purposes. If the United States were to come under attack, the Pentagon would throw everything it has at the problem from ground troops to advanced fighter jets. If "fighting...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version

During World War I, soldiers all along the Western front held a series of informal truces in December 1914 to commemorate Christmas. It was early in the war, and opposition had not yet hardened into implacable enmity. The military command, caught by surprise, could not impose complete...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version

"If the provisions of the Constitution be not upheld when they pinch as well as when they comfort, they may as well be abandoned." ~ Justice George Sutherland (1862-1942) In his 2008 book "Taking Rights Seriously," the late professor Ronald Dworkin explored the origins and governmental treatment...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-02 - Original post - cached version

Security forces killed at least seven militants.

The post <I>Iraq Daily Roundup</I>: 8 Killed appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

Can anyone think what our society might have spent six and a half trillion dollars on instead of 20 years of war in the Middle East for nothing? How about the trillion dollars per year we keep spending on the military on top of that? Invading, dominating and remaking the Arab world to serve the...

AntiWar.com Original Content - 2020-04-01 - Original post - cached version

At least 128 people were killed, and 180 were wounded during March.

The post <I>Iraq Monthly Roundup</I>: 128 Killed in March appeared first on Antiwar.com Original.

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...

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