Middle East

2003: Colin Powell Makes the Case for War on Iraq & U.S. Corporate Media Lines Up to Promote It

Fifteen years ago, on February 5, 2003, Colin Powell, then Secretary of State in the administration of George W. Bush, spoke before the United Nations, making the case for a preemptive war against Iraq. According to Powell, his purpose that day was to “share with you what the United States knows about Iraq’s weapons of…

Please Call Your Senators on Monday – We Can Stop the Saudi Arms Deal & Prevent the Saudi-Imposed Famine in Yemen

Here’s an urgent message from Robert Naiman of Just Foreign Policy: I need you to make a plan to call your Senators at 1-855-68-NO-WAR. [1-855-686-6927]. With the Senate, it’s always hard to know for sure when a vote will be. We now believe that a Senate vote on Trump’s Saudi arms deal is expected by Tuesday…

Bolivian UN Rep Sacha Llorenti Blasts U.S. for Attacking Syria, Educates Nikki Haley on Iraq, UN & U.S. History

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley – president of the UN Security Council for the month of April – denied Bolivia’s urgent, early morning request for a closed session of the UNSC on Friday, April 7, and did so in a spectacularly public fashion, tweeting her reply:   pic.twitter.com/Tbch23H79T — Nikki Haley (@nikkihaley) April…

Trump, TV & Tomahawks: Corporate Media Become State Media as the Cruise Missiles Fly

In times of war, U.S. corporate media often find themselves tripping over their own feet in their rush to show how patriotic they can be. Sadly, this remains true in the Trump era, as much of the corporate press has rushed to breathlessly embrace the awesome spectacle and firepower of the U.S. military in action,…

Congress: Invoke War Powers on Saudi-Yemen Before Military Escalation on Iran – Just Foreign Policy

Let’s prevent the folks so eager to engineer a confrontation with Iran from starting another war in the Middle East, by convincing out representatives to invoke the War Powers Act vis-a-vis the Saudi-Yemen conflict. Twelve days into the Trump Administration, it should come as no surprise at this point that the new folks in D.C.…

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War – Live Stream Dec. 1 & 2

Code Pink:

The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War: After 14 years of costly war based on lies, it’s time for truth and accountability. The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War will unify the global anti-war/peace movements with other justice movements by uplifting testimonies of the costs of this war—and war itself. The Tribunal will bring the lies that created the war on Iraq into public awareness, while demanding Obama act on them. It will build and inspire the anti-war movement that we will need after the inauguration of the next administration in 2017. It will be a tool that all groups can use to build, inspire, and enliven their organizations and communities. Testifiers Day One and Two.

Visit Code Pink’s Iraq Tribunal website at IraqTribunal.org

U.S. Support of Saudi War on Yemen a Humanitarian Disaster & Possible War Crime

A public hearing of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, November 17, 2016. From the Commission: A year and a half after the escalation of conflict between the northern Yemeni Houthi movement in alliance with forces still loyal to former President Ali Abdullah Saleh, and an international Coalition led by Saudi Arabia seeking to restore…

Lucrative Arms Sales Secure Ongoing U.S. Support for Saudi Arabia’s War on Yemen

IPS Fellow Phyllis Bennis says U.S. officials want to ensure that the Saudis are pacified following the nuclear deal with Iran August 19, 2016 – The Real News Network KIM BROWN, TRNN: Welcome to the Real News Network. I’m Kim Brown. A quick disclaimer for some of our viewers: we have some footage in this…

With U.S. Support, Saudi-led Airstrikes Have Killed Thousands of Yemeni Civilians

Human Rights Watch:

Published on Nov 27, 2015
The Saudi Arabia-led coalition carrying out attacks against the Houthis in Yemen has failed to investigate its apparently unlawful airstrikes that have killed hundreds of civilians. The United States is also obligated to investigate attacks in which it played a role that allegedly violated the laws of war.

Human Rights Watch examines in detail 10 apparently unlawful coalition airstrikes that killed at least 309 civilians and wounded more than 414 between April and August 2015. According to the United Nations, most of the 2,600 civilian deaths since the coalition began its military campaign against the Houthis in late March have been from coalition airstrikes. Human Rights Watch is unaware of any investigations by Saudi Arabia, other coalition members, or the US into these or other allegedly unlawful strikes, or of any compensation for victims or their families.

Max Blumenthal: Palestine’s Rebellion, Israel’s Fascism

Blumenthal laments the sorry state of Gaza and its population, nearly 80% refugees, calling it “a warehouse for surplus humans. For the first time you’re actually seeing a wave of child suicides.”
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Published on Nov 13, 2015

Abby Martin interviews journalist and author Max Blumenthal on the current situation in Palestine and the Israeli occupation. This episode covers what is behind today’s rebellion, the rising dominance of far-right, ultra-racist ideology in Israel, eye-witness accounts of the aftermath of the Gaza war, and the Israeli government’s fear of Palestinian resistance.

Max Blumenthal is an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times Best Seller “Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel”, and the recently-published “The 51 Day War: Ruin and Resistance in Gaza.”