Iraq’s Controversial Ballots Go Up in Flames
BAGHDAD — A fire has engulfed a storage facility in the Rusafa district in Baghdad housing physical ballots from the Iraqi elections held in May 2018. First-responders and fire brigades are attempting to control the blaze and maintain security. The fire comes just five days after Iraqi lawmakers passed... Read more
Want to Increase Your Property Values? Try a Nuclear War
This story originally appeared on June 22, 2014. Ever wonder what nuclear Armageddon would do to real-estate prices? How hard would it be to buy a tank of gas if Houston, Texas were suddenly struck by an atom bomb? Which fallout shelter is the most cost-effective? All these questions... Read more
The Great Mexican Train Robberies
Early on the morning of May 19, 2018, residents on the outskirts of the town Orizaba, Veracruz — close to the bordering state of Puebla in Mexico — woke up to a loud crash. A train with 39 cars and four locomotives crashed into another train when approaching the... Read more
The U.S.-China War of 2030
The People’s Republic of China and the United States appear ready to plunge off the precipice of a trade war. This war could have far-ranging effects on the economies of both countries, as well as the future of the global economic order. But as of yet, it does not... Read more
Narco-Corruption, ISIS 3.0 and the Terror Drone Attack That Never Happened
For almost 20 years, U.S. drone warfare was largely one-sided. Unlike Afghans and Yemenis, Iraqis and Somalis, Americans never had to worry about lethal robots hovering overhead and raining down missiles. Until, that is, one appeared in the skies above Florida. But that’s a story for later. For now,... Read more
Donald Trump Drones On
They are like the camel’s nose, lifting a corner of the tent. Don’t be fooled, though. It won’t take long until the whole animal is sitting inside, sipping your tea and eating your sweets. In countries around the world — in the Middle East, Asia Minor, Central Asia, Africa... Read more
Beyond Golden Shower Diplomacy
Month by month, tweet by tweet, the events of the past two years have made it clearer than ever that Washington’s once-formidable global might is indeed fading. As the American empire unravels with previously unimagined speed, there are many across this country’s political spectrum who will not mourn its... Read more
Playing Trump for Peace
When, in early March 2018, Donald Trump agreed to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the Washington foreign policy elite nearly suffered a collective heart attack. For one thing, the announcement came as a complete surprise. Trump had telegraphed his other foreign policy bombshells well in advance. Leaving... Read more
New Documents Raise Questions About Increased Nuclear Spending
There are many reasons to keep certain parts of the U.S. nuclear weapons complex a secret. But fraud, waste, and abuse run rampant when the mystique and awe of nuclear bombs gets in the way of effective oversight. And it is the taxpayer who ends up suffering. The secrets... Read more
Fears of an Aggressive Iran Are Far Older Than the Islamic Republic Is
This story originally appeared on May 27, 2015. The U.S. and Iran were once best friends. Washington saw the country as a stabilizing force in the Middle East, an ally it could rely on to keep the peace in a confusing and conflict-prone area of the world. It was... Read more
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