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Bears Ears National Monument Is the Next Standing Rock


In attempting to revoke protections for the Utah site, President Trump is furthering settler colonialism of a land inhabited by indigenous people.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE
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Renowned biographer David J. Garrow concludes this massive new biography of Barack Obama with a damning verdict: “While the crucible of self-creation had produced an ironclad will, the vessel was hollow at its core.”

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE

Evidence of the Core Allegations Is Lacking in ‘Russiagate’


So far, the scandal has been smoke and mirrors, with no chargeable offenses and not a scintilla of convincing proof of Russian meddling in the election.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

SCOTUS Ruling on North Carolina’s Political Maps Exposes GOP’s Race-Based Gerrymandering


The ruling was based upon arguments that came before the court prior to the seating of Justice Neil Gorsuch.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE

Has the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Assessment of ‘Russiagate’ Been Politicized?


Information from President Obama’s intelligence chiefs raises new doubts about a Jan. 6 report and its allegation that Russia “hacked” the 2016 election.

Posted on May 23, 2017 READ MORE

Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality


Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Focus in Saudi Arabia Should Be on Ending Its War With Yemen


Rather than using his position to clinch a $100 billion arms deal, the president should press for negotiations to end the 2-year-old conflict.

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE

Eric Holder’s Backward Policies on Criminal Justice Echo in Jeff Sessions’ Tenure


The attorney general (pictured, standing) would like to turn the clock back to pre-emancipation, but he will settle for a return to the days of his predecessor, Eric Holder (seated).

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Beyond the Madness of King Donald


The sooner Donald Trump is removed from the White House, the better. But we need a radical reorganizing of our national institutions.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

Will Russiagate Hysteria Lead to an American ‘Soft Coup’?


Many Trump-haters see the investigation as the likeliest means to impeachment—an end they think desirable even if it plays into the hands of neocons and other warmongers.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

The Hazards of Military Worship


An Army strategist notes that, while everyone loves the troops and their generals, history indicates that military advice isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.

Posted on May 13, 2017 READ MORE

Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes


A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

Firing of James Comey May Fuel Donald Trump’s ‘Deep State’ Troubles


The president and his advisers hoped that the dismissal of the FBI director would end their “Russiagate” ordeal, but it might have only fanned the flames.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

Republicans Are Putting Single-Payer Health Care on the Table With Their Anti-Obamacare Fanaticism


Sooner or later, we will have universal health care in this country—sooner if the congressional majority succeeds in destroying the Affordable Care Act, later if it fails.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Does Not Belong in the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement


The Democratic presidential contender is back in public view, claiming she’s part of the “resistance”—but it’s just another selling point she and establishment Democrats are pushing.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

Why Obama’s Big Cash-In Matters


Obscene payouts to any politician after he or she leaves the public sector are hypocritical and subvert what’s left of American democracy.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History


Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

What Is Donald Trump’s Governing Philosophy?


More than 100 days into his presidency, it seems fair to ask.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren Says She’s ‘Troubled’ by Obama’s $400,000 Speaking Fee (Audio)

The Massachusetts Democrat told Sirius XM’s Jonathan Alter that money in politics “ultimately threatens democracy.”

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism


Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America


Neoconservatism was born during the Cold War with an overt mission to roll back Russian/Soviet influence everywhere. That mission continues today.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate


As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

How Bill Clinton and Barack Obama Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Immigration Policies


Here’s some ugly history that both former presidents would prefer we not remember.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians


The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Modern-Day Gestapo


The Republican Party’s professed reverence for family values doesn’t apply to undocumented immigrants.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

What Happened to Russiagate?


For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

‘Seed’ Documentary Explores the David-and-Goliath Battle With Food Corporations


Farmers, scientists, lawyers and indigenous seed keepers are fighting to protect the world’s natural food supply from extinction.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike


They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump


The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party


The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE

The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War


National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

New Supreme Court Era Begins as Neil Gorsuch Is Sworn In


The 113th justice could make an immediate impact on cases dealing with religious freedom, gun rights and immigration.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

Afghanistan War: Out of Sight, Out of Mind


The war in Afghanistan approaches the dubious distinction of being the longest conflict ever waged by the United States.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE

MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies


Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

Dennis Kucinich: James Comey, Not Russia, Tilted the Election Toward Donald Trump


The former congressman says the FBI director (pictured) should have resigned over his disclosure about Hillary Clinton’s emails last October.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky: Why Trump Is Pushing the Doomsday Clock to the Brink of Midnight


The linguist and political commentator discusses the U.S. president, Russia, history and the future in a recent interview. (Pictured, two scientists at a Jan. 26 news conference.)

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE

The Art of the Con


The interests of the working class were supposed to be the focus of the Trump administration, but the president has no coherent approach for lifting up blue-collar Americans.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate


In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Why This Isn’t the Time for a Public Health Insurance Option or Medicare for Some


To begin to solve the health care crisis, we need a system based on health and the money to pay for it. House Resolution 676 is the model for that system.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

The Simple Fact That Will Defeat Trump’s Attempt to Roll Back Obama’s Energy Policies


The president’s executive order deregulating dangerous gas emissions flies in the face of basic economics.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Will Donald Trump Escalate the Devastating War—and Worsen the Resulting Food Shortage—in Yemen?


Without an urgent effort to find a political solution and get massive food aid into the country, almost 7 million people may face starvation.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

Bill Clinton Laid the Groundwork for Trump’s Ugly Immigration Policies


Our 42nd president contributed a substantial share to the nation’s pattern of xenophobia.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

House GOP Calls Off Trumpcare Vote and Kills the Bill


President Trump tells House Speaker Paul Ryan to pull the proposed American Health Care Act after Republicans fail to garner enough support to pass it.

Posted on Mar 24, 2017 READ MORE

Local Leaders in Los Angeles Stand Up to Trump’s Anti-Immigration Plan


Rather than go along with the president’s program, Mayor Eric Garcetti and other city officials have intensified their opposition.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

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