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Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. and British Invasion of Iraq Caused the Syrian Refugee Crisis (Video)

In a discussion with acTVism, the renowned linguist and political commentator offers context to the seemingly endless turmoil in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 13, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN


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How Bush-Cheneyism Made Mideast in Its Image: Wars, the War on Terror, With Us or Against Us

Thirteen years after the illegal U.S. invasion of Iraq, it is worth considering its full impact on this country and on the region.

Posted on Mar 22, 2016 READ MORE



Glenn Greenwald Blames Corporate Media’s ‘Faux Objectivity’ for Trump’s Ascent

The Intercept reporter says the legendary Edward R. Murrow and Walter Cronkite would not have been able to keep their jobs in today’s corporate framework, which has “neutered journalism and drained it of all its vitality and passion, reducing journalists to stenography drones.”

Posted on Mar 15, 2016 READ MORE



Hillary the Hawk: NYT Calls Clinton’s Libyan Intervention, and Her Leadership, Into Question

The New York Times formally endorsed Hillary Clinton for the Democratic Party’s nomination, but that stance might seem surprising after a close read of the paper’s in-depth investigation of her assured, yet ultimately failed, strategy for compulsory regime change in Libya five years ago.

Posted on Feb 28, 2016 READ MORE



Donald Trump Must Honor the Immigrant and Undocumented Veterans of America’s Foreign Wars

Donald Trump, the ultimate “chicken hawk,” pretends to be a big booster of veterans, but he’s been deeply offensive toward a significant group of vets.

Posted on Feb 23, 2016 READ MORE



Face It: Donald Trump Is Right About Iraq—and That Should Sink Hillary Clinton

The discerning listener knows that the GOP front-runner has been critical of U.S. militarism for some time.

Posted on Feb 14, 2016 READ MORE



Bernie Sanders’ Foreign Policy Judgment Is More Valuable Than Clinton’s Experience

Instead of criticizing Sanders’ “inexperience,” we should “be questioning why any of the candidates of either party are employing the same old foreign policy advisers—many of whom not only supported the Iraq War but every disastrous military intervention since,” argues Trevor Timm at The Guardian.

Posted on Feb 8, 2016 READ MORE


VIDEO: Is Hillary Clinton a Progressive? Not According to Her Policy Record

Jeff Cohen, media scholar at Ithaca College and founder of the watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting, reviews Clinton’s history of “progressivism” and laughs.

Posted on Feb 4, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



AUDIO: ‘Juggling Excess and Imbalance in a Time of Drones’: The Unequal Equations of Our Time

Amy Uyematsu’s poem, inspired by Juan Felipe Herrera’s “Fuzzy Equations,” is a powerful litany of expressions that get to the heart of our modern age.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



The Final Breakup of Iraq? Barzani Calls for Kurdistan Referendum

Barzani Masoud, president of the Kurdistan Regional Government, has called for an immediate nonbinding referendum in Iraqi Kurdistan over whether its people want to secede from Iraq and form an independent Kurdish state.

Posted on Feb 3, 2016 READ MORE



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


AUDIO: Robert Scheer Interviews Tom Dine, a Longtime Advocate for Israel and Mideast Peace

By Robert Scheer

In Friday’s episode of “Scheer Intelligence,” Truthdig’s editor-in-chief speaks with Tom Dine, senior policy adviser at the Israel Policy Forum and former head of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, about Dine’s career in public service, the thwarting of the Israeli-Palestinian peace process and Dine’s role in negotiations between Syria and Israel in recent years.

Posted on Jan 8, 2016 WATCH & LISTEN



U.S. Sending Special Ops Troops to Fight Islamic State, but Do Iraqis Want Them?

U.S. Secretary of Defense Ash Carter announced Tuesday that the U.S. would send more special operations troops to Iraq to fight Islamic State in both Iraq and Syria.

Posted on Dec 2, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Nov 22, 2015 ENLARGE



The Onion Predicted Years Ago That ‘a Million bin Ladens’ Would ‘Bloom’ From the Iraq War

A piece published in 2003 by the satirical news website seems like an eerie prophecy now that Islamic State is wreaking terror on the Middle East and beyond.

Posted on Nov 17, 2015 READ MORE



Democratic Candidates Reject War Talk and Islamophobia in the Wake of the Paris Attacks (Video)

At the CBS Democratic debate on Saturday night, the Paris attacks dominated as a concern. Unlike the Republican field, which is somewhat divided on a response, the Democrats agree that all-out war is undesirable.

Posted on Nov 15, 2015 READ MORE



On Veterans Day, Let’s Think About Ending War

Instead of thanking present and past military members for their service, we need to confront the horrors of war and focus on ending violence between nations and peoples.

Posted on Nov 11, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: With Ahmad Chalabi’s Death, the Passing of an Age of Lies

Iraqi politician Ahmad Chalabi died of a heart attack in Iraq on Tuesday.

Posted on Nov 4, 2015 READ MORE



Hillary Clinton Hasn’t Learned a Thing From the Iraq Experience

The former secretary of state could shatter the presidential glass ceiling for women, but as U.S. leader she’d leave the old boys’ military-industrial complex intact.

Posted on Oct 29, 2015 READ MORE


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Posted on Oct 28, 2015 ENLARGE



Bush’s Lap Dog Tony Blair Can’t Even Apologize Correctly for Destabilizing the Middle East (Video)

Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair on Sunday reiterated some of his previous half-hearted “apologies” for illegally launching a war of aggression on Iraq in 2003.

Posted on Oct 26, 2015 READ MORE



Tony Blair Admits Iraq Invasion’s Role in the Rise of Islamic State

But Britain’s former prime minister offers no real apology for the 2003 invasion or the United Kingdom’s role in helping to remove Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein.

Posted on Oct 25, 2015 READ MORE



Kunduz Hospital Bombing: Probable Cause That the U.S. Committed a War Crime

The Pentagon has access to video and audio recordings taken from the gunship that carried out the attack that killed 22, so officials must know what actually occurred. It’s time for a full accounting.

Posted on Oct 13, 2015 READ MORE



Bush and Cheney’s Final Failure: Many in Iraq Seek an Alliance With Russia (Video)

The Iraqi government in Baghdad, threatened by Islamic State and frustrated by the Obama administration’s foot-dragging in taking it on, seems increasingly tempted by a Russian alliance.

Posted on Oct 11, 2015 READ MORE



A Poet Captures the Devastation of the Syrian War

Syrian-American hip-hop artist and poet Omar Offendum shares his thoughts on the crisis in his home country in an intimate conversation on the “Uprising” radio program.

Posted on Oct 8, 2015 READ MORE



Brian Williams Is Making His Comeback on MSNBC Next Week

The discredited former anchor is about to return to NBC broadcasting after a suspension by the network.

Posted on Sep 17, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: From Jewish Refugees in the ’30s to Syrians Today, the U.S. Falls Short of Its Own Ideals

This grim American landscape of racism, religious prejudice, blaming the victim and racial exclusion from immigration is deja vu all over again.

Posted on Sep 8, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Noam Chomsky on How the U.S. Helped Create Islamic State

The renowned linguist and activist discusses the background of Islamic State (also known as ISIS) and the United States’ role in establishing the conditions under which the extremist group developed.

Posted on Aug 27, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



U.K. Candidate Says He Will Apologize for Labour Party Role in Iraq War If He’s Elected

Left-wing politician Jeremy Corbyn is making quite a stir as he takes the lead in the race to replace Ed Miliband as head of the United Kingdom’s Labour Party.

Posted on Aug 25, 2015 READ MORE


VIDEO: Bernie Sanders Tells Reporters Why He Won’t Attack Clinton

After speaking to a crowd of 2,000 people in Dubuque, Iowa, in mid-August, the Democratic presidential candidate told reporters that he didn’t enter the race to play in the media’s “sport” of choice.

Posted on Aug 20, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN


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Posted on Aug 19, 2015 ENLARGE



How Many Thousands of U.S. Troops Would GOP Hopefuls Send to Iraq and Syria? (Video)

Several Republican politicians have pledged a return of U.S. combat troops in large numbers to the Middle East.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



The Long Knives Come Out in Baghdad (Video)

In principle, the idea of streamlining the Iraqi government and making it more efficient is a capital one. But the reforms being pursued by Prime Minister Haydar al-Abadi have to raise some questions about the direction the country is taking.

Posted on Aug 18, 2015 READ MORE



Where Did the Anti-War Movement Go?

Without an anti-war movement, the spectacle of mayhem and slaughter that has been at the heart of the Iraq War has passed largely unnoticed in the U.S. In an era in which successes have been in short supply for two administrations, consider this a major one.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: Why Partitioning Iraq Is a Terrible Idea

I think the remarks of outgoing U.S. Army chief Gen. Ray Odierno on the possible partition of Iraq have been reported in a sensationalist way. Still, he did get drawn into speculating about the partition, which was probably unwise.

Posted on Aug 13, 2015 READ MORE



VIDEO: How Likely Are the Top 10 GOP Presidential Candidates to Drag Us Into War?

Sending U.S. troops back into the Middle East and going to war there is virtually a plank in the GOP platform.

Posted on Aug 5, 2015 READ MORE



Another Bush Legacy in Iraq: Barzani Asks PKK to Leave (Video)

On Sunday morning, Kurdish separatist guerrillas launched a suicide-bombing strike on Turkish forces in Angri province using a tractor laden with explosives.

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 READ MORE



Thousands in Baghdad Protest Lack of Electricity and Services, Demand End of Corruption (Video)

It seems extraordinary, but in a country where Islamic State has advanced to within an hour’s drive of the capital, civil politics there have not been paralyzed.

Posted on Aug 1, 2015 READ MORE



Torture, Impunity and the American Psychological Association

This month, the APA released a stunning independent report that confirms what whistleblowers and dissident psychologists have maintained for close to a decade.

Posted on Jul 15, 2015 READ MORE



Laura Poitras Hits Back at U.S. Government With Harassment Suit

“Citizenfour” director Laura Poitras has taken the U.S. government to task through her work as a filmmaker, and, unsurprisingly, she’s gotten a direct message about how that’s gone over with the powers that be in Washington. (Hint: not well.)

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



Omar Sharif Never Had to Play a Terrorist (Video)

What now seems remarkable is the acceptance the late Omar Sharif gained and the range of roles he was offered by Hollywood in his era of fame.

Posted on Jul 13, 2015 READ MORE



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The Treason of the Intellectuals

In The New York Times in late June, George Packer smeared Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges’ new book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt.” In this Truthdig column published in early 2013, Hedges describes Packer as an intellectual “war booster” and “liberal hawk” whose support for the Iraq War preserved his journalism career.

Posted on Jul 7, 2015 READ MORE


A Curious Bit of Backstory Behind the NYT’s Review of Chris Hedges’ New Book

Chris Hedges’ latest book, “Wages of Rebellion: The Moral Imperative of Revolt” was given top placement in this weekend’s New York Times Book Review section, and although a high profile doesn’t always guarantee high praise, it turns out there’s a story behind this media story.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Lester Holt Pulls Up Brian Williams’ Anchor Chair at ‘NBC Nightly News’

Though top brass at the network made it seem for a while like he might be able to hold onto his chair, former NBC News anchor Brian Williams ultimately wasn’t.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE



Washington in Wonderland: Down the Iraqi Rabbit Hole (Again)

The policy of giving Iraqis American-made weapons to destroy American-made military vehicles previously provided to them illustrates Washington’s larger madness in microcosm.

Posted on Jun 18, 2015 READ MORE


Advisers









Posted on Jun 15, 2015 ENLARGE


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Posted on Jun 14, 2015 ENLARGE



Modest Increase in Iraq Training Mission Shows Obama’s Still Uninterested, and Maybe He’s Right

The Obama administration got itself some headlines on Wednesday morning by pledging to send a few hundred more military trainers to Iraq and to create a new base in al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 11, 2015 READ MORE



Thou Shalt Not Kill

Repulsed by tales of U.S. atrocities told by veterans of the Afghanistan and Iraq wars, Spc. Robert Weilbacher applied for and was granted conscientious objector status. Then the Pentagon pulled a fast one, leaving him trapped in a hypermasculine dystopia.

Posted on Jun 7, 2015 READ MORE



American Politicians Are Telling New Lies About the Iraq War

A couple of weeks ago Jeb Bush told Fox News he would have invaded Iraq if he had been president in 2003. His remark and the responses of many of his critics show that the political class is just as calculating and self-interested now as it was then, writes Gary Younge at The Guardian.

Posted on May 27, 2015 READ MORE


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