Category Archives: Near East

Death toll from Saudi airstrike on Yemeni wedding rises to 88

By Leith Aboufadel

The death toll from the Saudi airstrike on the Yemeni wedding, yesterday, has risen exponentially, the Yemen-based Saba News Agency reported this morning.

According to the Saba report, at least 88 civilians have been found dead as a result of this Saudi airstrike on the wedding in the Al-Raqa area of Hajjah.

USA | Media Support US Violence Against Syria, but Long for More

by Gregory Shupak

Corporate media outlets were glad that the US, France and Britain bombed Syria in violation of international law (FAIR.org, 4/18/18), but lamented what they see as a dearth of US violence in the country.

15 Years. More Than 1 Million Dead. No One Held Responsible

The War in Iraq’s latest anniversary passed in all-American silence

by Charles P. Pierce, March 21

The most tragic and infuriating piece of writing of the week came in Tuesday’s New York Times. It carried a very plain and simple headline.

The Syrian “Show” Must Go On. US-led Strikes against Syria: A Carefully “Choreographed” Dance between US and Russia

By Andrew Korybko

“The Dance”

What just happened this morning in Syria was nothing more than a carefully “choreographed” dance between the US and Russia that allowed both rivals to “save face” and avoid further escalating the situation.

USA | Deep State Restrained Obama. Will It Restrain Trump? Time to Abandon Mere Hope For Action

by Bruce A.Dixon

The only good thing I can think to say about the Obama presidency is really kind of negative too, a monstrous crime he almost committed, but backed away from at the last minute. It was the only time in Obama’s political career that I’ve seen him take what might remotely be described as a risk. It was the the aftermath of the August 2013 chemical weapons attack on Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital Damascus which killed 1,300 people. While all the TV talking heads and publicly visible admirals and generals blamed the nerve gas attack on the Syrian government, Obama bucked the warmongering tide which he himself had helped raise, opting NOT to escalate the US war in Syria with carpet bombings of its infrastructure and a no-fly zone, the prelude to an inevitable invasion.