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Americans Say No to Another Middle East War

The likelihood of peace in Syria remains distant, as the civil war there rages on. But the grim prospect of a U.S. strike has been forestalled, if only temporarily, preventing a catastrophic deepening of the crisis there.

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U.S. Must Accept Russian-Delivered Syria

The Washington debates about the Syrian chemical weapons, and whether there is an Obama “Plan B” by which the United States may yet bomb Syria, seem deaf to what really happened last week.

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Truthdigger of the Week: Andrew Cockburn

In reporting on decades of U.S. sanctions against Iran, Harper’s Magazine’s Washington editor fully uncovers a mass destruction and murder scheme on a Napoleonic scale.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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Bloomberg Says Candidate’s Interracial Family Part of a ‘Racist’ Campaign

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: The latest developments in Syria, Michael Bloomberg cries racism, the uncompassionate detention of Lynne Stewart and Robert Scheer remembers the late Saul Landau.

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While Russia Offers Peace, U.S. Grasps at Credibility

President Obama’s speech on Syria on Tuesday evening was a curious affair, a call to go to war that ended by saying: yes, but not now.

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Syria Agrees to Chemical Weapons Deal, but There’s a Catch or Two

“We want to join the convention on the prohibition of chemical weapons,” and with those words, attributed to Syrian Foreign Minister Walid al-Moallem, an American entry into Syria’s civil war may be averted—but there remain serious obstacles to peace.

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Meet the Press

Case Against Assad Based on ‘Common Sense,’ Not ‘Irrefutable’ Evidence

The White House is certain of Bashar Assad’s culpability, despite a lack of proof.

Posted on Sep 8, 2013 READ MORE



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Making the World Safe for Banksters: Syria in the Cross Hairs

Iraq and Libya have been taken out, and Iran has been heavily boycotted. Syria is now in the cross-hairs. Why? Here is one overlooked scenario.

Posted on Sep 5, 2013 READ MORE



Obama and Putin: Time for Diplomacy on Syria

“Never has the use of violence brought peace in its wake. War begets war, violence begets violence.” So said Pope Francis, addressing the crowd on Sunday in the Vatican City’s St. Peter’s Square.

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Syria and the Return of Dissent

The mood of the public and of many in Congress is summarized easily: “No more Iraqs.”

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On Syria: The U.S. Is No Lone Ranger and Should Put That Six Shooter Away

The odd discourse in Washington around Syria assumes a moral superiority on the part of the United States and its allies on this issue that can only astonish anyone who knows the history.

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Clowns of the Middle East

“[N]o one in the Middle East takes America seriously anymore,” Independent contributor Robert Fisk writes. “And you only had to watch Obama on Saturday [announcing he would seek support from Congress for a strike on Syria] to see why.”

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Truthdiggers of the Week: Skeptics of Obama’s Syrian Weapons Claims

This week we honor those who retain their commitment to truth in the face of easy answers, incomplete reporting and official misinformation, such as former Rep. Dennis Kucinich.

Posted on Sep 1, 2013 READ MORE


Syrian Intervention Can Lead Only to Yet Another War

The United States is not in charge of international war and peace.

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Obama’s Syrian Agony

President Obama surely didn’t want to offer his commemoration of the 1963 March on Washington and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech on a day dominated by rumors of war.

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AP/Hassan Ammar

The Prince: Meet the Man Who Co-Opted Democracy in the Middle East

Now that the Arab Spring has been turned into a totally owned subsidiary of the Saudi royal family, it is time to honor Prince Bandar bin Sultan as the most effective Machiavellian politician of the modern era.

Posted on Aug 27, 2013 READ MORE



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The Moment the U.S. Ended Iran’s Brief Experiment in Democracy

Sixty years ago this week, the United States, in collaboration with Britain, staged a coup in Iran to preserve the control of Western companies over Iran’s rich oil fields.

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U.S. Army/Sgt. Derec Pierson

Endless War on Terror Far From Noble Cause

George Bush’s overwrought and misdirected war against global terror, conceived as a war of the Righteous to destroy Evil, having failed wherever it was launched, has now been reconceived under Barack Obama as a war against political dysfunction.

Posted on Aug 14, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center’: NSA Reform and Bezos Buys the Post

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss President Obama’s suggested changes to the National Security Agency surveillance policy. With four major categories of reform, he attempts to ease skepticism with an “amend it, don’t end it” approach. How did it go over?

Posted on Aug 9, 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



U.S. Army National Guard/Sgt. Joshua S. Edwards

What Does Evacuation of Yemen Say About American Policy?

The war against terror now being conducted from the White House, with the increasing use of drones, obviously is a self-perpetuating and self-enlarging undertaking that of its nature guarantees that the United States is the creator and perpetuator of the very war it fights.

Posted on Aug 6, 2013 READ MORE


‘Left, Right & Center:’ Edward Snowden, Bradley Manning, Iran Sanctions and the Fed

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right and Center” panelists touch on a court’s finding Bradley Manning not guilty of aiding the enemy as the NSA declassifies mounds of documents in preparation for congressional hearings. Also, a moderate Iranian is about to assume the office of president and Larry Summers appears ready to lead the Fed.

Posted on Aug 2, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Matthew D. Leistikow

Conflicts Within Islam Complicate U.S. Foreign Policy

The unforeseen consequences of American Middle Eastern policy since the Second World War are now making themselves apparent.

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 READ MORE


Chris Hedges: ‘The Horror, the Horror’

In the final installment of Chris Hedges’ appearance on “Reality Asserts Itself” with Real News Network senior editor Paul Jay, viewers ask the Truthdig columnist questions, including about the American public’s complicity in the crimes of empire, if there’s any hope for Bradley Manning and whether the U.S. or Israel will attack Iran.

Posted on Jul 26, 2013 READ MORE



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Truthdigger of the Week: Shane Bauer

Prisoners are among the “least of us” in America. After spending two years learning what they go through, investigative reporter Shane Bauer is raising his voice in their defense.

Posted on Jul 13, 2013 READ MORE


Journalist Shane Bauer on Inhumane Prisons From California to Iran

More than 12,000 prisoners in California have endured five days of hunger striking to end harsh punishment, redefine gang activity, improve food quality, increase access to health care and education services, and bring an end to solitary confinement, which they call “indefinite state-sanctioned torture.”

Posted on Jul 12, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Alex Brandon

Retired General Target of Inquiry Over Iran Leak

Retired Gen. James E. Cartwright, the former second-ranking officer in the U.S. military and influential adviser to President Obama on security matters, is the focus of an investigation into a leak of classified information about American cyberattacks on Iran’s nuclear program.

Posted on Jun 28, 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


Iranian Stinker

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A Moderate Mullah in Iran

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The Terror Con

The name of the game is threat inflation, and no one has been better at it than the folks at Booz Allen Hamilton, the inventors of the new boondoggle called cyberwarfare.

Posted on Jun 18, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Vahid Salemi

New Iranian President Wants to Heal ‘Old Wound’ With U.S.

During his first news conference since winning Iran’s presidential election, Hasan Rowhani promised to improve relations with the West and be more forthcoming about his country’s nuclear program, although he maintained that it would not give up its nuclear rights.

Posted on Jun 17, 2013 READ MORE



Gore Criticizes NSA Surveillance, Maher Slams Entrenched Congress, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including Iran elects a new president and the latest Gallup poll reveals which societal institution Americans have the least amount of confidence in.

Posted on Jun 16, 2013 READ MORE


Elections in Islamic Countries

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Elections in Iran

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How to Destroy a Planet Without Really Trying

Imagine you’re a historian 100 years from now—assuming there are any historians 100 years from now, which is not obvious—and you’re looking back at what’s happening today. For the first time in the history of the human species, you’d see we have clearly developed the capacity to destroy ourselves.

Posted on Jun 5, 2013 READ MORE



AP/J. Scott Applewhite

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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Iran’s Cyber Threats Showing Some Energy

Hackers backed directly by the Iranian government “are targeting critical infrastructure and developing the ability to cause serious damage to the United States’ power grid,” Dana Liebelson reports at Mother Jones.

Posted on May 31, 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



DoD/MC1 Chad J. McNeeley

America’s Misguided Pivot to Asia

China certainly is no military threat to the continental United States, or to its security, economy or major national interests.

Posted on May 28, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Ivan Sekretarev

Revenge of the Bear: Russia Strikes Back in Syria

Not since the end of the Cold War in 1991 has Russia asserted itself so forcefully beyond its borders.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



AP/ Hasan Sarbakhshian, File

What Will Tighter Restrictions on Trade in Iran Do?

A bipartisan team of U.S. senators has introduced a bill that would expand sanctions against Iran by targeting an estimated $100 billion worth of the country’s foreign currency reserves that are parked in overseas accounts.

Posted on May 20, 2013 READ MORE



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Nuclear Terror in the Middle East

Iranian cities are particularly vulnerable to nuclear attack, according to a new study, “Nuclear War Between Israel and Iran: Lethality Beyond the Pale,” published in the journal Conflict & Health by researchers from the University of Georgia and Harvard University.

Posted on May 14, 2013 READ MORE



U.S. Navy/MC2 Edwin L. Wriston

U.S. Weighs Syrian Intervention, Despite the Consequences

The present debate in the United States over making policy for a Middle East that has been profoundly changed by the events of the past three years unhappily echoes past policies that failed.

Posted on May 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Iraqi Officials Fear Full Blown Civil War

After the deadliest month of political fighting in five years, Iraq appears to be sliding rapidly into a new civil war that “will be worse than Syria,” leaders say.

Posted on May 4, 2013 READ MORE



White House (Archive)

What Might Be Missing From Bush’s Presidential Library

Not so fast, please: There are a few salient questions that George W. Bush (or at least his library) ought to address before the rehabilitation begins.

Posted on May 2, 2013 READ MORE



White House/Pete Souza

Syria Is Still Not Our Fight

President Obama is right to resist the mounting pressure for military intervention in Syria. Action by U.S. forces may or may not make the situation better—but certainly could make things worse.

Posted on Apr 29, 2013 READ MORE


Stains on a Legacy

In retrospect, George W. Bush’s legacy doesn’t look as bad as it did when he left office. It looks worse.

Posted on Apr 26, 2013 READ MORE



AP/Shakil Adil

Hundreds Expected Dead in Iran Quake

A 7.8 magnitude earthquake—described as the strongest to hit Iran in more than 50 years—struck the country near the border with Pakistan, killing hundreds of people, officials fear.

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