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Ajamu Baraka: A Renewed Peace Movement Is the Antidote to Misguided Black Politicians


The human rights activist and 2016 Green Party vice presidential candidate is leading the Black Alliance for Peace, a project against “war, repression and imperialism.”

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE
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The Cost of Russiagate (Audio)

Blaming Russia for interference in the U.S. election has prevented the Democratic Party from examining what it did wrong. Consortium News Editor Robert Parry explains how this happened.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Why I Will March for Science on Saturday


As the White House and Congress take their budget knives to science funding, most of the leading U.S. scientific institutions are urging their members to hit the streets.

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Blaming Russia Helps Democratic Party’s Anti-Bernie Elites Maintain Power


Rather than pursuing an independent investigation into the 2016 election, the Democratic establishment has used hyperbole to block Bernie Sanders and progressives from pulling away from Wall Street.

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What Happened to Russiagate?


For five months, there was a daily drumbeat on Russiagate, the theory that Russia put Donald Trump in the White House. Now, the “scandal” has disappeared.

Posted on Apr 18, 2017 READ MORE

The Price of Resistance


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

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Neocons Have a Long List of Endless-War Ideas for Donald Trump


The Democrats’ “Russia-made-Hillary-lose” hysteria has pushed a weakened president toward hawks who support massive U.S. military intervention worldwide. (Pictured, at center, neocon Robert Kagan.)

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Dennis Kucinich Questions White House’s Gas-Attack Narrative (Audio and Video)

The former U.S. House member tells Jeremy Scahill of The Intercept that, militarily and politically, it makes no sense “to engage in a chemical weapons attack.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Is This the ‘Worst Moment in American-Russian Relations’ Since the Cuban Missile Crisis?

Stephen Cohen (pictured, left), professor emeritus of Russian studies and politics and contributing editor at The Nation, analyzes the relationship between the U.S. and Russia.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Donald Trump Surrenders to the War Party


The president, who will pursue the imperial military offensive that Barack Obama initiated, hopes the “deep state” will have mercy on his presidency.

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A Critique of ‘False and Misleading’ White House Claims About Syria’s Use of Lethal Gas


The Trump administration’s official narrative—produced by the National Security Council under the oversight of national security adviser H.R. McMaster—was produced without input from the professional intelligence community, a weapons expert from MIT writes.

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Is WikiLeaks an Ethical News Source or a ‘Hostile Intelligence Service’?

By Eric Ortiz

CIA Director Mike Pompeo blasted WikiLeaks on Thursday after Julian Assange defended his organization in a Washington Post op-ed earlier in the week.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The U.S. May Be Pushing Australia Into War With China


No one wants to bomb or occupy the U.S. ally. But that could change if America’s military-industrial establishment continues to assert its global dominance with force.

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Donald Trump’s Syria Attack Tramples Many Laws


President Trump’s assault on Syria was illegal under both U.S. and international law, and the American mainstream media’s celebration of his rush to judgment sent him a frightening message: Bombing makes you popular.

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Dereliction of Duty, Redux


All the evidence in Syria leads to an inescapable conclusion: The American military strike was a violation of international law.

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Chechnya Authorities Reportedly Detained and Tortured 100 Gay Men


The State Department and rights groups have called for an investigation into the alleged state-sponsored roundup. The Russian republic’s leader, Ramzan Kadyrov (pictured, right, with Vladimir Putin), denies the reports.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

Intelligence Experts to Trump: Rethink Syria Escalation


Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officials urge the president to reconsider his claims blaming the Syrian government for chemical deaths last week and de-escalate tensions with Russia.

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Julian Assange Accuses Democrats of McCarthyism, Maintains Russia Was Not WikiLeaks’ Source (Video)

The founder of WikiLeaks discusses his organization’s role in the 2016 election, America’s current political climate and more in a Democracy Now! interview.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Trump’s Decision to Attack Syria Increases the Risk of World War III


Russia-baiting has given the president huge incentives to prove he is not Vladimir Putin’s flunky and boosted the odds of a showdown between the world’s two nuclear superpowers.

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Donald Trump’s ‘Wag the Dog’ Moment in Syria


The president earned neocon applause for his hasty decision to strike a Syrian airfield after a poison-gas incident, but his rash act has all the earmarks of an attention-diversion ploy.

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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

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

On the Poet Yevgeny Yevtushenko


The “poetician, not politician” always seemed conscious of the Russian adage that a great writer is more than a writer—he is a second government. (Yevtushenko is pictured here with Katrina vanden Heuvel.) 

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MLK and Barack Obama: Diametrically Opposed Legacies


Have black people, historically the most left-leaning constituency in the United States, shed their anti-imperialist views and embraced war?

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Dennis Kucinich: James Comey, Not Russia, Tilted the Election Toward Donald Trump


The former congressman says the FBI director (pictured) should have resigned over his disclosure about Hillary Clinton’s emails last October.

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Noam Chomsky Assesses Trump’s First 75 Days: ‘One Crazy Thing After Another’ (Video)

The acclaimed author and political commentator talks about Russia, nuclear disarmament, Trump’s Cabinet and ways the administration is turning America “into a laughingstock.”

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

The Sovietization of the American Political-Media Establishment? (Audio)


The hunt for Donald Trump’s “Kremlin connections” indulges in practices reminiscent of the Soviet Kremlin and its media.

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The Russians Aren’t Coming—the Deep State Is (Audio)

By Robert Scheer

On KPFA’s “Sunday Show” this week, Truthdig Editor in Chief Robert Scheer explains why he isn’t buying the foreign interference talk surrounding Donald Trump and the 2016 presidential election.

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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.)

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Has Trump Deferred to Russia in Syria?


Some see U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson as suggesting that Syrians are stuck with Assad and the Trump administration doesn’t object.

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Donald Trump’s Technique for Dealing With Bad News Is to Create Confusion and Partisanship


The president has his own kind of fog machine that he cranks up whenever he wants to divert attention from an inconvenient issue—Russia entanglements, for example.

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The Deep State, Explained


America’s Deep State is harder to find than those abroad but could get stronger under Trump.

Posted on Apr 1, 2017 READ MORE

Veteran Washington Attorney Calls the Trump-Russia Allegations a ‘Hall of Mirrors’

By Emma Niles

International finance lawyer Jack Blum analyzes why President Trump has “doubled down on denials” of Russian influence.

Posted on Mar 31, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Devin Nunes’ Intelligence Information Reportedly Came From Two White House Staffers


The New York Times names Ezra Cohen-Watnick and Michael Ellis as the sources of the classified materials divulged by the House Intelligence Committee chairman earlier this month.

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The Surveillance State Behind Russiagate


In the frenzy over the Trump team’s talks with Russians, a darker story may be getting missed: how “deep state” surveillance powers control American leaders.

Posted on Mar 29, 2017 READ MORE

Despite Growing Opposition, Devin Nunes Says He’ll Continue to Lead House Russia Inquiry


New reports raise questions about the relationship between the House Intelligence Committee chairman and the White House.

Posted on Mar 28, 2017 READ MORE

Matt Taibbi Sees Possible Validation of Trump’s Accusations About Media as Outcome of Russia Hearing

The Rolling Stone journalist disagrees with colleague David Corn of Mother Jones in an interview on KCRW about Monday’s congressional hearing on Russian interference in the U.S. election.

Posted on Mar 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Director James Comey Confirms FBI Is Investigating Possible Links Between Trump Campaign and Russia


The FBI leader’s testimony contradicts statements by the president, but any collusion between Trump allies and Russian government officials remains unproved.

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Trump’s Wiretapping Charge Could Contain Some Explosive Truth


The mere existence of a transcript of a phone conversation involving Michael Flynn, the former national security adviser (pictured), carries the potential for a Watergate-size scandal that would land on the Democrats. 

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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.

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Hacking the Election: We Should Call Trump’s Bluff for a Watergate-Style Inquiry


If the president wants a full-blown investigation to address his wiretapping claims against his predecessor, let’s have it—and get the answers to three crucial questions in the process.

Posted on Mar 12, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Mar 9, 2017 READ MORE

Al Franken Slams Jeff Sessions’ ‘Insulting’ Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee

By Alexandra Rosenmann / AlterNet

“I think he owes it to this committee to come back and to explain himself,” the Minnesota senator (pictured) said of the attorney general.

Posted on Mar 7, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

Glenn Greenwald: Democrats Demonize Trump for Pursuing Russia Policy Obama Championed


“The refusal to arm Ukraine with lethal weapons was one of Barack Obama’s most steadfastly held policies,” The Intercept journalist writes.

Posted on Mar 6, 2017 READ MORE

Donald Trump’s Greatest Allies Are the Liberal Elites


The moral bankruptcy of the liberal class, which despite the staggering election defeat is unable or unwilling to engage in genuine self-reflection, ensures the steady march toward an American fascism.

Posted on Mar 5, 2017 READ MORE

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

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