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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
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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

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

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Truthdigger of the Week: Charlie Liteky, Decorated U.S. Army Chaplain Turned Peace Activist


The former Roman Catholic priest, who died Jan. 20, was the only American to renounce the Medal of Honor.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 28, 2017 READ MORE

Torture Produces Fake News—and That’s How We Got Into Iraq


The psychopaths in the White House will be perfectly happy to run with fake news gained from torture and use it to bamboozle the public for their own nefarious purposes.

Posted on Jan 27, 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.

Posted on Jan 26, 2017 READ MORE

The Affordable Care Act, Election Integrity and the Human Cost of a Reckless War

In this week’s episode of “Informed Rant,” host Joshua Scheer interviews three guests on an array of contemporary political issues.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

Posted on Jan 12, 2017 READ MORE

How George W. Bush Dissed the U.S. Intelligence Community


Although the former commander in chief and his vice president had a rule that they did not trash talk people in public, they displayed the utmost disrespect for intelligence professionals who would not tell them (and the public) what they wanted to hear.

Posted on Jan 5, 2017 READ MORE

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

Trump Loves Winning, but American Generals Have Forgotten How


Our generals have demonstrated an impressive aptitude for moving pieces around on a dauntingly complex military chessboard. But having been “at war” for virtually the entire 21st century, the United States military is still looking for its first win.

Posted on Nov 30, 2016 READ MORE

U.S. Army Veteran: ‘I Killed Four People in One Hour in Iraq’

Isaac Lebonte, known as “Bone” to his fellow soldiers in Iraq, is filmed talking about killing people in his first firefight, the deaths of close friends and his difficulty adjusting to life outside war.

Posted on Nov 3, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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

‘The Source’ Delves Deeply Into the Tale of Chelsea Manning


Now playing in Los Angeles, the oratorio by Ted Hearne patches the whistleblower’s story together using songs, video, Twitter feeds, cable news reports, testimony and transcripts.

Posted on Oct 20, 2016 READ MORE

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

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.

Posted on Oct 7, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Media Coverage Has Created a New Crisis of Credibility


Almost 50 years after former Vice President Spiro Agnew launched a conservative campaign against the press, our journalistic institutions are being challenged for being too hard on Hillary Clinton and too timid toward the right in the 2016 election.

Posted on Sep 19, 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

15 Years After 9/11, Can We Recover Our Republic?


The Founding Fathers thought keeping a standing army was a danger to democracy. The great wars of the 20th century appear to have left the United States with a permanent standing army—a state of affairs only reinforced by the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001.

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Commander-in-Chief Forum Panned as Colossal Failure of Journalism


NBC hosted a presidential spectacle aboard a retired aircraft carrier on Wednesday night. It did not go well.

Posted on Sep 8, 2016 READ MORE

How Veterans Are Losing the War at Home


A Vietnam vet told me about a veteran of the Iraq War who, when some civilian said, “Thank you for your service,” replied: “I didn’t serve, I was used.” It got me thinking about the many ways today’s veterans are used, conned and exploited.

Posted on Aug 25, 2016 READ MORE

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Seven Reasons the U.S. Could Not Have Forestalled the Syrian Civil War


Americans are practical people, and they incorrectly believe that all problems have relatively simple solutions. 

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Maureen Dowd: ‘The Republicans Have Their Candidate’ in Hillary Clinton


Just when it seemed as if nothing could possibly come as a surprise, the New York Times mainstay comes out with a column about Hillary Clinton that veers sharply off the establishment script, and, even more startling, lands smack on the dot.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

Obama Did Not Found Islamic State, Mr. Trump—the GOP Did (Video)


In his daily free-association exercise, the Republican presidential nominee accused the president of creating the terrorist organization by withdrawing troops from Iraq in 2011. But the timetable for withdrawal was set by the Bush administration.

Posted on Aug 14, 2016 READ MORE

Jeremy Corbyn Wins Another Battle as the War Against His Labour Party Leadership Continues (Video)


It’s dizzying to try to keep up with the drama of British politics in the post-Brexit era as resignations and elections seem to never-endingly roll in. Through it all, however, one man has continued to weather the storm of betrayals and right-wing plots.

Posted on Jul 13, 2016 READ MORE

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Posted on Jul 11, 2016 ENLARGE

The Real Problem With the Iraq War: It Was Illegal


I won’t disguise my impatience with the release of the Chilcot Report on Britain’s involvement in the 2003-2016 Iraq War.

Posted on Jul 10, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdiggers of the Week: Sir John Chilcot and His Team for Their Report on the Iraq War


While the United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the war confirmed information that many who opposed it already knew or suspected, its critical importance should not be underestimated.

Posted on Jul 9, 2016 READ MORE

Live at Truthdig: Does the U.S. Need Its Own Chilcot Report?

Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer sat down with his team for a live discussion on the ramifications of Britain’s Chilcot report.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Chilcot Report on Iraq War Is ‘Damning Verdict’ for Former U.K. Prime Minister Tony Blair (Video)


The United Kingdom’s official inquiry into the Iraq War has revealed that former Prime Minister Tony Blair “deliberately exaggerated [the] threat from Iraq” and did not exhaust all possibilities before resorting to military action. After the report was released on Wednesday, current Labour Party leader Jeremy Corbyn issued an apology on behalf of his party for its role in the war. (Updated)

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Leaker, Speaker, Soldier, Spy: The Charmed Life of David Petraeus


It seems a robust Rolodex with the right global roster, a marquee name and a cultivated geopolitical brand covers a multitude of sins. And that’s precisely the type of firepower that Petraeus brings to the table.

Posted on Jul 6, 2016 READ MORE

Neoconservatives Endorse Hillary Clinton for President Because They Know She’s One of Them


Iraq warmonger Robert Kagan and his ilk aren’t supporting Clinton merely because they want rid of Donald Trump, writes Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Jun 29, 2016 READ MORE

Fallujah Falls: The Slow Death of Islamic State and the Future of Iraq


As Shakir Jawdat, Chief of the Iraqi Federal Police, announced the complete liberation of the last, northern neighborhoods of Fallujah from Islamic State, Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi came to the city on Sunday to plant the Iraqi flag right downtown.

Posted on Jun 27, 2016 READ MORE

Dominating the Skies—and Losing the Wars


U.S. pilots have total mastery of the fabled “high ground” of war. And yet throughout the Greater Middle East, America’s conflicts rage on with no endgame in sight.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Despite Terrorism Fears, 59 Percent of Americans Welcome Syrian and Iraqi Refugees (Videos)


Despite the raft of Republican mayors who have pledged to keep Syrian refugees out of their states (that isn’t actually a thing) and the sewage that has spilled from the mouth of Donald Trump, a majority of Americans supports helping Syrian and Iraqi immigrants and letting them into the U.S.

Posted on Jun 22, 2016 READ MORE

Batman in a Hospital Bed


With Memorial Day in the rearview mirror, many Americans have already stopped thinking about our wars and the casualties from them for another year. As for me, it’s been Memorial Day ever since I first met Tomas Young.

Posted on Jun 11, 2016 READ MORE

Jill Stein Believes the Green Party Is Better for Women Than a Hillary Clinton Presidency


The Greens’ presumptive presidential nominee finds that in many respects, Clinton’s platform is terrible for women.

Posted on Jun 1, 2016 READ MORE

A Revolutionary Art Form That Leads to Social Change (Multimedia)

By Eric Ortiz

Every one of the 85,000 political posters at the Center for the Study of Political Graphics tells a story you won’t find in standard history books.

Posted on May 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

Al-Qaida Everywhere: U.S. Support for Oppressive Governments Made Bin Laden’s Killing Moot (Video)


I think we may conclude that the decapitation strategy of dealing with al-Qaida does not work and has never worked.

Posted on May 8, 2016 READ MORE

May Is the Month for Protest—Daniel Berrigan Would Agree


The Jesuit writer and activist’s death is a reminder of the necessity—and power—of protest in America.

Posted on May 7, 2016 READ MORE

The End of American Iraq: Poor Shiites Invade Parliament Over the Corrupt ‘Spoils System’


Baghdad was in a state of emergency on Sunday a day after members of the Sadr Trend stormed the Green Zone and invaded the Parliament building, briefly imprisoning parliamentarians in the chamber (and some in a basement) before letting them go.

Posted on May 3, 2016 READ MORE

Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

How Bush-Cheneyism Made Mideast in Its Image: Wars, the War on Terror, With Us or Against Us


Thirteen years after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE

Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent


The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE

Hillary the Hawk: NYT Calls Clinton’s Libyan Intervention, and Her Leadership, Into Question


The New York Times formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but that stance might seem surprising after a close read of the paper’s in-depth investigation of her assured, yet ultimately failed, strategy for compulsory regime change in Libya five years ago.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE

Donald Trump Must Honor the Immigrant and Undocumented Veterans of America’s Foreign Wars


Donald Trump, the ultimate “chicken hawk,” pretends to be a big booster of veterans, but he’s been deeply offensive toward a significant group of vets.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE

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