Bombs Away! Drones In the Sky

For a while it seemed that the drones project had been restrained following a flood of public criticism last year.   Reports from United Nations Special Rapporteurs, and mainstream NGOs like Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International clearly documented violations of International Humanitarian and Human Rights Law by Drone strikes in Pakistan and Yemen, countries the US is not at war […]

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Serena Shim on Turkey

Serena Shim, a Lebanese American, reported for Press TV on the Syrian militants in Turkey.  . Her death, last week in a car crash in Turkey.  raised some serious questions.    Because Turkish Intelligence recently threatened to put her in prison, some believe that she was murdered, either by Turkish Intelligence or the CIA which is operating out of Incirlik […]

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Turkey Struggling with Shifting Plans in Syria

President Erdogan of Turkey has, under extreme US pressure, allowed Iraqi Kurds into Syria to fight with the PYD (Syrian Kurds) for the city of Kobane.   The international press has been following the desperate fight in Kobane with intense interest for the last few weeks, though most of the population has abandoned the city some time ago.   While the fate […]

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The Futility of Asking Congress to Block the Next Gate

There are those who want to support emerging bills in Congress that would limit the administration’s ability to put ‘boots on the ground’ and give Obama an authorization for the current air war with an expiration date. I very much disagree with this strategy and believe that even promoting it is counter productive. Sometimes, instead of supporting a new law […]

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Turkey and the New Middle East

A couple of months ago when I first returned from being an Election Observer in Syria, the sense of the people there, that victory was near, and that they would soon be rebuilding, was brutally crushed by the news of ISIS flooding into Iraq where they obtained new resources, US Weapons and Iraqi cash, and then returning to the base […]

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