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U.S. Intelligence Veterans Believe the ‘Russian Hack’ of DNC Computers May Have Been an Inside Job


In a memo to President Trump, former U.S. intelligence officers cite forensic studies that indicate data was leaked (not hacked) by a DNC insider, then doctored to incriminate Russia.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE
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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE

Torture Doesn’t Work. But Facts Never Have Bothered the President.


Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn our secret prisons, together with his appointments of people who played roles in the George W. Bush torture program, should set off alarm bells.

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

North Korea Wants to Deter a U.S. Attack. That’s Why It Has Nukes.


Kim Jong Un’s decision to maintain nuclear weapons is rational in light of U.S. regime-change policies toward Iraq and Libya, neither of which were nuclear states.

Posted on Jul 17, 2017 READ MORE

Destroying Mosul to Save It: Possible U.S.-Backed War Crimes in Iraq Are Exposed


As President Trump applauds victory against Islamic State in the devastated Iraqi city, Amnesty International details the deaths and suffering among civilians.

Posted on Jul 11, 2017 READ MORE

Hobby Lobby Fined $3 Million for Smuggling Iraqi Religious Artifacts


The home crafts chain imported more than 5,500 Iraqi artifacts that were intentionally mislabeled, federal prosecutors say.

Posted on Jul 6, 2017 READ MORE

Syria’s Alleged Sarin-Gas Attack: Questioning a Flawed Investigation


The head of the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, Ahmet Üzümcü (pictured), should resign over his role in the production of a biased report.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE

Should the Media Expose Dubious Anonymous Sources?


The integrity of the news process requires a more searching response than just CNN’s retraction of a Trump-Russia article and the resignation of three journalists. (Pictured, “Deep Throat” as depicted in “All the President’s Men.”)

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Increased Military Spending Won’t Make America Great—or Safer


The president is slashing the U.S. domestic budget and putting money into a war machine that only continues to inflame tensions around the world.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Islamic State Blows Up Historic Nuri Mosque in Mosul


The militant group claims the United States struck the site, but the U.S. Air Force denies it bombed that part of the Iraqi city.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Trauma Inflicted on Children in the War on Terror Is Clouding Global Society’s Future


If the defeat of terrorist groups means the destruction of childhood and the death of dreams across much of the world, what kind of victory will that be?

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE

Let’s Commemorate Victims of Islamic State Attacks in Baghdad and Manchester


To combat the terrorist group, we must see what it is doing—not just in Europe but in the Middle East.

Posted on May 31, 2017 READ MORE

Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul


This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

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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

All the WikiLeaks Fit to Print


AP / Mark Lennihan

Why are whistleblowers and whistleblower publishers punished—and not the government officials who kept hidden unpleasant truths about this nation’s policies that the public has a right to know?

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

Mosul on My Mind


Iraq’s military, along with the U.S. Air Force, claims to be taking great care to avoid destruction in Mosul, but significant swathes of the Iraqi city is likely to be left in ruins.

Posted on May 16, 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

What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?


Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

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 Honeymoon of the Generals


Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East


The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE

The Price of Resistance


To stand with the oppressed means being treated like the oppressed.

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

What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?


Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

In Just Three Months, Trump Has Escalated Four Middle Eastern Wars


The president campaigned on reducing these foreign entanglements, but in office he has forgotten that commitment.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

The Pandora’s Box of War


Amid the U.S. outrage over Syrian civilian deaths from banned weapons, we should not forget America’s role in creating and perpetuating the seemingly endless conflict.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Intervenes in the Civil War in Syria


The likelihood is that Thursday’s cruise missile attack was a one-off action rather than the beginning of a full-scale campaign.

Posted on Apr 7, 2017 READ MORE

Demobilizing America: A Nation Made by War and a Citizenry Unmade by It


For more than 15 years, the U.S. has been fighting essentially failed or failing wars—efforts that seem only to spread the terrorism they’re supposed to eradicate.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

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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

National Insecurity


Voters drawn to Donald Trump because they believed he would rein in interventionism abroad and deal with festering problems at home are in for a disappointment.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 READ MORE

Mainstream Media Soft-Pedaled Mosul Airstrike Headlines, Critics Charge


“[L]eading news networks went out of their way to craft some of the most euphemistic headlines imaginable,” a Fairness & Accuracy In Reporting article says about the recent U.S.-led attacks that killed hundreds of Iraqis.

Posted on Mar 30, 2017 READ MORE

An American Century of Carnage: Measuring Violence in a Single-Superpower World


Are we in an era of a “new peace”? Think again.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

U.S.-Led Coalition Airstrikes in Iraq Among Deadliest in Region Since 2003

Amy Goodman and Juan González of Democracy Now! and reporter Chris Woods examine recent attacks across the Middle East and the lack of mainstream media coverage.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Campaign Against Islamic State Is Halted After U.S. Airstrikes in Mosul


President Trump may have loosened the rules of engagement for the U.S. Air Force, possibly producing more casualties in Iraq.

Posted on Mar 27, 2017 READ MORE

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. 

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

Why Does the Democratic Party Insist on Marginalizing Bernie Sanders?


Despite polls that show he is the most popular politician in the U.S., Sanders’ party continues to thwart him; and to understand Trump’s rise, a good place to look is Iraq. These discoveries and more after the jump.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

President Blowback: How the Invasion of Iraq Came Home


If you want to know where Donald Trump came from, don’t look to reality TV or Twitter. Look someplace far more improbable: Iraq.

Posted on Mar 16, 2017 READ MORE

The Surge Delusion


Just as the military and the public misunderstood Vietnam, many contemporary officers and politicians rely on a mythical rendering of a successful surge in the Iraq War.

Posted on Mar 15, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or ‘Victory at Sea’ All Over Again)


The president’s talk of rebuilding the U.S. military has been influenced deeply by the “Victory at Sea” documentary series and the war movies of Trump’s youth.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

What Is Trump’s Mission in Syria?


The president deployed 400 additional troops there this week, in a move that is more political than military.

Posted on Mar 10, 2017 READ MORE

Misuse of American Military Power Leaves the Middle East in Chaos


Policymakers seriously overestimated the efficacy of American power to shape foreign peoples and cultures.

Posted on Feb 22, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

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?

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Feb 13, 2017 ENLARGE

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.

Posted on Feb 3, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Feb 1, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

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