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Trump’s Katyusha Conundrum

Katyushas are short-range, unguided artillery rockets typically fired in salvos from truck-mounted launch-tubes. Iraq’s insurgents deploy three types. The smallest is 107 millimeters in diameter and 1 meter long. Its 19 kilogram weight includes an 8 kg high-explosive, shrapnel-bearing warhead. The 107mm is often fired from a 12-tube launcher, however, infantry-portable single-tube tripods are common. … Continue reading "Trump’s Katyusha Conundrum"

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Making Sense of Russia’s New Cabinet

Tuesday evening, 21 January, the composition of Russia’s new cabinet was announced to the nation and the world. Russian state television was caught as unawares as any of us in the broad public when the names of the departing ministers, the names and biographical details of arriving ministers and the few changes in reporting lines … Continue reading "Making Sense of Russia’s New Cabinet"

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Drone Strikes Leave Innocent Widows and Orphans

The killing of Iranian General Soleimani was big news. There were a few points made in the Western mainstream media about its legality being dubious, but nobody seems to be concerned that it contravened international law, in addition to be totally amoral. One wonders if any of the drone operators, the little key-tapping techno-dweebs thousands … Continue reading "Drone Strikes Leave Innocent Widows and Orphans"

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How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In late December 2018, when James “Mad Dog” Mattis resigned as secretary of defense after President Trump announced that he was going to pull U.S. troops out of Syria, it was a hell of a story. The former general was pundited to heaven and back as the last “adult in the … Continue reading "How The Military-Industrial Complex Gets Away With Murder"

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The Failure of the Juan Guaido Coup in Venezuela

Remember Juan Guaido? Just a year ago the Venezuelan politician, unknown even in his own country, was tapped by the US government to lead a coup against the elected government of Nicolas Maduro. In a phone call with no less than Vice President Mike Pence himself, Guaido was told that if he declared himself president … Continue reading "The Failure of the Juan Guaido Coup in Venezuela"

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Democrats Invoke Cold War Narrative To Push Impeachment

Jason Crow, the ex-Army Ranger turned congressman whom Nancy Pelosi has named as one of seven impeachment managers in the trial of Donald Trump, has dropped a broad hint about what angle Democratic prosecutors will pursue: it will be about national security and protecting our troops. "This is about the abuse of power, it’s about … Continue reading "Democrats Invoke Cold War Narrative To Push Impeachment"

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How Expansive Is FBI Spying?

Cato Institute Research Fellow Patrick Eddington recently filed several Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests to find out if the Federal Bureau of Investigation ever conducted surveillance of several organizations dealing with government policy, including my Campaign for Liberty. Based on the FBI’s response, Campaign for Liberty and other organizations, including the Cato institute and … Continue reading "How Expansive Is FBI Spying?"

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The Radicalism of Randolph Bourne

Antiwar.com Introduction by David R. Henderson Nikhil Pal Singh, a professor of social and cultural analysis and history at New York University, has written, in the New Statesman, an interesting article on Randolph Bourne, an antiwar writer during World War I after whom Antiwar.com’s Randolph Bourne Institute is named. What stands out to this Antiwar.com … Continue reading "The Radicalism of Randolph Bourne"

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Iranian Influence in Iraq May Not Be a Bad Thing

If a hegemonic power wants to purportedly build a democracy and "liberate" a people, it would do well to listen to what the people say. On January 4th, the Iraqi Parliament voted for US troops to leave the country. The State Department has already rejected this request; instead, seeking to reestablish the US’s strategic partnership … Continue reading "Iranian Influence in Iraq May Not Be a Bad Thing"

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Why Assange Extradition Case Matters to Our Democracy

On Monday January 13, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange appeared at Westminster Magistrates Court in his fight against extradition to the US. The administrative hearing concerned Assange’s lack of access to legal counsel, making it difficult for him to adequately prepare for his case. His lawyer, Gareth Peirce, told the Judge that UK prison is blocking … Continue reading "Why Assange Extradition Case Matters to Our Democracy"

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Warmonger Cotton Accuses Antiwar Think Tank of Anti-Semitism

If you wonder what the post-Trump Republican Party will look like, take a glimpse at Tom Cotton, one of the US senators from Arkansas (where I live). Cotton has waged a relentless campaign for war against Iran and has supported every horror produced by the US foreign-policy establishment for the last 20 years. He makes … Continue reading "Warmonger Cotton Accuses Antiwar Think Tank of Anti-Semitism"

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Vladimir Putin Prepares His Succession

January 15, 2020 will be remembered as the start of the transition to a new political configuration in Russia that Vladimir Putin will leave behind when his term in office ends four years hence. The prospective changes were announced in the last third of Putin’s 75-minute annual Address to the Federal Assembly, Russia’s bicameral legislature. … Continue reading "Vladimir Putin Prepares His Succession"

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Marching Toward a New Middle East Conflict

As we march headlong into a new Middle East conflict, it is prudent to reflect on what has come before and how we found ourselves seemingly inevitably, on this path – a path cut with our own blade. On Friday, January 3rd, the US government decided to ring in the new year with bombs bursting … Continue reading "Marching Toward a New Middle East Conflict"

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Five Things You Can’t Know About Israel and Its Lobby

Since 9/11 Israel and its lobby have been hard at work narrowing U.S. policy options toward Iran down to military confrontation. The United States District Court for the District of Columbia is also in the narrowing business. After initially complying with the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and releasing information about Israel’s extensive nuclear weapons … Continue reading "Five Things You Can’t Know About Israel and Its Lobby"

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Sealed Off and Forgotten: Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank

A seemingly ordinary news story, published in the Israeli newspaper, Haaretz, on January 7, shed light on a long-forgotten, yet crucial, subject: Israel’s so-called "firing zones" in the West Bank. "Israel has impounded the only vehicle available to a medical team that provides assistance to 1,500 Palestinians living inside an Israeli military firing zone in … Continue reading "Sealed Off and Forgotten: Israel’s ‘Firing Zones’ in the West Bank"

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