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Nomads of the Digital Age

The freedom to communicate and to share has entered a new era. The power promised by this freedom, by the Internet, is immense, so much so that it frightens entrenched institutions.

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Bush Trifecta Lands on Obama: Gaza, Iraq and Afghanistan Imploding

President Barack Obama of Hawaii had fondly dreamed of bidding turbulent and unrewarding West Asia farewell and turning the attentions of American diplomacy to East and South East Asia.

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How Do You ‘Make’ Democracy?

Barring the increasingly influential isolationist/tea party wing of the American electorate, opinion is and always has been that the United States is the messenger of democracy to a world that usually hasn’t earned it and probably doesn’t deserve it.

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Kneeling in Fenway Park to the Gods of War

In sporting events across the country the religion of sports fuses with the religion of war—a mark of all militarized societies. Games at Fenway are as much about venerating the military as the Red Sox.

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Syrian Opposition: Baghdadi ‘Caliphate’ Lame Attempt to Take Spotlight Off His Crime Spree

Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi’s proclamation of himself as “caliph” is rather like the grand wizard of the Ku Klux Klan declaring himself the Holy Roman emperor.

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Pity the Children

War brings with it a host of horrors, but the worst is what it does to children. The suffering of the young, perpetrated by those who carry weapons, exposes war’s demented pathology.

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It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

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AP/B.K. Bangash

How the Women of Pakistan Cope With War, Honor Killings and Prejudice

The West is flooded by news of all the incessant outrages, but by looking back at history we get a better understanding of what is happening in this forsaken country of ours. Progress is never linear.

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AP/Lefteris Pitarakis

The Ghoulish Face of Empire

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant reflects back to us a disturbing image of ourselves. Our murderous rampages, carried out in a foolish attempt to remake the Middle East through violence, have given birth to a Frankenstein monster.

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What New Details Reveal About Benghazi ‘Scandal’—and Its Promoters

If the Benghazi tragedy has revealed anything, it is the utterly partisan obsession of those who have tried to stoke the “scandal.”

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Heed the Voices for Peace Amid the Tragedy of Iraq

It didn’t take long this week for the architects of the disastrous U.S. invasion and occupation of Iraq to apply their makeup and jump before the cable news television cameras.

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AP/Charles Dharapak

Up Close and Personal With George W. Bush’s Horrifying Legacy

The Iraq disaster remains George W. Bush’s enduring folly, and the Republican attempt to shift the blame to the Obama presidency is obscene nonsense.

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Don’t Trust the Bombers on Iraq: ‘Shock and Awe’ Never Works

In March of 2003, we were treated to an intensive bombardment of Iraq, which the Bush White House propagandists termed “Shock and Awe.”

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U.S. Marine Corps/Cpl. Zachary Scanlon

Keeping America’s Baghdad Swimming Pools Safe From Fanatics

The Marines—250 of them, together with carrier air support and Marine Corps Osprey support craft—have been dispatched to save the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, the “biggest in the world,” “the size of the Vatican City,” with its swimming pools and skating rinks, from the menace of the offensive directed at Baghdad by the forces of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria.

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Where’s the Bread and Butter?

The 2014 campaign is being waged against a backdrop of national news dominated by everything except the core economic worries of most Americans.

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Don’t Walk Away From War

Here are five straightforward lessons—none acceptable in what passes for discussion and debate in this country—that could be drawn from that last half century of every kind of American warfare.

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Hillary’s Pre-Campaign Campaign

The curse of inevitability isn’t likely to ruin Hillary Clinton’s presidential ambitions, assuming she has them. Not this time.

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U.S. Air Force/Staff Sgt. Evelyn Chavez

Robert Kagan and the Ruin of Ideas

Neoconservative commentator Robert Kagan, co-founder in 1997 of the Project for a New American Century, and after that institution crashed amid the ruins of Iraq, founder of its 2009 successor, the Foreign Policy Initiative, is continuing his crusade for a new Reaganism—which he construes as American world domination.

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White House/Pete Souza

Seeking Sanity on Sgt. Bergdahl

It’s hard not to be cynical after the display of rancid partisanship that greeted the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl after five years as a Taliban-held prisoner of war. The Greatest Generation would not have acted this way.

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If We Stop Eating Deep-Sea Fish, They May Help Save Us From Global Warming

Thanks to deep-sea fish, the ocean absorbs about half of the carbon humans produce; Las Vegas’ main water supply is a lake that just hit record-low levels; meanwhile, Bowe Bergdahl would not be alone in the “honorable history of war deserters.” These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Welcome Home, Sergeant

If today’s Republican Party had been around during the Civil War, it would have tried to stop its own president, a fellow named Lincoln, from appointing Gen. Ulysses S. Grant commander of the Union Army because he drank on duty.

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In Bergdahl Case, ‘Conservatives’ Ignore Basic American Principles

What the Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl saga demonstrates beyond question—to anyone who still nurtured any doubt—is that the Republican right will junk just about any basic American value to satisfy its hatred of President Barack Obama.

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Six Points Concerning Bergdahl

Bringing Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl home was the right thing to do, and President Obama did it in a mostly reasonable way.

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Afghan War Vet Matthew Farwell on ‘America’s Last POW’

As the controversy over the prisoner swap grows, new information has emerged about Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s time in Afghanistan. A journalist and veteran of the Afghan war who has been following the Bergdahl story for years discusses the developments with “Democracy Now!” on Friday.

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Bergdahl, Afghanistan, and the Darkening of the American Soul

Far removed from the din of professional Beltway hecklers, Bob Bergdahl, father of former Taliban prisoner Bowe Bergdahl, has been struggling for his son’s release. The ordeal of the son, and the disciplined, contemplative activism of the father, projects the U.S. war in Afghanistan through a different lens.

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Signs for Any Occasion

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Bowe Bergdahl: Army of Wha’?!

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Taliban Releases Video of Bowe Bergdahl’s Delivery

The Taliban on Wednesday released a video showing the handover of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to U.S. forces in eastern Afghanistan.

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Is the Prisoner Swap Hysteria a Sign of GOP War Withdrawal Symptoms?

The problem for the happy warriors among the conservatives is that they can’t stop Obama from winding down America’s decade of war.

Posted on Jun 4, 2014 READ MORE



Obama Defends Deal With Taliban to Free U.S. Soldier

President Obama on Tuesday defended a prisoner swap with the Taliban to free an American soldier, saying his “sacred” trust as commander-in-chief outweighed claims he broke the law and set a dangerous precedent.

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Dear GOP: The U.S. Has Negotiated With Terrorists and Amnestied Them All Through History

The GOP talking points in response to the release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl in a trade for five former officials of the 1990s Islamic Emirate of Afghanistan (Taliban) focused on a few basic premises.

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White House/Pete Souza

Sending Drones Not Divisions

In the post-Cold War era, it was possible to hold grand illusions and chase utopian dreams. As President Obama understands, and his foreign policy critics fail to grasp, that time is past.

Posted on Jun 2, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Hospital Corpsman Josh Ives

Will Congress Be as Brave as Shinseki?

If you want a prime example of what’s wrong with our politics, study the response to the veterans’ health care scandal. You would think from the coverage that the only issue that mattered to politicians was whether Gen. Eric Shinseki should be fired.

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What Does Sgt. Bergdahl’s Release Tell Us About Afghanistan, Pakistan and the Taliban Today?

The surprise announcement by President Obama on Saturday of the negotiated release of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, captured in 2009, is wonderful news for him, his family and America. But what does it tell us about the Taliban, Afghanistan and Pakistan?

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‘We Needed to Get Him Out’: Hagel Defends Bergdahl Operation

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Sunday that an operation to free soldier Bowe Bergdahl in exchange for Taliban prisoners was undertaken to save his life, as the insurgents’ leader hailed the swap as a “big victory.”

Posted on Jun 1, 2014 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: Deadly Shooting, Foreign Policy and Ed Snowden

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss what led to Elliot Rodger’s deadly attacks in Santa Barbara, President Obama’s announcement that he will reduce the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan from 30,000 troops to 10,000, and NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden’s big interview.

Posted on May 30, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Marine Corps/Sgt. Gabriela Garcia

Thousands of American Soldiers Could Remain in Afghanistan After 2014 Deadline

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Did a Karzai No-Show Spoil Obama’s Announcement of End of Afghanistan War?

President Obama made a surprise trip to Afghanistan on Monday for Memorial Day.

Posted on May 27, 2014 READ MORE



DoD

In VA Scandal, Accountability for All—Including Congress

Unlike most of Congress, especially on the Republican side, Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric Shinseki opposed the incompetent war plans of the George W. Bush administration that left so many American service men and women grievously wounded.

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What Ukraine Really Needs

The United States has a recent history of going to war for dubious reasons promoted by interested groups, for which afterward Americans are sorry.

Posted on May 13, 2014 READ MORE



Solitary Confinement Is Not the Answer

There has been much attention, and rightly so, on the CIA’s extensive use of torture, which the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence is said to have documented in its still-classified 6,000-page report. The use of torture is not limited to the CIA, however.

Posted on May 7, 2014 READ MORE



Remembering Pat Tillman—and the Questions Left Unanswered

Ten years ago Pat Tillman was killed in Afghanistan, and the circumstances of his death continue to raise questions a decade later.

Posted on Apr 21, 2014 READ MORE



Abdullah Strengthens Lead in Afghan Presidential Race to 11 Points, Officials Say

Former Foreign Minister Abdullah Abdullah is leading Ashraf Ghani in Afghanistan’s presidential election by 11 percentage points after half of the ballots were counted.

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Karzai Condemns Airstrike Over ‘Civilian Casualties’

Afghan President Hamid Karzai on Tuesday condemned a U.S. airstrike in an eastern border province that allegedly killed a woman and two of her children.

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From Kabul to Cairo, the Killing and Jailing of Journalists Continues

Journalism is not a crime. Neither death nor imprisonment should be the punishment for reporting the news.

Posted on Apr 9, 2014 READ MORE



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Ukraine and Russia Have Created an International Disorder

An international disorder unmatched since the interwar 1930s has been created by the drama of Ukraine and the Russians, combined with the inherent self-destructive forces of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the developing civil war over theological as well as political issues inside the Islamic states, and the serious risk of collapse in the European Union.

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