Patrick Cockburn: Saudi Arabia Drone Attack Changes Global Warfare — and US IC Either Has No HUMINT, IMINT, or SIGINT on Iran Or US IC Was Part of a Joint Israel Saudi Arabia False Flag Action

The drone attacks in Saudi Arabia have changed the nature of global warfare On the morning of 14 September, 18 drones and seven cruise missiles – all cheap and unsophisticated compared to modern military aircraft – disabled half of Saudi Arabia’s crude oil production and raised the world price of oil by 20 per cent. …

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: 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 …