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Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon?

For the first time since the Israeli war on Gaza in 2014, the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is signaling its willingness to engage in negotiations regarding the release of the bodies of two Israeli soldiers believed to be held by resistance groups in Gaza. But will another prisoner exchange similar to that … Continue reading "Why Palestinian-Israeli Prisoners Exchange Deal Could Happen Soon?"

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How Totalitarianism Begins

"The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own consciences." – C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) Serious issues are implicating personal liberty and public safety in Portland, Oregon. The police … Continue reading "How Totalitarianism Begins"

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Afghan Kid Geniuses Show the World Afghanistan Is a Country Not a War

In a war-ravaged Afghanistan, where last year more tax money was paid in bribery throughout the government than was made in taxes, a team of remarkable young women have created a very cheap, open-source ventilator based on a model from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, to help their country’s Covid-19 response as cases top 35,000 … Continue reading "Afghan Kid Geniuses Show the World Afghanistan Is a Country Not a War"

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Israel’s Jewish National Fund Is Uprooting Palestinians – Not Planting Trees

The Jewish National Fund, established more than 100 years ago, is perhaps the most venerable of the international Zionist organizations. Its recent honorary patrons have included prime ministers, and it advises UN forums on forestry and conservation issues. It is also recognized as a charity in dozens of western states. Generations of Jewish families, and … Continue reading "Israel’s Jewish National Fund Is Uprooting Palestinians – Not Planting Trees"

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To Annex or Not To Annex – Is the Question Moot?

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who remains under a cloud of personal corruption, had more or less promised to annex some of the West Bank in July. He’s let his deadline slip, we’ve been told, because he doesn’t want to proceed while his buddy Trump is preoccupied with other matters. He must need the cover, … Continue reading "To Annex or Not To Annex – Is the Question Moot?"

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Turkey Is No Longer Much of an Ally: US Should Say Goodbye and Set Both Nations Free

U.S. policymakers long have viewed the Republic of Turkey as a critical ally. However, Ankara has been racing away from America. Today the former is more likely to impede than advance Washington’s policy objectives. Instead of desperately attempting to preserve the alliance, the US should set both nations free to act without any pretense of … Continue reading "Turkey Is No Longer Much of an Ally: US Should Say Goodbye and Set Both Nations Free"

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Okinawa: Will the Pandemic Transform US Military Bases?

Originally published in Responsible Statecraft. Okinawans opposed to the expansion of US military bases on their island have been upset by the environmental damage, the accidents, and the crimes associated with the presence of 25,000 American troops. Now the anti-base movement has one more powerful argument to use in its case to shrink the US … Continue reading "Okinawa: Will the Pandemic Transform US Military Bases?"

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All Civilian Lives Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others

Planet Earth circa 2020: this is Orwell’s world; we’re just living in it. Who better to resurrect in this pandemic-protest moment than a leftist so lefty he ditched a life of relative English privilege to fight Franco’s fascists in the Spanish Civil War – only to turn communist dogma’s fiercest critic and earn the ire … Continue reading "All Civilian Lives Are Equal, But Some Are More Equal Than Others"

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Powell and Iraq: The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates

The New York Times Magazine on Friday posted “Colin Powell Still Wants Answers,” a long article by Robert Draper to appear in Sunday’s edition. The article is based on Draper’s upcoming book, To Start a War: How the Bush Administration Took America Into Iraq. Google Books calls it “the definitive, revelatory reckoning with arguably the … Continue reading "Powell and Iraq: The Uses and Abuses of National Intelligence Estimates"

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Destroying Libya: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time

You must break a few eggs to make an omelet, Washington’s social engineers apparently believe when intervening in other societies. Sure, a few people might die. Others might end up disabled or displaced. But think of all the good that will be done when America’s plans are realized for [fill in the blank country], which … Continue reading "Destroying Libya: It Seemed Like a Good Idea at the Time"

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The US Has No Place in the South China Sea Dispute

The new Cold War between the U.S. and China is being played out on many fronts. Washington is passing legislation and putting sanctions on Chinese officials over issues from Taiwan to Xinjiang. But perhaps the most dangerous front — the one most likely to erupt into a military conflict — is the South China Sea. … Continue reading "The US Has No Place in the South China Sea Dispute"

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A World of ‘Killer Robots’ But Not ‘National Security’

As Covid-19 was spreading across the planet in April and the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt was being consumed by the virus, I wrote a piece for TomDispatch in which I wondered: "Will our troops, trainers, advisers, and military contractors soon find themselves in what may be little short of pandemic wars?" … Continue reading "A World of ‘Killer Robots’ But Not ‘National Security’"

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Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing

Americans who grew up with nightmares of nuclear weapons explosions should get ready for some terrifying flashbacks, for the Trump administration appears to be preparing to resume U.S. nuclear weapons tests. The US government stopped its atmospheric testing of nuclear weapons in 1962, shortly before signing the Partial Test Ban Treaty of 1963. And it … Continue reading "Making America Feared Again: The Trump Administration Considers Resuming Nuclear Weapons Testing"

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The UK Is Greenlighting Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Again. That’s a Travesty.

On July 7, the United Kingdom announced that it intends to resume approving weapons sales by British companies to Saudi Arabia. Conservative Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s government is choosing to move forward with these sales despite reams of evidence that once weapons are in the Saudi arsenal, there’s no way to be sure they won’t … Continue reading "The UK Is Greenlighting Arms Sales to Saudi Arabia Again. That’s a Travesty."

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Is America Up for a Naval War With China?

Is the U.S., preoccupied with a pandemic and a depression that medical crisis created, prepared for a collision with China over Beijing’s claims to the rocks, reefs and resources of the South China Sea? For that is what Mike Pompeo appeared to threaten this week. "The world will not allow Beijing to treat the South … Continue reading "Is America Up for a Naval War With China?"

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Assange Extradition: One Outrage After Another, Says a Former British Ambassador

The imprisonment of Julian Assange has been a catalogue of gross injustice heaped upon gross injustice, while a complicit media and indoctrinated population looks the other way. In a truly extraordinary twist, Assange is now being extradited on the basis of an indictment served in the UK, which is substantially different to the actual indictment … Continue reading "Assange Extradition: One Outrage After Another, Says a Former British Ambassador"

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