The Central Intelligence Agency tortured captives by playing everything from Marilyn Manson to songs from Sesame Street.

The Muslim Problem

The Muslim community has been continuously reminded by the media since 9/11 that the primary duty of an acceptable Muslim is to continuously condemn the behavior of a tiny minority of coreligionists.

Erdogan’s Sweet Tooth

Following the successful UN vote last week on enhanced membership status for Palestine, a photograph has been circulating that shows Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdoğan intently feeding Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal a piece of cake decorated with Palestinian flag icing. Indeed, were it up Erdoğan, he would go down in history as […]

Bin Laden in Syria

To ex-members of the anti-imperialist left propelled into the arms of NATO by the Libyan war last year, the conflict now devastating Syria pits the regime of Bashar al-Assad against “the Syrian people.” Thanks to this brilliantly clear dichotomy, anyone less than gung ho about providing weapons and other forms of support to the Free […]

Framing the Beirut Bombing

As expected, there’s been a mad rush among the anti-Syrian opposition in Lebanon to blame the Syrian regime and its Lebanese allies for the killing of Lebanese security chief Wissam al-Hassan in yesterday’s car bombing. Lebanon’s Daily Star quoted MP Nuhad Mashnouq as assailing “the butcher Bashar Assad and the black regime that rules Syria […]

Belén Fernández

Belén Fernández is the author of The Imperial Messenger: Thomas Friedman at Work and a contributing editor at Jacobin.