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Robert Mueller’s Probe Is Key to Exposing Trump’s Abuse of Power


Without the investigation—and how it is forcing the president to play defense—the Trump agenda might be closer to full realization.

Posted on Jul 24, 2017 READ MORE
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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

Democrats Announce House and Senate Agreement on Sanctions Against Russia


If the bill is passed, legislators may be on a collision course with the president. (Pictured, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer.)

Posted on Jul 22, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Is Reported to Be Discussing Possibility of Pardoning Himself, Relatives or Aides


Legal options are explored by the president as special counsel Robert Mueller turns to the Trump family’s personal finances, The Washington Post says.

Posted on Jul 21, 2017 READ MORE

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Svetlana Alexievich’s first book, a harrowing oral history of women in World War II, is now available for the first time in English, almost four decades after it was written.

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Forget Russia. The Damage to American Democracy Is ‘Homegrown and Self-Actualized.’


Media critic Norman Solomon says the Democratic Party’s Russia fixation—and blaming Vladimir Putin for everything that went wrong in 2016—ignores vital messaging on important issues.

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The New McCarthyism Is Destroying the Democratic Party


For more than a year, the U.S. ruling class, with Democratic Party and corporate media operatives in the vanguard, has frozen the national political discourse in a McCarthyite time warp.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

Why Russiagate Trumps Ecocide at CNN


Incessant coverage of Donald Trump and the Russia story is good for business at the Cable News Network—and keeps the New Cold War going.

Posted on Jul 15, 2017 READ MORE

Trump and Macron Consult on Syria Cease-Fire in Shadow of Trump Jr. Scandal


Escaping the Washington feeding frenzy, the president discusses cooperation on Syria and Iraq with his French counterpart in Paris.

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Remembering Hillary Clinton Team’s Russian ‘Steele Dossier’ on Donald Trump


The Russiagate furor over Donald Trump Jr. all but forgets that Clinton supporters paid an ex-British spy to dig up dirt on Trump Sr. inside Russia, then hawked the report to news media.

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Can the U.S.-Russia Cease-Fire Agreement in Syria Stick?


While alleged 2016 election interference grabs headlines, the bigger test may be whether the Donald Trump-Vladimir Putin accord made at the G-20 summit holds.

Posted on Jul 12, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Jul 11, 2017 ENLARGE

A Message for Rep. Barbara Lee: Please Stop the ‘Madness of Militarism’


We need the congresswoman from California to be a brave voice—as she was in the post-9/11 war frenzy—and encourage diplomatic discourse between the U.S. and Russian governments, not castigate it.

 

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Trump Says the U.S. Must Work With Russia and Move Past Election Issues


The president does not want questions of Russian interference to prevent him from working with Putin’s government on other matters, including the civil war in Syria, officials say.

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G-20 Summit Highlighted a Transition in Geopolitical Power That Has Been Developing for Years


The process has escalated in recent months, but its roots go much deeper than Donald Trump.

Posted on Jul 9, 2017 READ MORE

Syria Cease-Fire Begins; Trump Eyes Cooperation With Russia


The cease-fire, which covers three war-torn provinces in southern Syria, follows months of strategy and diplomacy between the Trump administration and Moscow.

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The Notion That White Workers Elected Trump Is a Myth That Suits the Ruling Class


Saying he was put into office by blue-collar voters serves the interests of top Democrats, Republicans, the dominant media and the big-business elite.

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122 Nations Sign Historic Nuclear Weapons Ban—but Not U.S. or Russia


The U.N. treaty was signed after weeks of negotiations that were not attended by any of the nine nuclear-armed states, which include America, Russia and North Korea.

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Donald Trump Meets With Vladimir Putin at G-20 Summit


The two held “very, very good talks,” Trump said. Meanwhile, news also broke that the U.S. and Russia had reached agreement on a cease-fire in southwest Syria.

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A Former CIA Analyst Explains Why Denuclearization Is Crucial to Stabilizing U.S.-Russia Relations

In a new episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” host and Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer talks with Melvin Goodman (pictured) about agency failures and the future of U.S.-Russia ties. [Transcript added.]

Posted on Jul 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Sabotaging Putin-Trump Diplomacy Serves U.S. War Interests and Democrats’ Electoral Strategy


Democratic leaders have positioned themselves to portray just about any concession from the U.S president in bilateral talks with the Russian president as a corrupt payoff.

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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

Russia-China Relationship Is Growing Closer, and That Could Hurt U.S. National Security


Global power is being shifted by Sino-Russian rapprochement, a development largely caused by American actions.

Posted on Jul 5, 2017 READ MORE

A Rising Tide of Alarmist Assumptions About Russia in Hacking Inquiries


Cyber-criminal efforts to hack into U.S. government databases are epidemic, and this ugly reality is being exploited to foist blame on the Kremlin and fuel hysteria.

Posted on Jul 4, 2017 READ MORE

G-20 Meeting of Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin: Give Detente a Chance


At a time of increasing tensions, what’s at stake in the dynamics between the nuclear superpowers’ presidents is no less than the fate of the planet.

Posted on Jul 3, 2017 READ MORE

Private Money Goes After Trump’s Public Infrastructure Projects


The current lobbying push has links to a former disaster involving Mike Pence. Plus, Scott Pruitt’s industry connections run deep, and Trump Org had big plans for Soviet states.

Posted on Jul 2, 2017 READ MORE

Russians Alarmed, Washington Befuddled by White House Threat to Syria


The American statement that Syrian President Bashar Assad (pictured) is preparing to use poison gas could have dire consequences.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

The New York Times Retracts a ‘Russiagate’ Canard


The Times belatedly rejects the much-repeated claim that all 17 U.S. intelligence agencies agreed that Russia hacked into and distributed Democratic Party emails.

Posted on Jun 29, 2017 READ MORE

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Time to Rekindle the ‘Spirit of Glassboro’


Fifty years after the Glassboro Summit between President Johnson (pictured right) and Soviet Premier Alexei Kosygin, we should question the wisdom of leaders averse to any U.S.-Russia detente.

Posted on Jun 28, 2017 READ MORE

Robert Parry Wins 2017 Martha Gellhorn Prize for Journalism


The veteran investigative reporter and founder of Consortiumnews.com is honored for a career of truth-telling and dissidence.

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Hillary Clinton and the Fear of War With Russia


The candidate railed against Russian involvement in Syria, and for many this raised the threat that a Clinton presidency might lead to armed conflict with the second-largest nuclear power .

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White House Issues Warning to Syria, Surprising Many in the U.S. Government


Statement advises Assad he would “pay a heavy price” for using chemical weapons on Syrian civilians.

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New Cyberattack Wallops Europe; Spreads More Slowly in U.S.


Ukraine and Russia appear hardest hit by the ransomware, with Poland, Italy and Germany following in order of countries most affected.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Serbia Prime Minister-Designate to Head Pro-Russia Government


With her early Cabinet picks, Ana Brnabic sends a strong message about her alliances with other nations. She also has made headlines as Serbia’s first female and first openly gay leader.

Posted on Jun 27, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Takes Another Swipe at CNN Following Reporters’ Resignations


The president slams the network’s credibility after the resignations of three journalists involved in a retracted Russia-related story. (Trump adviser Anthony Scaramucci, a subject of the story, is pictured.)

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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

For the Left, Trump’s Obstruction Probe Is a Call to Action


Robert Mueller’s investigation is about more than ousting the president. It’s about respecting democratic institutions and protecting constitutional norms.

Posted on Jun 26, 2017 READ MORE

Syria’s ‘Hell on Earth,’ Up Close and Personal


Footage of real-life bloodshed justifies the infernal title of Sebastian Junger’s documentary film, co-directed by Nick Quested.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Russia Cancels Diplomatic Meeting With U.S. in Wake of Latest Sanctions


President Vladimir Putin’s spokesman says the U.S. move wasn’t constructive and warns of possible retaliation.

Posted on Jun 21, 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

U.S. Shoots Down Syrian Air Force Jet


The military claims the action was taken in “collective self defense” of its partner forces.

Posted on Jun 18, 2017 READ MORE

‘The Putin Interviews’: An Excerpt


Oliver Stone (right) conducted a series of meetings with Russian President Vladimir Putin for a documentary. Read an exclusive excerpt from the director’s new film and book here.

Posted on Jun 17, 2017 READ MORE

Why Don’t the U.S. Mainstream Media Report Vladimir Putin’s Take on the Ukraine Crisis?


In an interview with filmmaker Oliver Stone, Russia’s president explains his own perspective—which contrasts with what the American people have been allowed to hear.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Versus Comey: The Politics of Lawlessness, Lying and Fake News


Rather than see the president’s actions as another sign of a government unraveling, the mainstream press is largely focused on whether the adversaries are lying.

Posted on Jun 14, 2017 READ MORE

NBC’s Megyn Kelly Pushes Intelligence Groupthink in Vladimir Putin Interview


The journalist says all “17 intelligence agencies” of the U.S. government agreed on Russian guilt in alleged 2016 election hacking. Former intelligence officials claim that statement is incorrect, but it keeps getting repeated.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE

A Bernie Sanders-Led Party Would Still Be an Imperialist, Pro-War Party


Even if the Vermont senator ran with the People’s Party, he would remain, in the eyes of his critics, a warmonger by virtue of his positions.

Posted on Jun 13, 2017 READ MORE

As His Defenses to Obstruction Charges Fail, Donald Trump May Fall Back on Pleading the Fifth


It could be the president’s only option if he ends up entangled by his own incriminating statements, and by evidence from others.

Posted on Jun 12, 2017 READ MORE

The Tillerson-Trump Rumble Over Qatar Shows White House Divisions


The U.S. has two foreign policies: that of the former ExxonMobil CEO who is an old Middle East hand, and that of a Queens real estate mogul who became president.

Posted on Jun 10, 2017 READ MORE

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