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What’s in the Israel/UAE Agreement? Here’s Five Things That Aren’t

The other day, a large box was delivered to my door. When I opened it, there was only a tiny item in the large box. Donald Trump called the normalization of relations between Israel and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) a "HUGE breakthrough." But like the package at my door, when you unpack the deceptive … Continue reading "What’s in the Israel/UAE Agreement? Here’s Five Things That Aren’t"

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‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’

Dream with me. Imagine an America where even marginal accountability reigned. A land of appropriate consequences for war-criminal cheerleaders. A country where going 0 for 4 on "freedom" wars – Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Syria – got pundits and policymakers sent down to the minors. Heck, one might make some strategic moves in a town like … Continue reading "‘I Pity The Fool’: Mr. Max Boot on Joe Biden’s Foreign Policy ‘A-Team’"

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Netanyahu vs. Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry

Only recently, the Palestinian group, Hamas, and Israel seemed close to reaching a prisoner exchange agreement, where Hamas would release several Israeli soldiers held in Gaza while Israel would set free an unspecified number of Palestinian detainees held in Israeli prisons. Instead of the much-anticipated announcement of some kind of a deal, on August 10, … Continue reading "Netanyahu vs. Gantz: Gaza Escalation as Reflection of Israel’s Political Rivalry"

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Belarus: Why the Ongoing Political Unrest Is Unlike Maidan

In the past couple of weeks the mass demonstrations protesting the obviously falsified Belarus presidential elections became featured news reporting in Western media, edging out coverage of the Coronavirus pandemic and of street disorders in the USA following yet another shooting of some unarmed black man by white police. In this context, I was invited … Continue reading "Belarus: Why the Ongoing Political Unrest Is Unlike Maidan"

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After Beirut Blast, Israel Revives Tale of Hezbollah Ammonium Nitrate Terror Plots

Reprinted from The Grayzone with the author’s permission. Israeli officials have exploited the massive explosion at the Port of Beirut this August to revive a dormant propaganda campaign that had accused the Lebanese militia and political party Hezbollah of storing ammonium nitrate in several countries to wage terror attacks on Israelis. The Israeli intelligence apparatus … Continue reading "After Beirut Blast, Israel Revives Tale of Hezbollah Ammonium Nitrate Terror Plots"

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Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux

Attempting to apply historical lessons to current events typically is problematic. Circumstances change dramatically; almost any moment in time in 1914 looks radically different from any one in 2020. The rise of a dictator and onset of a war may be examples of dangerous trends to be avoided, but rarely are similar enough to current … Continue reading "Washington Should Remember the Past and Avoid a World War I Redux"

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Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’

This is the fourth segment in the author’s backstory series – "Lebanon: Bellwether, Battleground, and Bastard Child" – in the wake of the August 4, 2020 Beirut port explosion. Check out parts one, two, and three, plus stay tuned for upcoming segments at Antiwar.com. There’s been a lot of nonsense passing as truth in post-blast … Continue reading "Lebanon: Inconvenient Truths About Syria, Iran, Hezbollah, and the Shia ‘Street’"

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Artificial (Un)intelligence and the US Military

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Just when you thought it couldn’t get any worse, the U.S. military, as TomDispatch regular Michael Klare informs us today, has had a brilliant idea – robot generals (!) – into which to sink yet more billions of our tax dollars as divestment in our infrastructure, schools, health care, and the … Continue reading "Artificial (Un)intelligence and the US Military"

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Pompeo’s Iran Failures Make War More Likely

The US foreign policy establishment has for decades been dominated by neoconservative interventionists and falsely-named “humanitarian” interventionists. These people believe that because the United States is the one “exceptional nation,” no conflict anywhere in the world could possibly be solved without our butting our noses into it. One of President Obama’s few foreign policy successes … Continue reading "Pompeo’s Iran Failures Make War More Likely"

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The Vindication of Harry Browne… Again

On January 27, 2000 in an email during his 2000 campaign for the American presidency, the late Libertarian Party candidate Harry Browne wrote, “Today we have a strong national offense (the ability to blow any country to smithereens) and a weak national defense (the inability to defend against any two-bit dictator who gets his hands … Continue reading "The Vindication of Harry Browne… Again"

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‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians Take Their Fight for Justice to the Mountains

Palestinians are not going anywhere. This is the gist of seven decades of Palestinian struggle against Zionist colonialism. The proof? The story of Ahmed Amarneh. Amarneh, a 30-year-old civil engineer from the northern West Bank village of Farasin, lives with his family in a cave. For many years, the Amarneh family has attempted to build … Continue reading "‘People of the Cave’: Palestinians Take Their Fight for Justice to the Mountains"

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Imagine a President Joe Biden: What Would be a Progressive Foreign Policy?

With Joe Biden leading in the polls and Republicans in trouble in the Senate, progressives are hoping for the sort of political revolution that Lyndon Johnson’s 1964 landslide over Barry Goldwater delivered. Biden has raced left, abandoning many of the positions which gave him his moderate reputation. If victorious, the aging, oft befuddled candidate seems … Continue reading "Imagine a President Joe Biden: What Would be a Progressive Foreign Policy?"

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Catapulting Russian-Meddling Propaganda

The fresh orgy of anti-Russian invective in the lickspittle media (LSM) has the feel of fin de siècle. The last four reality-impaired years do seem as though they add up to a century. And no definitive fin is in sight, as long as most people don’t know what’s going on. The LSM should be confronted: … Continue reading "Catapulting Russian-Meddling Propaganda"

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How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History

When the Palestinian actor Mohammed Bakri made a documentary about Jenin in 2002 – filming immediately after the Israeli army had completed rampaging through the West Bank city, leaving death and destruction in its wake – he chose an unusual narrator for the opening scene: a mute Palestinian youth. Jenin had been sealed off from … Continue reading "How Israel Wages War on Palestinian History"

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‘Palestine Is Still the Issue’: UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada

The notion that "Canada is better," especially when compared with US foreign policy, has persisted for many years. Recent events at the United Nations have, however, exposed the true nature of Canada’s global position, particularly in the matter of its blind and unconditional support for Israel. On June 17, Canada lost its second bid for … Continue reading "‘Palestine Is Still the Issue’: UN Vote Exposes, Isolates Canada"

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