From 2011: Who Won the War in Iraq? Iran.

By: Wednesday June 18, 2014 7:19 am

When wars end, usually there is a winner and a loser. Greeks burn down the city for the win; Trojans accept a dummy horse for the epic loss, like that. As we near the end of the U.S. military campaign in Iraq, and note the beginning of the State Department occupation (the formal mission handover is Oct. 1), it is a good time to decide who lost and who won, and what that means for the future of Iraq.


FDL Book Salon Welcomes Max Blumenthal, Goliath: Life and Loathing in Greater Israel

By: Saturday November 2, 2013 1:59 pm

When it comes to telling the inconvenient set of truths that increasingly set Israel apart from what we consider to be a Western democracy or a society akin to the USA or western Europe, no good deed remains unpunished. Max Blumenthal, in two books published four years apart, has exposed two authoritarian Old Testament-based cultures for their anti-democratic underpinnings. The first book, unveiling strange Christian and Christianist currents in our political world was widely praised. The second, examining somewhat similar forces in Israeli political, religious, cultural and educational life, is being widely damned.

FDL Movie Night: My Neighbourhood

By: Monday June 17, 2013 4:59 pm

Tonight’s film is the 2012 Peabody Award winning film My Neighbourhood, the latest production by Just Vision, a team of Palestinian, Israeli, North and South American filmmakers, journalists, and human rights advocates dedicated to telling the stories of Israelis and Palestinians working nonviolently to achieve freedom, dignity, security and peace in the region. Our guest tonight is Just Vision’s Creative Director Julia Bacha, who co-directed My Neighbourhood together with independent filmmaker Rebekah Wingert-Jabi.

John Kerry Addresses the American Jewish Community Global Forum on Middle East Peace Prospects

By: Wednesday June 5, 2013 8:00 pm

Secretary of State John Kerry addressed the annual American Jewish Community Global Forum on Monday, June 3rd. He focused on the limited time he believes the Palestinians and Israelis have to come up with a workable “two-state solution.”

FDL Movie Night Preview: Peabody Award Winning “My Neighbourhood”

By: Sunday May 12, 2013 5:20 pm

Tomorrow, Monday May 13th, FDL Movie Night presents the 2012 Peabody Award winning film My Neighbourhood, the story of Mohammed El Kurd, a teenage Palestinian boy growing up in the in the heart of East Jerusalem. The 25-minute film shows the surprising turn of events when Mohammed’s family is forced to give up a part of their home to Israeli settlers.

If This Is Monday, We’re Pissing Off the Palestinians

By: Monday July 30, 2012 11:47 am

But Mitt being Mitt, he couldn’t just grab his check from orange-haired grotesque Sheldon Adelson (the Jewish Trump) and skip town without stopping to point out that Jews are good with money while people held prisoner in enormous open air concentration camps are not. I mean, what’s up with that?

Late Night FDL: Cleaning Up After the Houseguests Are Gone

By: Friday December 23, 2011 8:00 pm

Now, seven years later, with the American military finally gone, the same ruling alliance (which is still in power, despite some internal shifts) is clamping down to cement its rule? You don’t say. But please don’t try to tell me it’s any kind of sudden development.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Lynn Parramore and Sarah Jaffe, The 99%: How the Occupy Wall Street Movement is Changing America

By: Saturday December 10, 2011 1:59 pm

In the summer of 2011, 14 million Americans were unemployed and 16% of the country was officially poor. Student loan debt eclipsed credit card with over $1 trillion outstanding. One in five mortgages was underwater. Our leaders said the economy was recovering from the recession caused by the financial crisis, but their soothing pronouncements seemed to mock the evidence of our senses. On September 17, a group of activists converged on a small concrete plaza in lower Manhattan, determined to Occupy Wall Street.

Late Night FDL: Non-Mission Acknowledged

By: Friday October 21, 2011 8:00 pm

Like a lot of you, I felt an odd combination of déjà vu and whiplash earlier today at the revival of President Obama’s 2008 election rhetoric about “ending the war” in announcing the formal withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Iraq. And similarly, I’m aware of the widely noted doubts about whether this really is [...]

Live Blog for #OccupyWallStreet: Day 22, Occupation to Launch Second Assembly in Washington Square

By: Saturday October 8, 2011 6:15 am

The fourth week of Occupy Wall Street begins today. It has grown so big that it can no longer contain the ten thousand or more people that come to the park regularly each evening. The “people’s mic” or “human mic” has become much more difficult as lines of speeches have to be echoed three and four times so all in the park can hear what people have said. The occupation also needs to keep raising the stakes and escalating the situation to keep up the energy and momentum. And so, today at 3 pm ET part of the encampment will relocate to Washington Square Park.

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