by Hussein Kesvani In the West, we think of politicians shedding tears as inauthentic, unmanly and fragile. We’d be foolish to read the mourning of Qassim Suleimani the same way For all the glee in certain segments of the West over the death of Qassim Suleimani, in Iran his demise was almost universally met with tears — whether it be a member of the public, the military or the government. The best example might have been on Iranian state TV when a senior Revolutionary Guard officer wept so intensely that the host, also with tears in his eyes, had to console him. Tears … Continue reading THE CRYING IN IRAN IS NOT A SIGN OF WEAKNESS

The True Origins of ISIS

A poster in Baghdad depicts a man painting over a picture of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi.MOHAMMED HATO / AP A secret biography suggests that Abu Ali al-Anbari defined the group’s radical approach more than any other person. by Hassan Hassan Co-author of ISIS: Inside the Army of Terror Most historians of the Islamic State agree that the group emerged out of al-Qaeda in Iraq as a response to the U.S. invasion in 2003. They also agree that it was shaped primarily by a Jordanian jihadist and the eventual head of al-Qaeda in Iraq, Abu Musab al-Zarqawi. The Jordanian had a dark vision: He … Continue reading The True Origins of ISIS

The First Man the Bible Calls the Messiah

Rembrandt van Rijn, 1633 A non-Jewish Persian king was the first to be called Messiah in the Bible, and those wishing to see his legacy can visit his tomb in Pasargadae, Iran or drop by the British Museum. by Candida Moss Next Friday marks the anniversary of the Persian ruler Cyrus the Great’s capture of the city of Babylon in 539 B.C. It was a momentous event, not only for the Persians who became de facto world conquerors, but also for the Jews. Cyrus, unlike Babylonian rulers, had a more magnanimous and PR-savvy style of leadership. His conquest of Babylon led to … Continue reading The First Man the Bible Calls the Messiah

How Syria Came to This

Hosam Katan / Reuters A story of ethnic and sectarian conflict, international connivance, and above all civilian suffering by ANDREW TABLER Seven years of horrific twists and turns in the Syrian Civil War make it hard to remember that it all started with a little graffiti. In March 2011, four children in the southern city of Der’a scrawled on a wall “It’s your turn, Doctor”— a not so subtle prediction that the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, a British trained ophthalmologist and self-styled reformer, would go down in the the manner of the Ben Ali regime in Tunisia, the … Continue reading How Syria Came to This

Trump Knows Nothing About Getting Into a Major War’

© REUTERS / Yuri Gripas ‘Smart missiles should fly toward terrorists, not legal governments’ the Russian foreign ministry said in response to Donald Trump’s tweet after he warned Russia to prepare for the new, smart and nice missiles coming to Syria in the wake of an alleged chemical attack there. Sputnik discussed this with Stephen Lendman, an independent journalist and writer. Sputnik: US President Donald Trump has threatened to strike Syria and he has told Russia to get ready, what do you make of that comment? Stephen Lendman: It’s really lunacy, imperial madness is the expression I like to use. I think … Continue reading Trump Knows Nothing About Getting Into a Major War’

Idiocy Is Bringing The End Of The World

image edited by Fernando Kaskais by Paul Craig Roberts Here is Jason Ditz on the coming end of the world: Vladimir Soloviev explains the failure of Putin’s policy of appeasement: If you were the president of France or the prime minister of the UK, would you permit criminally insane Washington to drag you into military conflict with Russia? I didn’t think so. I wouldn’t either. So what’s with Macron and May? What’s with the French and British governments? What’s with the French and British media? I read recently that former UK Labour prime minister Tony Blair is now … Continue reading Idiocy Is Bringing The End Of The World


APRIL 12, 2018    With war likely set to break out in Syria at any moment, a question many Americans are asking is… where is Syria? Geographical challenges aside, it is safe to say that the situation in Syria is extremely fluid, and changing on an almost daily basis, which is why we have shown several strategic and tactical snapshot maps of Syria as of this moment. The first and most useful one, courtesy of Turkey’s Omran Dirasat think tank, shows updated areas of control and influence in Syria by international military forces with reference to the most prominent international military sites in … Continue reading A MAP OF THE COMING WAR: WHO IS WHO (AND WHERE) IN SYRIA