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The Misuse of American Military Power and The Middle East in Chaos


Policymakers badly overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures to their desires.

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Even Suspended, Travel Ban Puts Iraqi Interpreter’s Carefully Built American Dream at Risk


He risked his life working for the Marines. Now, after eight years in the U.S., his Michigan export business is suffering because it’s too risky for him to leave the country.

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Court Takes Trump to the Woodshed for a Lesson on Judicial Review


The “Muslim ban” has been addressed under a time-honored scrutiny. But with the president’s team sending mixed signals, the question is: Has the administration learned anything?

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The ‘Bowling Green Massacre’ That Never Happened


The new administration’s spokespersons are happy to deal in fake news when it promotes the Trump worldview.

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Trump’s Travel Ban Wreaking Havoc on Families With Valid Visas


The president’s ban on travel from seven predominantly Muslim nations is separating families that made every effort to follow U.S. immigration law.

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Federal Judge Blocks Part of Trump’s Immigration Ban


Following protests at a number of airports across the country and legal intervention by civil liberties watchdog groups, a U.S. District Court temporarily halts the deportation of people with valid visas or approved refugee papers.

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Protesters Descend on Kennedy International, Demanding Release of Detained Travelers


Crowds gathered Saturday outside the New York airport, where travelers were held as a result of President Trump’s executive order on refugees.

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Trump Visa Denials Target Same Countries Bush Vowed to Overthrow


These are not countries that pose a danger to the U.S. They are countries that face instability and displacement when the U.S. comes knocking.

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Before Projecting Power Around the World, America Should Look in the Mirror


The collateral damage of the Iraq War continues—for Iraqis and Americans alike.

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The Injustices of Chelsea Manning’s Imprisonment


President Obama finally ends Manning’s prison ordeal but has never acted on the war crimes the whistleblower exposed.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

How Donald Trump Is Endangering U.S. Troops in Iraq and Essentially Aiding Islamic State


Since his inauguration less than a week ago, the president has not been making a good impression in Iraq.

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Trump’s Visa Ban Is About Anti-Muslim Bigotry, Not Security


If the president announces a policy to halt visas for citizens of Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen, Wednesday will be a day of ethnic hatred.

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The Most Alarming Thing Donald Trump Says at CIA Event Regards Iraq


The president’s team is talking about military action for oil—and against Islamic State—in Iraq and Syria.

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Discredited Former New York Times Reporter Disregards Her Own Record While Smearing Chelsea Manning


Judith Miller says the whistleblower cost American lives. She’s one to talk.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

Manning and the Gangster State


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In a column originally posted on Aug. 21, 2013, Chris Hedges declares that the whistleblower’s original 35-year sentence “means the end of the rule of law.”

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Remembering the Real Martin Luther King Jr.

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Almost half a century after his death, the civil rights icon has been reduced to little more than a lifeless statue. Yet his courageous call for peace and criticism of his government in a time of war must not be lost to history.

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Why It’s Vital to Hold George W. Bush Accountable for His Crimes as Trump Is Inaugurated


We lowered the political bar to the point where even Donald Trump could clear it when we allowed Bush, Cheney and company to start an illegal war in Iraq.

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The Year of the Commando


In one conflict zone after another across the northern tier of Africa and the Greater Middle East, U.S. special operations forces waged their particular brand of low-profile warfare during 2016.

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Chris Hedges: Vietnam War, Like the Later Iraq and Afghanistan Wars, Was ‘One Long Atrocity’ (Video)

Hedges and Nick Turse, author of “Kill Anything That Moves: The Real American War in Vietnam,” discuss how American wars of occupation are “primarily about murder.”

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

It’s 2016: Do You Know Where Your Bombs Are Falling?


In how many countries is U.S. ordnance taking its toll in the nearly 15-year-old, apparently never-ending worldwide war Donald Trump will inherit?

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Fidel Castro’s Top Moments in the Middle East


The Cuban leader inserted himself into numerous conflicts, fighting what he saw as imperialism. The ventures were gradually abandoned over the past two decades.

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‘Informed Rant’: Toxic ‘Burn Pits’ Poisoned American Veterans

As we honor our veterans this Friday, listen to this episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast, in which he speaks with author and former Marine Joseph Hickman.

Posted on Nov 11, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chris Hedges Unmasks American Empire in ‘Unspeakable’


In this new book, the award-winning Truthdig columnist discusses taboo topics in America—including his experience as a radical war correspondent at The New York Times—with fellow journalist David Talbot.

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War Within War: Iraq’s Prime Minister Says ‘We Don’t Want to Fight Turkey, but We’re Ready’


Iraq was alarmed by the announcement by Turk military authorities that they are sending some 30 armored vehicles, tanks and artillery to the Turkish-Iraqi border.

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We Must Tell the Truth About the Iraq War


The People’s Tribunal on the Iraq War wants to expose the lies and human toll of the ongoing invasion.

Posted on Oct 30, 2016 READ MORE

Masoud Barzani Pledges That Kurdish Forces Won’t Enter Mosul


The president of the Kurdistan Regional Government presumably made this announcement to assuage fears of Iraqi Arabs that the KRG would take advantage of the campaign against Islamic State to annex part or all of the city to Iraqi Kurdistan.

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Iraq’s Skies Darken as Islamic State Torches Oil


With many civilians likely to die in the conflict in Iraq and Syria, the fighting also threatens the environment as ISIS torches oil wells.

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The ‘P’ in PBS Should Stand for ‘Plutocratic’ or ‘Pentagon’


The American broadcaster depends on foundations, corporations and wealthy individuals to pay for much of its programming. This private funding undermines the integrity of the “independent” journalism it bankrolls.

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Why Donald Trump Is Wrong to Bet Against the U.S. Military-Backed Mosul Campaign


The Republican presidential candidate’s pronouncement that the campaign is bound to fail is an affront to the Iraqi and U.S. troops risking their lives against Islamic State.

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Iraqi Kurdistan Forces Take Bashiqa on the Road to Mosul


Iraqi forces continued their advance on Mosul on Sunday despite the car bombs and sniping tactics of Islamic State.

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Islamic State Diversionary Attack Fails in Kirkuk, but Hundreds of Civilians Die in Mosul Battle


The fundamentalist group launches fighting in two cities, amid the slow, steady advances being made by the Iraqi army and its allies.

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Photo of the Week: Will Islamic State Pour Into Syria After Suffering Defeat in Iraq?

Iraqi and Kurdish soldiers celebrated in the town of Bartella, which Iraqi forces recently retook. Not pictured are U.S. officials, who may be cheering the prospect of Islamic State fighters, driven from Iraq, causing problems for Syrian President Bashar Assad and Iran.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

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Islamic State Boasts That U.S. Will Go Down to Defeat in Iraq


As guerrillas spread through the beleaguered city of Mosul, a news agency linked to the militant group is carrying video of an IS fighter insisting that he and his colleagues will achieve a decisive victory.

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Seven Things You Should Know About Mosul (Video)


The Iraqi government has announced that the campaign to take the large northern city back from Islamic State has begun in earnest. What is the significance of the city?

Posted on Oct 18, 2016 READ MORE

As Islamic State Loses Territory, Will Weak States Gain Strength? (Video)


Political scientist Khalid Rif says that the organization’s forced withdrawal from the town of Dabiq in northern Syria has a religious symbolism that could be fatal to its esprit de corps.

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Destruction Is All We Have to Show for a 15-Year War in Afghanistan


Since 2001, the U.S. has spent more than $103 billion on the Asian country—more than it spent on the entire European continent after World War II. And there is no end in sight for the debacle that George W. Bush began and Barack Obama continued.

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The Pentagon Paid a British Public Relations Firm $500 Million to Produce Iraq War Propaganda Films


Material signed off by the White House and Gen. David Petraeus included fake al-Qaida propaganda videos that could be used to track viewers.

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The Number of U.S. Troops in Iraq Is Approaching 6,000 (Video)


Five hundred more troops will be sent to help with the massive Mosul campaign. They will not engage in fighting at the front but will help call in airstrikes on Islamic State targets and provide tactical advice and training.

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Chris Hedges and Loretta Napoleoni Analyze Spread of Jihadism, Kidnapping and Refugee Trafficking

On a new episode of “On Contact,” the two writers discuss what is creating the billion-dollar trafficking industry and how the U.S. presence in the Middle East is facilitating the growth of “criminal” jihadism.

Posted on Sep 21, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Obama’s Approach to Ending Terrorism: Destroying Islamic State in Mosul and Then Rebuilding City


President Obama met Monday with Iraqi Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi and discussed the coming campaign to take the city of Mosul away from Islamic State, entirely destroying the terrorist organization’s territorial power in Iraq.

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U.S. Seeks to Prevent Islamic State From Looting, Selling or Destroying Antiquities


A meeting was convened recently in Washington, D.C., to discuss how to secure and preserve cultural artifacts in the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2016 READ MORE

Talking to a 6-Year-Old About War


With armed conflicts and military action, it’s hard to know how much to say to young people, and when, how and whether to say it. Perhaps it is a universal parental urge to shield children from certain hard knowledge.

Posted on Sep 15, 2016 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Sep 13, 2016 READ MORE

Nearly 500 More U.S. Troops Sent to Iraq for Mosul Attack in Advance of Election Day


If Islamic State loses Mosul before Americans go to the polls Nov. 8, it will undermine a key talking point of the Republican right: that Obama is weak on terrorism.

Posted on Sep 10, 2016 READ MORE

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

Islamic State Sends Families Out of Mosul as Kurdish and Shiite Forces Advance


Iraqi military forces have taken the strategic town of al-Qayarah, near the major city of Mosul, from Islamic State. Mosul is the last major city in the hands of the apocalyptic, brutal cult that has lost almost all the territory it took in 2014.

Posted on Aug 30, 2016 READ MORE

Death to the Death Penalty in California


Voters will be confronted with competing death penalty proposals on the November ballot: the praiseworthy Proposition 62 and the defective Proposition 66.

Posted on Aug 26, 2016 READ MORE

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