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Anti-Chinese Racism Sets Stage for New McCarthyism

More than a dozen young visiting scholars from China had their visas abruptly terminated in a letter from administration of the University of North Texas (UNT), Denton, on August 26, in a letter dated …August 26! The letter informed the students that they could return to campus from their lodgings to pick up belongings, but … Continue reading "Anti-Chinese Racism Sets Stage for New McCarthyism"

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Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?

"The Indians are seeing 60,000 Chinese soldiers on their northern border," Secretary of State Michael Pompeo ominously warned on Friday. He spelled out what he meant to commentator Larry O’Connor: "The Chinese have now begun to amass huge forces against India in the north. … They absolutely need the United States to be their ally … Continue reading "Is War With China Becoming Inevitable?"

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A Game of Nuclear Chicken With Russia and China

The MQ-9 Reaper, a drone armed with Hellfire missiles, has been a workhorse in Washington’s forever wars across the Greater Middle East and Africa, but its days could be numbered. According to Air Force Magazine, that service "has grown skeptical that the Reaper could hold its own against advanced nations like Russia and China, which … Continue reading "A Game of Nuclear Chicken With Russia and China"

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Saudi Arabia Should Be Punished by, Not Elected to, the UN Human Rights Council

Whatever the theoretical value of the United Nations system, its agencies are a source of frequent farce. Among the worst performers is the Human Rights Council. Nominally devoted to promoting people’s basic rights, the body often protects the world’s worst human rights abusers instead. Indeed, authoritarian governments routinely sit on the 47-member body. Over the … Continue reading "Saudi Arabia Should Be Punished by, Not Elected to, the UN Human Rights Council"

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How Can Americans Support Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?

Americans are dealing with an upcoming general election, a pandemic that has killed over 200,000 of us, and corporate news media whose business model has degenerated to selling different versions of "The Trump Show" to their advertisers. So who has time to pay attention to a new war half way round the world? But with … Continue reading "How Can Americans Support Peace in Nagorno-Karabakh?"

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Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’

"International law" remains one of the most discussed terms in the context of the Israeli occupation of Palestine. It is almost always present, whether the discussion pertains to the Israeli wars and siege on Gaza, the expansion of illegal Jewish settlements in the West Bank or the encroaching apartheid throughout Israel and the Occupied Territories. … Continue reading "Despite Ambiguity in International Law, Palestinians are Winning the ‘Legitimacy War’"

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While No One Was Looking: America, Guyana, and Venezuela

On March 2, 2020, the people of Guyana went to the polls. According to the Carter Center, at first things went really well. And then they didn’t. At the close of the day, President David Granger had been re-elected. But, though nine of ten districts reported cleanly, the largest district was mired in confusion. And … Continue reading "While No One Was Looking: America, Guyana, and Venezuela"

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Putin’s Got His Problems, Too

Before the first Trump-Biden debate, moderator Chris Wallace listed the six subjects that would be covered: The Trump and Biden records, the Supreme Court, COVID-19, the economy, race and violence in our cities, and the integrity of the election. According to a recent Gallup survey, Wallace’s topics tracked the public’s concerns – the top seven … Continue reading "Putin’s Got His Problems, Too"

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The Latest War-Is-Good-for-You Book

The New York Times loves the latest war-is-good-for-you book, War: How Conflict Shaped Us by Margaret MacMillan. The book fits into the growing and exclusively U.S. genre that includes Ian Morris’s War: What Is It Good For? Conflict and Progress of Civilization from Primates to Robots (Morris came to the US from the U.K. decades … Continue reading "The Latest War-Is-Good-for-You Book"

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Trump Orders Russiagate Documents Declassified – So What!

Home alone yesterday evening, and apparently emboldened by the steroids he is now taking, President Donald Trump sent out a storm of Tweets that included a unprecedentedly bold challenge to the FBI and CIA to stop their foot dragging and declassify documents related to Russiagate and Hillary Clinton. It was probably his plummeting poll numbers … Continue reading "Trump Orders Russiagate Documents Declassified – So What!"

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Former Intel Officials Try To Downplay Ratcliffe’s Russiagate Releases

US Intelligence officials were quick to speak through their stenographers in the media to downplay the contents of a memo released last week by Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe about the origins of Russiagate. The memo made an explosive claim: Russian intelligence assessed that Hillary Clinton approved a campaign in July 2016 to link … Continue reading "Former Intel Officials Try To Downplay Ratcliffe’s Russiagate Releases"

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Washington as Wannabe Dictatress of the World: Targeting Newly Democratic Sudan

The Trump administration apparently sees America as dictatress of the world, which John Quincy Adams warned against two centuries ago. The people of Sudan are emerging from decades of dictatorship, but the Trump administration is treating the country as a puppet state. Rather than assist Sudan by eliminating economic sanctions which lost their justification years … Continue reading "Washington as Wannabe Dictatress of the World: Targeting Newly Democratic Sudan"

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Driven By Delusions: The West’s Nagorno-Karabakh Hypocrisy

Something stands out in recent U.S. and most Western reporting on the ongoing bloodletting in Nagorno-Karabakh (NK). Well, two things actually: ignorance and hypocrisy. Having shuttered most of their foreign bureaus long ago, there’s a distinct lack of expertise in the mainstream press on this – and many other – regional hot spots. That’s translated … Continue reading "Driven By Delusions: The West’s Nagorno-Karabakh Hypocrisy"

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Trump Can Break the Bipartisan Consensus by Pardoning Assange

The upcoming month will prove fateful for Julian Assange, the founder of WikiLeaks The journalist will stand trial in the United Kingdom for an extradition request to the United States, where he could face 175 years in prison for violating the Espionage Act and other computer-related crimes. Assange was accused of aiding Army whistleblower Chelsea … Continue reading "Trump Can Break the Bipartisan Consensus by Pardoning Assange"

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Comey’s Amnesia Makes Senate Session Unforgettable

Former FBI Director James Comey testified to Congress last Wednesday that he did not remember much about what was going on when the FBI deceived the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) Court into approving four warrants for surveillance of Trump campaign aide Carter Page. Few outsiders are aware that those warrants covered not only Page … Continue reading "Comey’s Amnesia Makes Senate Session Unforgettable"

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Is America Fit To ‘Lead’ the World?

America’s most fervid cheerleaders sometimes make the most devastating criticisms of the U.S. Although usually inadvertently. For instance, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo recently took to twitter to declare that "The Islamic Republic of Iran is not a normal state." He listed several of Tehran’s illicit activities, including "Normal states do not attack embassies and … Continue reading "Is America Fit To ‘Lead’ the World?"

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