Patrick Cockburn: Economic Sanctions = War Crimes

It’s Time to Call Economic Sanctions What They Are: War Crimes Economic sanctions are like a medieval siege but with a modern PR apparatus attached to justify what is being done. A difference is that such sieges used to be directed at starving out a single town or city while now they are aimed at …

Patrick Cockburn: The Age of Disintegration – Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World

The Age of Disintegration  Neoliberalism, Interventionism, the Resource Curse, and a Fragmenting World  By Patrick Cockburn, TomDispatch, 28 June 2016 Everywhere nation states are enfeebled or collapsing, as authoritarian leaders battle for survival in the face of mounting external and internal pressures.   . . .   A common explanation for the rise of Islamic …

Patrick Cockburn: Changing Balance of Power in Syria

Too Weak, Too Strong Patrick Cockburn on the state of the Syrian war EXTRACT The Russian intervention in Syria, the greater involvement of Iran and the Shia powers, and the rise of the Syrian Kurds has not yet changed the status quo in Iraq and Syria, though it has the potential to do so.

Patrick Cockburn: Where Are All These Refugees Coming From?

Refugee crisis: Where are all these people coming from and why? It is an era of violence in the Middle East and North Africa, with nine civil wars now going on in Islamic countries between Pakistan and Nigeria. This is why there are so many refugees fleeing for their lives. Half of the 23 million …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn on US Military Failure PBI: Without Intelligence with Integrity, Force Structure is Fraud

Can a Gold-Plated Military Counter ISIS? Lightly armed guerrilla/insurgent/terrorist forces are once again holding off the high-tech, heavily armed forces of the United States. War with Isis: Despite billions spent on weapons, the US has not been able to counter the militants’ gruesome tactics The West needs more than a ‘White Knight’ if it wants …

Patrick Cockburn: Letter from Arabia — ISIS is the Lesser of All Evils — And Most Certainly Less Evil Than an Invading Occupying USA…

The Impossible War Isis cannot be beaten as long as there is civil war in Syria BY PATRICK COCKBURN CounterPunch • SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 A letter printed at the bottom of this article was emailed by a friend soon after her neighbourhood in Mosul was hit by Iraqi airforce bombers. This was some hours before …

Patrick Cockburn: Hazards of Revolution — and Counter-Revolution

Hazards of Revolution Patrick Cockburn London Review of Books, 9 January 2014 EXTRACTS: Why have oppositions in the Arab world and beyond failed so absolutely, and why have they repeated in power, or in pursuit of it, so many of the faults and crimes of the old regimes? The contrast between humanitarian principles expressed at …

Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia Funds Terrorism & Mass Murder — USG Silent & Therefore Complicit [While Also Approving $4B to “Train & Equip” Saudi National Guard]

Mass murder in the Middle East is funded by our friends the Saudis World View: Everyone knows where al-Qa’ida gets its money, but while the violence is sectarian, the West does nothing Patrick Cockburn The Independent, Sunday 8 December 2013 Donors in Saudi Arabia have notoriously played a pivotal role in creating and maintaining Sunni …

Chuck Spinney: Patrick Cockburn Interviews Muqtada al-Sadr on Iraq — Toxic Mix of Sectarianism, Incompetent and Corrupt Government, and Interference by US, UK, and Iran

The United States bears a moral responsibility for the murderous state of affairs in Iraq, but contemporary American grand strategy has become a self-referencing mix of arrogance, narcissism, and exceptionalism; so it is not surprising that most Americans have dismissed Iraq their minds (as they are now dismissing Afghanistan).  Below is an excellent reminder of the situation …