Terrifying Ted and his Ultra-Conservative Vision for America | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community

Presidential candidate Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) speaks at a town hall on Wednesday. (Photo: Elise Amendola / AP)

Perhaps nothing captures the imperialist arrogance of Republican presidential candidate Ted Cruz more succinctly than his campaign’s statement declaring, “What is best for America is best for the world.” In addition to the obvious issue that billions of people around the world might disagree with Cruz on this point is the fact that it is not at all clear that the Republican presidential candidate’s proposed policies are even best for most Americans. But given his victory this past week in the Iowa caucus, Cruz’s ultra-conservative views can no longer be ignored while mainstream and progressive pundits busy themselves dissecting the bombastic rhetoric of the far less scary Donald Trump…

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Here’s What a Man Who Studied Every Suicide Attack in the World Says About ISIS’ Motives

More than anything, the terrorist group’s outward expressions of religious fervor serve its secular objectives of controlling resources and territory.

By Joshua Holland December 2, 2015

Source: Here’s What a Man Who Studied Every Suicide Attack in the World Says About ISIS’ Motives

Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the “War on Terror”

Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan
First international edition (March 2015)

This investigation comes to the conclusion that the war has, directly or indirectly, killed around 1 million people in Iraq, 220,000  in Afghanistan and 80,000 in Pakistan, i.e. a total of around 1.3 million. Not included in this figure are further war zones such as Yemen. The figure is approximately 10 times greater than that of which the public, experts and decision makers are aware of and propagated by the media and major NGOs. And this is only a conservative estimate. The total number of deaths in the three countries named above could also be in excess of 2 million, whereas a figure below 1 million is extremely unlikely.

Source: Body Count – body-count.pdf

Body Count

Casualty Figures after 10 Years of the “War on Terror”

Iraq Afghanistan Pakistan

First international edition – Washington DC, Berlin, Ottawa – March 2015

translated from German by Ali Fathollah-Nejad

available from the editors:

Internationale Ärzte für die Verhütung des Atomkrieges / Ärzte in sozialer Verantwortung (German affiliate), Berlin

PSR: Physicians for Social Responsibility (US American affiliate), Washington DC

PGS: Physicians for Global Survival (Canandian affiliate), Ottawa of IPPNW (International Physicians for the Prevention of Nuclear War) http://www.ippnw.de http://www.psr.org

http://www.pgs.ca

hardcopies: kontakt@ippnw.de (print on demand)
ISBN-13: 978-3-9817315-0-7

 

What Will Come After Paris – The New York Times

The terrorist attacks in Paris on Friday, along with twin bombings in Beirut on the day before and the downing of a Russian jetliner over the Sinai Peninsula on Oct. 31, show a new phase in the Islamic State’s war against the West, a readiness to strike far beyond areas it controls in Iraq, Syria, and increasingly, Libya.

The challenge for threatened countries is huge. The sort of attacks the Islamic State, or ISIS, has launched are hard to anticipate or prevent, yet in Europe each one intensifies the raucous xenophobia of far-right nationalists ever ready to demonize Muslim citizens, immigrants and refugees, and shut down Europe’s open internal borders. The Islamic State must be crushed, but that requires patience, determination and the coordination of strategies and goals that has been sorely lacking among countries involved in the war on ISIS, especially the United States and Russia.

Source: What Will Come After Paris – The New York Times

American New Atheism and Israel

American New Atheism and Israel.

By: Karim Safieddine

The New Atheist movement in the US, most notably championed by Sam Harris, has a blatant pro-Israel stance that we need to refute, argues Karim Safieddine. – See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/8/10/american-new-atheism-and-israel#sthash.HTUby5eK.dpuf

Date of publication: 10 August, 2015

The New Atheist movement in the US, most notably championed by Sam Harris, has a blatant pro-Israel stance that we need to refute, argues Karim Safieddine.

Looking at the New Atheists’ stance on Israel, and particularly the American philosopher Sam Harris, one would unsurprisingly arrive at a map of contradictions that can only be explained in political terms.

Harris avoids holding Israel accountable for this “brutalisation” – as he calls it – and accuses pro-Palestinian activists of being misled and “driven” by the horrifying images of infants and women being, basically, shred to pieces by Israeli warplanes.

See more at: http://www.alaraby.co.uk/english/comment/2015/8/10/american-new-atheism-and-israel#sthash.HTUby5eK.dpuf

The Soft Power Hoax | Common Dreams

U.S. officials love the idea of “soft power,” a concept that applies non-violent means – from propaganda to culture – to induce foreign countries to conform to Washington’s wishes. But the arrogance of the approach has alienated, rather than attracted, many people around the world.

by Mike Lofgren

via The Soft Power Hoax | Common Dreams | Breaking News & Views for the Progressive Community.