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If Islamic State Falls Before November, How Will It Affect the U.S. Election?

GOP front-runner Donald Trump openly attributes his success at the polls to the terrorist attacks on Paris last fall, in which Islamic State was involved. But what if the group falls this summer or autumn?

Posted on Apr 12, 2016 READ MORE


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Giving Diplomacy a Chance in Syria and Iran Should Override Power of America’s War Machine

Peaceful compromise is often the last resort for the United States. An excerpt from David Swanson’s book, “War Is a Lie: Second Edition,” looks at how the U.S. foreign policy approach applies to two countries in the Middle East.

Posted on Apr 6, 2016 READ MORE



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United States Recognizes Islamic State Atrocities as Genocide

Following a unanimous vote in the House, Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a statement in which he officially used the term “genocide” to describe Islamic State crimes against religious minorities. But how will this affect foreign policy?

Posted on Mar 18, 2016 READ MORE



John Kerry Warns of Breakup of Syria, but Is That Realistic? (Video)

Amid ongoing talks in Geneva around a cessation of hostilities in Syria, Secretary of State John Kerry said that “it may be too late to keep [Syria] ... as a whole ... if we wait much longer.”

Posted on Mar 1, 2016 READ MORE



All Sides in the Syria War Have at Least One Thing in Common: Slaughtering Civilians

The conflict will be remembered for its horrific death toll and massive refugee exodus. But it will also be remembered as the site of yet another Great Game involving Russia, the West and its allies.

Posted on Feb 11, 2016 READ MORE



Benjamin Netanyahu Is Still Trying to Derail the Iran Nuclear Deal (Videos)

As the great powers were certifying last weekend that Iran was in compliance with the U.N. deal permitting only civilian enrichment of uranium, the Israeli prime minister continued his attempts to knock it off track.

Posted on Jan 20, 2016 READ MORE



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.

Posted on Jan 17, 2016 READ MORE



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



Pre-Eminent Climate Scientist James Hansen Calls Paris Deal a ‘Fraud’; John Kerry Begs to Differ

Don’t count climate scientist James Hansen among those joining the back-slapping brigade following the conclusion of the COP21 climate change summit near Paris.

Posted on Dec 13, 2015 READ MORE



France Wonders If John Kerry Is ‘Confused’ on Upcoming Climate Talks

Kerry’s statement that the upcoming United Nations climate talks in Paris will result in no “legally binding” agreement on emissions reductions is being met with rebuffs.

Posted on Nov 12, 2015 READ MORE



The Sham Syrian Peace Conference

The international conference on Syria is incapable of delivering any peace negotiations—and the Obama administration knew this from the start.

Posted on Nov 9, 2015 READ MORE



Netanyahu’s Blood Libel Against Palestinians

In saying a mufti put Hitler up to the Holocaust, the Israeli prime minister is attempting to paint Palestinians as congenital Jew-haters—justifying robbing them of their remaining land, their livelihoods and their lives. Netanyahu is wrong on the history.

Posted on Oct 23, 2015 READ MORE


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AUDIO: ‘Left, Right & Center’: Cuba and Ferguson—Plus, Does Clinton Have Competition?

Truthdig Editor-in-Chief Robert Scheer and the other “Left, Right & Center” panelists discuss Secretary of State John Kerry’s visit to Cuba to raise the American flag, violence in Ferguson, Mo., one year after the police killing of Michael Brown, and whether Hillary Clinton should be worried about Bernie Sanders.

Posted on Aug 15, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



John Kerry to Attend Embassy Reopening in Cuba on Friday

The U.S. secretary of state will attend a flag-raising ceremony at the American Embassy in Cuba on Friday and promote the effort to rebuild ties between the Caribbean island country and the United States after more than half a century of enmity.

Posted on Aug 14, 2015 READ MORE



Top Iran General Endorses Nuclear Deal With the U.S. and the U.N. (Video)

Iranian Chief of Staff Major-Gen. Hassan Firouzabadi said Saturday that despite some reservations, he saw 16 major advantages to the Iran deal. He didn’t mention any specific disadvantages. The deal has also been endorsed by the United Nations Security Council.

Posted on Aug 11, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry: Vietnam War Was a ‘Profound Failure’ of Diplomacy

Visiting Vietnam to mark the 20th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called the conflict that ended 40 years ago a failure of diplomacy that advocates of war ought to bear in mind.

Posted on Aug 7, 2015 READ MORE


Reflecting on Some of Jon Stewart’s Best Moments: The Fox and CNN Interviews

As Jon Stewart heads into the final stretch of hosting “The Daily Show,” Truthdig has chosen some of our favorite segments from both his popular Comedy Central news satire and other news shows on which he appeared (usually to the chagrin of those shows).

Posted on Aug 4, 2015 WATCH & LISTEN



Iran Reaches Historic Deal With World Powers After 20 Months of Negotiation (Updated)

Iranian leaders came to a long-awaited agreement with the P5+1 nations Tuesday in which the Middle Eastern country’s nuclear enrichment program was limited in exchange for the easing of international sanctions.

Posted on Jul 14, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Nuclear Deal May Be About to Happen

After more than a fortnight of intense negotiations in Vienna, representatives from the P5+1 multinational coalition who have been meeting with officials from Tehran to try to reach a deal with Iran over its nuclear program seemed close to reaching a conclusion Sunday.

Posted on Jul 12, 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



Iran Readies for a Possible Game Change After the Nuclear Talks

Iran’s approach to negotiating with the United States and five other international parties currently displaying a keen interest in how Tehran conducts its nuclear program isn’t informed only by concerns about the future of that program in and of itself.

Posted on Jul 5, 2015 READ MORE



Is It the U.S. That Isn’t Stepping Up to Fight Islamic State?

Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter’s blunt remarks Sunday about the Iraqi army not having the will to fight ruffled feathers in Baghdad and Tehran.

Posted on May 26, 2015 READ MORE



Special Delivery for the Plutocrats

“Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds,” reads the unofficial motto of the United States Postal Service. We now can add to that “nor a national security no-fly zone,” as demonstrated by mailman Doug Hughes.

Posted on Apr 22, 2015 READ MORE



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Iran Deal Could Lead to an Isolated, Disempowered U.S.

The framework agreement reached last week between the UN “5 plus 1” group and Iran has won general approval internationally, except in Israel and among Benjamin Netanyahu’s Republican Party claque in Washington, where such was never expected.

Posted on Apr 8, 2015 READ MORE



We Don’t Have to Fight World War III in the Middle East

Iran has just de facto announced that it does not want a nuclear weapon, at least in this generation, and probably ever.

Posted on Apr 4, 2015 READ MORE



Iran Deal: Do the Critics Want War?

Before too much credibility is lavished upon Republican critics of the Iran nuclear agreement draft, including all of the assorted would-be presidential candidates, someone ought to urge them to explain what they would do instead.

Posted on Apr 3, 2015 READ MORE



Head of U.N. Nuclear Watchdog Group Says Iran Isn’t Playing by the Rules

Iran’s nuclear program has again become a source of controversy on the global stage, and now Yukiya Amano, the top-ranking official in the United Nations’ nuclear oversight organization, has added his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Posted on Mar 24, 2015 READ MORE



John Kerry: Additional Sanctions Against Russia Are Coming

After talks with British Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond in London, the U.S. secretary of state described Russia’s conduct in the Ukraine crisis as “simply unacceptable.”

Posted on Feb 21, 2015 READ MORE



Save Us From Washington’s Visionaries

En route back to Washington at the tail end of his most recent overseas trip, John Kerry, America’s peripatetic secretary of state, stopped off in France “to share a hug with all of Paris.” Whether Paris reciprocated the secretary’s embrace went unrecorded.

Posted on Jan 30, 2015 READ MORE



‘More’ and ‘War’: The Tao of Washington

In a sense, there are only two operative words in twenty-first-century Washington: more and war. In this context, there really is just one well-policed party of thought in town.

Posted on Jan 22, 2015 READ MORE


Jon Stewart Calls Democrats Out on Their Hypocrisy When It Comes to Money in Politics

Despite countless speeches by Democratic leaders denouncing the evils of money in politics, their party sure knows how to raise and spend boatloads of campaign dollars. “And then of course there are ... the emails,” a horror-stricken Jon Stewart says on Monday night’s “Democalypse” segment of “The Daily Show.”

Posted on Oct 14, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



Changing U.S.-Iran Relations: Kerry Says Iran Has Role in Defeating IS Militants

Secretary of State John Kerry said Friday that Iran has a role to play in defeating Islamic State.

Posted on Sep 20, 2014 READ MORE



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U.S. Coalition Excludes Countries Already Fighting Islamic State

A hollow laugh might be permitted at the alliance now announced as the result of Secretary of State John Kerry’s latest journey through the Middle East.

Posted on Sep 16, 2014 READ MORE



Middle East ‘Allies’ Decline to Commit Forces, Resources Against IS

Secretary of State John Kerry’s meeting in Jedda with 10 Middle Eastern foreign ministers produced a communique Friday, but little more.

Posted on Sep 13, 2014 READ MORE



New Iraqi Government: Less Than Meets the Eye?

The Iraqi parliament finally voted in the government of new Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi on Monday, in what U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry called a “turning point.”

Posted on Sep 9, 2014 READ MORE



Germany Accidentally Collected Kerry and Clinton’s Phone Calls

German intelligence services eavesdropped on calls made by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and predecessor Hillary Clinton, according to German magazine Der Spiegel.

Posted on Aug 16, 2014 READ MORE



Edward Snowden: Surveillance, Spying Practices Have Brought U.S. to ‘Brink of the Abyss’

Edward Snowden has just been granted three more years of asylum in Russia, and the former NSA contractor-turned-whistle-blower is understandably choosy about whom he meets with in person. 

Posted on Aug 13, 2014 READ MORE


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Israel and Hamas 72-Hour Humanitarian Cease-Fire in Gaza Collapses (Updated)

At 8:00 a.m. Friday (local time), a three-day cease-fire was scheduled to begin in Gaza. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon released a statement about the temporary truce Thursday. Shortly after the truce began Friday, however, Hamas and the Israel Defense Forces accused each other of violating the agreement.

Posted on Aug 2, 2014 READ MORE



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Israel’s Gaza Campaign Endangers U.S. Security: Why Obama and Kerry Are Furious

The United States as a great power is facing a large number of challenges in the Muslim world, and Israel’s Gaza campaign is endangering both American diplomacy there and the very security of the U.S.

Posted on Jul 28, 2014 READ MORE



U.S. Embassy in Libya Evacuated Amid Clashes

The U.S. Embassy in Libya was shuttered and its diplomats evacuated under military escort to neighboring Tunisia on Saturday as what Secretary of State John Kerry called “free-wheeling militia violence” intensified.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE



Both Sides Agree to 12-Hour Humanitarian Truce in Gaza as Israel Rejects Broader Cease-Fire Proposal

According to Al-Jazeera, 76 bodies were recovered from the rubble Saturday morning in Gaza, during what Truthdig contributor Juan Cole is calling a “phony” cease-fire.

Posted on Jul 26, 2014 READ MORE


U.S., U.N. Try Diplomacy in Israel

Both U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry are in Israel, where they are meeting with Palestinian and Israeli leaders to urge an end to hostilities.

Posted on Jul 23, 2014 WATCH & LISTEN



From Kerry to Selena Gomez and Rihanna, Israel’s Claims of Precision, Compassion Are Dissed

You always wonder where John Kerry the anti-Vietnam War activist went, who compared the U.S. campaigns in Southeast Asia to the predations of the Mongols.

Posted on Jul 21, 2014 READ MORE



Celebration and Exasperation on Deadliest Day of Gaza Fighting

As reports appear of some Israelis gathering on hillsides to watch and cheer the military strikes on Gaza, Secretary of State John Kerry is said to have expressed frustration with the operation in comments intended only for an aide.

Posted on Jul 20, 2014 READ MORE



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Iraq PM al-Maliki Rejects Government of National Unity as Sunnis Demand He Step Down

Secretary of State John Kerry is an experienced and knowledgeable diplomat, but the difficulty of the situation in the Middle East right now is demonstrated by the repeated reversals he suffered during his trip to the Middle East.

Posted on Jun 26, 2014 READ MORE



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It’s Too Late, Mr. Kerry

Secretary of State John Kerry thinks Iraq can be saved with a new prime minister to take the place of Nouri al-Maliki.

Posted on Jun 24, 2014 READ MORE



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Where’s Saddam Hussein When the U.S. Needs Him?

From Cairo to Baghdad, the United States is totally hypocritical in the cause of human rights, preferring the rule of brutal military despots.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE



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Hard-Liners in Israel and Iran Resist U.S. Pivot to Iran Over ISIS

The continued advances of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS or ISIL) on Sunday brought the radical Sunni movement to the borders of Jordan and consolidated its control over al-Anbar Province.

Posted on Jun 23, 2014 READ MORE


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