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Eugene O’Neill: A Life in Four Acts

A new biography reclaims the playwright of “A Long Day’s Journey Into Night” as a self-conscious, committed artist who strove to break through the limits of production and consistently voice his lifelong contempt for American materialism, imperialism, racism and puritanism.

Posted on Dec 19, 2014 READ MORE



The New Republic: The Bad and the Good

As the aftermath of the staff departures at The New Republic continues, the veteran journalist who exposed the Iran Contra affair in the 1980s recalls the magazine’s deadly tradition of cheerleading for empire, while Salon columnist Tom Frank admits it published some “pretty damn good” writing shortly before it came apart at the hands of its new owner.

Posted on Dec 15, 2014 READ MORE



For the World’s Sake: Revolution in the United States

As a result of the United States’ disproportionate political, economic and military power, 121 million American voters hold the fate of billions in their hands every four years.

Posted on Nov 13, 2014 READ MORE



How Washington Protects Itself and the Corporate Sector

The question of how foreign policy is determined is a crucial one in world affairs. I can only provide a few hints as to how I think the subject can be productively explored.

Posted on Jul 3, 2014 READ MORE



Noam Chomsky and the Public Intellectual in Turbulent Times

Noam Chomsky not only represents the antithesis of intellectual accommodation, he exemplifies a new kind of intellectual, one who refuses, as C. Wright Mills put it, the role of “a sociological book-keeper,” preferring instead to be “mutinous and utopian” rather than “go the way of the literary faddist and the technician of cultural chic.”

Posted on May 12, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Secretly Created ‘Cuban Twitter’ to Undermine Government

The U.S. government used its multibillion-dollar overseas humanitarian arm to build and launch a social media network that could be used to spark off a “Cuban Spring” and overthrow the country’s communist government, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

Posted on Apr 3, 2014 READ MORE


Listen: Robert Scheer on the Honor of America’s Libertarian Politicians

On Berkeley, Calif., radio station KPFA’s “Sunday Show with Philip Maldari” over the weekend, the Truthdig editor-in-chief discussed the Internet’s capacities to liberate and enslave and cheered Kentucky Libertarian Republican Sen. Rand Paul’s defense of individual privacy in a recent, well-received speech at UC Berkeley.

Posted on Mar 24, 2014 READ MORE



Obama’s Dumbest Plan Yet

Obama and Co. have ousted Ukraine’s democratically elected president, Viktor Yanukovych, with the help of ultra-right, paramilitary, neo-Nazi gangs who seized and burned government offices, killed riot police, and spread mayhem and terror across the country. These are America’s new allies in the Great Game.

Posted on Mar 1, 2014 READ MORE



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The Manifesto and New Morality of the 9/11 Mastermind

Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, known as the mastermind of 9/11, has released a new manifesto and allegedly come into a new way of thinking and believing.

Posted on Jan 15, 2014 READ MORE



Times Books

The Brothers

Stephen Kinzer tells the story of the Dulles brothers, who served as secretary of state and director of the CIA in the Eisenhower administration. It is a bracing, disturbing, and serious study of the exercise of American global power.

Posted on Nov 29, 2013 READ MORE



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Mistaking Omniscience for Omnipotence

At the moment, Washington seems to be operating in a world in which the more you know about the secret lives of others, the less powerful you turn out to be.

Posted on Nov 14, 2013 READ MORE



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The Business of America Is War

There is a new normal in America: our government may shut down, but our wars continue. Congress may not be able to pass a budget, but the U.S. military can still launch commando raids in Libya and Somalia, and the military-industrial complex can still dominate the world’s arms trade.

Posted on Oct 20, 2013 READ MORE



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China Benefits From Bush’s Folly

What the Chinese have demonstrated is that in the modern world, to the conquerors do not go the spoils.

Posted on Jun 3, 2013 READ MORE


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And Then There Was One

To this day, we’ve never quite taken in the moment when Soviet imperial rot unexpectedly—above all, to Washington—became imperial crash-and-burn. Left standing, the United States—the Cold War’s victor—seemed like an empire of everything under the sun. It was as if humanity had always been traveling toward this spot.

Posted on May 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Overwrought Empire

The U.S. is now the sole planetary Top Gun in a way that empire-builders once undoubtedly fantasized about: alone and essentially uncontested. By all the usual measuring sticks, it should be supreme in a historically unprecedented way. And yet it couldn’t be more obvious that it’s not.

Posted on Oct 10, 2012 READ MORE



AP/Jason Redmond

Speaking Truth on the Fifth of July

“Why it is so hard to tell the truth today?” I asked Vietnam veteran and anti-war hero Ron Kovic one summer night over drinks in midtown Manhattan.

Posted on Aug 19, 2012 READ MORE



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The Imperial Way: American Decline in Perspective, Part 2

In the years of America’s conscious, self-inflicted decline at home, “losses” have continued to mount elsewhere.

Posted on Feb 16, 2012 READ MORE


Democracy Building Is Back in Fashion

I heard a brilliant young Harvard scholar, influential in the Obama administration, explain that the future of successful American action in Central Asia lies in a “surge” of civilian political and developmental action to rescue the people of the region from their present backwardness.

Posted on Jul 5, 2011 READ MORE


Turkey in Position to Lead Region Out of Tumultuous Century

Looking backward, there is a great deal to be said for leaving well enough alone, which is more difficult than one might think.

Posted on Jun 14, 2011 READ MORE


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AP / Karim Kadim

Sadr Delivers an Ultimatum to U.S.

Moqtada al-Sadr is back, issuing an ultimatum to American troops and contractors: Leave Iraq by the end of the year or he will revive his Mehdi Army and relaunch attacks on the United States’ post-withdrawal presence in the country.

Posted on Apr 9, 2011 READ MORE


U.S. Can’t Resist Meddling in the Middle East

The struggle is under way to re-establish American control over the successors to those despots whom popular uprisings have ousted from Tunisia and Egypt, threatening the careers of still other abusive absolute monarchs and presidents-for-life (and their offspring).

Posted on Apr 5, 2011 READ MORE


With Democracy or Against It—There’s No In Between

Just as you cannot be sorta pregnant, you cannot kinda support democracy, and only when it does what you want. That’s not “supporting democracy”; that’s imperialism.

Posted on Feb 4, 2011 READ MORE



White House / Pete Souza

Obama’s Royal Passage to Asia

Like his royal British forerunners, the president, through his advisers and their policies, brings imperial ambitions to the largest and most populous continent.

Posted on Nov 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Petraeus Demurs on Afghan Pullout

President Obama may have marked 2011 on his calendar to begin pulling U.S. troops out of Afghanistan, but his commander there, Gen. David Petraeus, isn’t so sure. Withdrawal, Petraeus said in an interview with NBC, must be “conditions-based.”

Posted on Aug 15, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Afghanistan in Review

With civilian casualties in Afghanistan up sharply this year, President Hamid Karzai has asked President Obama for a “strategic review” of the way the war there is being fought.

Posted on Aug 14, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Javier Galeano

Castro Back in the Spotlight

A week shy of his 84th birthday, Fidel Castro took to the podium Saturday to address the Cuban parliament on the threat of nuclear war, his first such address in more than four years.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE


Basra offensive
AP / Nabil al-Jurani

U.S. Ends Combat Presence in Iraq (Update)

Even the mightiest of empires must let go. Seven years after the invasion to topple Saddam Hussein, the U.S. on Saturday handed over all combat duties to Iraqi security forces, fulfilling President Obama’s promise to end U.S. combat operations by the close of August.

Posted on Aug 7, 2010 READ MORE



White House / Lawrence Jackson

Troop Deaths in Afghanistan Hit High Mark

With 66 deaths so far in July, the month will go down as the deadliest yet for U.S. troops in the nine-year-old war in Afghanistan. The July toll brings the 2010 total so far to at least 265 American military personnel killed.

Posted on Jul 30, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

Nationalization Becomes Electric

President Evo Morales is pressing forward with his nationalization program in Bolivia, seizing four private electric companies Saturday morning. The government now controls 80 percent of the country’s power generation.

Posted on May 1, 2010 READ MORE



U.S. Navy / MC3 Joshua Cassatt

Okinawans March Against U.S. Base

Tens of thousands of Okinawans joined a rally on Sunday, demanding that a U.S. Marine air base be moved off Okinawa. The protest comes amid speculation that the U.S. government is ready to accept an alternative plan to relocate the base to another part of the Japanese island.

Posted on Apr 25, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Rafiq Maqool

Digging In in Afghanistan

Though some analysts thiink the military conflict in Afghanistan will “trail off” by 2011, the United States’ BFF—the British army—has announced it will maintain a presence, and be “militarily engaged,” in the war-torn country for at least an additional five years

Posted on Feb 27, 2010 READ MORE


Morales
AP / Juan Karita

An OAS Without Empire

In a press conference before a meeting of Latin and Caribbean countries in Cancun, Mexico, Evo Morales proposed a new Organization of American States “without empire” that would remove Canada and the U.S. from the organization’s roster.

Posted on Feb 20, 2010 READ MORE



AP / Jae C. Hong

More Troops, More Shaking for Haiti

The U.S. has deployed an additional 4,000 troops to Haiti as aftershocks rocked the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince on Wednesday. The American troop count will reach 16,000 by the weekend as relief efforts hit full stride in the earthquake-ravaged country.

Posted on Jan 21, 2010 READ MORE



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Halt! Who Grows There?

Citing the fact that industrialized countries cause much more environmental destruction than loggers and farmers in the Amazon, Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva has called on Western countries—“gringos”—to help halt deforestation.

Posted on Nov 28, 2009 READ MORE



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Obama Agrees to Reassess U.S. Base on Okinawa

Amid continuing protests by Japanese civilians on Okinawa, President Obama has announced he will create a “high-level working group” to discuss the future of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island, a move that appears to be aimed at mending relations with Japan.

Posted on Nov 14, 2009 READ MORE



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Okinawans Step Up U.S. Base Protest

With a new populist government in place in Tokyo, the people of Okinawa are stepping up their protest against the relocation of a U.S. Marine Corps air base on the island. They want the base gone altogether.

Posted on Nov 8, 2009 READ MORE


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Stone Goes ‘South of the Border’

A new documentary by Oliver Stone called “South of the Border” follows his earlier trajectory of “Salvador” (1984), “Comandante” (2003), and “Looking for Fidel” (2004) as he talks to several Latin American leaders to understand what is happening on the continent and how U.S. perceptions of our own backyard are skewed.

Posted on Sep 3, 2009 READ MORE



telegraph.co.uk

U.S. Death Toll in Afghanistan Hits a Grim Record

With the death of a U.S. service member Friday, August now stands as the deadliest month ever for U.S. forces in Afghanistan. Forty-five American troops have been killed so far this month, a disturbing sign that conditions in the nearly decade-long war are not getting any better.

Posted on Aug 28, 2009 READ MORE


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AP / Franklin Reyes

Castro Issues Critique of U.S. Economic Policy

Just in time for his 83rd birthday, former Cuban President Fidel Castro made his presence known once again, by signaling his displeasure with the United States’ handling of the recent financial catastrophe. He spoke out in an Op-Ed article published Thursday in Cuba’s government-run newspapers.

Posted on Aug 13, 2009 READ MORE


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Hearts and Minds Redux

“Decapitation strategies don’t work.” Those words, uttered by the newly named U.S. commander in Afghanistan, Gen. Stanley McChrystal, mark a shift in the military strategy in Afghanistan. Yes, indeed—it seems to have taken the Pentagon eight years to realize that “you’re going to have to convince people, not kill them.”

Posted on Jun 12, 2009 READ MORE


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enjoyfrance.com

War-Addicted U.S. Afflicted With Imperialist Hangover

There is an important current in conservative U.S. opinion that believes Western Europe to be under something like a siege, or a potential siege, by its large Muslim immigrant population. I should actually say that it’s not just American conservatives, although they write alarmed books about the impending Muslim domination of Europe, and the collapse of European Christianity and identity. They fear the Decline of the West.

Posted on May 19, 2009 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on the Cost of Empire

Author, scholar and Truthdig contributor Chalmers Johnson passed away Nov. 20. In his honor, we are reposting this 2009 book review, which, like much of Johnson’s work, remains relevant to this day.

Posted on May 15, 2009 READ MORE


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‘The American Way of War’ in 2009

We certainly saw evidence that President Eisenhower’s famous warning about the dangers of an insatiable U.S. “military-industrial complex” rang true during the Bush administration, but how about now?

Posted on Mar 23, 2009 READ MORE


Combat vs. Support
nytimes.com

War in Iraq: 2003-2010

Updated: Well, not exactly a real pullout, but a plan to be announced by the Obama administration on Friday is expected to withdraw “combat” troops from Iraq by Aug. 31, 2010, officially ending U.S. combat operations in the war-torn country while keeping 50,000 ambiguously labeled “support troops” there.

Posted on Feb 27, 2009 READ MORE


Bush Guarded
nytimes.com

Judge: Iraqi Shoeman Beaten

Although allegations of physical abuse against reporter Muntazer al-Zaidi, better known as the guy who chucked his shoes at the head of the guy who invaded his country, were widely reported in recent days, it took until today for an Iraqi judge to officially rule that al-Zaidi was beaten while in custody. The system works!

Posted on Dec 19, 2008 READ MORE


Latino Leaders
AP photo / Andre Penner

Latin Leaders Rebuke U.S.

In a summit that celebrated the absence of the U.S. on its guest list, Latin American leaders met in Brazil to discuss a post-U.S. hegemonic world. The talks, which centered on the “demise” of the capitalist model, also snubbed former colonizing nations Portugal and Spain in a further demonstration of the increasing political autonomy of the region.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE


Mugabe
U.S. Air Force / Tech. Sgt. Jeremy Lock

Mugabe’s Last Stand?

The U.S. has finally decided that it is “well past time” for Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe to be shown the door. This after he stole an election in June, subverted a power-sharing arrangement and run his once-prosperous nation into the ground.

Posted on Dec 5, 2008 READ MORE


CLW
livableworld.org

Anti-War Group Supports U.S.-Iraq Agreement

The anti-Iraq war organization Council for a Livable World has announced its support for the recently completed U.S.-Iraq security agreement. The group’s news release urges support for the resolution, which it believes is “the best way for the United States to leave Iraq promptly and responsibly.”

Posted on Nov 26, 2008 READ MORE


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