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Donald Trump’s Conundrum With Israel


Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says his nation opposes the Trump-Putin cease-fire in Syria, and that Israeli position could push the U.S. toward wider wars.

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Death by Cop: Black and White Issues


Both Justine Damond and Charleena Lyles were killed by cops, but the two deaths are quite different in political and historical terms.

Posted on Jul 20, 2017 READ MORE

Torture Doesn’t Work. But Facts Never Have Bothered the President.


Donald Trump’s refusal to condemn our secret prisons, together with his appointments of people who played roles in the George W. Bush torture program, should set off alarm bells.

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Challenging the U.S. Empire by Spotlighting the Brutality of Drone Killing


Demonstrators are using protests—and risking legal consequences—to raise awareness of the expansion of drone bases across America.

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We Disrupted the Supreme Court to Protest Money in Politics


We’ll be sentenced Monday for an act of civil disobedience that was neither violent nor angry. Rather it was a plea to government to be responsive to the people.

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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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A Q&A With CIA Whistleblower John Kiriakou (Video)

The whistleblower, former intelligence analyst and Truthdig contributor responded to audience questions on issues such as 9/11, terrorism and allegations that the Trump campaign colluded with Russia. (Left, Truthdig’s Sarah Wesley.)

Posted on Jul 18, 2017 WATCH & LISTEN

North Korea Wants to Deter a U.S. Attack. That’s Why It Has Nukes.


Kim Jong Un’s decision to maintain nuclear weapons is rational in light of U.S. regime-change policies toward Iraq and Libya, neither of which were nuclear states.

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‘Berniecrats’ Support Jackson Movement but Continue to Ignore War and U.S. Empire


Bernie Sanders’ “Our Revolution” campaign appears to have pocketed the credibility of the Jackson, Miss., movement without giving Jackson or its principals a thing. (Pictured, Jackson Mayor Chokwe Antar Lumumba.)

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Congressman Says Administration Is ‘Anxious to Get Started’ With Mass Deportation of Immigrants


After a meeting with Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly, Rep. Luis Gutierrez warns two types of protected immigrants to “prepare for the worst.”

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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.

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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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Palestine Remains ‘the Greatest Moral Issue of Our Time’


The historic injustice in Palestine is at the heart of the Middle East dilemma. Until that injustice is resolved, there will be no peace in the region, or perhaps anywhere.

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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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Where Is the Outrage Over Anti-Immigrant Bills?


While Donald Trump had to pull back on some of his proposed policies, the “resistance” has been too compliant regarding two bills now before Congress.

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U.S.-China-North Korea Tensions Increase Threat of Global Nuclear War


A potentially catastrophic endgame is playing out between bellicose North Korea and the pugnacious U.S. regime.

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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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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.

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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

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

Medicare for All: A Prescription for What Ails Us


As the Senate’s disclosure of its version of Trumpcare dominates news channels, the underreported movement for single-payer health care grows.

Posted on Jun 22, 2017 READ MORE

Killer Drones and the Militarization of U.S. Foreign Policy


Continuing the use of drone warfare will exacerbate foreign distrust of American intentions, playing into the hands of our opponents.

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Immigrant Workers and Activists Challenge Ben & Jerry’s Over Working Conditions


A march for better pay and housing on farms that provide milk to the ice cream maker led to the arrest of two immigrants—and more protests.

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Oliver Stone Hopes ‘The Putin Interviews’ Can Ease U.S.-Russia Relations


In a series of historic conversations, the filmmaker humanizes the Russian president while examining the current state of tension in the new Cold War. (Above, the cover of Stone’s new book.)

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Colin Kaepernick Is Being Blackballed by Billionaire NFL Owners. Here’s Why.


Patriotism is a key tool for the owning class. To them, the quarterback’s refusal to stand for the national anthem—a nationalistic ritual—threatened to undermine the whole capitalist system.

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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.

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Donald Trump Thinks He’s Pulled the Plug on Islamic State and Al-Qaida. He’s Wrong.


Don’t believe that the Saudis are abandoning the two groups or attempting to force Qatar to do the same. Neither is the CIA, which rebrands its jihadists when their names become too notorious.

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Leaked NSA Report Is Short on Facts, Proves Little in ‘Russiagate’ Case


The document allegedly leaked by whistleblower Reality Winner reinforces assertions made by President Trump that the Russia story is fake news.

Posted on Jun 7, 2017 READ MORE

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The Arab American Left and Palestine: The Untold Story


Author Pamela Pennock pushes back against politically fueled stereotypes and makes a case for reframing Arab Americans’ present-day struggles.

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Could U.S. Exit From Paris Accord Be ‘Good News for the Rest of the World’?


With the United States out of the agreement, the administration now cannot undermine global climate talks as part of the Trump effort to promote fossil fuels.

Posted on Jun 2, 2017 READ MORE

Beware of the New McCarthyism


Many Democrats and progressives want Donald Trump removed from office for understandable reasons. But the “Russia thing” could end with dire consequences, says journalist Robert Parry.

Posted on Jun 1, 2017 READ MORE

Structures of Power and the Ethical Limits of Speech


Can free speech be isolated as an absolute value when any practice of freedom is affected by the social and political context of today’s unequal power relations?

Posted on May 25, 2017 READ MORE

Why the Streets of Saudi Arabia Were So Quiet During Trump’s Visit


Protest is illegal in the kingdom. It’s also against the law to “distort the reputation of the kingdom” or “break allegiance with the ruler.”

Posted on May 24, 2017 READ MORE

Two Views on Trump and the Israel Reality


Can Donald Trump bring peace to the Middle East? Author Yoav Litvin and Tom Dine, former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, examine the possibility.

Posted on May 22, 2017 READ MORE

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Will Russiagate Hysteria Lead to an American ‘Soft Coup’?


Many Trump-haters see the investigation as the likeliest means to impeachment—an end they think desirable even if it plays into the hands of neocons and other warmongers.

Posted on May 15, 2017 READ MORE

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‘The Designated Mourner’: A Play on Authoritarianism, Restaged for the Trump Era


Twenty years after its debut, playwright Wallace Shawn’s drama has taken on new meaning for American theatergoers. (Shawn is pictured at left.)

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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.

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East Timor Gives the World a Tutorial in Politics After 20th Century Genocide


The courage of the country’s people is a universal lesson of perseverance in the face of overwhelming adversity.

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Women Beware: Saudi Arabia to Help Shape Global Standards for Female Equality


Voting a country notorious for its poor treatment of women onto a United Nations commission to promote female empowerment is the height of hypocrisy.

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The Many-Sided, Overlapping Meanings of May Day


The working-class holiday has Marxist and anarchist industrial-era roots, but the significance of May 1 goes deeper than that.

Posted on Apr 29, 2017 READ MORE

Will Trump Repeat the Historic Chinese Exclusion Act Mistake?


The president’s executive orders hurl America back to 1882, when Congress passed a law barring immigration based on a specific race and national origin.

Posted on Apr 28, 2017 READ MORE

Israel Has Interfered More in U.S. Politics Than Russia, but Don’t Expect a Probe of Israelgate


As Official Washington fumes over Russiagate, Israel’s more significant political-influence-and-propaganda campaigns are ignored.

Posted on Apr 27, 2017 READ MORE

How the CIA Created a Fake Western Reality for ‘Unconventional Warfare’


In 1950, the CIA helped establish the Congress for Cultural Freedom—an anti-communist advocacy group—to neutralize political opposition to Anglo-American culture.

Posted on Apr 26, 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.

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