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Posted on Dec 18, 2014 READ MORE



The West Is Responsible for Unraveling Ukraine

Nation magazine editor Katrina vanden Heuvel writes in The Washington Post that the U.S. government and mainstream media have arrogantly and self-servingly portrayed the calamity Western powers wrought in Ukraine as a false “morality tale” about democracy-loving protesters and alleged Russian aggression.

Posted on Dec 1, 2014 READ MORE


Can Capitalism and Democracy Coexist? (Parts 1, 2 and 3)

Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges embarks on a long, ranging discussion with political philosopher and former professor of politics at Princeton University Sheldon Wolin on the state of American democracy and the rise of corporate capitalism.

Posted on Oct 25, 2014 READ MORE



The New Cold War’s Ukraine Gambit

With the IMF and European Central Bank acting as knee-breakers in what has become a financial extension of NATO, the U.S. and its allied investors aim to appropriate the wealth that kleptocrats took from the public domain of Russia, Ukraine and other post-Soviet economies, as well as whatever assets remain.

Posted on Oct 23, 2014 READ MORE



The Great Concentration or the Great Fragmentation?

For most of the last several hundred years the story in view focused on an imperial struggle for power on planet Earth. But another story was developing in the shadows, and has accelerated in seemingly disastrous ways in our own time under some disintegrative pressure.

Posted on Sep 18, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Spurns Russia’s Request for Cease-Fire Against Rebels

From Russia’s perspective, the roiling conflict in Ukraine between pro-government troops and rebels looks like a country at war with itself, but according to officials in Kiev, the ongoing fight is about resisting Russia’s encroachment onto their soil—on behalf of Europe.

Posted on Sep 1, 2014 READ MORE



Sarajevo 1914 / Gaza 2014: The Short Twentieth Century Lingers On

Strange the way things line up, the through-lines that suddenly reveal themselves amidst the twists and turns of historical progression.

Posted on Aug 3, 2014 READ MORE



Why America Continues to Back Israel While Some Other Countries Call for Boycotts

The U.S. government wasn’t always Israel’s strongest ally, but as political figures in countries such as Norway call for a boycott of Israeli goods to protest the Gaza operation, our politicians almost unanimously continue their unfailing support.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s $1 Billion Offer to Strengthen European Forces Gets Kremlin’s Attention

In Warsaw on Tuesday, President Obama announced that he will ask Congress for $1 billion to fund a European Reassurance Initiative.

Posted on Jun 3, 2014 READ MORE



Biden Warns That U.S. Will Isolate Russia If Ukraine ‘Provocation’ Not Halted

Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday warned Russia of isolation if it continues to try to “pull Ukraine apart” and pledged Washington’s strong support for Kiev’s leaders, as a Cold War-style confrontation over the former Soviet republic ratcheted up.

Posted on Apr 22, 2014 READ MORE


Heed the Warnings of the Butter Battle

This Easter Sunday, as Cold War drums beat softly but surely, we look for sanity and wisdom in the humane literature of Dr. Seuss.

Posted on Apr 20, 2014 READ MORE


‘We Are Not Beginning a New Cold War, We Are Well Into It’

Negotiations over the Ukraine crisis are beginning in Geneva. Pro-Russian protesters are killed, President Vladimir Putin accuses authorities in Kiev of plunging the country into an “abyss,” and NATO outlines plans to reinforce itself in Eastern Europe. Russian scholar Stephen Cohen tells “Democracy Now!” that “ ‘hot war’ is imaginable now” and “something has to be done about it.”

Posted on Apr 17, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Operation to Retake East Unravels Ahead of Talks

An operation by Ukrainian forces to reassert control over its eastern regions floundered Wednesday in the face of pro-Russian resistance, a day ahead of international talks on the escalating crisis.

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 READ MORE



Next Step in Ukraine Crisis Is Unknown

The American people don’t want to fight the Russians, and the Russians would be mad to attack NATO forces or the Baltic States. But I am sure there are people in Moscow just like the people in Washington who say “if we don’t follow through—if we don’t ‘stand our ground’—we’ll lose our credibility.”

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Pushes Tanks Toward Flashpoint Separatist City

Ukraine sent a large armoured column and special forces toward the flashpoint city of Slavyansk on Tuesday as Kiev’s fledgeling leaders tried to reassert control over the separatist east.

Posted on Apr 15, 2014 READ MORE



Ukraine Blames Russian Agents for Deadly Clashes in Kiev

Ukraine’s Western-backed leaders on Thursday blamed Russian agents and the country’s ousted president for organizing two days of bloodshed during February protests that claimed nearly 90 lives.

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Hijacking the American Plane of State

Isn’t there something strangely reassuring when your eyeballs are gripped by a “mystery” on the news that has no greater meaning and yet sweeps all else away?

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE



Kerry Urges Ukraine Reforms in Call to Russian Foreign Minister

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry urged Moscow on Sunday to pull back Russian forces to their bases in Crimea in return for constitutional reforms in Ukraine to protect minority rights.

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Crimea Votes to Join Russia

Crimeans voted overwhelmingly Sunday to join former political master Russia as tensions soared in the east of the splintered ex-Soviet nation, the epicenter of the worst East-West crisis since the Cold War.

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Obama Backs Interim Ukraine PM, Rebukes Putin

Ukraine’s Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk arrived at the White House on Wednesday to accept President Barack Obama’s personal stamp of approval for the government in Kiev.

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Sizing Up Putin’s Plans in Ukraine

As certain Western news outlets get completely exercised about the possibility of a Cold War redux, less flashy but more measured voices, such as that of Russian analyst Ruslan Pukhov, offer some important points to consider about what Russian President Vladimir Putin is up to in Ukraine.

Posted on Mar 5, 2014 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

The Obama Method: Combine Threats With Accommodation

The Obama government has taken a Cold War stand on the crisis in Ukraine.

Posted on Feb 25, 2014 READ MORE


Cold War Redux in Ukraine?

A leaked audio recording reveals the Obama administration has been colluding with the opposition in the country’s erupting conflict.

Posted on Feb 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Alone and Delusional on Planet Earth

In an increasingly phantasmagorical world, here’s my present fantasy of choice.

Posted on Sep 6, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

U.S. Decides to Talk to Russia Despite Massive Pouting

Sorry to take the hard news edge off the story, but this is so high school.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Yves Logghe

America’s New Cold War: Why the Allies Side With Snowden

How inconvenient to find the names of France, Italy, Japan and Mexico among the 38 embassies and missions bugged at will by our electronic spooks.

Posted on Jul 1, 2013 READ MORE



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Global Domination and Databases

Post-Cold War world military domination has proven not enough for the U.S. Now the Obama administration has been made a laughingstock by the homespun ethical stance of the high school dropout computer geek Edward Snowden.

Posted on Jun 25, 2013 READ MORE



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Ernest Hemingway: Dud KGB Spy?

A new book, “Spies: The Rise and Fall of the KGB in America,” reveals that the beloved American novelist was a spy in the service of the KGB—but failed miserably at the job.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



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The Cold War Redux?

Did Washington just give Israel the green light for a future attack on Iran via an arms deal? Did Russia just signal its further support for Bashar al-Assad’s Syrian regime via an arms deal? Are the Russians, the Chinese, and the Americans all heightening regional tensions in Asia via arms deals?

Posted on May 30, 2013 READ MORE


The Path of Hubris and War

The bombs that ended the Boston Marathon in April were planted by young Muslims who had come to the United States as immigrants, rejected America as a civilization, and then attacked it, leaving behind a message of religious war.

Posted on May 22, 2013 READ MORE



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Eight Things I Miss About the Cold War

It couldn’t be a sadder thing to admit, given what happened during the Cold War, but—given what’s happened in recent years—who can doubt that the America of the 1950s and 1960s was, in some ways, simply a better place than the one we live in now?

Posted on Jan 16, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Sekretarev

The Humanitarians Who Came In From the Cold

Russia is cracking down further on political dissent by requiring foreign humanitarian workers to register, more or less, as spies.

Posted on Dec 18, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/Chief Mass Communication Specialist Keith Deviney

Romney’s Cold War Ponzi Scheme

Obama, the naive community organizer, thinks the foreign policy debate is about national security, but Romney, the quintessential vulture capitalist, knows that it’s always been about maximizing profit.

Posted on Oct 26, 2012 READ MORE



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The Missile Crisis That Never Went Away

Fifty years after the 1962 Cuban missile crisis, and more than 20 years after the end of the Cold War, the U.S. and Russian nuclear confrontation continues. Each nation still keeps a total of about 800 ICBMs at launch-ready status, ready to be fired on a few minutes’ warning.

Posted on Oct 16, 2012 READ MORE



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Did the Army Give Poor Missourians Cancer?

At the height of the Cold War, the United States government may have exposed thousands of predominantly black Missourians to carcinogens as part of a test of a secret biological weapons program.

Posted on Oct 6, 2012 READ MORE


American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



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E.J. Dionne: American History the Tea Party Doesn’t Like to Talk About

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: E.J. Dionne Jr. on our “Divided Political Heart.” Also on the show: California’s new mortgage law, the Declaration of Internet Freedom and the secret lives of Russian spies.

Posted on Jul 8, 2012 READ MORE



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Ray Bradbury: A Sampler

“Writing is not a serious business,” wrote Ray Bradbury, the prolific author of dystopian, fantasy and science fiction, who died Tuesday at the age of 91. “It’s a joy and a celebration. You should be having fun with it.”

Posted on Jun 6, 2012 READ MORE


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Flickr / World Economic Forum

Medvedev to Romney: Get With the 2012 Program

When American politicians have flashbacks to a Cold War mentality, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev is ready with a comeback and a friendly reminder to quit it with the ’70s nostalgia, as he did Tuesday in response to a comment Mitt Romney made the day before about Russia being America’s “No. 1 geopolitical foe.”

Posted on Mar 27, 2012 READ MORE



AP / Pablo Martinez Monsivais

Obama’s Private Missile Talk With Medvedev Goes Public

During what he apparently thought was a private huddle with his Russian counterpart at a nuclear summit meeting in Seoul, South Korea, President Barack Obama was caught in a hot-mic moment, giving Dmitry Medvedev an election-year pointer on the delicate subject of missile defense.

Posted on Mar 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Drawdowns in Iraq and Afghanistan: Recognition of Futility or Retreat From the Coming Storm?

No one yet in Washington seems fully to appreciate or acknowledge the failure, but failure it is.

Posted on Feb 28, 2012 READ MORE



U.S. Army / Staff Sgt. Isaac A. Graham

Assassination as Foreign Policy

Global domination is a political policy that cannot possibly succeed. The world is not open to domination by a single state. The effort to establish it will destroy the United States itself.

Posted on Aug 16, 2011 READ MORE



‘Tiger Trap’: 21st Century Espionage

For decades during the Cold War, the most captivating spy-vs.-spy battle was the one waged between Moscow and Washington. With the rise of China, a new player has entered the game.

Posted on Jun 30, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama and Cameron Take a Page from Reagan and Thatcher

Some may question their choice of reference material, but President Obama and British Prime Minister David Cameron teamed up to pen a column for The Times of London, comparing this year’s Arab Spring to the Cold War—and themselves to that era’s ... (more)

Posted on May 24, 2011 READ MORE



AP / Al-Jazeera

A Monster of Our Own Creation

When bin Laden turned against us, he morphed into a figure of evil incarnate, and now three decades after we first decided to use him and other imported Muslim zealots for our Cold War purposes, we feel cleansed by his death of any responsibility for his carnage.

Posted on May 3, 2011 READ MORE


The Best of Times, the Worst of Times

It hurts your head to open a newspaper like The New York Times or The Wall Street Journal or flip through your favorite websites. Television, I admit, is giving us a bit of a break because all those folks care about is the royal wedding.

Posted on Apr 26, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

The Corporate State Wins Again

When did our democracy die? When did it irrevocably transform itself into a lifeless farce and absurd political theater? When did the press, labor, universities and the Democratic Party—which once made piecemeal and incremental reform possible—wither and atrophy?

Posted on Apr 24, 2011 READ MORE


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U.S. Now in Afghanistan Longer Than Soviets

Some records are made to be broken, from the 100-meter dash to Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest. But who would covet breaking the nine-year, 50-day Soviet record for its military campaign in Afghanistan? And the winner is … the USA.

Posted on Nov 27, 2010 READ MORE


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