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Want Endless War? Love the U.S. Empire? Well, Hillary Clinton’s Your Choice

If the candidate’s foreign policy record is any guide, a Hillary Clinton presidency would perpetuate and bolster some of our most hateful national characteristics.

Posted on Feb 1, 2016 READ MORE



Obama’s Iranian Missile Sanctions Were Deceptive and Hypocritical

The president’s decision to impose new sanctions on Iranian individuals and entities was merely a way of justifying and continuing the U.S. denunciation of the missile program—a denunciation that is demanded by domestic politics and U.S. alliances with Israel and Saudi Arabia. 

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 READ MORE



Iran Unleashed: President Rouhani’s Triumphant European Tour (Video)

Almost as soon as the Iran nuclear deal was approved by the U.N. Security Council, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani headed for Europe.

Posted on Jan 28, 2016 READ MORE



Ayatollah Khamenei Lauds New ‘Strategic Partnership’ Between Iran and China

Iran’s clerical leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, spoke Saturday on the occasion of the state visit to Iran of Chinese President Xi Jinping.

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Half the Foreign Policy Experts Behind Clinton’s Anti-Sanders Letter Have Military Industry Ties

Earlier this week, the media reported on a letter by 10 experts claiming that Sanders had “not thought through … critical national security issues”—without telling readers that fully half of the signers have strong connections to military contractors.

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The Fourth Democratic Debate: In Which the Candidates Fact-Check Each Other

It’s a key moment for Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton as they both hover within clinching range of their party’s nomination. Read our updated live blog coverage throughout Sunday night’s showdown in Charleston, S.C.

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‘Diplomacy Works’: Peace Groups Hail Iran Deal; Clinton Talks Like a Hawk

“The implementation of the agreement proves that diplomacy works.”

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Iran Sanctions Lifted, Ushering in a ‘New Chapter’ With the West

After sanctions against Iran were lifted Saturday, President Hassan Rouhani celebrated his nation’s having “opened a new chapter” in its international relations.

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Triumph of Diplomacy: On the Cusp of Sanctions Relief, Iran Released Five Iranian-American Detainees

Iran’s release of five dual nationals Saturday was another major diplomatic victory for President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry—not to mention great news for the former detainees and their families.

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Doubling Down on a Failed Strategy: The Pentagon’s Dangerous ‘New’ Base Plan

The Obama administration’s consideration of a Pentagon proposal to create a “new” and “enduring” system of military bases around the Middle East confirms that the military intends to stay in the region for decades, if not generations, to come.

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Iran Transfers Stockpile of Enriched Uranium to Russia

On Monday, a Russian ship carrying almost all of Iran’s stockpile of low-enriched uranium left Iran, “fulfilling a major step in the nuclear deal struck last summer and, for the first time in nearly a decade, apparently leaving Iran with too little fuel to manufacture a nuclear weapon,” The New York Times reports.

Posted on Dec 29, 2015 READ MORE



10 Good Things About the Not-So-Great Year 2015

It would certainly be easy to do a piece about 10 horrible events from 2015, from the ongoing war in Syria and the refugee crisis to the bombings in Beirut, Paris and San Bernardino and the rise of Donald Trump and Islamophobia. But that wouldn’t be a very inspiring way to bid farewell to this year and usher in a new one. So let’s look at 10 reasons to feel better about 2015.

Posted on Dec 23, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Chris Hedges and Ralph Nader on the Complicity of Bernie Sanders

“If he doesn’t go electorally in a serious way to win, then [Bernie Sanders] is setting up millions of Americans, and young Americans, for a huge morale collapse,” Nader explains.

Posted on Nov 10, 2015 READ MORE



As the Missions Creep in Iraq and Syria, Lawmakers Ask: Will We Ever Vote on War?

A bipartisan group of 35 House members issued an open letter calling for a congressional vote on war authorization “as quickly as possible.”

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Did Russia Change the Facts on the Ground in Syria on the Eve of the Vienna Summit? (Video)

Russia went into Friday’s Vienna talks on Syria in a much strengthened position and could not be very easily dismissed by the U.S. and Saudi Arabia.

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Iran’s Attendance at Syria Talks in Vienna Marks Its Emergence as a Regional Power (Video)

On Friday, Iran and Saudi Arabia will both attend an international summit on Syria and speak diplomatically about its future for the first time. Iran’s presence will mark an enormous turning point in the diplomatic system of the modern Middle East.

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Iran Is Helping to Build the ‘New Syrian Army’ as Islamic State Fighters Flee to Iraq

AFP Arabic is saying that Russian airstrikes have forced “a large number” of Islamic State fighters and their families, especially foreigners, to flee Syria for western Iraq.

Posted on Oct 28, 2015 READ MORE



What If They Gave a War and Everyone Came?

What if the U.S. had not invaded Iraq in 2003? How would things be different in the Middle East today? Let’s take a big-picture tour of the Middle East and try to answer those questions.

Posted on Oct 24, 2015 READ MORE



The Aleppo Strategy Against Islamic State: Can It Work?

The Washington Post was the first to broach the issue of Russo-Iranian grand strategy in Syria.

Posted on Oct 21, 2015 READ MORE



Putting Out the Syrian Fire: Can Diplomacy Do What War Couldn’t?

In late September, Rep. Jim Himes, D-Conn., corralled 54 of his colleagues into asking President Obama for international negotiations toward ending the Syrian civil war—and, reportedly, Obama is listening.

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VIDEO: Iran in Syria? Reports Say Its Troops Plan Idlib and Aleppo Campaigns

The commander of the Jerusalem Brigade of the Iranian Revolutionary Guards has been spotted near Latakia, urging on a volunteer militia of Alawite Shiites.

Posted on Oct 15, 2015 READ MORE


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Is There a Russian-Iranian Dispute Over the Fate of Syria’s Bashar Assad? (Video)

Russia and Iran may not see eye to eye about the future of Syrian dictator Bashar Assad after their military intervention in the civil war.

Posted on Oct 6, 2015 READ MORE



How Henry Kissinger Helped Create Our ‘Proliferated’ World

Kissinger’s policies toward Iran and Saudi Arabia accelerated radicalization in the region, laying the groundwork, step by catastrophic step, for the region’s spiraling crises of the present moment.

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Things Like Ted Cruz’s Threat to Kill Iran’s Ayatollah Are Why Iranians Don’t Trust the U.S.

Ted Cruz said Friday at the Value Voters Summit conference in Washington, D.C., “If you vote for me, under no circumstances will Iran be allowed to acquire nuclear weapons. And if the ayatollah doesn’t understand that, we may have to help introduce him to his 72 virgins.”

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



With the Iran Deal and Russia in Syria, Is Israel Being Boxed In?

With the success of the Iran deal virtually assured and with Russia moving into Syria, Israel’s hawks are facing an unprecedented setback.

Posted on Sep 27, 2015 READ MORE



Saudi Regime in Crisis Mode as Hajj Stampede Death Toll Reaches 717

Saudi Arabia’s King Salman was working on disaster containment and prevention strategies after Thursday’s mass tragedy in Mina, where at least 717 people were killed and 863 others injured in a stampede during the Hajj pilgrimage.

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Myth Surrounding Alleged Iranian Nuclear Facility Begins to Unravel

Credible challenges to claims that Iran sanitized an alleged nuclear site suggest that U.S. officials sought to cover their tracks for a day when international inspectors report discovering nothing incriminating.

Posted on Sep 24, 2015 READ MORE



As Russia Supports Iran in Syria, Netanyahu Loses Yet Again (Video)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his circle appear to have three major concerns about Russia’s military build-up in Syria.

Posted on Sep 22, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Has Bigger Problems on Its Hands Than Economic Sanctions

Although news of the nuclear deal has been welcome in Iran, the country is facing an impending domestic crisis that hasn’t made Western headlines; there are lessons the American left can and should learn from the U.K.’s Jeremy Corbyn; meanwhile, the U.S. obsession with bottled water must come to an end. These discoveries and more after the jump.

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Trump Reined In by Rivals in Second GOP Debate

When Donald Trump showed up Wednesday at the Ronald Reagan Library for the second Republican debate, 10 other conservative presidential contenders were waiting for him—with their gloves off.

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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Iran’s Done Deal

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss the Iran nuclear deal, the U.S. response to the Syrian refugee crisis, Bernie Sanders in Iowa and Jeb Bush’s proposal for tax cuts—for himself.

Posted on Sep 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Latest GOP Fight: How to Reject President Obama’s Nuclear Iran Deal

Just when you think the Republican Party can’t possibly be more chaotic and disorganized, another internal brawl breaks out.

Posted on Sep 10, 2015 READ MORE



Michael Stipe Blasts Donald Trump and His Ilk for Using R.E.M.’s Music: ‘Go F**k Yourselves’

Corporatist GOP candidate Donald Trump and vintage alterna-band R.E.M. both rose to prominence in the 1980s. The similarities between the two begin and end there.

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Unlike Israel’s Netanyahu, Saudi Arabia Now Says It Supports the Iran Deal

The Saudi-owned, pan-Arab London daily Asharq al-Awsat reported on the meeting Friday between King Salman of Saudi Arabia and President Obama and their top foreign policy and security teams.

Posted on Sep 9, 2015 READ MORE



U.S. Is Finalizing a $1 Billion Arms Deal With Saudi Arabia

In a move to allay the Persian Gulf state’s concerns over the Iran nuclear deal, the Pentagon is completing an agreement to provide weapons for the Saudi military effort against Islamic State and Yemen.

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Nobel Intentions

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Independent Investigation Undermines Key Evidence Justifying U.S. Hostility Toward Iran

Interviews with more than a dozen former FBI, CIA and other federal officials found compelling evidence that the 1996 bombing of a U.S. Air Force barracks in Saudi Arabia was carried out by Osama bin Laden’s al-Qaida—not Iran-supported Saudi Hezbollah, as U.S. officials claim.

Posted on Sep 2, 2015 READ MORE



Obama Cinches Iran Nuclear Deal With Senator’s Endorsement

Sen. Barbara Mikulski of Maryland announced her support of President Obama’s Iran nuclear accord Wednesday. The 34th Democrat in favor, her vote means that Obama has enough Senate votes to uphold his veto if Congress rejects the July deal as expected.

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VIDEO: Obama 1, Netanyahu 0, as Democrats and Public Rally on Iran Deal

The Israel lobbies don’t win every fight on Capitol Hill, but they have tended to win the big ones in recent decades. This time, they are going down.

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The Iran Nuclear Deal: Give Diplomacy a Chance

A war with Iran would be a catastrophe, yet by opposing diplomacy, hundreds of members of Congress may be blundering into just such a conflict.

Posted on Aug 26, 2015 READ MORE



Is Israeli Military Using Barak in Struggle With Netanyahu Over Iran Deal? (Video)

The revelations from former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak’s memoir keep coming.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Listening to Netanyahu on Iran Diplomacy Is Just Plain Daft

In a radio interview, former Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak revealed that the government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was on the verge of attacking Iran on three separate occasions in 2010-2012.

Posted on Aug 24, 2015 READ MORE


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