The Iran Card / Paradox / Critics
By Arthur Kane Scott: Reaching an agreement with Iran, historically under Obama, can be as significant as Nixon’s trip to China and the rapprochement it initiated. It would represent a profound game changer in Middle East diplomacy, relationships and resources. Though the Iran deal is hardly perfect, it does accomplish its major intention of curtailing Iran’s entry into the nuclear club for ten years. Also, itcan be a game changer in ending American and Iranian forty year animus as it provides an opportunity for both powers to come together on several vital issuesthat candramaticallyreshape the geopolitics of the Middle East. Read More
Israel’s Proxies Hell-bent on Destroying America for Israel?
By James Petras: The success or failure of the US-Iran nuclear agreement will have momentous, world-historic consequences that go far beyond the Middle East. Obama is absolutely right to pose the question as one between a diplomatic accord or a large scale, long-term devastating war. But war is what Israel, its leaders, its majority and its opposition parties are demanding and what its US proxies are pursuing. The basic question for all Americans is whether we will act as an independent, sovereign country pursuing peace through diplomacy, as we currently see unfolding with Iran and Cuba, or a submissive military instrument, directed by Israel’s proxies hell-bent on destroying America for Israel. Read More
Why do Kashmiris Observe August 15th as Black Day?
By Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai: The people of Jammu & Kashmir on both sides of the Cease-fire line and worldwide observed the 69th anniversary of India’s Independence Day as a black day because of India’s failure to honor its pledges that it has given to the people of Jammu & Kashmir at the United Nations. This year, the Kashmiri leadership had summoned all Kashmiris all over the world to demonstrate on August 15th, as a symbol of their unity and harmony. Their unity in mourning demonstrated their will to resist India's illegal occupation and defiance of the United Nations Security Council resolutions mandating a self-determination plebiscite for the 18 million people of Jammu & Kashmir. Read More
Don’t Be Fooled by the Political Game: The Illusion of Freedom in America
By John W. Whitehead: “The shaping of the will of Congress and the choosing of the American president has become a privilege reserved to the country’s equestrian classes, a.k.a. the 20% of the population that holds 93% of the wealth, the happy few who run the corporations and the banks, own and operate the news and entertainment media, compose the laws and govern the universities, control the philanthropic foundations, the policy institutes, the casinos, and the sports arenas.”— Journalist Lewis Lapham Read More
Support for Iraq War Still Haunts Hillary Clinton's Candidacy
By Stephen Zunes: More than a dozen years later, Hillary Clinton is still being haunted by her decision to break with the majority of her Congressional Democratic colleagues and vote in favor of President George W. Bush's call to authorize the U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq. Clinton is the only one of the five major announced candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination who supported that illegal and unnecessary war, which not only resulted in 4,500 American deaths and thousands more permanently disabled, but hundreds of thousands of Iraqi deaths, the destabilization of the region with the rise of ISIS, and a dramatic increase in the federal deficit resulting in major cutbacks to important social programs. Read More
Call to Action for a New and Just World Order
By Prof. Junaid S. Ahmad and Prof. Abdul Jabbar: Dialogues and understanding between civilizations, cultures, and religions are important, but they must never be used as a substitute for meaningful social and political engagement that get to the heart of the grievances of the oppressed. Edward Said’s words from “Reflections on Exile” that the world desperately needs to “elevate appreciative sympathy” and “diminish orthodox judgment” should not just remain a dream. They should be turned into reality through sustained political action to accept different cultures, according to Said’s vision, as contrapuntal notes in music that create harmony. Read More PDF
Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard's shameful hypocrisy
By Dr. Habib Siddiqui: Elections data show that BJP backers, many of them affiliated with the U.S. India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), have been donors to her campaign in virtually every part of the country. So when Sreemati Tulsi Das is silent on Hindutvadi agenda in Modi’s India, her shedding of crocodile tears for Hindus living securely (and more prosperously than majority Muslims) inside Bangladesh only bares naked her dismal hypocrisy. Ms. Gabbard: You can't have your cake and eat it (too). Otherwise, you can't escape from being accused of double-standards and protecting intolerant fascist ideology. Read More
Monitoring mosques on the pretext of keeping America safe
By Abdus Sattar Ghazali: The seven-million strong American Muslim community was alarmed at the suggestion of Republican presidential candidates to putting mosques under surveillance on the pretext of keeping American safe. This came during the first debate of the eight Republican hopefuls in Detroit last Thursday (August 6) when Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said: "If I have to monitor a mosque I'll monitor a mosque. If I have to take down a cyber wall I'll take it. If I have to send more American troops to protect us here I will do it." Read More