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Trump’s Foreign Policy Mishmash

24 July 2017 - 12:23am
Under fierce attack from the moment of his stunning election, President Trump has failed to pursue a coherent foreign policy as he mixes and matches old-style belligerence with an ad hoc pragmatism, explains Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow President Trump’s…

The Unending Failure of the Afghan War

23 July 2017 - 3:35am
Afghanistan has been a disaster for U.S. policymakers since Presidents Carter and Reagan started funding Islamists almost four decades ago and then the U.S. began fighting them post-9/11, a failure that needs ending, says Alon Ben-Meir. By Alon Ben-Meir Sixteen…

The Bloody ‘Liberation’ of Mosul

23 July 2017 - 3:29am
Official Washington deemed Syria’s defeat of jihadists occupying Aleppo a “war crime” but called the U.S.-backed defeat of ISIS in Mosul, Iraq, a “liberation,” yet it too killed civilians and destroyed an ancient city, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis…

Trump’s Slide into Endless-War Syndrome

22 July 2017 - 12:42am
Much like President Obama, President Trump was elected as the relative “peace candidate” but – once in office – has veered into Official Washington’s neocon “logic” of endless war, as Ivan Eland describes. By Ivan Eland During his campaign for…

Farmworkers Protest EPA’s Pesticide Ruling

22 July 2017 - 12:41am
As part of President Trump’s campaign against President Obama’s environmental regulations, Trump’s EPA has rejected a proposed rule banning a brain-damaging pesticide, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein The decision by President Trump’s Environmental Protection Agency to rebuff…

The Dream to Destroy Iran-Nuke Accord

21 July 2017 - 4:16am
With Israel and Saudi Arabia still lusting for war with Iran, President Trump and his disdain for reality about the Iranian nuclear accord have become the key enablers, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar Donald…

Holding onto Nuclear Weapons

21 July 2017 - 3:35am
Despite longstanding promises to work toward nuclear disarmament, the nuclear states continue their hostility toward abandoning these existentially dangerous weapons, Dr. Ira Helfand tells Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein For months now there has been a frustrating hunt…

How Trump Defines the Future

20 July 2017 - 5:13am
President Trump has defined the future as a battle between old-style nationalism and neoliberal globalism, a challenge that the West’s elites mock at their own peril, as ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke describes. By Alastair Crooke Europe, the Guardian tells us,…

The Right’s Long War on Media

20 July 2017 - 4:45am
Exclusive: A danger from the mainstream media’s Russia-gate obsession is that it reinforces a longstanding right-wing meme about a “liberal media” out to get conservatives, as Jonathan Marshall explains. By Jonathan Marshall Never in modern American history has a president…

NYC: Front Line of Income Inequality

19 July 2017 - 2:07am
New York City faced a crisis four decades ago with a massive electrical failure and fear of crime. Now, it confronts another challenge, a vast gap between the super-rich and the rest, writes Michael Winship. By Michael Winship Forty years…

In Case You Missed…

19 July 2017 - 1:16am
Some of our special stories in June dealt with the seemingly endless Russia-gate frenzy, President Trump’s stumbling debut on the global stage and Oliver Stone’s insightful interviews with Vladimir Putin. “Missing the Real Noriega Story” by Jonathan Marshall, Jun. 1,…

The Price for Criticizing Israel

19 July 2017 - 12:45am
Israel is well-known for having a potent U.S. lobby that not only influences Congress and the mainstream media but intimidates Americans who dare criticize its policies toward the Palestinians, as Dennis J Bernstein describes.   By Dennis J Bernstein There…

Netanyahu Pushes Trump Toward Wider Wars

18 July 2017 - 2:28am
Exclusive: Russia-gate is empowering Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu to strong-arm President Trump into escalating the Syrian war by abandoning a recent cease-fire and challenging Iran and Russia, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry A weakened, even desperate President Donald Trump…

The Lost Liberalism of Netanyahu’s Israel

18 July 2017 - 2:05am
Under Prime Minister Netanyahu, Israel continues to become more and more intolerant both in its treatment of Palestinians and its attitude toward more liberal tendencies in Judaism, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar In recent…

The Logic in North Korean ‘Madness’

17 July 2017 - 3:11am
North Korea’s nuclear deterrent is a logical – not crazy – reaction to U.S. “regime change” wars in Iraq and Libya, two countries attacked after they surrendered their WMD stockpiles, reports retired Col. Ann Wright. By Ann Wright Despite the…

The Paradox of Tolerance/Intolerance

17 July 2017 - 3:05am
The issue of “tolerance” can be complicated, even paradoxical, such as extending tolerance to intolerance with the possibility that the intolerance will ultimately eliminate tolerance, explains Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson In case you haven’t noticed, the United States is…

Moral Corrosion of Drone Warfare

16 July 2017 - 2:30am
Exclusive: The U.S. government uses drones to eliminate risk to its soldiers and thus domestic opposition to war, but that heightens the moral imperative to challenge the remote-controlled killings, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern Required by court…

Russia-gate Report Ignored Iraq-WMD Lessons

16 July 2017 - 12:53am
The Obama administration’s “assessment” at the center of Russia-gate ignored the lessons of the Iraq-WMD fiasco and may have made the same mistakes, ex-WMD inspector Scott Ritter writes at The American Conservative. By Scott Ritter A January intelligence product has…

Rex Tillerson’s Trials and Tribulations

16 July 2017 - 12:52am
President Trump’s meddling hand in the Mideast encouraged the Saudi-Qatari showdown and made Secretary of State Tillerson’s job all the more nettlesome, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar Secretary of State Rex Tillerson will stay in…

Neocons Enlist in Anti-Trump #Resistance

15 July 2017 - 1:33am
Exclusive: The neocons, who have influenced U.S. foreign policy since the 1980s, inflicting grave damage on U.S. interests and the world, are reinventing themselves as soldiers in the anti-Trump #Resistance, writes James W. Carden. By James W. Carden In these…

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