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Secret Documents Reveal a Constellation of American Military Bases Across Africa


While the U.S. maintains a vast empire of military installations around the world with huge, hard-to-miss complexes in Europe and Asia, bases in Africa have been far better hidden.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE
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Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?


Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

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Friendly Fire









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Dickplomacy









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Tomahawks Away (Video)









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Step 1









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Jared Kushner in Charge









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Is It Our Goal to Prolong the Syrian War?


Some see a covert U.S. policy—under both Obama and Trump—to keep the war going and then, one day, to “pick up the remnants.”

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Washington’s Supreme Hypocrisy on Chemical Weapons and Civilian Deaths


The use of chemical weapons in Syria is an atrocity, but American politicians’ outrage draws on myths of American exceptionalism and erosion of political memory.

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Donald Trump’s Behavior May Encourage Attacks, Says Islamic State Spokesman


Disturbing signs emerge that the president’s odd self-presentation and erratic pronouncements could lead to a serious security threat worldwide.

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U.S. Admits Probable Role in Civilian Deaths in Mosul


American commanders have said that their military may bear some responsibility for Thursday’s errant airstrike, but the Iraqi prime minister disagrees.

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It’s Time to Stop Looking to the Generals for Advice on National Security Policy


A new report by Army Gen. Joseph Votel (pictured with President Trump) is emblematic of how national security policy has become divorced from reality. 

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Trump’s Budget









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The U.S. Is Playing With Fire on Iran


Bellicose rhetoric by Mike Flynn (pictured), U.S. national security adviser, about Tehran’s missile test points toward a potentially disastrous policy in the Trump administration.

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White House Warns Israel to Limit Settlements in Palestinian Territory


The expansion of settlements “may not be helpful in achieving” peace, the Trump administration unexpectedly said in a statement Wednesday.

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Here We Go Again: Trump Administration Threatens Iran (Video)


Mike Flynn, the president’s national security adviser, made a brief statement Wednesday putting Iran “on notice.”

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Security Council [a cartoon from the Netherlands]









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To Their Knees









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The Resilience of Colonial Borders in Syria


Whenever a country falls into civil war, there are always observers who suggest that the problem could be resolved by a partition of that country.

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Noam Chomsky: ‘Most Predictable Aspect of Trump Is Unpredictability’—It’s ‘Very Dangerous’ (Video)

The renowned linguist offers a powerful assessment of the next president, explaining that while it is still unclear what Donald Trump will actually do, he is, in Chomsky’s words, an “ignorant, thin-skinned megalomaniac.”

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

A Look at Donald Trump’s Disturbing Foreign Policy Appointments

Potential additions to the president-elect’s administration represent a shift in foreign policy position, perhaps contradicting some of his campaign promises.

Posted on Nov 23, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad Calls Donald Trump ‘a Natural Ally’


In the past, Trump has asserted that ISIS is a far bigger danger to the U.S. than the al-Assad regime.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue


President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

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From Cheers to Caution, World Leaders React to Trump Victory


French President François Hollande said the result “opens a period of uncertainty.”

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Why Is the Plight of Palestine a Total Non-Issue This Election?


There is little serious criticism of the Israeli state, including from Hillary Clinton’s camp.

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In Historic First, International Criminal Court to Investigate U.S. War Crimes in Afghanistan


The ICC has famously failed to investigate powerful Western nations but has prosecuted African dictators, a disparity so glaring that several African countries recently quit the court, condemning it as the “International Caucasian Court.”

Posted on Nov 1, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: Whose Foreign Policy Position Do You Prefer?


As the presidential race tightens, we turn to our readers to help decipher a key aspect of Election 2016: foreign policy.

Posted on Oct 28, 2016 READ MORE

As Election Day Nears, Military Hawks Circle to Promote New Wave of War


A slew of bipartisan reports are hoping to push the former secretary of state to increased military action in the Middle East, particularly Syria.

Posted on Oct 23, 2016 READ MORE

The Mosul Campaign and the Third Presidential Debate


Hillary Clinton pledges not to put United States troops in Iraq “as an occupying force,” but it baffles me that she would say this.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

Read Segments of Hillary Clinton’s Wall Street Speeches Released by WikiLeaks


A single email attachment, released by the organization in its “Podesta Emails” leak, gives readers insight into many of Clinton’s policy positions.

Posted on Oct 11, 2016 READ MORE

Cast Your Vote: How Should the United States Respond to Escalating Tensions in Syria?


Politicians were plagued with questions on foreign policy last week as the relationship between the U.S. and Russia continued to deteriorate.

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 READ MORE

A Path That Could Lead to the Unthinkable: Nuclear War With Russia


The U.S. propaganda campaign against the Russian Federation is rolling downhill with a dangerous momentum that threatens to drive the world into a catastrophic showdown.

Posted on Oct 6, 2016 READ MORE

Barrel Bomb









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My Military, Win, Lose or Draw


Although American politicians like Hillary Clinton regularly insist that the U.S. possesses “the greatest military” on the planet, they avoid addressing what the country’s armed interventions have actually accomplished when it comes to policy goals—the true measure of success in war.

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How the Override of the Veto of the 9/11 Lawsuit Bill Could Come Back to Bite Americans


President Obama vetoed the Justice Against Sponsors of Terrorism Act, but Congress has for the first time in his presidency over-ridden his veto. This is a disastrous law with potentially ruinous effects on the U.S. economy and U.S. policy.

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Chris Hedges on the Role of the Media in Perpetuating ‘Endless War in the Middle East’

In a new interview, the Truthdig columnist explains how both political parties and the media are accountable for radical terrorism in America—and how it can be stopped.

Posted on Sep 20, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Less Than One Percent









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‘Pigs! Crusaders!’: U.S.-Backed Fundamentalists Chase American Commandos Out of Syria


Turning the Americans back across the Turkish border, the Free Syrian Army members cursed them and asserted that the U.S. is attempting a military occupation of Syria.

Posted on Sep 19, 2016 READ MORE

Will Peace Ever Be the Norm Again in the United States?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer and his team sat down with peace activist Frank Dorrel to discuss how we can strengthen the peace movement.

Posted on Sep 14, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The Plan









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What Did We Buy With the $5 Trillion That the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars Have Cost Us?


The Iraq War was a government-led Ponzi scheme. As usual, the little people are the ones who lost big.

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U.S. and Russia Plan Joint Air Command to Hit Terrorists in Syria


Some officers in the U.S. military do not like the idea of coordinating with Russia, feeling that it has taken advantage of past cease-fires to advance its interests and those of Bashar Assad.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

‘What Is Aleppo?’ A Fateful Question for Libertarian Presidential Nominee Gary Johnson

The third-party candidate leaves his interviewers momentarily speechless after being asked about the ravaged Syrian city in an MSNBC interview.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

This Election Is Hillary Clinton’s to Lose, and She’s Screwing It Up


If the United States ends up with President Trump, the Democratic nominee and her party will have no one to blame but themselves for refusing to compromise their allegiances to Wall Street and morally bankrupt, center-right, establishment positions.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Show of Hands









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NBC’s Presidential Forum Continued the Shameful Corporate Coverage of the Great American Meltdown


It was a wretched performance by both the network and nominees Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, full of fluff and posturing and “Alice in Wonderland” statements of policy—along with an almost complete derogation of authority by the anchors.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Comes Predictably Prepared, Trump Swaggers but Falters at Commander-in-Chief Forum


The former secretary of state spoke haltingly but had clearly rehearsed her answers. Meanwhile, Trump initially demonstrated that it’s possible to swagger sitting down, but he came up short in his responses to crucial questions about his preparedness—and about Russian President Vladimir Putin. Updated

Posted on Sep 7, 2016 READ MORE

The Mission









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