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Here’s Why Libya Is Burning—Again

Libya is sliding back into chaos. The escalating violence prompted the U.S. to evacuate its embassy, and European countries are urging their citizens to flee. We hate to say it, but it looks like deja vu all over again for another failed military intervention by the West. If you want to understand what motives are in play now, read on for a look back at the real reasons behind Qaddafi’s overthrow.

RadioWHO: Russ Baker on Chicago’s Stocks and Jocks Radio

WhoWhatWhy’s Russ Baker talks with Stocks and Jocks radio’s Kevin Riordan and Kathy Dervin about how the brewing Iraq crisis should be no surprise to anyone—least of all the government. Tune in to the wide-ranging interview to hear Russ go deep on topics like the JFK assassination, the Boston Marathon Bombing, and the pattern that ties all American wars together

Where Congress Won’t Tread in Benghazi Hearings

The noisy fight over Secretary of State John Kerry’s testimony about the Benghazi attack tells us the one thing we know about the 2012 attack that killed U.S. Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stephens and three others: we’re no closer to the truth. And that’s not likely to change, even with a fifth Congressional probe on the way.

Is America Helping Al Qaeda Take Over Syria?

The United States and its allies have been so eager to remove the Assad regime in Syria that they’ve enabled some extreme elements to move into the void. Could the Western strategy in Syria result in the displacement of a secular regime with elements of Al Qaeda?

Doubts About Who Is Using Chemical Weapons in Syria

America and its allies appear about to launch a war against Syria. The justification is that the regime of Bashar al-Assad is using chemical weapons against the Syrian people. But a closer look raises doubts about whether Assad is using the weapons, whether the US-backed opposition is using them—or some combination. This is a timely must-read.

Connecting the dots on Syria: Fooling Enough of the People Enough of the Time…

Almost none of us are paying attention to the major war in the world today—and if we are, probably have no idea what it is really about. What does this say about our personal and societal progress?

Syria: We Can Learn a Lot From the “Small Stuff”

Really interesting material on Syria flies by, largely unnoticed and unremarked upon. Here’s a grab bag of potentially consequential items from the past couple of months.

War, Syrian Style? Has Assad Ordered Mass Rapes?

As pressure grows for military intervention in Syria, we are now hearing that Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad is behind alleged widespread rape in his country. Didn’t we hear the same thing about Muammar Qaddafi, followed by mounting Western calls for his ouster? As before, when you read the fine print, it gets more complicated.