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Not Remembering the USS Liberty

21 May 2017 - 11:09am
Desperately seeking some praise, President Trump surely won’t remind Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu about the USS Liberty, which Israel nearly sank a half century ago killing 34 sailors, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern recalls. By Ray McGovern It is safe…

Saudis Embrace Embattled Trump

21 May 2017 - 9:49am
Escaping the tribulations of Washington, President Trump basked in the Saudi monarchy’s gilded welcome and promised a flood of U.S. weapons to tilt the region’s military balance against Iran, a bad bet on the past, says JP Sottile. By JP…

How China Lobby Shaped America

20 May 2017 - 2:00pm
Exclusive: A prototype of the modern foreign lobby in Washington was the China Lobby, bribing and bending U.S. politicians to serve the will of the Nationalists who fled to Taiwan and helped fuel McCarthyism, reports Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall…

Iran’s Victory for Moderation

20 May 2017 - 12:39pm
Iranian President Rouhani’s solid reelection victory clears the way for Iran to continue its efforts to reengage with the global community and expand freedoms domestically, reports Trita Parsi. By Trita Parsi The Iranian population’s political sophistication continues to impress. Despite…

The Long Ordeal of Julian Assange

20 May 2017 - 12:11pm
For the past decade, WikiLeaks has published groundbreaking evidence of government and corporate abuse while getting targeted for abuse itself, including a seven-year vendetta against founder Julian Assange, says John Pilger. By John Pilger After seven years, Sweden Julian Assange…

The Gaping Holes of Russia-gate

20 May 2017 - 10:10am
Between Russia-gate and President Trump’s potential impeachment, Washington is blending the thrill of McCarthyism and the excitement of Watergate, as ex-U.S. intelligence officials Ray McGovern and William Binney explain. By Ray McGovern and William Binney Official Washington got to relive…

The Open Secret of Foreign Lobbying

19 May 2017 - 11:38am
Exclusive: Russia-gate has focused attention on requirements for U.S. citizens acting as “foreign agents” to register with the Justice Department, but these rules have been sporadically or selectively enforced for decades, Jonathan Marshall writes in the first of a series. By…

Donald Trump at a Lonely Crossroads

19 May 2017 - 10:39am
Battered for months by Russia-gate innuendo, Donald Trump finds his unlikely presidency at a dangerous crossroads with no clear-cut path ahead, writes ex-British diplomat Alastair Crooke. By Alastair Crooke It is time to pause, take a deep breath, and reflect. It…

Do High-Level Leaks Suggest a Conspiracy?

19 May 2017 - 9:14am
Widespread concern inside Official Washington about President Trump’s unfitness for the job is fueling a campaign of high-level leaks that is taking on the look of a “soft coup,” says ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi. By Philip Giraldi Back in my…

When the Trump Coup-makers Cometh

18 May 2017 - 3:23pm
Exclusive: As President Trump prepares for his first foreign trip, the turbulent political waters around him are rising and the tidal wave of a “soft coup” may be just over the horizon, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry So what…

How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

18 May 2017 - 11:52am
From the Archive: Official Washington is thrilled by the choice of ex-FBI Director Mueller as Russia-gate special counsel, hailing him as a straight-shooter, but he cut some legal corners in office, ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern wrote in 2014. By Ray…

Trump Escalates Syrian Proxy War

18 May 2017 - 9:47am
At the start of the Trump presidency, it looked like the U.S. covert “regime change” war in Syria might be ending, but it has returned, zombie-like, in a slightly different form, reports Steven Chovanec. By Steven Chovanec Back in February,…

The Fallacy of Demonizing Russia

17 May 2017 - 5:00pm
Today’s demonization of Russia is especially offensive when viewed against the suffering of the Russian people that Natylie Baldwin recalled in a visit to the monument honoring the defense of Leningrad against a brutal Nazi siege. By Natylie Baldwin We…

Seth Rich Murder Case Stirs Russia Doubts

17 May 2017 - 2:07pm
Exclusive: New claims have revived old suspicions that slain Democratic Party staffer Seth Rich, not Russia, was the source of Democratic emails that were slipped to WikiLeaks last year, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria A private investigator looking into…

The Existential Risk of Trusting ‘Intel’

17 May 2017 - 12:55pm
Official Washington has a near mystical faith in “intelligence,” especially when it’s warning of some foreign enemy, but ideological bias and groupthink often creep in as shown in an insightful Cold War memoir, reports John V. Walsh. By John V.…

Trump’s Need for Scapegoats

16 May 2017 - 7:37am
President Trump’s use of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s credibility to cover for the clumsy firing of FBI Director Comey has echoes of President Bush’s bogus WMD claims about Iraq, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar Deputy…

The Push for Trump’s Impeachment

15 May 2017 - 1:29pm
Exclusive: Establishment voices are escalating their calls for President Trump’s impeachment, even without any public evidence that his campaign colluded with Russia, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The Russia-gate affair has taken a strange turn as advocates for President…

Gorbachev Warns of Growing Danger

15 May 2017 - 8:15am
A group of Americans visiting Russia heard dire warnings from ex-Soviet President Gorbachev that the tensions between the U.S. and Russia are creating a dangerous situation for the world, reports Rick Sterling, who is on the trip. By Rick Sterling…

Taming or Tiptoeing Around Trump

14 May 2017 - 5:15pm
Donald Trump’s emotional shortcomings and lack of knowledge about the world have forced nations to adopt new strategies for maneuvering around the increasingly erratic U.S. superpower, writes Michael Brenner. By Michael Brenner The Trump presidency presents a unique challenge to…

How Trump Builds Up More ‘Bad Karma’

14 May 2017 - 4:18pm
The U.S. government – and now President Trump – have a long record of palling around with oppressors, such as the leaders of Israel and Egypt, creating more “bad karma” for the nation, observes Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson “Karma” is…

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