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Caesar Tries To Suffocate 17 Million Syrians

Since 2011, the US and allies have promoted, trained and supplied militants trying to bring about “regime change” in Damascus. Having failed in that effort, they have tried to strangle Syria economically. The goal has always been the same: to force Syria to change politically. This month, June 2020, the aggression reaches a new level … Continue reading "Caesar Tries To Suffocate 17 Million Syrians"

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Syria: Old Pretexts, New Sanctions, Still Counterproductive

This week, the United States is hitting new sanctions on Syria. Compounding existing EU and American sanctions on state assets as well as hundreds of companies and individuals, these are set to become the toughest sanctions yet throughout the entire conflict. Given the falling apart of the "Assad gasses his own people" narrative, American lawmakers … Continue reading "Syria: Old Pretexts, New Sanctions, Still Counterproductive"

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Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes

If the Trump administration follows through on its threat to re-start nuclear tests, it will complete the unraveling of more than 50 years of arms control agreements, taking the world back to the days when school children practiced “duck and cover,” and people built backyard bomb shelters. It will certainly be the death knell for … Continue reading "Tipping the Nuclear Dominoes"

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Who Really Infiltrates the Peaceful Protests?

As anti-black racism protests have spread across America, police and governments have highlighted alleged protest infiltrators in an attempt to turn down the sincerity and legitimacy of the protests and to justify the use of force against protesters. But an honest look at history reveals that the infiltrators have not historically been law breakers but … Continue reading "Who Really Infiltrates the Peaceful Protests?"

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The System Is Rigged: Qualified Immunity Is How the Police State Stays in Power

“What’s been most striking to me is just how one-sided the rules are when Americans take on their own government…. It has been dismaying to learn the extent to which rules and laws shield the government from accountability for its abuses – or even lawbreaking…. It’s been a long and frightening lesson…. The rules seem … Continue reading "The System Is Rigged: Qualified Immunity Is How the Police State Stays in Power"

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US to ‘Reinterpret’ Arms Pact To Sell More Drones

The United States plans to reinterpret a decades-old arms control agreement so that US weapons companies can sell more unmanned aerial drones to nations including Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, whose air strikes in Yemen have killed thousands of civilians. An unnamed US government official and several arms industry executives told Reuters that … Continue reading "US to ‘Reinterpret’ Arms Pact To Sell More Drones"

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Foreign Policy Establishment Has Collective Mental Breakdown: America Must Forever Defend Everyone

The U.S. is a wreck. Streets are filled with protesters. Neighborhoods are looted and burned. Extremists seized city hall and the surrounding neighborhood in the progressive city of Seattle. American politics is hyper-partisan, divided and hostile, even hateful. The economic decline remains at depression levels, with major cities only now loosening shutdowns. Many small businesses … Continue reading "Foreign Policy Establishment Has Collective Mental Breakdown: America Must Forever Defend Everyone"

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Brass Salute the Constitution. Will They Let Trump Start Unconstitutional War?

Nationwide protests had erupted over police killings of black people. Near the White House, tear gas and rubber bullets ejected peaceful protesters from a park to clear the way for President Trump’s now-famous church photo. Trump threatened military force nationwide. But top military leaders have pushed back against Trump’s aggressive impulses, several invoking the Constitution. … Continue reading "Brass Salute the Constitution. Will They Let Trump Start Unconstitutional War?"

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Nefarious Nostalgia: Trump’s West Point Address, by the Numbers

Donald J. Trump pretended to be presidential and the graduating cadets pretended to listen. Such are the life and times of a nation led by a reality television star who’s currently at war with his own military. Presidents regularly deliver West Point commencement addresses, or – on off year rotations to the Naval or Air … Continue reading "Nefarious Nostalgia: Trump’s West Point Address, by the Numbers"

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How an Internet ‘Persona’ Helped Birth Russiagate

Four years ago today, on June 15, 2016, a shadowy Internet persona calling itself “Guccifer 2.0” appeared out of nowhere to claim credit for hacking emails from the Democratic National Committee on behalf of WikiLeaks and implicate Russia by dropping “telltale” but synthetically produced Russian “breadcrumbs” in his metadata. Thanks largely to the corporate media, … Continue reading "How an Internet ‘Persona’ Helped Birth Russiagate"

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Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race

In late May of this year, President Donald Trump’s special envoy for arms control bragged before a Washington think tank that the U.S. government was prepared to outspend Russia and China to win a new nuclear arms race. “The president has made clear that we have a tried and true practice here,” he remarked. “We … Continue reading "Let Them Eat Weapons: Trump’s Bizarre Arms Race"

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In Yemen, Western Foreign Policy Is Empowering al-Qaeda

In April, an exclusive report published on Mintpress News laid bare an "unholy alliance" between al-Qaeda and the displaced government of Abdurabbuh Mansur Hadi that a coalition led by Sunni Gulf monarchies has been unsuccessfully seeking to reinstall with the help of the West since 2015. These revelations come on top of previous investigations that … Continue reading "In Yemen, Western Foreign Policy Is Empowering al-Qaeda"

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America Should Stop Defending the Philippines Like It Was a Vital Interest

After threatening to divorce America and rush into China’s arms, the Philippines’ President Rodrigo Duterte, as coarse, myopic, and impulsive as President Donald Trump, reconsidered. Predictably but unfortunately, he decided that the onetime U.S. conquest and dependent should remain on America’s defense dole. Washington is still expected to go to war to protect not only … Continue reading "America Should Stop Defending the Philippines Like It Was a Vital Interest"

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The Danger of Sending in the Troops: The Killing of David McAtee

In the wake of the murder of George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police, protests erupted across the United States. Along with the demonstrations came some looting and violence, which gave states the excuse to deploy National Guard troops and enact curfews in major cities. A beloved barbecue chef in Louisville, Kentucky was shot … Continue reading "The Danger of Sending in the Troops: The Killing of David McAtee"

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Is There a Chinese Missile Crisis in Our Future?

Originally posted at TomDispatch. In the grimmest sense imaginable, this has already been an action-packed year. Try, in fact, to imagine a summary of this moment in historical terms: Right now, in June 2020, we’re experiencing a version of the 1918 “Spanish flu” pandemic; an instant rerun of the Great Depression; another round of the … Continue reading "Is There a Chinese Missile Crisis in Our Future?"

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