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Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own

President Donald Trump won’t go to war with Iran. That was the prediction of Russian experts I interviewed in Moscow during the height of the US-Iran crisis in May. They were right. To date, Trump has threatened military action against North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. But,  while he has caused tremendous damage to ordinary people … Continue reading "Russia Sees Through Trump’s Iran Bluster, but Has Middle East Problems of Its Own"

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DoJ Bloodhounds on the Scent of John Brennan

The New York Times Thursday morning has bad news for one of its favorite anonymous sources, former CIA Director John Brennan. The Times reports that the Justice Department plans to interview senior CIA officers to focus on the allegation that Russian President Vladimir Putin ordered Russian intelligence to intervene in the 2016 election to help … Continue reading "DoJ Bloodhounds on the Scent of John Brennan"

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Russiagate Is No Watergate

"History is repeating itself, and with a vengeance," John Dean told the judiciary committee, drawing a parallel between Watergate, which brought down Richard Nixon, and "Russiagate" which has bedeviled Donald Trump. But what strikes this veteran of Nixon’s White House is not the similarities but the stark differences. Watergate began with an actual crime, a … Continue reading "Russiagate Is No Watergate"

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The Immigration-Bigotry-War Nexus

Americans increasingly view Muslims as a threat to their security, especially Republicans.  According to a Pew Charitable Forum survey in 2017, 65 percent of Republicans believe there is a "natural conflict between Islam and democracy." Amusingly, 56 percent of Americans polled by CivicScience in 2019 said American students should not be required to learn Arabic … Continue reading "The Immigration-Bigotry-War Nexus"

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Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the ‘Israeli Model’

In a TV interview on June 2, on the news docuseries "Axios" on the HBO channel, Jared Kushner opened up regarding many issues, in which his "Deal of the Century" was a prime focus. The major revelation made by Kushner, President Donald Trump’s adviser and son-in-law, was least surprising. Kushner believes that Palestinians are not … Continue reading "Kushner as a Colonial Administrator: Let’s Talk About the ‘Israeli Model’"

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The War Crimes That Don’t Get Punished

Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA) found himself in hot water recently over comments he made in defense of Navy SEAL Edward Gallagher, who faces war crimes charges over his alleged conduct while serving in combat overseas. Gallagher is charged with stabbing a 15 year old ISIS member while in custody, of taking photos posing with the … Continue reading "The War Crimes That Don’t Get Punished"

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Getting China Wrong, Yet Again

The influential Council on Foreign Relations has released a remarkable special report by longtime diplomat Robert Blackwill entitled “Trump’s Foreign Policies are Better Than They Seem.” The report singles out Trump for praise because he identified China as a threat to the United States in economic, military, and cultural terms and criticized previous presidents for … Continue reading "Getting China Wrong, Yet Again"

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A Soldier’s Defense of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange

It’s a matter of principles over personalities. Whether one loves or hates Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange is besides the point. The First Amendment freedom of the press is at stake now. In this case the government’s tool for oppression is the Espionage Act, an archaic relic from America’s repressive World War I-era legislation. Chelsea … Continue reading "A Soldier’s Defense of Chelsea Manning and Julian Assange"

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Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Just after dawn on March 16, 1968, a company of U.S. Army infantrymen, led by Capt. Ernest Medina and spearheaded by Lt. William Calley, entered the small hamlet of My Lai in Quang Ngai province, South Vietnam. The villagers, mostly women and children, had no idea what was coming … Continue reading "Whitewashing War Crimes Has Become the American Way"

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Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime

British goon cops acting at the request of the United States government entered Ecuador’s embassy in London, dragged out WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and prepared to ship him across the pond. After this event last month, most of the mainstream media reacted with spiteful glee about Assange’s predicament and relief that the Department of Justice … Continue reading "Hacking Dirty Government Secrets Is Not a Crime"

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Of Crimes and Pardons

Originally posted at TomDispatch. How about a little round of Auld Lang Syne? After all, when it comes to war crimes, whatever he ends up doing, Donald Trump will still be a johnny-come-lately. Remember, for instance, that top officials in the administration of George W. Bush, including Vice President Dick Cheney and National Security Advisor … Continue reading "Of Crimes and Pardons"

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Congress: Stop Funding Duterte

Election meddling has raised increasing alarm in U.S. politics since the election of Trump. Now, the same question racks the Philippines. Recently, in a wash of election fraud, candidates backed by Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte swept the country’s Senate – including Ronald “Bato” Dela Rosa, former police chief and architect of Duterte’s drug war. Strangely, … Continue reading "Congress: Stop Funding Duterte"

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