A lawyer representing a Greek businessman and ship owner, who has accused an anti-Iran advocacy group of falsely and maliciously identifying him as part of their campaign to name and shame individuals and companies that do business in Iran, has responded to the Justice Department’s unprecedented decision to claim state secrets privilege.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Friday September 19, 2014 10:09 am|
|By: Peter Van Buren Tuesday September 16, 2014 7:53 am|
Kerry saidthe week’s events are a major milestone. That’s the same as the turning point so often mentioned before about Iraq, right? Let’s look back.
|By: Kevin Gosztola Monday September 15, 2014 6:30 pm|
In an unprecedented move, the United States government has moved to invoke the state secrets privilege in a private defamation lawsuit, which does not appear to hinge upon any government activity. The government has also called for the court hearing the case to dismiss the lawsuit.
The lawsuit filed in the US District Court of the Southern District of New York involves Greek businessman and ship owner Victor Restis and others, who have accused United Against Nuclear Iran (UANI) of falsely and maliciously identifying them in their campaign to name and shame individuals or companies that do business in Iran.
|By: Peter Van Buren Friday September 12, 2014 7:50 am|
President Obama left out the most important word of all in his speech outlining a strategy for Iraq: Iran. For if Iran is the 500 pound gorilla in the room with Iraq, it is the 800 pound monster in the Middle East. No real stability can be achieved without Iran. It is time for the president to go to Tehran.
|By: Peter Van Buren Thursday September 11, 2014 12:12 pm|
Following Obama’s address to the nation Wednesday, America’s psychiatrists and liquor stores stocked up on anti-depressants and massive amounts of alcohol. States allowing for legal marijuana report booming sales.
President Obama announced an expansion of the current war with Iraq (not to be confused with the previous war with Iraq he claimed to have ended in 2011) as well as a Cheney-like giddy eagerness to bomb Syria “just as soon as Congress wimps out and gets out of my way.” Despite their general glee about bombing any brown person anywhere anytime on the planet, many Americans are expected to complain of depression.
|By: DSWright Wednesday August 20, 2014 6:49 am|
The police riots in Ferguson, Missouri are causing a headache for more than just local and state politicians. Not only has the federal government felt compelled to get involved in hopes of quelling the outrage, but US diplomats overseas are going to have a more difficult time convincing the rest of the world that America is a credible authority on the rule of law and human rights with armored vehicles storming the streets and heavily equipped police officers arresting journalists.
|By: Attaturk Wednesday August 13, 2014 1:30 am|
What could be more comforting than plans going badly for those who primarily make the plans…why it’s almost as if we don’t know what we’re doing so much that eventually we find a common ground of “hey, we haven’t bombed this guy yet!?”
|By: DSWright Tuesday July 22, 2014 6:45 am|
Only a few short months ago the permanent war crowd were calling for air strikes on Iran, today the UN nuclear agency says that Iran has made all of the enriched uranium that could be used to make nuclear weapons into more harmless forms.
|By: DSWright Wednesday July 2, 2014 6:45 am|
‘As President Obama alerts Congress that he is sending more US combat troops into Iraq, other countries are flying in. The US has been joined by Iran and Russia in the skies over Iraq as the Maliki government in Baghdad tries to hold on to power. Though the US has confirmed flying drones, the other nations are using more traditional combat aircraft.
|By: Juan Cole Sunday June 22, 2014 1:59 pm|
Anand Gopal’s No Good Men Among the Living is a deconstruction of the American “War on Terror” as it pertained to Afghanistan. It is an argument that the US military allowed itself to fall into chasing phantoms, put up to search and destroy missions by tribal allies mainly interested in using the Americans to settle feuds and deflect rivals. They got drawn into what anthropologists call the segmentary lineage political system of rural Afghanistan.
In short, as Gopal tells the story, there was no Taliban activity in Afghanistan to speak of by 2002, but the US military machine required an enemy.