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Former US Envoys to Afghanistan Want To Kill Peace Deal

Nine former U.S. envoys to Afghanistan put their names on an article posted on the Atlantic Council’s blog on Tuesday. The article, titled "U.S.-Taliban Negotiations: How to Avoid Rushing to Failure," makes the argument that if a major withdrawal of U.S. troops occurred in Afghanistan, the country would fall into a "total civil war." The … Continue reading "Former US Envoys to Afghanistan Want To Kill Peace Deal"

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How the US Shattered the Middle East

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Yemen is a nightmare, a catastrophe, a mess—and the United States is highly complicit in the whole disaster. Refueling Saudi aircraft in-flight, providing targeting intelligence to the kingdom and selling the requisite bombs that have been dropped for years now on Yemeni civilians places the 100,000-plus deaths, millions of … Continue reading "How the US Shattered the Middle East"

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War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates

If at first you don’t succeed, spread some money around. The Financial Times reports that the US State Department is offering cash bribes to captains of Iranian ships if they sail those ships into ports where the US government can seize them. The offers are funded from a “Rewards for Justice” program authorizing payouts of … Continue reading "War in All But Name as US State Department Offers Bribes to Pirates"

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‘Hands Off Hong Kong’ – The Cry That Never Went Up

Through the summer the world has watched as protests shook Hong Kong. As early as April they began as peaceful demonstrations which peaked in early June, with hundreds of thousands, in protest of an extradition bill. That bill would have allowed Hong Kong, a Special Administrative Region of China, to return criminals to Taiwan, mainland … Continue reading "‘Hands Off Hong Kong’ – The Cry That Never Went Up"

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The War Ahead: Netanyahu’s Elections Gamble Will be Costly for Israel

On September 1, the Lebanese group Hezbollah, struck an Israeli military base near the border town of Avivim. The Lebanese attack came as an inevitable response to a series of Israeli strikes that targeted four different Arab countries in the matter of two days. The Lebanese response, accompanied by jubilation throughout Lebanon, shows that Israeli … Continue reading "The War Ahead: Netanyahu’s Elections Gamble Will be Costly for Israel"

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Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars

It has taken me years to tell these stories. The emotional and moral wounds of the Afghan War have just felt too recent, too raw. After all, I could hardly write a thing down about my Iraq War experience for nearly ten years, when, by accident, I churned out a book on the subject. Now, … Continue reading "Profiles in Absurdity: Remembering the ‘Terror’ Wars"

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Trump Is Not a ‘Russian Asset’

President Trump stirred some controversy when he attended the G7 summit in France last weekend and suggested that Russia should rejoin the group. Trump’s critics in the mainstream media and intelligence community were quick to say his suggestion was a sign that he’s a "Russian asset" or "Putin’s puppet." The evidence for these accusations are … Continue reading "Trump Is Not a ‘Russian Asset’"

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Bibi Netanyahu, Ingrate

As Israel’s Netanyahu government continues its customary pre-election bombardment of “Iranian threats” (including at least one in Iraq that, by angering the Iraqi government, may put US troops in danger), fans of Bibi in the “nationalist” Trump administration may want to reflect that he is certainly not an American nationalist. During a previous campaign, Bibi … Continue reading "Bibi Netanyahu, Ingrate"

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‘Too Frail To Even Cry’: The War in Yemen and Its Bounty of Suffering

Many articles about the ongoing war in Yemen are available online. But few, at least in my estimation, provide a space where the voices of the Yemeni people can be heard. In this article, in addition to giving an overview of the conflict, I have included the words and stories of civilians caught up in … Continue reading "‘Too Frail To Even Cry’: The War in Yemen and Its Bounty of Suffering"

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The South Korea-Japan Intel Pact and America’s Destructive Role in East Asia

The South Korean government’s decision to back out of an intelligence sharing pact with Japan last week inspired great distress and irrational concern from US politicians, pundits and the US-Korean think tank community. Some even declared it the beginning of the end of the US-South Korean alliance. This overreaction says much about the true role … Continue reading "The South Korea-Japan Intel Pact and America’s Destructive Role in East Asia"

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We’re Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Once upon a time, Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard traveled to Syria and met with the strongman President Bashar Assad. She considered her willingness to engage all sides of the country’s bloody civil war to be an important step toward peace. For this bold action, she was widely pilloried at … Continue reading "We’re Listening to the Wrong Voices on Syria"

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