Forgiving Al-Qaeda in Pursuit of a New Enemy

Osama bin Laden and Ayman al-Zawahiri

There are signs of a shift in the Western foreign policy establishment toward seeing groups like Al-Qaeda not as the main targets of US military operations but as potential allies against the governments Washington has identified as more important enemies.


Why Is Israel Attacking Gaza?

Eyal Yifrach, Gil-ad Shaar and Naftali Fraenkel (photo: Times of Israel)

Journalism about the current violence is bound to focus on the death and destruction in Gaza. But there remains ample space to ask whether the war was launched to punish Hamas for something it had nothing to do with.


Was Houla Massacre a Manufactured Atrocity?

It’s been widely reported that on May 25, pro-Syrian forces massacred 108 civilians in the Syrian village of Houla, including 34 women and 49 children, many of whose throats were cut. The reported atrocity has sparked the latest round of appeals for intervention in the conflict in Syria. Syrian diplomats have been expelled from several countries over the massacre, including by U.S., Britain, France, Australia and Canada;  “Syrian Diplomats Expelled Across World as Outrage Over Houla Massacre Grows,” the British Guardian (5/29/12) declared. “Who Will Stop the Massacres?” asked the headline on a May 29 Washington Post editorial.  As the editors […]


Progressive History on the Public Airwaves: U.S. vs. U.K.

Yesterday marked the 25th anniversary of the end of the historic British miners strike of 1984-85. The BBC has a special broadcast in commemoration, The Ballad of the Miners Strike, featuring the voices of miners. But where can Americans turn for commemorations of our progressive history? There is always Howard Zinn’s excellent book, A People’s History of the United States. But turn on NPR, the closest thing the U.S. has to the BBC, and the closest you’ll get to the people’s history is the denunciation of Zinn.