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The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy

President Biden’s boast shortly after Russia’s invasion of Ukraine that the world stood united against Moscow’s aggression is increasingly detached from reality. Indeed, it has reached the point of deserving mockery. Walter Russell Mead, a scholar at the Hudson Institute, provided a devastating, early assessment of how Washington’s effort to isolate Russia was failing. "The … Continue reading "The Global South’s Revolt against Biden’s Russia Policy"

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A Message from Professor Noam Chomsky

Dear Antiwar.com Reader, Given the state of world affairs today, I am sure you are as concerned as I am about the prospects for peace in our time. With Russia escalating its invasion of Ukraine to dangerous heights, the US undermining the prospects for diplomatic settlement by insisting on a war to weaken Russia, the … Continue reading "A Message from Professor Noam Chomsky"

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Putin, Holding a Weak Hand, Raises the Stakes

In a Kremlin speech last week, President Vladimir Putin identified Russia’s real "enemy" in Ukraine as "the ruling circles of the so-called West" whose "hegemony has a pronounced character of totalitarianism, despotism and apartheid." In the West, Putin declaimed, "The repression of freedom is taking on the outlines of a reverse religion, of real Satanism," … Continue reading "Putin, Holding a Weak Hand, Raises the Stakes"

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If Kennedy Hadn’t Listened to Khrushchev

This horrible war that could have been avoided, shouldn’t have been launched and could have been ended early through a negotiated settlement has reached an unimagined brink. The major parties to the war, Russia, Ukraine and the US, can continue on the path of escalation and go over the brink, or they can start to … Continue reading "If Kennedy Hadn’t Listened to Khrushchev"

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I’ll Never Forget the Call I Got From Eric Garris in March 2009

I’ll never forget the call I got from Eric Garris in March 2009 – more than a decade ago! – asking if I would write for Antiwar.com. That call as a pivotal moment in my career as a journalist. I was writing for the American Conservative then, challenging the mainstream orthodoxy and media hive coverage … Continue reading "I’ll Never Forget the Call I Got From Eric Garris in March 2009"

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From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side Is the PA On?

The arrest of a prominent Palestinian activist, Musab Shtayyeh, and another Palestinian activist, by Palestinian Authority police on September 20 was not the first time that the notorious PA’s Preventive Security Service (PSS) has arrested a Palestinian who is wanted by Israel. PSS is largely linked to the routine arrests and torture of anti-Israeli occupation … Continue reading "From Nabulsi to Shtayyeh: Which Side Is the PA On?"

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Referendums and Joining Russia

On September 27, referendums on joining Russia in the Donbas republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and in the Kherson and Zaporizhzhia oblasts were completed. The referendum in Donbas, which has already declared its independence, asked "Do you support the entry of the DPR into the Russian Federation as a subject of the Russian Federation?" In … Continue reading "Referendums and Joining Russia"

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Something Is Rotten in the US Military

Originally posted at TomDispatch. Here’s the curious thing: since at least the Vietnam War era of the 1960s and early 1970s, the United States has been almost continuously at war. Certain of those conflicts like the Vietnam War itself and those in Iraq and Afghanistan in this century are still remembered by many of us. … Continue reading "Something Is Rotten in the US Military"

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Edward Snowden: An American in Moscow

When the Trump administration obtained an indictment of Edward Snowden for violation of the Espionage Act of 1917, many of us who believe that the Fourth Amendment means what it says were deeply critical of the government, and we remain so today. This week, retaining his American citizenship, Snowden became a Russian citizen. Snowden is … Continue reading "Edward Snowden: An American in Moscow"

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How To Turn a Friend Into an Enemy: A Brief History of US-Russia Relations

During the American Civil War Russian Tsar Alexander II helped save the Union by sending two naval squadrons to New York and San Francisco and placing them at the service of President Lincoln. A symbolic statue of these events is located in downtown Moscow, showing the two men shaking hands. In 1918 America also sent … Continue reading "How To Turn a Friend Into an Enemy: A Brief History of US-Russia Relations"

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Iraq Daily Roundup: 19 Killed, 200 Wounded

At least 19 people were killed, and 200 more were wounded in recent violence: Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (I.R.G.C.) launched missile and drone attacks on opposition group targets in Iraqi Kurdistan that left at least 13 dead and 58 wounded. Iran is blaming Kurdish opposition groups for protests that followed the death of Mahsa … Continue reading "Iraq Daily Roundup: 19 Killed, 200 Wounded"

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Washington’s Pointless War on Behalf of a Fake Nation

The messages are coming in loud and clear today – from the crashing pound, to repudiation of establishment governments in Italy, Sweden and more to come, to Hungarian Prime Minister Orban’s call to end the Sanctions War and do so pronto. So let’s be clear: Washington’s dunderheaded intervention in the intramural spat between Russia and … Continue reading "Washington’s Pointless War on Behalf of a Fake Nation"

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Fact-Checking Biden’s UN Speech

On September 21, President Biden addressed the United Nations General Assembly. Taking Territory by Force Biden opened his address by accusing Russia of violating "the core tenets of the United Nations Charter – no more important than the clear prohibition against countries taking the territory of their neighbor by force." He is quite right that … Continue reading "Fact-Checking Biden’s UN Speech"

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The Democratic Party, Now the Leading Party of War

Last May a remarkable column by Stephen Kinzer appeared in the Boston Globe. It was headlined: "Republicans Return To Their Roots As The Antiwar Party." More significantly, the subheading ran: "Since the Vietnam era, Americans have come to expect antiwar rhetoric from liberal Democrats. Cancel that." It began: "With Americans now engulfed in passion for … Continue reading "The Democratic Party, Now the Leading Party of War"

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Suppression of Contrarian Voices

In the US, we proudly point to the First Amendment in the Bill of Rights that was adopted in 1791: “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, … Continue reading "Suppression of Contrarian Voices"

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Russia’s Evolving Attitude Toward the War

As early as the end of April, Russia’s view of the war may already have begun evolving from seeing it as a regional war to seeing it as a wider war with the US and NATO. At that time, the voracious provision of weapons combined with training and real-time intelligence on targeting led Russian foreign … Continue reading "Russia’s Evolving Attitude Toward the War"

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