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Trump Accuses Syria of Planning Gas Attack as U.N. Ambassador Points Finger at Russia and Iran


There seems to be a faction of hawks around the president who want to maintain a condition of undeclared war with Russia and Iran.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE
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Oil ‘Is Going to Be a Worthless Commodity,’ and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Knows It


Crude oil prices are cratering, down 20 percent this year, in the biggest six-month free fall in years.

Posted on Jun 26, 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

Can the U.S. Establish a ‘Deconfliction’ With Russia in Syria?


Tensions are high after the Air Force shot down a Syrian warplane, leading Russia to announce it may shoot down any U.S. aircraft operating in western Syria.

Posted on Jun 20, 2017 READ MORE

10 Percent of U.S. Electricity Came From Wind and Solar in March—a First


Solar jobs are growing 17 times faster than jobs in the general economy. Despite President Trump’s reneging on the Paris climate pact, renewable energy is forging ahead.

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE

Why Saudi Extremism Is an Argument for Electric Cars, Wind and Solar Energy


Saudi Arabia has gotten too big for its britches, and the oil-producing Middle East is turning even more unstable. And if you are an American, it is your fault.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

Top 6 Signs Donald Trump Really Doesn’t Like Being Investigated


High-powered investigators appointed to look into the president’s affairs all seem to end up in the unemployment line.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE

London Mayor Urges Britain to Disinvite Trump


The president’s shameful and out-of-context attacks on London Mayor Sadiq Khan (pictured) have reminded us of how boorish Donald Trump can be. Britain agrees.

Posted on Jun 6, 2017 READ MORE

How Trump Should Have Responded to the London Attacks


Here is an imaginary letter from our president to U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May and London Mayor Sadiq Khan.

Posted on Jun 5, 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

Coal Is in a Death Spiral as India Cancels New Plants and Solar Prices Plummet


China and India also have knocked the United States off the top spot of the index of best places to invest in renewable energy.

Posted on May 30, 2017 READ MORE

Angela Merkel Tells European Leaders They Must Depend on Themselves


The German chancellor certainly knew what she was doing when she made her otherwise cautious statement.

Posted on May 29, 2017 READ MORE

Five Questions About Jared Kushner’s Alleged ‘Back Channel’ Request to Moscow


The report that President Trump’s son-in-law sought a private, encrypted line of communication to the Kremlin is hard to fathom except as a sign of something fishy.

Posted on May 27, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is a Bull in the China Shop of Global Diplomacy


The president’s first trip abroad reaffirms his poor grasp of U.S. international relations.

Posted on May 26, 2017 READ MORE

Pope Francis Tells Trump That Climate Change Is Real and Solidarity Is Key


The pontiff gave the president a going-away present at their meeting Wednesday—a copy of his encyclical on the challenge of climate change.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Terror and Geopolitics: Manchester in 2017 and in 1996


Although decades apart, both terrorist attacks were reactions against a history of colonialism.

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Speech on Islam Is Just as Bizarre as Everything Else He Does


The president’s speech in Saudi Arabia was written by senior adviser Stephen Miller, who once organized Orwellian “Two Minutes Hate” sessions against Muslims.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

Trump to Make Speech on Islam During Saudi Arabia Visit


The president’s address is said to have been written by adviser Stephen Miller, a notoriously far-right critic of Muslims. What could possibly go wrong?

Posted on May 20, 2017 READ MORE

GOP Proves It’s Not ‘the Security Party’


A Republican president is scaring our allies away from tight cooperation against terrorism. (Pictured, Trump with a Russian diplomat.)

Posted on May 19, 2017 READ MORE

The U.S. and Turkey Are Deeply Divided Over Syria Policy


Two really big egos met at the White House this week, as Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan consulted with Donald Trump. They have different priorities on Syria.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Doesn’t Understand the Concept of ‘Classified’


By bragging to Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (pictured, right) and others, the president may have endangered a spy who courageously penetrated Islamic State.

Posted on May 16, 2017 READ MORE

James Clapper May Be Right About Trump, but He’s the Wrong Messenger


The former director of National Intelligence has issues of his own and should not be the poster boy for objections to the president’s assault on U.S. institutions.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

Which Middle East Authoritarian Leader Is Trump Most Like?


Trump’s firing of James Comey raises the question of whether he and his fellow neofascists intend to lead the U.S. down the path being taken by Egypt’s and Turkey’s presidents (pictured).

Posted on May 10, 2017 READ MORE

Trumpcare Is the Best Advertisement for Nationalizing Insurance


The sadism and greed of the GOP were on display last week as its House members voted to destroy Obamacare and remove coverage for pre-existing conditions. (Pictured, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who commented on the vote.)

Posted on May 8, 2017 READ MORE

Did Islamic State Hijack the French Election?


The hackers who leaked Emmanuel Macron’s emails are late to the party. The biggest de facto backer of his opponent, Marine Le Pen (pictured), is the terrorist organization.

Posted on May 7, 2017 READ MORE

Trump’s Real Sin Is Not Distinguishing Between ‘Good’ and ‘Bad’ Dictators


In Washington, D.C., you’re supposed to diss the “bad” ones and praise the “good” ones as strong allies. But the president just seems to like them all.

Posted on May 3, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Sends Troops to the Turkish-Syrian Border


The president is in the position of trying to separate—and make peace between—a major military power and a band of leftist Kurds.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

On Climate March Day, Remember Global Advances in Solar Energy


The largest solar plant in the world is not in the U.S., which once was at the vanguard of new science and technology. It is in Morocco, a coming green-energy giant.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

The Drastic Effects of Donald Trump’s Reversal of Obama-Era Climate Regulations


Under Trump’s policies, U.S. emissions will mount—and so will the damage to future generations.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

The Last Time There Was This Much Carbon Dioxide in the Air, Giant Armadillos Roamed on Earth


The Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii reports that, for the first time in human history, the level of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere has exceeded 410 parts per million.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

For the First Time, a U.S. President Backs a Fascist France


We are now presented with the spectacle of Donald Trump praising Marine Le Pen, the neofascist National Front candidate.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

Will Trump Give America’s Science Lead to China?


If the president gets his way on the science budget, my advice to Americans is to start studying Chinese.

Posted on Apr 23, 2017 READ MORE

Here Are Some of the Ways Bill O’Reilly Gave Us Trump and Cheapened America


O’Reilly has been ousted, but the despicable strategy of orienting Fox “news” toward the nativist far right in the United States will continue.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 READ MORE

Turkey’s Democracy Is in Trouble as Leader Erdogan Gains More Power With Constitutional Change


Sunday’s referendum results will move the country to a system that potentially gives Erdogan enough political longevity to eventually achieve his desired “dictatorship Lite.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

California Leads the Way in Solar Power


The Golden State now generates so much solar power that sometimes the price of electricity turns negative.

Posted on Apr 15, 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

Ahmadinejad’s Surprise Comeback: Can We Survive Iran’s Former President and Trump at the Same Time?


If Ahmadinejad is elected next month, the stream of nonsense coming at us from both Tehran and Washington would be too much to bear.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

Why Russia Won’t Leave Syria


Russia has all but won the war in Syria, and it’s not going to yield the sphere of influence it has made in the region to Donald Trump or anyone else.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

Islamic State Strikes Egyptian Christians on Palm Sunday


The terrorist group claims responsibility for two suicide bombings at churches that left more than 40 dead and 100 wounded.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

Iraqi Shiite Cleric Says Russia, America and Assad Should All Get Out of Syria


Muqtada al-Sadr also calls on Donald Trump to stop taking frivolous positions that damage the world community.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE

Russia Calls U.S. Attack on Syria Illegal


President Vladimir Putin accuses the Trump administration of “aggression against a sovereign state in violation of international law.”

Posted on Apr 8, 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

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.

Posted on Apr 6, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 5, 2017 READ MORE

Are Progressives Suffering From ‘Trump Fatigue’?


Many achievements of the past 40 years are on the president’s chopping block, but we must not allow ourselves to become too exhausted to take action.

Posted on Apr 1, 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

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

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

The GOP Crusade Against Health Care Is Class Warfare


The failed Republican bill would have handed the wealthiest Americans a massive tax cut, paid for by tossing 24 million people off health care insurance.

Posted on Mar 26, 2017 READ MORE

Islamic State Is Encouraging Loner Attacks to Mask Its Decline


The terrorist organization is playing a long game in trying to herd Europe’s tens of millions of Muslims into radicalism.

Posted on Mar 25, 2017 READ MORE

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