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Biden Proclaims ‘America Is Back’ as the US Makes Provocations on Russia’s Borders

"America is back" hailed Joe Biden on Twitter this week. The world tried to work out exactly what that meant. For different parts of the world, of course, it means different things. As many liberal Americans breathe a sigh of relief, the people of Libya, Afghanistan and Iraq may shudder. For democratic, progressive values at … Continue reading "Biden Proclaims ‘America Is Back’ as the US Makes Provocations on Russia’s Borders"

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Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office

In a few words, a close associate of Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, summed up the logic behind the ongoing frenzy to expand illegal Jewish settlements in Israel. "These days are an irreplaceable opportunity to establish our hold on the Land of Israel, and I’m sure that our friend, President (Donald) Trump and Prime Minister … Continue reading "Expansion and Mass Eviction: Israel ‘Takes Advantage’ of Trump’s Remaining Days in Office"

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Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan

Late last week, I learned from young Afghan Peace Volunteer friends in Kabul that an insurgent group firing rockets into the city center hit the home of one volunteer’s relatives. Everyone inside was killed. On November 24, word arrived of two bomb blasts in the marketplace city of Bamiyan, in central Afghanistan, killing at least … Continue reading "Like a Rocket in the Garden: The Unending War in Afghanistan"

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Will Antony Blinken’s Past Catch Up With Him?

When last week Antony Blinken emerged as the candidate likely to be tapped by Joe Biden to be his nominee for either National Security Advisor or Secretary of State, those of us in the camp dissenting from the ‘bash Russia’ policies on Capitol Hill during the Trump years groaned at the thought of the same … Continue reading "Will Antony Blinken’s Past Catch Up With Him?"

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Peace Groups Blast Biden’s DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance

Peace activists on Monday sounded the alarm over President-elect Joe Biden’s pick for director of national intelligence, Avril Haines, citing her role in drone strike policy during Barack Obama’s presidency and covering up torture perpetrated by members of the George W. Bush administration. Haines, as former deputy national security adviser and former deputy CIA director, … Continue reading "Peace Groups Blast Biden’s DNI Pick Over Links to Drones, Torture, and Mass Surveillance"

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Nagorno-Karabakh is Tragic but Not America’s Problem

In Washington foreign conflicts are to policymakers what lights are to moths. The desire to take the U.S. into every political dispute, social collapse, civil war, foreign conflict, and full-scale war seems to only get stronger as America’s failures accumulate. There may be no better example than the battle between Azerbaijan and Armenia over the … Continue reading "Nagorno-Karabakh is Tragic but Not America’s Problem"

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Pompeo’s Trip to Israel: That Says It All

In November 2020, as dusk settled in on the Trump administration, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo traveled to Israel. His trip not only confirmed that the new Israel-Arab peace deals were never about new peace deals – they couldn’t be because they made no new peace – but about recognizing and cementing the occupation and … Continue reading "Pompeo’s Trip to Israel: That Says It All"

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Dangerous Precedent: Military Force Works (For Some)

Predictions are tricky matters in world affairs – and as it turns out, prescience produces little in the way of public or personal vindication. There’s scant satisfaction when one’s subjects tend towards the tragic. Take the (for now) paused 44-day war in the South Caucasus. Back in an October interview, I offered this (then) seemingly … Continue reading "Dangerous Precedent: Military Force Works (For Some)"

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Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?

By all accounts, the frontrunner to be Joe Biden’s pick for Secretary of Defense is Michèle Flournoy. It’s a prospect that should do more than set off alarm bells — it should be understood as a scenario for the president-elect to stick his middle fingers in the eyes of Americans who are fed up with … Continue reading "Hey Joe, Where You Going With That Pentagon in Your Hands?"

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The Continuing, Poisonous Russia Obsession

For more than a decade, there has been pronounced animus toward Russia in the American news media and among hawks, especially congressional Democrats, in the political community. That hostility surged when Russia annexed Ukraine’s Crimea peninsula in 2014. Furious political leaders and Western media outlets slammed the Kremlin’s action as an outrageous case of unprovoked … Continue reading "The Continuing, Poisonous Russia Obsession"

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FBI and DOJ Prepared Takedown of ‘Iranian’ American Herald Tribune Website With Years of Legal Chicanery

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. The US Department of Justice announced on November 4 that it had seized the web domain of the American Herald Tribune (AHT), an alternative media outlet that published editorials criticizing US foreign policy. As The Grayzone previously reported, AHT printed articles primarily written by Americans under their … Continue reading "FBI and DOJ Prepared Takedown of ‘Iranian’ American Herald Tribune Website With Years of Legal Chicanery"

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Should Americans Die for the Senkaku Islands? Joe Biden Says Yes.

President-elect Joe Biden says Americans might have to die for the Senkaku Islands. You know, the 51st state. Er, a distant U.S. territory. Er, a vital geographic outpost blocking invasion routes into America. Er, some uninhabited rocks claimed by both China and Japan. Bingo! According to the official "read-out" of the phone call between the … Continue reading "Should Americans Die for the Senkaku Islands? Joe Biden Says Yes."

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What If They Held an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?

In this mystifying moment, the post-electoral sentiments of most Americans can be summed up either as "Ding dong! The witch is dead!" or "We got robbed!" Both are problematic, not because the two candidates were intellectually indistinguishable or ethically equivalent, but because each jingle is laden with a dubious assumption: that President Donald Trump’s demise … Continue reading "What If They Held an Election and Nothing Changed in the War State?"

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Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’

So here’s an odd, mostly overlooked scrap of recent news: Donald Trump wants to end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq before he leaves office, and is expected to announce a drawdown of troops in both countries. Currently there are approximately 4,500 troops in Afghanistan and 3,000 in Iraq. The drawdown would leave 2,500 troops … Continue reading "Beyond Simplistic ‘Peace’"

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As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent

Belgium is furious. On November 6, the Belgian government condemned Israel’s destruction of Belgian-funded homes in the Occupied Palestinian West Bank. Understandably, Brussels wants the Israeli government to pay compensation for the unwarranted destruction. The Israeli response was swift: a resounding "no." The diplomatic row is likely to fizzle out soon; neither will Israel cease … Continue reading "As Israel Destroys EU Projects in Palestine, European Foreign Policy Remains Impotent"

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