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A Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

17 January 2017 - 9:37am
More than 20 U.S. intelligence, military and diplomatic veterans are calling on President Obama to release the evidence backing up allegations that Russia aided the Trump campaign – or admit that the proof is lacking. MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama…

Trump’s Remaking of US Foreign Policy

16 January 2017 - 5:11pm
President-elect Trump is outlining a foreign policy that rejects the interventionist tenets of Washington’s neocon/liberal-hawk establishment and puts U.S.-Russia nuclear arms control at the top of his agenda, writes Gilbert Doctorow. By Gilbert Doctorow Over the weekend, President-elect Trump received…

Donald Trump v. the Spooks

16 January 2017 - 2:24pm
Exclusive: President-elect Trump is in a nasty slugfest with U.S. intelligence agencies as they portray him as a Russian tool and he blasts their attempt to delegitimize his election, says ex-British intelligence officer Annie Machon. By Annie Machon The clash…

Playing Politics with Terrorism List

16 January 2017 - 10:25am
Congressional Republicans continue to push Islamo-phobic bills, now seeking to put the mostly political Muslim Brotherhood on the foreign terrorist list, notes ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar Legislation introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and Rep.…

Democrats Lost in a Corporate Wilderness

16 January 2017 - 9:57am
Over the past quarter century, the national Democratic Party merged with the Clinton pay-for-play money machine and lost touch with American populism. So, what must be done and what are the party’s prospects, asks Lawrence Davidson. By Lawrence Davidson You…

America’s Self-Destructive Obsessions

15 January 2017 - 4:40pm
The U.S. population is led from one hysteria to the next, now transitioning from the Global War on Terror to the New Cold War with Russia, a fearful madness that is infecting the collective psyche, says Michael Brenner. By Michael…

The Scheme to Take Down Trump

14 January 2017 - 7:11am
Exclusive: The U.S. intelligence community’s unprecedented assault on an incoming U.S. president – now including spreading salacious rumors – raises questions about how long Donald Trump can hold the White House, says Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare Is a military…

Mainstream Media’s Russian Bogeymen

13 January 2017 - 11:29am
Exclusive: The mainstream hysteria over Russia has led to dubious or downright false stories that have deepened the New Cold War, as Gareth Porter notes regarding last month’s bogus tale of a hack into the U.S. electric grid. By Gareth…

Who’s the Real Manipulator of Elections?

13 January 2017 - 7:41am
Exclusive: In berating Russia for alleged interference in the recent U.S. election, the U.S. intelligence community ignores the extensive U.S. role in manipulating political movements around the globe, observes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall The Director of National Intelligence’s public…

America in Need of ‘Democracy Promotion’

13 January 2017 - 7:17am
The U.S. government lectures other countries about “democracy” – and  finances internal opposition in the name of “democracy promotion” – but its own behavior falls far short of democratic norms, says ex-CIA analyst Paul R. Pillar. By Paul R. Pillar…

Pulling a J. Edgar Hoover on Trump

12 January 2017 - 9:39am
Exclusive: President-elect Trump is fending off a U.S. intelligence leak of unproven allegations that he cavorted with Russian prostitutes, but the darker story might be the CIA’s intervention in U.S. politics, reports Robert Parry. By Robert Parry The decision by…

Did Trump Kill ‘Liberal Democracy’?

12 January 2017 - 5:42am
Donald Trump’s victory has spurred commentary about the “death of liberal democracy,” but the seeds of that demise were planted in the 1980s amid elite orthodoxy in favor of neoliberal economics, argues Mike Lofgren. By Mike Lofgren The election of…

How Obama Spread the Mideast Fires

11 January 2017 - 7:35am
Exclusive: Barack Obama is one of the “coolest” American presidents, but his “team of rivals” approach to governing – trying to accommodate and co-opt his adversaries – proved disastrous, especially in the Mideast, says Daniel Lazare. By Daniel Lazare With…

Obama’s Unkept Promise on Nuclear War

11 January 2017 - 7:31am
Exclusive: By ratcheting up tensions with Russia, U.S. national security is raising risks of accidental nuclear war with missiles still on hair-trigger alert — despite President Obama’s promises, writes Jonathan Marshall. By Jonathan Marshall With little more than a week…

What DeVos Might Do to Public Schools

11 January 2017 - 6:28am
Donald Trump is stocking his administration with fellow rich people including “school voucher” advocate Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary, a choice that makes many public school defenders nervous, reports Dennis J Bernstein. By Dennis J Bernstein With only days to…

Obama Belatedly Says No to Israel

10 January 2017 - 8:03am
Exclusive: If President Obama had confronted Israel over its illegal settlements earlier, he might have really achieved something, but his U.N. abstention as he heads out the door is better than nothing, observes Marjorie Cohn. By Marjorie Cohn For the…

Wall Street’s Win-Win with Trump

10 January 2017 - 7:45am
Exclusive: Most Wall Street bigwigs sided with Hillary Clinton in 2016 but now have adroitly shifted affections to Donald Trump whose populist rhetoric is giving way to another super-rich bonfire of the vanities, explains Mike Lofgren. By Mike Lofgren During the…

The Democrats’ Russia-Did-It Dodge

10 January 2017 - 7:12am
To avoid facing up to why Hillary Clinton’s pro-corporatist candidacy really lost key Rust Belt states, national Democrats are finding it easier to blame Russia, a dangerous and self-defeating game, says Norman Solomon at The Hill. By Norman Solomon Two…

The ‘Post-Truth’ Mainstream Media

9 January 2017 - 8:11am
Exclusive: U.S. mainstream media sees itself as the definer of what’s true and what’s “propaganda,” but has gotten lost in a fog of self-delusion and is now the principal purveyor of “post-truth” news, writes Nicolas J S Davies. By Nicolas…

Europe’s Mixed Feelings About Trump

9 January 2017 - 8:11am
Exclusive: European governments are nervous about a Trump presidency, but – for economic and other reasons – many on the Continent would welcome a friendlier approach toward Russia, reports Andrew Spannaus. By Andrew Spanners Few in Europe expected Donald Trump…

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