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Reflections on the Charlottesville Attacks

17 August 2017 - 11:46am
When Islamic extremists drive vehicles into crowds in Europe, the lethal attacks are condemned as terrorism, but President Trump took a more lenient view about a similar attack in Charlottesville, as Dennis J Bernstein notes. By Dennis J Bernstein Around…

The Agony of ‘Regime Change’ Refugees

16 August 2017 - 1:36pm
Exclusive: There are positive signs of Syrians returning to Aleppo after the ouster of Al Qaeda’s militants. But the legacy of Western “regime change” wars continues to plague Europe and inflict human suffering, writes Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spannaus European…

Cataclysmic Risks of North Korean Crisis

16 August 2017 - 1:36pm
The schoolyard taunts between President Trump and North Korean leaders have quieted for now. But the underlying risks of a nuclear showdown remain, as Korea expert Tim Shorrock explained to Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein Many Asia experts…

Taking Nuclear War Seriously

16 August 2017 - 1:25pm
With remarkably little public debate, the U.S. government has raised the risk of a nuclear conflagration with face-offs against Russia and now North Korea, an existential issue that Dennis J Bernstein discusses with journalist John Pilger. Dennis J Bernstein Emmy-Award…

A Ukraine Link to North Korea’s Missiles?

15 August 2017 - 8:18pm
Exclusive: By orchestrating the 2014 “regime change” in Ukraine, U.S. neocons may have indirectly contributed to a desperate Ukrainian factory selling advanced rocket engines to North Korea and endangering America, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry U.S. intelligence analysts reportedly…

Hillary Clinton Promised Wars, Too

15 August 2017 - 10:48am
Exclusive: President Trump has shattered the hope of many peace-oriented Americans that he would pull back from U.S. foreign interventions, but Hillary Clinton might have pursued even more wars, notes James W. Carden. By James W. Carden The alliance between…

Trump’s Soft-Shoe on Racist Violence

15 August 2017 - 9:45am
On Monday, President Trump did a second take on his remarks about the white-nationalist-sparked violence in Charlottesville, but his tepid first take offered a troubling look into his soul, says Michael Winship. By Michael Winship Enough. We have a president…

The Thankless Task of ‘Saving’ Trump

15 August 2017 - 9:16am
President Trump appears lost in the swamp of his own shallow mind, pulling down the “adults” around him more than they can lift him up, as ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar explains. By Paul R. Pillar Optimism has repeatedly been…

How Obama, Trump Had Their Wings Clipped

14 August 2017 - 2:57pm
Presidents Obama and Trump contrast sharply on foreign policy, but share a common denominator: they faced resistance to smoothing relations with a key power, Obama on Iran; Trump on Russia, Andrew Spannaus noted at Aspenia. By Andrew Spannaus President Donald…

Trump’s Shallow Thinking on ‘Terrorism’

13 August 2017 - 7:08am
Israel typically makes its enemies America’s enemies – think Lebanon’s Hezbollah and Iran – and few U.S. politicians dare step out of line. But hypocritical talk about “terrorism” has consequences, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar…

Russia-gate’s Fatally Flawed Logic

12 August 2017 - 7:51am
Exclusive: By pushing the Russia-gate “scandal” and neutering President Trump’s ability to conduct diplomacy, Democrats and Congress have encouraged his war-making side on North Korea, writes Robert Parry. By Robert Parry There was always a logical flaw in pushing Russia-gate…

A New Angle in Abu Jamal’s Case

12 August 2017 - 7:51am
The decades-old case of convicted police killer Mumia Abu Jamal has always centered on whether the legal process was rigged against the black political activist, an argument that has new life, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein A…

Education or Brainwashing?

11 August 2017 - 9:23pm
Inculcating youngsters with national myths is a key way for societies to control their populations – as is clear in how Israel defines acceptable history – in defiance of educational ideals, says Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson Education is one…

Lawsuit Challenges DNC Anti-Sanders Bias

11 August 2017 - 4:34pm
Blaming Russia has allowed the national Democratic Party to duck the real reasons why Hillary Clinton lost, the lack of a populist connection that a lawsuit is trying to expose, writes Norman Solomon at Truthdig. By Norman Solomon Nine months…

Hurtling Toward ‘Fire and Fury’

10 August 2017 - 9:08am
Exclusive: Under congressional and media pressure to confront U.S. “adversaries,” President Trump alarmed the world with rash rhetoric about inflicting “fire and fury” on North Korea, a frightening prospect, says Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall “Be prepared, there is a…

New Cracks in Russia-gate Foundation

10 August 2017 - 9:07am
The Russia-gate groupthink always rested on a fragile foundation of dubious analysis and biased guesswork, but now has been shaken by new forensic studies of the purported “hack,” as Patrick Lawrence reported at The Nation. By Patrick Lawrence It is…

The Russia-Did-It Certitude Challenged

10 August 2017 - 7:38am
Many mainstream news outlets confessed to their gullibility over the Iraq-WMD claims, but have fallen into another groupthink over Russia-gate, as Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein heard from ex-U.K. Ambassador Craig Murray. By Randy Credico and Dennis J Bernstein…

In Case You Missed…

9 August 2017 - 10:37am
Some of our special stories in July focused on the first meeting between Presidents Trump and Putin, the growing chaos surrounding the Trump administration, and the ongoing violence in the Middle East. “Trump Takes Aim at Energy R&D Funds” by…

How Congress ‘Learns’ About Russia

9 August 2017 - 8:35am
Hedge-fund operator William Browder helped plunder Russia’s riches – and renounced his U.S. citizenship – but is still treated as a great truth-teller by a credulous Congress, notes ex-CIA officer Philip Giraldi at The American Conservative. By Philip Giraldi A…

The Source of Trump’s Real Clout

9 August 2017 - 8:03am
The image of Donald Trump’s “deplorables” – as Hillary Clinton dubbed them – is a bunch of bigoted blue-collar whites waving Confederate flags, but the secret of Trump’s real power lies elsewhere, says historian Keri Leigh Merritt. By Keri Leigh…

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