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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.

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The Worst Climate News in the Age of Trump


The United Nations’ World Meteorological Organization issued its annual climate report Tuesday, making a full and final assessment of 2016.

Posted on Mar 23, 2017 READ MORE

It Is FBI Director James Comey Who Should Be Investigated


It can be argued that Comey broke the law by openly intervening in the presidential election campaign in its final days.

Posted on Mar 21, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Picks Fights With Germany, U.K., NATO and EU


At this rate, we won’t have any allies soon.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 READ MORE

Accusation of Israeli Apartheid Stirs Up a Storm of Passions in the U.N.


A report saying the occupied West Bank is virtually a textbook case in apartheid governance has provoked a shouting match, along with an undersecretary’s resignation.

Posted on Mar 19, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump Meets the Heir Apparent of the Saudi Throne: Oil Boycott or Bromance?


Prince Muhammad bin Salman is likely to come away empty handed in the most important dispute—the one over Syria.

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Dear Rep. Steve King: Our Civilization Isn’t White and American Babies Aren’t ‘Other’


Rep. Steve King of Iowa goes full-on racist again, supporting hate-speech master Geert Wilders in the Dutchman’s quest to reverse globalization and ban Muslim immigration.

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

How to Respond to EPA Chief Scott Pruitt’s Destructive Views on Climate Change


If Pruitt angers you, swing into action. Find out whether there is a coal plant near you and work to close it.

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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.

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Is the Public Turning on Trump Over Russia Ties and Jeff Sessions’ Statements?


The question of contacts between Russia and Trump and his cronies during the campaign is not going away, with a majority of Americans calling it a serious issue.

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Russian Press Reacts to Allegations Against Trump Administration


Media outlets encourage President Trump to stand behind his attorney general and others accused of having Russia connections.

Posted on Mar 4, 2017 READ MORE

Yes, Obama Is Causing Some of Trump’s Woes, but Not in the Way the President Imagines


On “Fox and Friends,” Donald Trump alleges that his predecessor is behind the leaks and angry crowds bedeviling the White House.

Posted on Feb 28, 2017 READ MORE

Would Trump Let Oscar Winner Mahershala Ali Back Into the Country? (Video)


The “Moonlight” actor is the first Muslim to win an Oscar since the Academy Awards began in 1929. This comes just as Muslims are being “othered” by the president’s cronies.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 READ MORE

Spurned Reporters Should Dump Trump Briefings and Turn to Investigative Journalism


The president’s petty attacks on the media are deeply worrisome to Americans sensitive to the danger of a spiral into authoritarian rule.

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Historian Juan Cole Warns Against Strongmen at Home and Abroad

In an interview by Truthdig’s Robert Scheer, the Middle East scholar also says that Islamic terrorism is overreported in the U.S. and criticizes the linking of violence and religion.

Posted on Feb 24, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Buyers’ Remorse: Americans Think Donald Trump Is Bad at Almost Everything


A national poll shows most Americans do not believe the president is honest or level-headed or shares their values.

Posted on Feb 23, 2017 READ MORE

By Hunting Down the Law-Abiding Undocumented, Trump Harms Us All (Video)


Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly’s ramping up of deportation measures contains many hidden dangers.

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Benjamin Netanyahu Rejected an Offer by John Kerry and Arab Leaders for Peace Talks


Let’s acknowledge that Israel’s Likud Party and its allies on the right do not want peace with the Arabs.

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Trump Lied About Immigrant Crime and Terror Attack on Sweden That Never Happened


It is clear that the president and his advisers despise Sweden and Germany for sheltering more than their fair share of refugees since the crisis began.

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Eight Signs That Someone Is a White Terrorist


Robert Doggart (pictured) has been found guilty on four counts of plotting to commit arson and violate civil rights. But he was not charged with terrorism.

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Trump Vilifies Media—Except Outlets That Follow His Narrative


Trump ranted and raved at the press Thursday, but not all the press—for instance, he didn’t attack Breitbart News.

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Donald Trump Plots to Keep Palestinians Stateless Forever


The Trump-Netanyahu show on Wednesday was par for the course in American and right-wing Israeli debate on the fate of the disputed lands.

Posted on Feb 16, 2017 READ MORE

All of Putin and Trump’s Men


Mike Flynn’s phone call to the Russian ambassador looks like the result of a joint effort by the “Moscow Gang of Trump” and its associates.

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Why Did Donald Trump Appoint Gen. Michael Flynn in the First Place?


It reflects poorly on the president’s judgment that he could not see that his hand-picked national security adviser, pictured, was a disaster.

Posted on Feb 14, 2017 READ MORE

After Mega-Lies by Trump Adviser Stephen Miller, It’s Time to Rev Up the Reality-Based Community


On Sunday’s edition of “Meet the Press,” the White House senior policy adviser (pictured) delivered himself of many big, bold, imaginative untruths.

Posted on Feb 13, 2017 READ MORE

Progressives Must Challenge Extreme Gerrymandering by the GOP


Redistricting schemes have given Republicans an artificial grip on power. Here’s how we can get our country back.

Posted on Feb 12, 2017 READ MORE

Could National Security Adviser Mike Flynn Face Criminal Charges Over Russia Ties?


Serious questions continue to swirl around Flynn’s relationship with the Russian government.

Posted on Feb 11, 2017 READ MORE

The Real Victors in the Judicial Ruling on Trump’s Immigration Ban: This Country’s Universities


It’s poetic justice that universities should stand in the way of the president’s plans to bar Muslims from entering the U.S.

Posted on Feb 10, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Mistaken About Media Coverage, but Here’s What’s Wrong With Terrorism Reporting


The president alleged Monday that the media is not covering terrorist attacks. He means terrorist attacks by Muslims in non-fundamentalist countries, of course.

Posted on Feb 7, 2017 READ MORE

‘This Land’: The Pro-Immigrant Radicalism of Lady Gaga and Woody Guthrie at the Super Bowl


By beginning with “God Bless America” and then switching to “This Land Is Your Land,” Lady Gaga offered a subtle but radical critique of the president’s policies.

Posted on Feb 6, 2017 READ MORE

Yes, Mr. Trump, You Bear Blame for Cultivating White Supremacists


I don’t have any way of knowing whether Mr. Putin has ordered anyone to be rubbed out. But we do know who murders in the United States.

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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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Trump Can’t Make America Great Again Without Immigrants (Video)


People like Donald Trump strategist Steve Bannon are doomed to disappointment if they think white birthrates can fuel the country’s economic growth.

Posted on Feb 1, 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

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.

Posted on Jan 25, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Jan 23, 2017 READ MORE

All the Harmful Things Donald Trump Can Do to Women


Women should be worried about how the new administration may curtail their rights.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

Translating Trump’s Inaugural Speech From the Original German (Video)


Much of the content in the speech seemed borrowed from the mass politics of the 1930s in central and southern Europe.

Posted on Jan 22, 2017 READ MORE

Obama Should Have Worked to Repeal the Espionage Act in Addition to Commuting Manning’s Sentence


The commutation, however praiseworthy, doesn’t make up for developing anti-democratic techniques that have now been passed on to the most anti-democratic government in recent decades.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

Is MLK’s Legacy to the 99 Percent Being Reversed in the Age of Trumpian Reaction?


We need the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. now more than ever.

Posted on Jan 16, 2017 READ MORE

Refuting Donald Trump’s Attack on Rep. John Lewis


It began when the civil rights icon announced that he will not attend Trump’s inaugural because he does not consider him a legitimate president.

Posted on Jan 15, 2017 READ MORE

Welcome to a New Form of Rule (Video)


We are now on the brink of a government undreamed of by Aristotle, who spoke of monarchy, aristocracy and democracy.

Posted on Jan 11, 2017 READ MORE

Why Meryl Streep’s Golden Globe Speech Is So Important in the Trump Era


In moments of national crisis, some stars feel a need to speak out.

Posted on Jan 9, 2017 READ MORE

With Focus on Russians, Will U.S. Pay Attention to Israeli Plot on U.K. Parliament?


The blockbuster story that an Israeli operative was plotting to whip up scandals to unseat British members of Parliament may sink like a stone.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and the GOP Are at Odds Over Alleged Russian Hack


Washington is engaged in a food fight full of ignorance and hypocrisy.

Posted on Jan 6, 2017 READ MORE

The Chinese Solar Juggernaut That Donald Trump Can’t Stop (Video)


The president-elect has pronounced solar power “too expensive” and has pledged to revive the use of coal. The former is a falsehood, the latter a genocide.

Posted on Jan 4, 2017 READ MORE

Preparing for the Normalization of Donald Trump’s White House (Video)


Despite all the hand-wringing from the left, Trump will be normalized by the same corporate media that virtually boycotted Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Jan 3, 2017 READ MORE

America’s Major Challenges in Middle East Policy in 2017


The incoming Trump administration is riven by a profound division between those determined to avoid deep entanglements in the Middle East—such as the president-elect himself—and many he is putting in key positions, who want to overthrow the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Posted on Jan 2, 2017 READ MORE

Eight Mideast Stories That Shaped Our World in 2016


If we set aside the glib talking points of U.S. politicians and many pundits, what were the big stories this year that actually did—or likely will—affect the American public deeply?

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Now Is the Time for Obama to Recognize a State of Palestine


Just as the president established diplomatic relations with Cuba, so he could do for the Palestinian Authority. It would be one step toward resolving the decades-old problem of Palestinian statelessness.

Posted on Dec 29, 2016 READ MORE

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