Dec 16, 2014

'Yasukuni' director says 2007 film timelier than ever

With Angelina Jolie’s film “Unbroken” about Japan’s brutal treatment of prisoners during World War II being released this month, Chinese filmmaker Li Ying figures his 2007 anti-militarist documentary “Yasukuni” has only gained in relevance. The film, which had its British premiere last week, focuses ...

Dec 12, 2014

Senate panel votes to authorize U.S. war against Islamic State

A Senate panel voted to give President Barack Obama a three-year authorization for the use of military force against Islamic State and affiliates, opening a debate that’s unlikely to be settled until the new Congress convenes next month. The Senate Foreign Relations Committee acted ...

Ukraine prime minister warns of war after winning confirmation vote

Nov 28, 2014

Ukraine prime minister warns of war after winning confirmation vote

Arseniy Yatsenyuk received lawmakers’ approval to remain Ukraine’s prime minister, clearing an obstacle for aid talks with the International Monetary Fund as the country grapples with a separatist insurgency in the east. Yatsenyuk, 40, was backed by 341 lawmakers in the 450-seat legislature Thursday, ...

War fears hang over Ukraine as 12 die despite truce

Oct 8, 2014

War fears hang over Ukraine as 12 die despite truce

Ukraine faced the threat Tuesday of a resumption of all-out warfare as 12 more people, mostly civilians, died in increasingly bloody clashes with pro-Russian rebels despite a truce deal. The toll was one of the highest reported since the two rivals signed the Moscow-backed ...

Obama is no 'reluctant warrior'

Oct 7, 2014

Obama is no 'reluctant warrior'

by Ted Rall

When it comes to killing members of the Islamic State, U.S. President Barack Obama is anything but a reluctant warrrior. To the contrary, he makes former President George W. Bush look like a dirty peace hippie.

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Sep 17, 2014

Boko Haram waging total war on Nigeria, senate president says

Nigeria’s Islamist militant group Boko Haram has declared “total war” on the West African country and the situation “must be handled with all the seriousness it deserves,” Senate President David Mark said. “The escalation of violence and the heinous crimes daily perpetrated by insurgents ...

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Sep 2, 2014

Kiev warns of 'great war' with Russia as its forces retreat

Ukrainian forces ceded a strategic eastern airport to pro-Russian insurgents on Monday as the government in Kiev accused Moscow of launching a “great war” that could claim tens of thousands of lives. The sense of foreboding in Kiev came as European-mediated talks over the ...

The Middle East crack-up

Aug 29, 2014

The Middle East crack-up

by Shlomo Avineri

The horror stories emerging from northern Iraq, as well as the continuing slaughter in Syria's civil war, point to the unraveling of the state system established after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire almost 100 years ago.

Aug 29, 2014

Three timelines shaping Mideast developments

by Volker Perthes

To shape an effective strategy in the Middle East, it is essential to understand three distinct timelines that are shaping developments: the short-term timeline of daily struggles, the medium-term timeline of geopolitical shifts, and the long-term timeline of sociocultural transformation.