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Eyewitness Exposes the Execution of a Palestinian By an Israeli Soldier

As illegal Jewish settlers increase their attacks on Palestinian civilians in the occupied city of Al Khalil (Hebron), the people of the Palestinian city continue to mount a campaign of popular resistance. One of the channels of resistance is Human Rights Defenders, "a grass-roots, non-partisan Palestinian organization, working to support nonviolent popular resistance through popular … Continue reading "Eyewitness Exposes the Execution of a Palestinian By an Israeli Soldier"

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The US Occupation of Haiti

While remembering their past has not prevented history from repeating itself, it is not possible for the descendants of the world’s first successful large-scale slave revolt to forget the trauma inflicted by their northern neighbors. One hundred and five years ago today a brutal US occupation of Haiti began. To commemorate an intervention that continues … Continue reading "The US Occupation of Haiti"

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Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort To Hike Tensions With Iran

During the past month, Iran has suffered a half-dozen explosions and fires at military and civilian sites. A bomb blew up near the Parchin missile base outside Tehran, Iran’s capital. Fires broke out at an electric power station and aboard seven ships in a southern port city. Iranian government authorities say some of the incidents … Continue reading "Trump’s Desperate, Last-Ditch Effort To Hike Tensions With Iran"

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The Russians Are(n’t) Coming!: Paul Reveres, the Washington Hawks Are Not

In America’s Emerald City these days, if there’s even a hint of a war-wind-down, imperial-deescalation, or military budget-cuts, Washington’s (non-dribbling) Wizards have a ready response: Russia! Indeed, these military’s magicians have a far-simpler and more effective playbook than the city’s aptly-named NBA franchise. Since President Donald Trump’s election year, basketball’s Wizards are a meager 148-162; … Continue reading "The Russians Are(n’t) Coming!: Paul Reveres, the Washington Hawks Are Not"

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List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes

When International Court of Justice (ICC) Prosecutor, Fatou Bensouda, confirmed last December that the Court has ample evidence to pursue a war crimes investigation in occupied Palestine, the Israeli government responded with the usual rhetoric, accusing the international community of bias and insisting on Israel’s "right to defend itself." Beneath the platitudes and typical Israeli … Continue reading "List of Israeli Targets Leaked: Tel Aviv Fears the Worst in ICC Investigation of War Crimes"

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Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy

Quick. Somebody tell Mike Pompeo. The secretary of state is not supposed to play the role of court jester – the laughing stock to the world. There was no sign that any of those listening to his “major China policy statement” last Thursday at the Nixon Library turned to their neighbor and said, “He’s kidding, … Continue reading "Presumptuous Pompeo Pushes Preposterous ‘Peking’ Policy"

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Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege

"When evil-doing comes like falling rain, nobody calls out "stop!" When crimes begin to pile up they become invisible. When sufferings become unendurable, the cries are no longer heard. The cries, too, fall like rain in summer." ~ Bertolt Brecht In war-torn Yemen, the crimes pile up. Children who bear no responsibility for governance or … Continue reading "Yemen: A Torrent of Suffering in a Time of Siege"

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Engagement With China Was a Success: Trade Helped Transform a Totalitarian State

As the Trump administration pushes the U.S. toward a new Cold War with China, it has become conventional wisdom that America’s opening to the People’s Republic of China "failed." Trading with the PRC and bringing it into the World Trade Organization were supposed to turn the communist state into a liberal democracy. Since that didn’t … Continue reading "Engagement With China Was a Success: Trade Helped Transform a Totalitarian State"

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The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the US Condemning an Afghan Air Strike

Last week, an Afghan government air strike targeting Taliban militants in western Herat province killed 45 people, including civilians. In an unprecedented move, the United States condemned the strike and called for an investigation. It was an act of breathtaking hypocrisy from a nation whose bombs have killed thousands of Afghan men, women and children, … Continue reading "The Breathtaking Hypocrisy of the US Condemning an Afghan Air Strike"

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How a Police Spy’s Stunning Testimony Threatens the Official US-Israeli AMIA Bombing Narrative

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. The July 18, 1994 bombing of the Argentine Israeli Mutual Association (AMIA) Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, Argentina was one of the worst pre-9/11 terrorist attacks in the Western hemisphere, killing 85 and injuring 300. For over a quarter century, the US and Israeli governments have … Continue reading "How a Police Spy’s Stunning Testimony Threatens the Official US-Israeli AMIA Bombing Narrative"

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Thinking About the Unthinkable (2020-Style)

Originally posted at TomDispatch. He sent what House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called his "unidentified storm troopers" togged out like soldiers in a war zone onto streets filled with protesters in Portland, Oregon. Those camouflage-clad federal law enforcement agents were evidently from the Department of Homeland Security’s Federal Protective Service and the Customs and Border Protection … Continue reading "Thinking About the Unthinkable (2020-Style)"

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Ready to Go to War? Republicans Beat the War Drums Over Taiwan

The sun never sets on the American Empire, which is no less extensive than the British Empire. What makes Washington’s imperial domain unique is that it regularly expands without conquest. Now members of the ever-hawkish Republican Party want make Taiwan an official defense client, with Washington promising to defend the island from the People’s Republic … Continue reading "Ready to Go to War? Republicans Beat the War Drums Over Taiwan"

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Prophetic Anti-Zionists

When Peter Beinart, a self-described liberal Zionist, abandoned the two-state resolution of the Israel-Palestine conflict and embraced one state with equal rights for all, he quickly drew the ire of orthodox Zionists, some of whom went so far as to describe Beinart as a “Nazi” who favors a single state as the “Final Solution” for the … Continue reading "Prophetic Anti-Zionists"

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