Tag: Middle East

Do Drones Degrade al Qa’ida? »

On April 23, the White House announced that one of their drone strikes had killed two al Qa’ida hostages, one Italian and one American. A few weeks back I discussed the evidence regarding drones and civilian casualties. I argued that, as opposed to being “surgical instruments” capable of eliminating terror groups while minimizing damage to…
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Do Drones Really Reduce Civilian Casualties? »

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), commonly known as “drones,” have been the subject of heated debate in recent years, especially their role in combat. Without a doubt, the number of air strikes using drones has increased at an astonishing rate. Consider that in Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Pakistan, Yemen, and Somalia, the U.S. government has launched…
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On U.S. Foreign Policy »

Grave threats over there President’s words will save us He says, bombs away! *** Copies of Kuran Body parts of boys and girls Blood of one and all *** Do unto others . . . But this is a special case Shoot first, sleep soundly

No U.S. Weapons for Countries with Child Soldiers (Oh, You Have a Waiver?) »

As the world observes conflicts in Iraq, Syria, the Ukraine, and elsewhere, the impact on human life is undeniably tragic. Nowhere is this tragedy more pronounced than in the impact of these conflicts have on children. According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights director Rami Abdel, more than 10,000 children have died in…
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Oil and Dictators »

Will the collapse of oil prices benefit or erode petrodictators in the Middle East, Eurasia, Africa, and Latin America? At first glance, the answer would seem obvious. Venezuela, Nigeria, and Iran need crude prices as high as $110 per barrel to fund their states in their present condition. Russia, half of whose government budget…
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Saudi Arabia Pressures Russia »

One remarkable aspect in the recent fall in global oil prices is that Saudi Arabia has not cut production to prop them up. Much of the speculation about why the Saudis have sat by passively and allowed the oil price decline has been that they are trying to undermine higher-cost producers in the US…
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Is Humanitarian Aid Strengthening ISIS? »

Recent reports on U.S. efforts to confront the Islamic State in Syria and Iraq revealed something disturbing. As U.S. forces launch attacks against ISIS, a vast array of U.S. and other western aid has been flowing into the region…and directly to the jihadist fighters. Reports state that in order for aid to travel through…
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Fallujah Fallout: Who Pays the Price? »

November of this year will mark the ten-year anniversary of the Second Battle of Fallujah. Fallujah, a city west of Baghdad with a population of over 300,000, is known to have observed some of the most intense fighting during the war in Iraq. After nearly a decade, the situation in Fallujah is still dire. Militants…
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Never Forget »

…that 9/11 was successfully carried out because American government agencies with very large budgets, and with more than sufficient spying authority, ignored multiple reports that had been spoon-fed them by their own agents: In a memo from the Phoenix FBI to headquarters, the agents recommended an urgent nationwide review of flight schools “for any…
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A Hell of a Pinpoint Operation »

Secretary of State John Kerry was right to call Israel’s Operation Protective Edge against Hamas “a hell of a pinpoint operation” in an apparently private comment that had the hallmark of a diplomatic move aimed at putting pressure on Tel Aviv. Except that he was referring ironically to the military aspect of the operation,…
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