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American Politicians Use Jews as Pawns To Excuse Their Meddling in Israeli Elections

On July 23, the US House of Representatives passed (the vote went 398-17, with five voting “present”) a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. The resolution was an outrageous condemnation of the freely chosen economic actions of millions of Americans. Worse, that condemnation was made on the express behalf of not just … Continue reading "American Politicians Use Jews as Pawns To Excuse Their Meddling in Israeli Elections"

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US Sanctions Are Still Strangling Venezuela

As tensions in the Persian Gulf are taking up most of the headlines, the Trump administration is still seeking regime change in Venezuela. Since coming into office President Trump has had an aggressive policy towards Venezuela’s President Nicolas Maduro. The Center for Economic Policy and Research determined in April that US sanctions were responsible for … Continue reading "US Sanctions Are Still Strangling Venezuela"

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The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives

"I felt shaky and uneasy all day, preparing for this talk" – Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian from the territory of Gaza Jehad Abusalim, a Palestinian now living in the United States, grew up in Gaza. In Chicago last week, addressing activists committed to breaking the siege of Gaza, he held up a stack of 31 … Continue reading "The Ongoing Dread in Gaza: So Many Names, So Many Lives"

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An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad

This article originally appeared at TruthDig. Empires in decline tend to behave badly. Indeed, whether British, French or Russian, the twilight years of imperialism often brought brutal repression of subjects abroad, the suppression of civil liberties at home and general varieties of brutality toward foreigners, be they refugees or migrants. The British built concentration camps … Continue reading "An American Tragedy: Empire at Home and Abroad"

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Not Mueller Time – At Last!

At his wrap-up press conference in May, Robert Mueller sternly underscored what he called "the central allegation" of the two-year Russia probe. Namely, that the Russian government engaged in "multiple, systematic efforts to interfere in our election, and that allegation deserves the attention of every American." Today’s gong show on Capitol Hill presented him with … Continue reading "Not Mueller Time – At Last!"

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US Troops Back in Saudi Arabia: What Could Go Wrong?

The First Gulf War back in 1990 was a big huge success. One of the things it accomplished was a major U.S. troop presence in Saudi Arabia. Muslims around the world were outraged. Bombs were repeatedly set off at Khobar Towers where troops were stationed. In 1998 Osama Bin Laden declared: “For over seven years … Continue reading "US Troops Back in Saudi Arabia: What Could Go Wrong?"

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Will Persian Gulf ‘Tanker War’ Become a Shooting War?

The UK got a taste of its own medicine this week as Iran seized a British tanker, the Stena Impero, just two weeks after UK Royal Marines seized a tanker near Gibraltar carrying two million barrels of Iranian oil. As could be predicted, the US and UK media are reporting Iran’s seizure of the Stena … Continue reading "Will Persian Gulf ‘Tanker War’ Become a Shooting War?"

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Peacestock 2019: The Seeds of a Veterans’ Antiwar Movement

I was just about the youngest person in the room. I usually am when I address veterans’ peace organizations. Of course, when I speak at universities, it’s the exact opposite case. Being a 35-year old post 9/11 antiwar vet can be a bit lonely, a feeling of being stuck between two generational worlds. In this … Continue reading "Peacestock 2019: The Seeds of a Veterans’ Antiwar Movement"

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Tale of the Terrible Neighbor

The tale of the terrible neighbor is a cliché familiar to all Americans. Days drone on with monotonous drum beats as you exist seemingly by freeze-frame image pulling into your driveway with the neighbor’s hose spilling over your fence, with his crabgrass and brush invading your backyard, whose pet prefers your grass to his owners … Continue reading "Tale of the Terrible Neighbor"

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Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?

In October 1950, as U.S. forces were reeling from hordes of Chinese troops who had intervened massively in the Korean War, a 5,000-man Turkish brigade arrived to halt an onslaught by six Chinese divisions. Said supreme commander Gen. Douglas MacArthur: "The Turks are the hero of heroes. There is no impossibility for the Turkish Brigade." … Continue reading "Is a New US Mideast War Inevitable?"

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Theft of Silwan Highlights the Injustice of the Israeli Occupation

Israeli police forced out the Siyam family from their home in the heart of occupied East Jerusalem last week, the final chapter in their 25-year legal battle against a powerful settler organization. The family’s defeat represented much more than just another eviction. It was intended to land a crushing blow against the hopes of some … Continue reading "Theft of Silwan Highlights the Injustice of the Israeli Occupation"

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How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis

The U.S. news media’s coverage of the Iran nuclear issue has been woefully off-kilter for many years. Now, however, those same outlets are contributing to the serious crisis building between Washington and Tehran. Iran has responded to Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal by resuming the stockpiling of low enriched uranium, removing the cap … Continue reading "How Corporate Media Are Fueling a New Iran Nuclear Crisis"

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