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Another Day, Another Scandal. What the ‘Trump-Ukraine Collusion’ Is Really About

This is soooooo boring. For nearly a week, Washington has been consumed by reports that Donald Trump pressured Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky to dig up dirt on Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden. The furor began on Wednesday, Sept. 18, when the Washington Post disclosed that Trump had said something to an unknown foreign leader that “was … Continue reading "Another Day, Another Scandal. What the ‘Trump-Ukraine Collusion’ Is Really About"

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How Israel Could Prevent a War With Iran

The commonly offered logic behind America’s push for war against Iran is that it, at least in part, is pushed by Israeli desire for war with Iran. But that explanation defies the logic of the geopolitics of the Middle East. In the logic of the Middle East, Israel does not obviously seek war with Iran. … Continue reading "How Israel Could Prevent a War With Iran"

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Locked, Loaded, and Ludicrous

"Tyranny is the deliberate removal of nuance" ~ Albert Maysles Fifty two years ago, Martin Luther King, Jr. broke with the white liberal establishment, the Lyndon Johnson administration, and the U.S. military when he bravely declared America "the greatest purveyor of violence in the world today." King, now canonized, sanitized, and co-opted even by his conservative opponents … Continue reading "Locked, Loaded, and Ludicrous"

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Rights Groups Urge Senate To Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post

In keeping with his administration’s consistent practice of appointing people who are inimical to the stated missions of the government agencies they’re tapped to lead, President Donald Trump has nominated a staunch advocate of torture to a top human rights position at the State Department. Last week 21 human rights groups including Human Rights Watch, … Continue reading "Rights Groups Urge Senate To Reject Nomination of Torture Advocate Marshall Billingslea to Top Human Rights Post"

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US Should Support Israeli Land Grabs Say AIPAC Think-Tankers

It is always worthwhile to monitor – before it’s too late – policy recommendations emerging from the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, AIPAC ecosystem. Since 1984 that ecosystem includes AIPAC’s associated think tank, the Washington Institute for Near East Policy. Two WINEP thought leaders are currently advancing a serious proposal for the US to help … Continue reading "US Should Support Israeli Land Grabs Say AIPAC Think-Tankers"

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Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine

Experience has taught Palestinians not to pay heed to Israeli elections. But to every rule there is an exception. Although it is still true that no Israeli Zionist leader has ever been kind to the Palestinian people, the dynamics of the latest Israeli elections on September 17 are likely to affect the Occupied Palestinian Territories … Continue reading "Netanyahu on Steroids: What a Gantz-led Government Means for Palestine"

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Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great?

President Trump deserves credit for resisting the war cries from neocons like Sen. Lindsey Graham and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo after last week’s attack on two Saudi oil facilities. Pompeo was eager to blame Iran because he wants war with Iran and anything that can trigger such a war is fine with him. So … Continue reading "Will More US Troops in Saudi Arabia Make America Great?"

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The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan. Let’s Pretend It Was London.

A US official in the UK has indicated that he is “working with local authorities” and “examining the intelligence” that led to a drone strike late last week that took the lives of 30 customers at a restaurant in central London. It appears that the intended target of the strike was a gathering of IS … Continue reading "The US Just Killed 30 Innocent People in Afghanistan. Let’s Pretend It Was London."

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Will Americans Let Trump Start a War for Saudi Arabia?

On Saturday, September 14th, two oil refineries and other oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia were hit and set ablaze by 18 drones and 7 cruise missiles, dramatically slashing Saudi Arabia’s oil production by half, from about ten million to five million barrels per day. On September 18, the Trump administration, blaming Iran, announced it was … Continue reading "Will Americans Let Trump Start a War for Saudi Arabia?"

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Israelis Have Made Their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Time Is Up

For most Israelis, the general election on Tuesday was about one thing and one thing only. Not the economy, nor the occupation, nor even corruption scandals. It was about Benjamin Netanyahu. Should he head yet another far-right government, or should his 10-year divisive rule come to an end? Barring a last-minute upset as the final … Continue reading "Israelis Have Made Their Verdict Clear: Benjamin Netanyahu’s Time Is Up"

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The Imperial Debris of War

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Today’s piece by Stephanie Savell, co-director of the invaluable Costs of War Project at Brown University’s Watson Institute, goes hand-in-hand with the release of a new report by that very group, “The Human and Financial Costs of the Explosive Remnants of War in Afghanistan.” You can read the report itself by … Continue reading "The Imperial Debris of War"

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What Trump’s Missteps on Iran Have Wrought

ISTANBUL – The drone attack on Saudi Arabia oil facilities on September 14 is jolting the entire Middle East, the latest incident in a months-long battle between the Trump Administration and Iran. Yemen’s Houthi movement claimed credit for the devastating attack that shut down half of Saudi Arabia’s oil production. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo … Continue reading "What Trump’s Missteps on Iran Have Wrought"

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