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Pentagon Confirms Airstrike Killed More Than 100 Civilians in Mosul


This account is at odds with what the U.S.-led coalition’s top officer suggested during a Pentagon press briefing held 11 days after the strike.

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE
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Michael Flynn’s Turkey Connection Is Worth Pursuing


Flynn reportedly barred an attack on Islamic State after receiving more than $500,000 from a Turkish source. The implications could be key to special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe.

Posted on May 18, 2017 READ MORE

Obama and Trump Could Both Be Considered Guilty of War Crimes


A group of Obama White House lawyers—who defended the U.S. bombing of Libya, drone wars and the “proxy” war against Syria—is suing Trump for failing to legally justify his attack on a Syrian air base.

Posted on May 11, 2017 READ MORE

What Foreign Policy Will New French President Pursue in the Middle East?


Although Emmanuel Macron seems to shy from furthering foreign military engagement, his positions on Middle Eastern foreign policy seem similar to those in Washington, D.C.

Posted on May 9, 2017 READ MORE

What Is the ‘Trump Doctrine’ of Foreign Policy?


At first glance, international relations under the new president seem inconsistent and arbitrary. In fact, he’s operating on four major principles.

Posted on May 6, 2017 READ MORE

Hillary Clinton Does Not Belong in the Anti-Trump Resistance Movement


The Democratic presidential contender is back in public view, claiming she’s part of the “resistance”—but it’s just another selling point she and establishment Democrats are pushing.

Posted on May 4, 2017 READ MORE

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Donald Trump Is on Course to Be One of the Worst Presidents in U.S. History


Trump had a chance for a transformational presidency, but his decisions in his first 100 days in office have put him on an almost irreversible path to failure.

Posted on May 1, 2017 READ MORE

Former President Obama Has a New Job: Control the Official Narrative of American Exceptionalism


Barack Obama now must protect the ruling class, the empire and his role in maintaining the empire: his legacy.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

The Final Stage of the Machiavellian Elites’ Takeover of America


Neoconservatism was born during the Cold War with an overt mission to roll back Russian/Soviet influence everywhere. That mission continues today.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

Russian Explanation of the Mass Poisoning in Syria Could Be True


Evidence shows the deadly poison could have come from the bombing of an ammunition depot, not from a nerve gas attack.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

Where Is the Elizabeth Warren of Foreign Policy?


Since the election, Congressional Democrats’ silence on foreign policy questions has been deafening. It’s time for them to chart a new course.

Posted on Apr 26, 2017 READ MORE

The Honeymoon of the Generals


Trump has appointed generals to crucial posts in his administration, lifted restraints on how commanders in the field can act and let the military send more personnel into the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 25, 2017 READ MORE

American Imperialism Leads the World Into Dante’s Vision of Hell


This four-part series called “Universal Empire” examines the current stage of the neocon takeover of American policy that began after World War II.

Posted on Apr 24, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 23, 2017 ENLARGE    

With Error Fixed, Evidence Against ‘Sarin Attack’ Remains Convincing


New results show even more strongly that a U.S. report on the incident in Syria was wrong. They also suggest that Donald Trump lacked information that justified a missile strike.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE

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

How to Lose the Next War in the Middle East


The short answer: Fight it.

Posted on Apr 21, 2017 READ MORE

Rising Political Star Tulsi Gabbard Wins Some Local Love at Hawaii Town Hall (Video)

More than 600 people showed up at Waiakea High School in Hilo to hear the Democratic congresswoman speak about homelessness, decriminalizing marijuana, health care, Syria, North Korea and other topics.

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

North Korea’s Message for Trump: We Will Protect Ourselves With Nuclear Weapons (Video)

If the United States takes military action against North Korea, “it would mean from that very day an all-out war,” Vice Foreign Minister Han Song Ryol (pictured) says. 

Posted on Apr 20, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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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The Nerve Gas Attack Described in White House Report Did Not Occur, Expert Says of Syria Incident


Some kind of poisoning event may have produced mass casualties on April 4, but the White House Intelligence Report did not accurately describe that event, a weapons specialist from MIT writes.

Posted on Apr 19, 2017 READ MORE

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

Deceivers in Chief: How Donald Trump and Barack Obama Are Alike


They promised to challenge the corrupt establishment. But after being elected president, both committed political fraud.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

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.)

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 17, 2017 ENLARGE

Noam Chomsky: The Real Effect of the Recent U.S. Bombings in Syria and Afghanistan (Video)

The social critic and linguist comments, “In our culture and society, it’s considered very courageous to send a huge bomb somewhere”—but the consequences may not be those intended.

Posted on Apr 17, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

‘On Contact With Chris Hedges’: Putting the War in Syria in Full Context

It’s been more than a week since the Trump administration abruptly switched out of “America first” mode and into intervention mode in Syria, and the public should be asking important questions.

Posted on Apr 16, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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.

Posted on Apr 15, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

What Does an ‘America-First’ Foreign Policy Actually Mean?


Donald Trump’s talk of finally winning again is a recipe for prolonging wars guaranteed to create more chaos and failed states in the Middle East, and possibly beyond.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

The Washington Establishment Has a History of Making False Intelligence Claims in the Name of War


National security expert Theodore Postol debunked the White House report of a recent Syria chemical attack, as he did in 2013, but a comprehensive investigation into the latest propaganda is unlikely.

Posted on Apr 14, 2017 READ MORE

Bridges, Not Bombs, Would Make Donald Trump Truly Presidential


As our institutions bend and buckle and approach the breaking point, the chief executive bombs Syria and is hailed by an obeisant media.

Posted on Apr 14, 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

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Posted on Apr 13, 2017 ENLARGE    

Pentagon Admits Killing 18 U.S.-Backed Syrian Fighters in ‘Friendly Fire’ Incident


The incident occurred days after President Trump took unilateral military action and bombed a Syrian government air base.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 13, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 13, 2017 ENLARGE

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.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Dereliction of Duty, Redux


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

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

Washington’s Trend of Demonizing Foes Lands Sean Spicer in Hot Water


The White House spokesman’s belligerent malapropisms soared to new heights Tuesday with his comments about Hitler not gassing his own people.

Posted on Apr 12, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 11, 2017 ENLARGE    

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.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

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Posted on Apr 11, 2017 ENLARGE

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

A Checklist for Trump Voters


Here are some of the many things the president said during his campaign and hasn’t followed through on.

Posted on Apr 11, 2017 READ MORE

U.S. Made Syrians’ Airstrike Another ‘Tonkin Gulf,’ Expert on Foreign Policy Says (Video)

Retired Col. Lawrence Wilkerson, former chief of staff to Colin Powell, believes the Syrian government may not be responsible for last week’s chemical attack and that the U.S. response violated international law.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

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