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The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public Defense of Free Speech

On Saturday, The New York Times published a front-page article on the leaked files that exposed the Chinese government’s coordinated crackdown on ethnic minorities. In covering the story, the newspaper noted that although the source and the methods through which documents were gathered are unclear, the disclosure of 403 pages of internal documents is one … Continue reading "The Prosecution of Julian Assange Calls for the Public Defense of Free Speech"

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Russiagaters Pivot Focus to Russian State Media

As the race for 2020 heats up, the mainstream media is hard at work, stoking fears of Russian influence. NBC News ran a story on a report about Russia’s English-speaking media outlet’s coverage of 2020 presidential candidates. The report was released Tuesday, by former FBI agent Clint Watts who is a fellow at the Foreign … Continue reading "Russiagaters Pivot Focus to Russian State Media"

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How Western Media Bias Allows Israel To Get Away With Murder in Gaza

An Israeli attack on Gaza was imminent, and not because of any provocations by Palestinian groups in the besieged, impoverished Gaza Strip. The Israeli military escalation was foreseeable because it factors neatly in Israel’s contentious political scene. The war was not a question of “if”, but “when”. The answer came on November 12, when the … Continue reading "How Western Media Bias Allows Israel To Get Away With Murder in Gaza"

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General Shows Trump Maps of Oil Fields To Keep US Troops in Syria

On October 7th, President Donald Trump announced that U.S. troops would be leaving Syria. This announcement knocked Warhawks off their perches in our nation’s capital. General Jack Keane went on Fox News and called Trump pulling out of Syria a “strategic blunder” for the president. The next day after appearing on Fox News and criticizing … Continue reading "General Shows Trump Maps of Oil Fields To Keep US Troops in Syria"

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What Was It All For: Iranian Intel Leaks and the US Folly in Iraq

East Baghdad, January 25, 2007. Newly minted 1st Lieutenant Danny Sjursen, all of 23-years-old, led his scout platoon – the "Ghost Riders” – on yet another meaningless presence patrol in an increasingly aimless war, at about 9:00pm local time in the Al Amin neighborhood of Shia-majority East Baghdad. We were no longer allowed to call … Continue reading "What Was It All For: Iranian Intel Leaks and the US Folly in Iraq"

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Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?

The title of this essay is the follow-up question I have always wanted mainstream media reporters to ask a political figure after he or she gives the rote response, "Israel has a right to defend itself" (e.g., Biden, Pence and Buttigieg) after the five million Palestinians confined in the "occupied territories" launch a rocket attack … Continue reading "Yes, But Isn’t There a Bigger Issue Here?"

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If Not Now, When; If Not Us, Who?: Support Antiwar.com!

Sometime this year, the 19th in America’s longest, most futile, war in Afghanistan – really any day now – a young man (or woman) will be killed in a war older than he is. In these dark times, it feels like an inevitability, but it’s not quite – if only just. History rolls along, certainly, … Continue reading "If Not Now, When; If Not Us, Who?: Support Antiwar.com!"

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America’s Arms Sales Addiction

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Honestly, if a single corporate entity controlled three-quarters of the global market in a product, you’d call it a monopoly, right? Well, in 2011, that was the situation of the United States when it came to the arms trade. This country sold more than three-quarters of the weapons on the global … Continue reading "America’s Arms Sales Addiction"

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Combat Vet Senator Richard Black Fighting the War Party

Two weeks ago the Virginia State Senate switched hands from the Republicans to the Democrats, another step in the state’s leftward turn. One of the Democratic pick ups was in the 13th district, where incumbent State Senator Dick Black is retiring from public service. Black is a Vietnam veteran and former colonel in the US … Continue reading "Combat Vet Senator Richard Black Fighting the War Party"

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A New Generation of Vets: Ending Endless War From the Right

They sure didn’t look the part. These weren’t a bunch of stereotypical hippie peaceniks. As I surveyed the room in the beautiful DC brownstone which hosted the BringOurTroopsHome.us opening night reception, I saw well-built, well-dressed men and women, many still sporting military-style haircuts (though often with a well-groomed beard). Instead of tie-dye shirts, I spied … Continue reading "A New Generation of Vets: Ending Endless War From the Right"

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A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq

Hundreds of thousands of Iraqis and Lebanese have been demonstrating in the streets against corruption and for democratic rights. The protesters come from all economic classes and religious/ethnic groups. Like the Arab Spring uprisings that began in 2010, these protests are spontaneous and without traditional leaders. And they are sending corrupt political parties and foreign … Continue reading "A New Arab Spring in Lebanon and Iraq"

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Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America

On March 11, 1999, President Bill Clinton took an unprecedented step. During a four-nation visit to Central America, he expressed regret for the role the United States had played in a brutal counter-terrorism campaign that had caused the deaths of thousands of civilians in Guatemala’s civil war. President Clinton’s apology followed the publication of the … Continue reading "Coming to Terms With the US Role in Central America"

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Why War Deaths Increase After Wars

I don’t know if somebody dumped a bottle of sanity solution into Rhode Island Sound or what the reason is, but Brown University, which has military contracts just like everywhere else, is the headquarters of a group of dozens of scholars and experts working to educate the public about the various costs of wars (funders … Continue reading "Why War Deaths Increase After Wars"

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Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup

The U.S. says it wasn’t a coup. Trump’s official statement "applauds" the Bolivian regime change for preserving democracy. Trump identifies the event as "a significant moment in democracy" because it stymied Bolivian President Evo Morales’ attempt "to override the Bolivian constitution and the will of the people. . .." But all three White House claims … Continue reading "Finally Got Him: The Bolivian Coup"

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Ukraine for Dummies

At Wednesday’s debut of the impeachment hearings there was one issue upon which both sides of the aisle seemed to agree, and it was a comic-book caricature of reality. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff led off the proceedings with this: “In 2014, Russia invaded a United States ally, Ukraine, to reverse that nation’s embrace … Continue reading "Ukraine for Dummies"

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