In Supporting Erdogan, Turks Cite Economic and Religious Gains

By PATRICK KINGSLEY -  The New York Times ISTANBUL — Merve Arslan, a teacher, struggles to reconcile her own perception of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey with that of his critics. “He’s not a...

Why I am ashamed to be a man in Afghanistan

  Various civil society organisations have taken to the streets to protest against the killing of 27-year-old Farkhunda BBC Afghan's Karim Haidari says that the lynching of a woman who was falsely accused of burning the...

PJ Crowley: Can Trump walk away after Syria air strikes?

Former US Assistant Secretary of State P.J Crowley says President Trump will be content to count the strikes as a victory and move on, but it's unclear if Syria, Russia and Iran will let...

We Demand Immediate Withdrawal of Turkish Troops from Kurdistan

Kurdistan National Congress (KNK)  Statement: Turkey is commiting another crime against Kurdish people and the people of the Middle East by entering Bashur/Iraqi Kurdistan and deploying unwanted troops in Mousel without any request or authorization...

Lebanon’s disappeared children: The darker side of international adoption

Nearly 10,000 adoptees have been given to foreign parents since the 1960s but many face huge obstacles discovering their origins Changiz M. Varzi BEIRUT - It was a life-changing day in September 1963, when a young American...

The Fall of Benjamin Netanyahu and the Future of Israel

By Gregg Carlstrom When Benjamin Netanyahu visited Washington earlier this month, it should have been a political triumph, a moment of exultation. For most of his 12 years in power, the hawkish Israeli prime minister...

US Bombing Syrian Troops Would Be Illegal

Exclusive: Secretary of State Kerry met with dissident State Department “diplomats” to hear their call for U.S. airstrikes on Syrian government troops, but the plan is both dangerous and illegal, writes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie...

Ray McGovern on Daniel Ellsberg and Consortium News

It is sobering to think that Dan Ellsberg, and other serious thinkers, look to Consortium News for professional journalism and analysis, says Ray McGovern. From the desk of Ray McGovern: Dan Ellsberg met me at the...

Ramadan Is Not a Time for Bloodshed

What explains ISIS’s perversion of the Muslim holy month? Caner K. Dagli For most Muslims around the world, the month of Ramadan marks a yearly renewal, a time to turn inward in spiritual reflection, upward to...

Brett Kavanaugh accusations: Are young men in America scared?

By Georgina Rannard BBC News, Washington President Donald Trump said on Tuesday that it was a "difficult" and "scary" time for young men in the US and mocked a woman who says she assaulted by...

How the Department of Homeland Security Created a Deceptive Tale of Russia Hacking US...

The narrative about Russian cyberattacks on American election infrastructure is a self-interested abuse of power by DHS based on distortion of evidence, writes Gareth Porter. By Gareth Porter Special to Consortium News The narrative of Russian intelligence...

Analysts Explain Trump’s ‘Green Light’ to Syrian Army’s Southern Advance

Washington's decision to suspend support for Syrian rebels amid the Syrian Army's southward advance has caught many by surprise. Speaking to Sputnik, Syrian and Israeli analysts shed their views on what could be behind...

Billions in Brazil Jets, Buses for Iran Stall on U.S. Sanctions

Samy Adghirni Fabiola Moura Brazilian companies such as Embraer SA and Marcopolo SA are scrambling to close multi billion-dollar deals to sell planes and buses to Iran, seeking to navigate remaining U.S. financial sanctions, senior officials...

The truth about office romances

The truth about office romances Fashion brand American Apparel has announced that it's banning workplace relationships. Rebecca Holman, who admits to spending most of her twenties in romantic entanglements with colleagues, explains why it's the...

Why a strategic port in Iran was exempted from sanctions

For the US, it makes more sense to allow India to continue developing Chabahar port than for China to 'hijack' yet another strategically important port By Kambaiz Rafi -  Asia  Times A port in Chabahar,...

Cake or biscuit? Why Jaffa Cakes excite philosophers

It's a delicious structure consisting of a small sponge with a chocolate cap covering a veneer of orange jelly. It is arguably Britain's greatest invention after the steam engine and the light bulb. But...

When Oceans Disappear

By Nicholas St. Fleur All over the universe, there are places where oceans used to be. Deep, sparkling, planet-covering oceans that roiled for billions of years and then dried up. For example, a vast body of water...

Reports detail Trump campaign’s alleged ties to Russia

Dylan Stableford For those few voters who remain undecided a week before the 2016 presidential election, the choice between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton may come down to which potential new scandal they can look...

El Salvador’s Gangs Are Targeting Young Girls

And the Trump administration’s immigration policies are certain to make it worse. MOLLY O'TOOLE SAN SALVADOR—At dusk on a dusty soccer field in San Salvador last April, three girls sat together on a bench. Dani, 12,...

The Secret Service’s Housecleaning

By David A. Graham The Secret Service couldn't protect the White House, and so now it's being forced to clean its own house. The agency said Tuesday it was sweeping out four assistant directors, and a fifth...