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The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons

As the pandemic continues to claim lives across the country, new information keeps coming out about how the Trump administration has made it harder for Americans to protect themselves. We now know, for example, that early in the pandemic the U.S. Postal Service had planned to deliver five face masks to every US household. It … Continue reading "The Pentagon Took Money for Covid-19 Relief and Bought… More Weapons"

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The Leahy Laws: Why Biden’s Promise to Israel Is Illegal

While co-hosting an interview on the Palestine Chronicle, I asked Dr. Richard Falk, former UN Special Rapporteur on Palestinian human rights, about his thoughts on Kamala Harris’ promise to maintain unconditional aid to Israel. "I am disappointed of course by the Harris-Biden positions on Israel. I would have hoped for something closer to what Bernie … Continue reading "The Leahy Laws: Why Biden’s Promise to Israel Is Illegal"

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No Dog in the Fight: Nagorno-Karabakh’s Conflict Isn’t About Us (or Russia)

Journalists and geo-strategists call it a "frozen conflict” – one of several such deadlocked disputes under tenuous ceasefire in the post-Soviet states. Only now, the long-standing battle between Armenia and Azerbaijan over Nagorno-Karabakh (NK) is anything but. For the third time since the Russian-brokered 22-year armed-truce – ending a bloody 1988-94 war that claimed some … Continue reading "No Dog in the Fight: Nagorno-Karabakh’s Conflict Isn’t About Us (or Russia)"

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Two Years After Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder, Why Is America Still an Accomplice to MBS’s Crimes?

Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi was brutally murdered on October 2, 2018 by agents of Saudi Arabia’s despotic government, and the CIA concluded they killed him on direct orders from Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman (MBS). Eight Saudi men have been convicted of Khashoggi’s murder by a Saudi court in what the Washington Post … Continue reading "Two Years After Khashoggi’s Brutal Murder, Why Is America Still an Accomplice to MBS’s Crimes?"

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Fight Over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance

Overwhelmed by uncontrollable circumstances, the Greek government is bracing for another financial crisis that promises to be as terrible as the last one in 2015. Prime Minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, announced, on September 12, that Athens has made a "robust" arms deal that will "reinforce the armed forces" and create a "national shield". However, beyond Mitsotakis’ … Continue reading "Fight Over the Mediterranean: France’s Proxy War and the Budding Turkish-Russian Alliance"

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American Foreign Policy: The Problem of Applying the Monroe Doctrine Everywhere

When the new American nation was created, it was a lightweight in an international political game dominated by heavyweights. The U.S. was forced to develop a serious, measured, and realistic foreign policy. The colonists outlasted the British during the Revolution in part because the New World revolt triggered an Old World war, in which the … Continue reading "American Foreign Policy: The Problem of Applying the Monroe Doctrine Everywhere"

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Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo

Originally appeared at ScheerPost It is an old journalistic trope: no one reads the correction … or the retraction. No matter how serious the error or profound the implications of the misreporting. Like, let’s say the entire range of mainstream media took the word of unnamed intelligence sources as gospel and reported that the only … Continue reading "Discredited Russian Bounty Story Exposes Media’s Role in Status Quo"

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Counter-Recruitment in the Time of Covid

In 2016-17, the U.S. Army visited Santa Maria High School and nearby Pioneer Valley High School in California over 80 times. The Marines visited Ernest Righetti High School in Santa Maria over 60 times that year. One Santa Maria alumnus commented, “It’s as if they, the recruiters, are on staff.” A parent of a high … Continue reading "Counter-Recruitment in the Time of Covid"

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The Guardian‘s Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism

In my recent post on the current hearings at the Old Bailey over Julian Assange’s extradition to the United States, where he would almost certainly be locked away for the rest of his life for the crime of doing journalism, I made two main criticisms of the Guardian. A decade ago, remember, the newspaper worked … Continue reading "The Guardian‘s Deceit-Riddled New Statement Betrays Both Julian Assange and Journalism"

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The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Confidence Game: Targeting Adversaries, Excusing Allies

Promoting human rights is a central tenet of US foreign policy. Sometimes. In practice, Washington is most enthusiastic about defending life, liberty, and happiness where America has the least clout. And American policymakers most often remain silent when allied governments, whom the US could most influence, are detaining, torturing, and murdering opponents. The Trump administration … Continue reading "The Trump Administration’s Human Rights Confidence Game: Targeting Adversaries, Excusing Allies"

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Julian Assange US Extradition: Show Trial of Journalism at the Old Bailey

Nozomi Hayase, PhD, is a US-based journalist who has been covering the issue of free speech. She has authored the book WikiLeaks, the Global Fourth Estate: History Is Happening. In an interview with John Kendall Hawkins, as the US extradition hearing of WikiLeaks publisher Julian Assange in the UK unfolds, Hayase talks about the significance … Continue reading "Julian Assange US Extradition: Show Trial of Journalism at the Old Bailey"

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Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse

Palestine can never be truly understood through numbers, because numbers are dehumanizing, impersonal, and, when necessary, can also be contrived to mean something else entirely. Numbers are not meant to tell the story of the human condition, nor should they ever serve as a substitute for emotions. Indeed, the stories of life, death – and … Continue reading "Palestinians Are Not Numbers: On the Future of the Palestinian Discourse"

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WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps

If you were to listen to people justifying WWII today, and using WWII to justify the subsequent 75 years of wars and war preparations, the first thing you would expect to find in reading about what WWII actually was would be a war motivated by the need to save Jews from mass murder. There would … Continue reading "WWII Was Not Fought To Save Anyone From Death Camps"

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How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel?

The polarized nature of American politics often makes it difficult to address fundamental differences between the country’s two main political rivals, Republicans and Democrats. As each side is intent on discrediting the other at every opportunity, unbiased information regarding the two parties’ actual stances on internal and external issues can be difficult to decipher. Regarding … Continue reading "How Do Democrats and Republicans Differ on Palestine and Israel?"

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