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Declassifying the 9/11 Investigation

President Joe Biden took the notable step last week of ordering the Justice Department and other agencies to disclose new portions of their long-secret files on the Qaida plot - what remains in doubt is whether the declassification will resolve the mysteries that still surround the case.... Read more»

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Soccer Notes

Knight Cap: FC Tucson keeper minds net for Reggae Boyz

Amal Knight came in during the second half of a friendly between Jamaica and Saudi Arabia this week and Yavapai Rough Riders coach Mike Pantalione announced his retirement.... Read more»

Monday musings: Analysis

Herstam: What Raytheon wants, Raytheon gets

As the 2021 Arizona budget is crafted behind Republican closed doors (as usual), look for $3.5 million that funds "hypersonic" research and expanded wind tunnels at the University of Arizona. Why? Because Raytheon Missile Systems wants it. Plus: Presidential primary looms here, Brnovich continues Obamacare assault.... Read more»1

What the Devil won't tell you

Russian bots are at the gate but the enemy is us

Sure, yeah, the Russians are coming (and the Saudis and Chinese and Iranians) but they are using our own gullibility and sanctimony against us. The Russians are an adversary. Unfortunately, we have met the enemy and it’s us. ... Read more»1

Homeland Security chief vows to get local input on border wall

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly told a House panel Tuesday that a wall will help close the “gaping wound” of the U.S-Mexico border, but that he will rely on local authorities to tell his department where and how to close the border.... Read more»

FactCheck: Saudi Arabia and the 9/11 terrorist attacks

Zacarias Moussaoui, a convicted 9/11 co-conspirator, says members of Saudi Arabia’s royal family helped finance al Qaeda prior to the 2001 terrorist attacks. The Saudi government says that “there’s no evidence to support Moussaoui’s claim.” Who’s right?... Read more»

Analysis

After Charlie Hebdo attack, reflecting on the war on journalism

The attacks in France highlight the need for everyone — including governments — to defend journalists' right to report.... Read more»

U.S., Az universities set foreign student enrollment records

While the number of foreign students enrolled in U.S. colleges rose 8 percent in the last year, schools in Arizona more than kept pace, with international enrollment growing by 16 percent. Arizona's 15,442 foreign students ranked it 18th among states. ... Read more»1

Analysis

5 questions we should be asking about this Syria operation

Before we plunge wholeheartedly into a new round of conflict, there are a few things we have to get straight. These five questions should do, for starters.... Read more»

Texas gov claims terror threat on border

Here‘s a look at four major claims of Middle East terrorism stirring on America's southern frontier. In some of those cases, at least, officials actually attempted to provide evidence, with varying success.... Read more»

Analysis

Another hard year ahead for U.S. efforts in Middle East

As US President Barack Obama made abundantly clear in his end-of-year press conference — his body language even more eloquently than his actual language — it's a good year to see the end of. It was a year that most inhabitants of the Middle East are surely glad to see end, though 2014 isn't likely to turn out any better for most of them.... Read more»

John C. Scott

J.C. Scott: Deadline to mail ballots today

Interviews with: City Council candidate Ben Buehler-Garcia, state Sen. Steve Farley (D-LD9), Tucson Weekly Editor Dan Gibson, RNC Committeeman Bruce Ash, Middle East expert Prof. Stephen Zunes.... Read more»

FAQ on U.S. aid to Egypt: Where does the money go?

We've taken a step back and tried to answer some basic questions about the aid, including how much the U.S. is giving Egypt, what's changed in the years since the Arab Spring and what all the money buys.... Read more»

Egypt: Hazem el-Biblawi to be interim prime minister

Egypt has picked economist Hazem el-Biblawi to be its interim prime minister, a government spokesperson said. Mohamed ElBaradei is expected to be interim vice president. ... Read more»

Comic:

War on terror: East of Aden

A would-be al-Qaeda suicide bomber was in fact a Saudi Arabian intelligence operative who turned over the bomb to his agency and the CIA.... Read more»

International Women's Day

10 women you should know

On International Women's Day, 10 larger-than-life women are celebrated.... Read more»

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