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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

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.

Posted on Apr 20, 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

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

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

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

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.

Posted on Apr 10, 2017 READ MORE

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.

Posted on Apr 9, 2017 READ MORE

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

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

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.

Posted on Apr 4, 2017 READ MORE

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.)

Posted on Apr 3, 2017 READ MORE

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. 

Posted on Mar 14, 2017 READ MORE

Trump Can Prove He’s Not a Putin Puppet by Blowing Up the World


Those who goad and bait the president make nuclear war more likely.

Posted on Feb 27, 2017 READ MORE

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Whether it’s Donald Trump urging people to buy L.L. Bean products (since a member of the Bean family gave Trump a generous campaign contribution) or Kellyanne Conway’s sales pitch for the Ivanka Trump brand, these people are in a selling mood.
Posted on Feb 16, 2017 ENLARGE

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.

Posted on Feb 15, 2017 READ MORE

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Snowden: ‘Finally: Irrefutable Evidence That I Never Cooperated With Russian Intel’


Whistleblower Edward Snowden says a report suggesting Vladimir Putin is considering sending him back to the U.S. as a “gift” to President Trump proves he is not a spy.

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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.

Posted on Feb 5, 2017 READ MORE

Putin Says Obama Is Trying to ‘Undermine the Legitimacy’ of a Trump Administration


During a news conference Tuesday, the Russian president expressed his frustration with U.S. sanctions and addressed allegations against Donald Trump. Full transcript included.

Posted on Jan 18, 2017 READ MORE

We Need the Truth About Donald Trump and Russia—Now


For the sake of democracy, an independent commission or special prosecutor must be appointed to investigate Russian influence.

Posted on Jan 17, 2017 READ MORE

Intelligence Report Leak Damages Trump, Just as FBI ‘Hit Job’ Hurt Hillary Clinton


The news media have been reduced to bystanders while the intelligence agencies run the show.

Posted on Jan 13, 2017 READ MORE

The Real Purpose of the U.S. Government’s Report on Alleged Hacking by Russia


The declassified document is intended primarily to be a weapon for use in internal politics. If the establishment can discredit Trump, it can get rid of him.

Posted on Jan 8, 2017 READ MORE

What We Expect to See in 2017


2016 is history. As we turn the page on this strange and difficult year, Truthdig editors and writers look ahead to what the new year might bring.

Posted on Dec 31, 2016 READ MORE

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Vladimir Putin Says He Won’t Retaliate Against U.S. Actions


Despite his foreign minister’s advice, the Russian president says he will not hit back at the United States for expelling his country’s diplomats and imposing new sanctions.

Posted on Dec 30, 2016 READ MORE

Fake News and the New McCarthyism


Charges of Russian interference in our election should be investigated but ought not to become an occasion to harass domestic critics of U.S. policy. 

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Blaming Russia Is Irresistible to the Democrats


The “Putin did it” narrative is not about keeping Donald Trump out of office (an impossibility). It’s about shaping the political and policy environment in coming months and years.

Posted on Dec 22, 2016 READ MORE

Leaked Documents Show Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson Ran a U.S.-Russian Oil Company


Donald Trump’s nominee for secretary of state was a director of a subsidiary based in the Bahamas, one of the world’s key tax havens.

Posted on Dec 18, 2016 READ MORE

President Obama: ‘Not Much Happens in Russia Without Vladimir Putin’


On the same day Obama asserted that Russians were “responsible for hacking the DNC” before the election, the FBI agreed with the CIA’s conclusion that Russian hackers interfered to help Donald Trump win.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Whistleblower John Kiriakou Critiques the CIA’s Behavior Following the 2016 Election

On this week’s “Informed Rant,” Joshua Scheer speaks with the CIA veteran about the U.S. intelligence establishment and its claims that hackers interfered with the election at the behest of the Russian government.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

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Demonization of Putin as ‘Personally’ Behind Clinton Hack Is an Old Propaganda Technique


The allegations that the Russian president directed how hacked emails from the Clinton campaign should be used should be treated with a good deal of skepticism.

Posted on Dec 16, 2016 READ MORE

Investigation Into ‘PropOrNot Blacklist Case’ Finds Shoddy Methods and an Ominous Potential


The shadowy group PropOrNot has accused Truthdig and more than 200 other websites of being conduits for Russian propaganda, and a Washington Post article gave those allegations wide exposure. Veteran reporter Bill Boyarsky delves into the matter. 

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 READ MORE

Russia Expert Stephen Cohen: New York Times Stokes a New McCarthyism Against Critics of U.S. Policy

“We have a new accepted practice of labeling anyone who dissents from American policy toward Russia as a Kremlin apologist,” Cohen says. “And I know very serious people who have become afraid to speak out now.”

Posted on Dec 15, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

The CIA’s Absence of Conviction


The CIA’s claims about Russian involvement in Clinton’s leaked emails are unsubstantiated. Yet the mainstream media continues the narrative, signaling a total abnegation of all journalistic standards.

Posted on Dec 11, 2016 READ MORE

Did Russia Interfere in the U.S. Presidential Election?


The answer to that question is “no,” Andrew Cockburn writes after examining “what few facts are known about the hack”—an examination that was closer than that of The Washington Post.

Posted on Nov 28, 2016 READ MORE

Russians Want to Know: Is Trump ‘Pro-Russian’?


Russian op-ed writers are intrigued with Donald Trump, who has spoken of improving relations between the U.S. and the Russian Federation. But they want to know what the bottom line will be, given his equally strong “tough guy” bluster.

Posted on Nov 25, 2016 READ MORE

Syrian Dictator Bashar Assad Calls Donald Trump ‘a Natural Ally’


In the past, Trump has asserted that ISIS is a far bigger danger to the U.S. than the al-Assad regime.

Posted on Nov 18, 2016 READ MORE

Top WikiLeaks Editor: Democrats Should Be Happy About the Organization’s Commitment to Transparency


Writing in The New York Times, Sarah Harrison defended the publication against accusations that it “abett[ed] the candidacy of Donald J. Trump by publishing … information about Hillary Clinton’s campaign and its influence over the Democratic National Committee.”

Posted on Nov 17, 2016 READ MORE

A Genuine U.S. Reset With Russia Is Long Overdue


President-elect Trump’s willingness to rewrite the foreign and national security establishment’s playbook, and seek to normalize relations with Russia, is a welcome development.

Posted on Nov 15, 2016 READ MORE

‘Informed Rant’: Roles of the Media, WikiLeaks and Vladimir Putin in the Presidential Election

The latest episode of Joshua Scheer’s podcast explores how Donald Trump became the next commander in chief.

Posted on Nov 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN

America Needs Determined, Thoughtful and Creative Opposition Now


Many U.S. citizens embraced a man who threatens our standing in the world and basic rights. But we cannot allow fear or anger to prevent us from pushing back against Donald Trump.

Posted on Nov 9, 2016 READ MORE

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Former Military Pilots Worry That ‘No-Fly Zone’ Over Syria Could Provoke War With Russia


Director of National Intelligence James Clapper also told The Guardian, “I wouldn’t put it past them to shoot down an American aircraft.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2016 READ MORE

Truthdigger of the Week: Julian Assange, Publisher of the Clinton Campaign Emails


For illuminating what the Democratic presidential nominee’s camp does in the dark, the long-confined hacker-turned-journalist is under fresh attack from familiar adversaries and taking hard, if necessary, criticism from erstwhile allies.

Posted on Oct 22, 2016 READ MORE

To Understand Today’s World—Syria, Brexit, Even Trump—Watch This Adam Curtis Film (Video)


In “Hypernormalisation,” the British documentary filmmaker delves into the intricacies of a “strange time” in which “extraordinary events keep happening that undermine the stability of our world” while “those in control seem unable to deal ... and no one has any vision of a different or a better kind of future.”

Posted on Oct 19, 2016 READ MORE

Catholic Controversy Sparked by WikiLeaks Will Continue Long After 2016 Election


To hear the many howls of protest from conservatives, you’d think that a handful of emails demonstrates that Hillary Clinton’s campaign is a nest of anti-Catholics.

Posted on Oct 17, 2016 READ MORE

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