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Afghanistan’s Lessons for Syria

27 June 2017 - 1:58am
The bloody history of Afghanistan’s civil war in the 1980s – how the U.S. “victory” over the Soviets morphed into decades of chaos – is a cautionary tale for today’s Syria, writes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R.…

How Trump Risks a Saudi-Qatar War

26 June 2017 - 9:46am
Exclusive: President Trump’s swaggering response to Saudi threats against Qatar could be viewed as a “green light” for a Saudi invasion — and the next step toward a regional war with Iran, reports Joe Lauria. By Joe Lauria The split…

Democrats Face Failing Russia-gate Scheme

26 June 2017 - 8:56am
National Democrats thought they could slough off their stunning election defeat last year by blaming Russia rather than looking in the mirror, but that strategy may be collapsing, writes Norman Solomon. By Norman Solomon The plan for Democrats to run…

Intel Behind Trump’s Syria Attack Questioned

25 June 2017 - 3:04pm
Exclusive: The mainstream media is so hostile to challenges to its groupthinks that famed journalist Seymour Hersh had to take his take-down of President Trump’s April 6 attack on Syria to Germany, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern. By Ray McGovern…

A Baseless Justification for War in Syria

25 June 2017 - 11:22am
For almost 16 years, the U.S. government has stretched the military force authorization against Al Qaeda to justify a wide-ranging “war on terror” but now has gone further, attacking the Syrian military inside Syria, notes Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis…

Policing ‘Truth’ to Restore ‘Trust’

24 June 2017 - 11:05am
Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media insists it just wants “truth” algorithms to purge “fake news” from the Internet, but the real goal seems to be restoring public “trust” by limiting what the people get to see, reports Robert Parry. By…

Behind the ‘Scapegoating’ of Russia

24 June 2017 - 10:23am
The media/political hysteria over Russia-gate is leading the world to possible nuclear annihilation with few serious questions asked. But a new book, The Plot to Scapegoat Russia, tries to supply some context, writes Rick Sterling. By Rick Sterling Attorney Dan…

Deep History of America’s Deep State

23 June 2017 - 10:43am
Exclusive: The idea of an elitist Deep State – erasing a “mistake”  by the people – pervades current efforts to remove buffoonish President Trump, but the concept has deep historical roots dating from the Founding, writes Jada Thacker. By Jada…

How America Armed Terrorists in Syria

23 June 2017 - 10:38am
Rep. Tulsi Gabbard’s “Stop Arming Terrorists Act” to curb weapons going to Al Qaeda-linked jihadists in Syria, has attracted only 14 co-sponsors pointing to hypocrisy in the “war on terror,” as Gareth Porter explained at The American Conservative. By Gareth…

Palestinians Still Demand Human Rights

23 June 2017 - 10:02am
The Trump administration’s emerging Arab-Israeli policy focuses on Saudi Arabia and Israel with little concern for the Palestinians, who continue to protest for their rights, including a recent prison hunger strike, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein On…

The Criminal ‘Laws’ of Counterinsurgency

22 June 2017 - 2:57pm
A new book traces how the CIA and U.S. counterinsurgency warfare operatives adopted lessons from the Nazis’ fight against the partisans and evolved into a dangerous law onto themselves, writes retired JAG Major Todd E. Pierce. By Todd E. Pierce…

Potential Chaos in the Kingdom

22 June 2017 - 1:42pm
President Trump has made the “alliance” with troublemaking Saudi Arabia a centerpiece of his chaotic foreign policy, but the latest jockeying for power in Riyadh may portend unexpected trouble, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar A…

Institutional Factors in US Violence

22 June 2017 - 11:55am
The pervasive violence in American society is driven by many factors, including easy access to firearms and Hollywood’s glorification of killing, but there are also institutional factors, as Lawrence Davidson explains. By Lawrence Davidson There is a lot of violence…

Russia-gate Flops as Democrats’ Golden Ticket

21 June 2017 - 8:00pm
Exclusive: The national Democrats saw Russia-gate and the drive to impeach President Trump as their golden ticket back to power, but so far the ticket seems to be made of fool’s gold, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The national…

At FBI, Mueller Oversaw Post-9/11 Torture

21 June 2017 - 9:50am
Exclusive: The U.S. mainstream media gushes over Russia-gate special prosecutor Robert Mueller as an upright man of the Establishment, ignoring how he oversaw torture of innocent Arabs after 9/11, reports Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall Robert Mueller III, the former…

Iran’s Missile Strike Adds to Syrian Crisis

21 June 2017 - 8:34am
For the first time in 30 years, Iran fired missiles from its territory — in a strike against ISIS in Syria, putting down a marker that Iran won’t tolerate more terror attacks against Tehran, Patrick Henningsen explained at 21st Century…

The Price that Julian Assange Pays

21 June 2017 - 8:31am
People who challenge power are often viewed by their supporters as more icons than human beings thus missing the personal costs of their actions, a reality that Julian Assange’s mother revealed to Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein. By Randy…

Spoiling for a Wider War in Syria

20 June 2017 - 1:09pm
Exclusive: America’s neocons are back pounding the war drums, urging President Trump to escalate U.S. military attacks inside Syria even if that means hitting Russian targets and risking a new world war, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The U.S.…

How Fear of Russia Misleads Americans

20 June 2017 - 10:43am
NSA whistleblower Thomas Drake sees grave dangers in the U.S. government and media exaggerating foreign threats as a means to mislead and control the American public, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Russia has been made “the go-to…

More Corporate Control of the Internet

20 June 2017 - 9:59am
The flip side of the Trump administration’s war on government regulations is the expansion of corporate control, which is especially true for media and the Internet, writes Michael Winship. By Michael Winship In just a few short months, the Trump…

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