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Humanity Denied: What Is Missing From the Omar, Tlaib Story

Israel’s decision to bar two United States Democratic Representatives, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, from entering Israel and visiting Palestine has further exposed the belligerent, racist nature of the Israeli government. But our understanding of the Israeli decision, and the massive controversy and discussion it generated, should not stop there. Palestinians, who have been at … Continue reading "Humanity Denied: What Is Missing From the Omar, Tlaib Story"

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Their Head-Bashers – and ‘Ours’: Hong Kong vs. Catalonia

I don’t claim to know enough about the situation Hong Kong to render a definite opinion about the true sources of the citizen uprising there. My sense, however, is that while the roots of protest movement are probably largely indigenous, the US has opportunistically latched itself on to the cause of the protesters, and is … Continue reading "Their Head-Bashers – and ‘Ours’: Hong Kong vs. Catalonia"

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Why They Hate China

The Trump administration is currently engaged in a trade war with China. The issues are complex, ranging from alleged Chinese theft of Silicon Valley intellectual property, to whether the Chinese market itself is actually open to American goods. Perhaps most significant is the assertion, long made by labor unions, that while free trade with China … Continue reading "Why They Hate China"

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Will Bibi’s War Become America’s War?

President Donald Trump, who canceled a missile strike on Iran, after the shoot-down of a U.S. Predator drone, to avoid killing Iranians, may not want a U.S. war with Iran. But the same cannot be said of Bibi Netanyahu. Saturday, Israel launched a night attack on a village south of Damascus to abort what Israel … Continue reading "Will Bibi’s War Become America’s War?"

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New Study: China Would Beat US Military in Pacific

The United States Studies Centre (USSC), a research center based at the University of Sydney in Australia, released a study titled, "Averting Crisis: American Strategy, Military Spending and Collective Defence in the Indo-Pacific." The study makes the argument that the US would not be able to defeat China in a military confrontation in the Indo-Pacific. … Continue reading "New Study: China Would Beat US Military in Pacific"

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Stop Pretending: Washington and Kabul Never (Really) Controlled Rural Afghanistan

Here we go again. The typically underreported non-news of Orwellian America. This week, two more U.S. soldiers – Green Berets – were killed in a firefight with the Taliban in Faryab province, just another hopeless corner of rural Afghanistan. The two posthumously promoted Master Sergeants represented the 15th and 16th American deaths in the country … Continue reading "Stop Pretending: Washington and Kabul Never (Really) Controlled Rural Afghanistan"

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Giving Government Permanent Authority To Spy on Everyone in America

While most of us have been thinking about the end of summer and while the political class frets over the Democratic presidential debates and the aborted visit of two members of Congress to Israel, the Trump administration has quietly moved to extend and make permanent the government’s authority to spy on all persons in America. … Continue reading "Giving Government Permanent Authority To Spy on Everyone in America"

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What Is the US Role in the Hong Kong Protests?

I first met Jason Lee when he was promoting jazz concerts in his hometown of Hong Kong. More recently, he has been sending me Facebook messages about the Hong Kong protests. You would think that a relatively prosperous, 43-year-old Hong Konger would support the demonstrations that have rocked that city since June. Well, you may … Continue reading "What Is the US Role in the Hong Kong Protests?"

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Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price?

Israeli Jewish settlers are on a rampage in the occupied Palestinian West Bank. While settler violence is part of everyday routine in Palestine, the violence of recent weeks is directly linked to the general elections in Israel, scheduled to be held on September 17. The previous elections, on April 9, failed to bring about political … Continue reading "Jewish Settlers Rule the Roost in Israel, But at What Price?"

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NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda

It may be a new low in propaganda. National Public Radio (NPR) used the news that Syrian First Lady Asma Assad had overcome breast cancer to mock her and continue the information war against Syria. They interviewed a Human Rights Watch staffer named Lama Fakih who is an American from Michigan now based in Beirut. … Continue reading "NPR Mocks Cancer Survivor in Drumbeat of Syria Propaganda"

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America’s Interventionist Middle East Policy Started 66 Years Ago

As the late-summer date of August 20th passes stateside, very few Americans will recognize the significance of it in our nation’s history. It marks the 66th anniversary of a sinister turn in the history of American foreign policy, and while neocons and hawks of all sorts will tell you history started on September 12th 2001, … Continue reading "America’s Interventionist Middle East Policy Started 66 Years Ago"

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The Deeper Meaning in a Lost War

It’s pretty clear. Saudi Arabia has lost, and, notes Bruce Riedel, “the Houthis and Iran are the strategic winners.” Saudi proxies in Aden – the seat of Riyadh’s Yemeni proto-“government” – have been turfed out by secular, former Marxist, southern secessionists. What can Saudi Arabia do? It cannot go forward. Even tougher would be retreat. … Continue reading "The Deeper Meaning in a Lost War"

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When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?

Friday, President Donald Trump met in New Jersey with his national security advisers and envoy Zalmay Khalilzad, who is negotiating with the Taliban to bring about peace, and a U.S. withdrawal from America’s longest war. U.S. troops have been fighting in Afghanistan since 2001, in a war that has cost 2,400 American lives. Following the … Continue reading "When, If Ever, Can We Lay This Burden Down?"

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